Procrastination: 25, Sonny: 0
The awesomeness of "The Metamorphosis" is three-fold:
1) We don't really have to deal with Marissa's death.
2) Taylor's storyline takes center stage.
3) Kafka's Metamorphosis was one of my favorite books in high school. Really, this has nothing to do with the episode, but I thought you'd like to know that.
Also, here we see how much more Julie and Caitlin seem like an actual mother and daughter than Julie and Marissa ever did.
The episode ends with a GREAT song by the Pogues. Here are the tunes:
the OC - "The Metamorphosis"
"Orange Crush" - Editors (covering R.E.M.) [buy album]
"The Pageant of the Bizarre" - Zero 7 [buy album]
"Love Me or Hate Me" - Lady Sovereign [buy album]
"Dem Jeans" - Chingy feat. Jermaine Dupri [buy album]
"Love You 'Till The End" - the Pogues [buy album]
"Voodoo" - Chelo [buy album]
"Hello Sunshine" - Syd Matters (covering Super Furry Animals) [buy album]
"Cava del Rio" - Senza [buy album]
*also used in the episode "The Cliffhanger"
[unidentified synthpop song]
*when julie's doing shots, sorta sounds like junior boys, not listed on the fox website
"String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major, K. 428: III. Menuetto: Allegro" - Mozart [buy album]
*EDIT: Thanks to my incredibly smart and resourceful girlfriend, who from the beginning narrowed it down to Mozart and Haydn, we've now IDed the classical piece from the opening scene, and it's one of Mozart's string quartets dedicated to Haydn!! Yes, we are complete nerds!
Lastly, some holiday news. I recently emailed Josh Schwartz asking which episodes John Stephens wrote... his reply:
"...episodes 2 and 5 are pure John Stephens. He's at the top of his game -- I love reading his scripts, and he and J.J. wrote [this season's] Chrismukkah, and it's the best Chrismukkah we've ever done. They're both fantastic."
So there you have it, this December should bring a very, merry Chrismukkah to your TV screens.
Anyways, if you want to know more about this episode, click below. But WARNING, SPOILERS! Either way, make sure to tune in this Thursday 9/8c on Fox, and leave a comment with your thoughts!
(but seriously, the daily hits are off the charts lately, and you guys are eating up about 7 GB of bandwidth/day, yet i don't see 2,432 comments. if you're downloading, take a sec to say hello. i'm a needy son of a bitch.)
EPISODE 404 - "The Metamorphosis"
Overall, I'd give this episode a solid A.
The show opens with a great little teaser, where Summer goes through the five stage of grief in about five minutes. I'm not exactly sure which classical piece plays behind this, but it's perfect.
The episode also delves into the man-date realm, as HIMYM did earlier this year, and countless other shows have in the past. Here, Sandy attempts to hang out with a male co-worker, "Spitzy". The initial 'asking out' was pretty funny.
My one tiny gripe with this episode is that they hit us over the head with the "new vs. old Summer" struggle a bit too hard. But hey, this is a teen soap, subtlety isn't really a badge this genre wears, so I shouldn't complain. But I do. Cause I'm Captain Oats, a horse, a NAAAAAYsayer. (get it?!?!?! horses go nay!!!!! just give me the pulitzer now!!)
Some of my favorite moments:
TAYLOR: Ryan, the man is a sexual Jedi, whatever he asks you to do, you just do it. No matter how depraved-
CHE: "All I can do is be me whoever that is..." That's Dylan, the man's a genius.
TAYLOR: Tell me about this cage fighting, it's something I've been meaning to get into.
TAYLOR: What is your favorite fruit?
Taylor clutches her chest.
TAYLOR: Oh, that's just lawyer speak.. first party, second part-
RYAN: So it doesn't say we had sex like thirty times?
JULIE: Two women spending Saturday night at home together, I love it. How very Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.
Taylor's reaction to Ryan's kiss was perfectly executed.
TAYLOR: You know at graduation in my commencement address, I said "there is no one older than a high school senior, no one younger than a college freshman." It was one of the few parts that wasn't in Latin...
Loved Taylor's fussing with the door when she walks in with the peach torte.
Finally, here are some random screencaps for ya:
Notice in the background, the not-so-subliminal advertising for Tally Hall. Awesome band, they deserve it.
The show officially "jumps the shark" as Seth comes out of the closet. This blog officially "jumps the shark" as it uses the phrase, "jumps the shark."
Pretty much what a normal Saturday night looks like for me.