Welcome back to the OC
, bitch! There's been some buzz in the blogosphere that the show is back to its Season One goodness.
You're thinking, 'Captain Oats, could this be true?' Hells to the yes, my friend, it is true. You may also be thinking, 'Captain Oats, aren't you a little too old to be seriously dissecting the OC
?" True again, my friend. True again. But aren't you a little too old to be calling me Captain Oats? Snaps. Think on that. Ass.
And yes, I've just had a hypothetical fight with myself on the internet. I haven't had much sleep lately.
Okay. So, for those of you who don't want any spoilers about the first four episodes, here are my general thoughts:
- I could go for some Taco Bell right now.
- The show gets better with each episode. The strength of the show has always been its ability to balance drama and comedy, you know, since it's a dramedy. But last season, the drama got way out of hand. Fortunately, they've done their best to start clean slate. Unfortunately, they can't just erase Marissa completely, so they have to deal with the repercussions of her death, which I think they've done quite well. I think the further away they get from Marissa's death, the better it'll get. The fourth episode, "The Metamorphosis", is the best, and funniest, I've seen since Season One, and it definitely sets the stage for an interesting season. TV Guide's Ausiello seems to agree
. (scroll down)
- Julie Cooper and Taylor Townsend steal the show so far. Melinda Clarke gives her best performances to date in these first four eps. And Autumn Reeser, well, we know how I feel about her. All she has to do is speak in a foreign language, and I'm in love (my count is four so far: English, Korean, French and Spanish). Brody's still awesome as usual, Bilson's hilarious as a tree-hugging environmentalist, and McKenzie got freaking ripped
. Forget protein shakes, Marissa Cooper car accidents are the best way to get buff.
- FYI, that interview with Autumn is still happening, so leave some more questions for her here
- Regarding the new characters: you don't need to worry about the OC: Next Gen
crew. All the material with Kaitlin and Luke's younger twin brothers serves as comic relief, and it's a wonderful, light-hearted change of pace from all the death-drama. Che, Chris Pratt of Everwood
fame, seems a bit much at first, but he grows on you over the episodes. Just wait til the naked guitar playing.
- I don't know why I decided to use bullet-points.
- I need to smoothly transition out of this.
- Hmm, almost there.
- Okay, I think I can do it now.
They are streaming the first episode
early on MySpace, starting today, so definitely check it out! But not if you own a Nielsen box! In that case, wait until November 2nd! Seriously guys, let's give the show back some ratings love eh?
Well, I hope this has spurred you to add the OC
to your Season Pass. You may be thinking, 'But I don't have a DVR' or 'I can only record one show', well I'm a problem-solver not a maker. Here's what you do: you watch the OC
on Thursdays, and you can catch Grey's
the next day online
. Lord knows Grey's
doesn't need the ratings right now. However, if push came to shove, I'd probably choose Grey's
. But luckily, me and push are totally cool, so no shoving will take place.
Lastly, the bread and butter, here are the songs from the first ep:(check out the tracklist for the upcoming soundtrack)the OC - "The Avengers""Running Up That Hill" - Placebo
(covering Kate Bush) "Song for Sunshine" - Belle & Sebastian [buy album]"Mr. Blue" - Catherine Feeney [buy album]"Bad Dream" - Keane [buy album]"Save Me" - Jude [buy album]"The Bootleg Saint" - Sam Roberts [buy album]
I may be missing one song that was playing at the bar scene with Summer/Ryan. Let me know if you figure it out.
Anyways, if you want to know more about the first episode, click below. But warning, SPOILERS abound. If not, keep checking back this week, as I'll continue posting about the other three episodes individually. Leave a comment!*EDIT:
My MP3 server, EZArchive, is down for the next few days. I think they're revamping their system.. so that's why none of the song links work. I'll post the next episode preview as soon as everything's back up and running. Thanks in advance for being patient.**EDIT:
I've decided to switch to FileDen for the time being, so the above songs should work now. Not sure what's going on with EZArchive. Looks like once they update their servers, all the past mp3 links will not work. So. My apologies in advance.
EPISODE 401 - "The Avengers"
Overall, I'd give this episode a B+. There were lots of little things that either felt too slow or too serious, but considering one of the main characters just died, Josh and Co. did an amazing job mixing in moments of humor, and they displayed each characters' grieving process really well.
Don't wanna do a full recap here, so I'll just point out a few things.
First, the episode starts five months after Marissa's death, which I thought was a smart move. The episode also pulls a little J.J. Abrams-action by starting with a big teaser, then cutting back in time, here we go back 36 hours, before returning to the same point around the end of Act Two.
I absolutely love the fact that Taylor had to secretly return from France. Her phone conversation with Summer was definitely the best moment for me:
SUMMER: (into phone) Taylor? Oh my God.
TAYLOR: (into phone) I think you mean Mon Dieu, Summer.
SUMMER: How was Paris?
TAYLOR: (in French accent) Oooh, increible!
Also loved this bit between Seth and Summer:
SETH: I was being sarcastic.
SUMMER: I don't do sarcasm anymore, I'm post-ironic.
SETH: You mean earnest?
The Kate Bush cover by Placebo works really well as a theme throughout the episode, with the lyrics "and if I only could, I'd make a deal with God, and I'd get him to swap our places. Be running up that road, be running up that hill, be running up that building. Say, if I only could..."
My one big gripe was the Comic Book reveal at the end. It felt really cheesy. But at the same time, you can tell they went over-the-top on purpose. Sandy even refers to it with the "make a fool of ourselves" line to Ryan. Still, it was a bit much hearing Kirsten seriously recite the dialogue, "The ice queen was surrounded by an impenetrable force field. Her silver cell phone her only link to the outside world." I actually asked Josh about this recently, and he had a great explanation:
"...as for the comic book scene - yes, they know it's ridiculous (Ryan says "You made me a comic book?") And there's that Sandy line later. But they have no other way of communicating with him. And some people like the cheese... so if it works for them on a sentimental, let me relive the early years through graphic images kind of way then great. We've always been a little cheesy at times. If you don't buy it, that's fine too because the point is... it doesn't really work. They have the intervention - and yes Ryan seeing how much the Cohens miss/need him helps him decide to go back home. But he also decides to go see Julie, kick the shit out of Cagefighter guy and hunt down Volchok.
If he had just moved back home and been happy and the comic book intervention fixed everything that would be one thing. But it doesn't really work. Which gets us off the hook. (We had a scene with Kirsten and Sandy in the bathroom where they worry that this whole plan lies in the hands of Seth's Geek Squad - but we cut it for time...)
I also like using the first episode of a season to restate the premise of the show..."
Of course, you probably haven't seen this episode yet, so this makes no sense at the moment.
Check back tomorrow for the intel on Episode 402 - "The Gringos". I'll leave you with some more screencaps:
Though they didn't get much screentime, I'd like to see more of Leon and the other comic book nerd. Freaks and Geeks is my favorite show of all time, and it'd be great to have some similar geek storylines take center stage.
Che and Summer rocking out with the didgeridoo. I'd "didgeridoo" Summer anytime, if ya know what I mean. Talking 'bout sexual intercourse here.
Well, Mischa Barton has now been put into ghost form on the screen twice in her career: once as the vomiting girl in the Sixth Sense, and now here. Honestly, this was the other gripe of mine with this episode. Showing Marissa's ghost, whether purely in Summer's mind or not, definitely falls out of line with the tone of the show. Am I watching the Ghost Whisperer or the OC? Cause if it's the former, I didn't get the gratuitous Jennifer Love-Hewitt cleavage shots I was promised.
Julie Cooper. Fighting herpes one day at a time. Just kidding.... or am I?
Is it creepy that I've printed and framed this picture, placed it on my nightstand and have told everyone that this is my new girlfriend? I did not print and frame this picture, nor did I place it on my nightstand and tell everyone that this is my new girlfriend.
*edited due to fear of a restraining order... and adoration of this woman.