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The OC Season 4 -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 30th 2006 10:35AM

The OC -- Season 4 cast

This show has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I didn't watch it during the first season though. I waited for the DVD. Needless to say I was glued to the TV set for a whole weekend once I got it. Let me go on record as saying that the first season of The OC is one of the best seasons of television I've ever watched. That first season? Yeah, it's that good. Then came the sophomore slump. Not bad but not great. Then last season? A stinker? A bomb? I could be harsher, but the general consensus seemed to be that season three wasn't all that good. At least I didn't think so. To top it off, Mischa Barton killed the finale for die-hard fans when she blabbed about Marissa's death days before the episode aired. Frankly, that didn't bug me and I was glad to see the demise of the ever-moody Cooper sister. So going into this season, I don't think expectations are too high, especially since FOX has only ordered 16 episodes as of right now. Well let me cut to the chase and dash away all The OC naysayers. I've screened the first four episodes of the new season and they are impressive.

Josh Schwartz and Co. have really done a bang-up job re-inventing the show. It feels much darker, much grittier, much more grown-up. Don't take that the wrong way though. I mean all of that in a positive sense.

The season picks up five months after Marissa's death and all the characters are in different phases from when we last left them. To make up for the loss of Barton's character, Taylor Townsend (Autumn Reeser) and Kaitlin Cooper (Willa Holland) have both been added as full cast members.

What we end up getting though is a truly powerful look at how everyone has attacked the grieving process. Julie is medicated, Kaitlin is even snottier than I remember, and Summer is doing everything she can to forget her Newport past. Ryan, as you would expect, has taken the loss the hardest of anyone and without giving away too much, his current path seems to look a lot like his brother Trey's. Ben McKenzie finally has a real reason to play Ryan to his fullest and he does a great job. His performance in the season four premiere is Ryan Atwood at his best.

I'll give you all one thing to look forward to though. But sit tight because it doesn't happen until the fourth episode. As I said, everyone is grieving and Summer seems to be hiding her pain the best. Until the opening scenes of the fourth episode. You'll never look at Summer the same way again. It's wonderfully done. What I just said doesn't do the scene justice, but believe me -- it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, check back here on Thursday night when I'll have my review of the season four premiere up.

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lulu

i saw up to the tenth ep but what happens next please tell me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am diein ere!!! XxxxXxXxxxXxXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXxxXXxXXx

January 13 2007 at 6:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lulu

I have seen up to the tenth but what happens next i can't what a week longer please tell me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 13 2007 at 5:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
george

cant wait! cant wait! cant wait! cant wait!

December 04 2006 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stuart goldie

it was stupid ending marissa part.i think all 3 seasons have been well put 2gether.i dont know about 2 shows being on at the same time thats FOX's timetable,tape it next time.lol

November 26 2006 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I think that The O.C has got really bad because of the fact that Marissa has be killed of!!! I mean how stupid is that, not everyone likes Summer!!! Ryans an absolute NATZIE becasue he goes rank everytime someone gets gets close to his X-Girlfriend! What the hell? Oh well I wish they were making annother season..

Sarah

November 21 2006 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nicole

I feel that they need to change either the O.C.'s time or day of the week or Grey's Anatomy because I noticed on polls that the viewers are much less now that both of the shows are being played at the same time and not everyone has TiVo so if we don't have enough people watching the O.C. they will prob take it off this is my personal opinion and I suggest that someone should look into it that way we don't lose another good show and that it wasn't a waste to start. Thank you

November 09 2006 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jojo

Every time I think of Marrisa I want to cry, and summer is like a hippie.Where did her sence of style go.I feel so bad for Ryan.He must be going through so much pain, and Marrisa should she magically come back to the show, cause i miss her so much!!!

November 08 2006 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alice

hiii i LOVE this show so much and i reckon marrisa was probably the main character... i would have liked to see her on season 4 but im sure the directors will find a great way to keep it just as good!

November 06 2006 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
samantha

u shouldnt of took off marissa her and ryan where the best part of the OC and i will miss her being on it she made it interesting why make her die...... poor ryan

November 04 2006 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Natrino

I was incredibily skeptical of the OC, but I finally gave it a chance and loved it. Haven't seen anything beyond season 1, but it really was one of the best hours of television.

October 31 2006 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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