The OC: The Dream Lover
(S04E11) Lots going on here, a pretty jam packed episode. As usual, I loved it but there were a few things that irked me. I gripe because I love. Like all fans of The OC, I'm savoring every second of it though. Only five more episodes and it's over.
Just look at how much the show has evolved though. Stuff that happened in this episode would have never occurred in the first season. It's changed a lot and I'm all for it. The show is done. Might as well go out with a bang.
First up to talk about (and I've mentioned it before), is the lack of involvement from Sandy and Kirsten. They're just... there. Last time I mentioned this, plenty of commenters pointed out that Josh Schwartz had said somewhere (a magazine article maybe?) that it was a mistake to develop the adult stories in the second season. I liked them!
Of course, it helped that there were more adults around. Jimmy hadn't fled, Caleb hadn't died, and the Newpsies still showed up now and then. The show has completely left that aspect behind. The fact that Kirsten and Julie have the whole "man hooker chlamydia" story is sort of lost because I think the story of passing around STDs is supposed to be comical to a younger crowd. It just sucks that Sandy and Kirsten are absent players for the time being. The previews for next week have my hopes up though.
Moving on, the whole potential for this love triangle between Ché, Seth, and Summer is just weird. I'm all for going out on creative limbs, but does anyone else see where this is going? Ché is a frog, Seth is an otter. Drugs and drums. Funny stuff, but is nature boy really going to profess his love to The Ironist based on some vision dream he had in a sweat lodge?
As far as Taylor and Ryan go, the story was cute even though Ryan having trouble expressing feelings is nothing new. Here's what bugged me. The way it ended between Taylor and Ryan this week was the same way it ended between Seth and Summer last week. The whole "I can't be with you right now because I need to find myself" story. Why not something a bit different? At least Henri Michelle is gone - he was getting on my nerves.
Surprise of the episode? I actually liked the Kaitlin/Will story for once. Two reasons. One? Will wasn't too involved and two, Kaitlin's character was developed more in this episode than I think it was all season. Turns out she has a conscience. She also has a screwed up way of showing it.
So it looks like everyone will be fighting for who they love as The OC winds down. I'm sure they'll all succeed. Except Ché... that'd be wacky.