Even though it’s only been a week since the primetime TV season ended, I’m already going through withdrawals. I need to have several shows queued up to watch otherwise I tend to go a bit crazy! Anyway, since I want to have enough material for this blog to carry me through the summer and into the fall season, I’m starting to watch some older shows on DVD. After some deliberation (and after watching the series finale a couple months ago), I decided to give The O.C. another try — this time from the very beginning.
I wrote before that I tried watching The O.C. a long time ago, but was turned off for a couple of reasons. First, I’m in my 30s and didn’t really want to watch a teen-focused series. I had spent 10 years watching Beverly Hills, 90210, so I wasn’t ready to wade through all that teen angst again. Second, I absolutely hated Benjamin McKenzie’s acting. I thought he was terribly wooden and one-dimensional as Ryan Atwood, and I didn’t think I could handle an entire series with him as the main character.
But I thought the finale was decent, and I want to see Seth and Summer’s relationship develop, so I decided to put my initial reactions aside and give The O.C. another try.
I watched the first three episodes on DVD and have mixed feelings about the results. On the one hand, it’s nice to see the series from the beginning. I missed the pilot, so I didn’t have Ryan’s backstory and didn’t really know why he was living with the Cohens. But now that I know what happened in 1×01, lots of other things just make more sense.
However, these first three episodes dealt mostly with the poor outsider trying to fit in in the rich kids’ neighborhood. There wasn’t anything fresh or original with Ryan’s storyline, so it felt like I’d seen that stuff a million times before.
I’m enjoying the Seth character right from the beginning — except for the fact that he’s been in love with Summer since sixth grade or whatever. Summer is one of those snobby girls that doesn’t have the time of day for “dorks” like Seth. In fact, when he talks to her for the first time, she gives him a dirty look and says something like, “Eww, who are you?” right to his face. And yet, his love for her continues.
Also, I hate it when these shows make it seem like kids don’t know each other. I’m sorry, but if you go to grade school with someone, you at least know who they freakin’ are!! You know their names even if you’re not friends with them!! Elementary school classes aren’t that big, so please don’t tell me it’s possible for kids to slide under the radar for that entire time. Plus, then you’ve got junior high and high school, and Seth has been living next door to Summer’s best friend ever since they were little. So I don’t buy it that Summer doesn’t even know his name!! (Yeah, that’s a total nitpick, but I had to get it out of my system.)
Anyway, I’m going to continue watching this show. Even if it’s dumb, I’ll at least have fun pointing out its flaws!