Has it really been more than a month since I posted my thoughts on Season 2 episodes of The O.C.? I guess so! I’ve been so busy trying to get through regular movies as well as all the DVD box sets that I’ve purchased recently that I sometimes forget about the shows I had queued up. See, once I finish watching something, I write it down on my To Be Reviewed list, which I keep on my desk. Unfortunately, because of the sheer number of items on the list, it’s impossible for me to keep up with everything in a timely manner. But enough of these excuses; lets get back to Seth, Ryan, Summer, and the rest of the Newport gang!
As usual, since The O.C. isn’t even on the air anymore, this post isn’t going to contain standard recaps of each ep. Instead, I’m just going to list a few thoughts that occurred to me while watching this block of episodes, which included “The SnO.C.,” “”The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn’t,” “The Family Ties,” and “The Power of Love.”
— This is completely random, but I was watching bits of the series pilot again and saw that they had Ryan smoking while he was waiting outside the Cohen house while Sandy tried to convince Kirsten to let him in. Do you remember that? Well, the writers never addressed his smoking habit again! It was like, one minute he was a cigarette-smoking bad boy (yeah, there’s an original image) and the next he was a clean-cut Cohen all the way around. Ha!
— I don’t get why Caleb was so reluctant to admit the true nature of his involvement with Lindsay’s mom. He would rather have gone to jail than say he had an illegitimate daughter? Caleb said one reason for his silence was that he didn’t want to hurt Kirsten. Give me a break! She’s an adult, not a child. That whole thing didn’t make sense to me, especially since the revelation didn’t turn out to have the earth-shattering effects that Caleb thought it would.
— Ryan and Lindsay are a MUCH better couple than Ryan and Marisa ever were. I know that’s not how a majority of O.C. fans felt, but I can’t help it. Lindsay might be boring and bland, but at least she doesn’t freak out over every little obstacle life tosses her way.
— Marisa, on the other hand, continues to annoy with her incessant “angry teen” act. She comes off as more of a spoiled brat than anything else, and it makes me feel sorry for Julie Cooper — which I don’t think is what the writers intended. She is so tiresome that I usually end up fast forwarding through her scenes now.
— Seth’s whole “bad boy” routine to try to impress Alex was just dumb. A year ago, before Ryan arrived, Seth was a totally anonymous loser who didn’t have any friends at all. Now I guess he’s cool by association because he’s had three hot girlfriends in a row (Anna, Summer, and now Alex). Don’t get me wrong, Seth is my favorite character on the show, but even I feel this is stretching things quite a bit.
— Yes, I did say that Alex is hot, which is a 180-degree turn from what I felt the last time I posted about The O.C. But she fixed her hair between then and now, which made all the difference in the world. I can’t see past bad hair and couldn’t tell that Alex actually looked decent under those bangs and purple highlights. Now I know and I stand corrected.
— The double-date setup between Alex & Ryan and Seth & Lindsay was comical. Can you say awkward?? Yikes.
— I’m really surprised that Zach hasn’t started bothering me yet. I totally want Summer to get back together with Seth ASAP, so usually this would be the point where the fill-in significant others begin grating on my nerves. But Zach seems to be a keeper — especially when he hauled off and punched Seth outside the SnO.C. dance. That move was a long time coming, and Seth totally deserved it.
— What’s up with Sandy forgetting his 20th anniversary? That was way out of character and seems to spell trouble for the once-idyllic Cohen marriage.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this block of eps. I promise my next O.C. post won’t be a month in the making!