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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The OC

Is it just me or does the OC plain stink this year? As I ignored tonight's episode while it played in the background of my online poker game (shhhh!), I thought of all the things I miss from past seasons:

1. Kiki's alcoholism. That was great. But perhaps I have an unhealthy fascination with people struggling with alcoholism on TV and in the movies. (When A Man Loves A Woman is one of my all-time favorite movies if that tells you anything. I sob like a crazy person every time Meg Ryan gives that darn gut-wrenching speech at the end of the movie.)

2. Seth. Period. In particular, he made last season one of the best, and this season he's just, well, sort of a boring background character.

3. I can't believe I'm saying this but I miss Lindsay. You know, the red head who was Caleb's long-lost daughter. The chemistry between her and Ryan was actually semi-believable, which is of course a step up from the chemistry between Ryan and Marissa.

4. Caleb. By far one of the best O.C. characters ever. I can't believe they would kill him off. Bring Caleb back! He has to be alive somewhere! Maybe he can save JuJu from this god-awful plot with Summer's dad.

5. Sandy having an emotional and almost- almost!- physical affair with a bloated version of Kim Delaney. I mean that was great television! The most noble father and husband on TV tempted by an old love! Would he or wouldn't he? Of course he didn't because he's Sandy Cohen and that's why we love him.

6. Alex. Remember her? The Bait Shop manager (?) Anywho, I loved the dynamic between her and Seth before she was the show's lesbian, and then thought that the Marissa-Alex love story was actually entertaining in that this-is-why-i-watch-shows-like-the-OC kind of way.



Blogger Laura Holt said...

I gave up on The OC after this season's first episode. Your reminiscences about last season, which, if I remember correctly, we thought at the time was a horrible fall from grace after the FIRST season . . . well, I guess I'm not missing much!

3/17/2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous EJ UK said...

Okay...perhaps it's tacky to peddle your goods on a friend's blog, but F it. That's what friends (and blogs) are for, no? Looks as if people are in need for a better TV fix. I have just the answer. Tonight (Friday)at 9PM ET BBC America is premiering a new show called "High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman." I can't even begin to tell you how hilarious it is. TIVO it if you're out getting your Irish on (also repeats at Sat at 1AM and Tues at 11PM). Also, the new season of "Little Britain" is on afterwards. 'Tis also a treat from across the pond. TV with an accent just makes you feel more sophisticated.

3/17/2006 2:55 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

This season does suck. As a testament to how much so, when I saw your post was about the O.C. I thought to myself "I shouldn't read this, I haven't watched this week's episode, what if there is a spoiler?" And then I thought "who cares? The spoiler will suck anyway."

I wish Capt. Oates and Princess Sparkle could have their own show. They are about the only thing left worth watching. Even Summer, who both my boyfriend and I have a crush on, isn't as watchable. She has just become a caricature. So depressing. Remember the last episode of the first season? That was some good television.

3/17/2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Oh, and ej uk, don't worry about peddling your goods. You have what we want--information about new shows that might be entertaining and not as inane as what we currently watch. Thanks for the information!

3/17/2006 3:15 PM  

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