“Friday Night Lights”: Reflecting on Landry and Tyra

Landry_116_2Still love the show.  Still love Landry and Tyra.

But deep into the hide-the-homicide plot of “Friday Night Lights,” I’m still bumming.

It’s not that showrunner Jason Katims and his crew, once they forced Landry and Tyra into crisis mode with his killing of her stalker/rapist, have done a poor job with the story. The first time Landry’s cop father confronted Tyra about her interest in LandryTyra_116 was among the best scenes the show has had in its sophomore year. But not even the finest moments have kept me from mourning the loss of the real relationship the two high-schoolers had been building.

What’s most frustrating for me is the way “Lights” is erasing the memory of Tyra’s initial attraction to Landry, which was borne out of an unlikely yet sincere connection between the two — a priceless reminder that looks and status needn’t be the determining factors when it comes to having the hots for someone. Frankly, I’m a little insulted by the possibility that we weren’t supposed to believe that what they had was solid.

Instead, the Landry and Tyra story will always be about how they overcame (or didn’t) this tragedy.  It’s quite a tale, but it’s not a tale to cherish, the way the rest of “Friday Night Lights” so typically and so amazingly is.

— Jon Weisman

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