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Oh. My. God. - moonspinner
Oh. My. God.
When did One Tree Hill get so good?

First the total awesomecakes of Brooke Davies (who is a goddess!!!) putting up with her witch of a mother for five years and finally telling her to hit the road because she abused her friends, specifically Rachel (remember Rachel? Brooke’s numero uno enemy when she joined the show) one too many times? AWESOME! Seriously, I was screaming my head off during that scene. I’ve played it over like a dozen times. In a fair world, Sophia Bush would have got an Emmy for that performance.

Then this one – Lucas’s wedding to Lindsay. (Which did not hold because of Luyton/Peycas. I know… I know… That storyline will always suck.) But that’s not the point! Dan saved Jamie! Talk about fighting fire with fire. Who else was better equipped to deal with the crazy nanny from Hell but Dan ‘I Killed My Brother In Cold Blood And I Will Have No Problems Killing You If You Screw With My Family (Because That’s My Job)’ Scott!

So the show ends with Jamie returning with Dan as the hero of the hour and he may not have won his spot on the family table back, but he’s definitely earned a foot through the door. It couldn’t have worked better if he planned it. I have to wonder – did that manipulative bastard plan it?


I rarely talk about this show because I’m not really interested in it in a fannish way. I’ve always been a sort of casual viewer of One Tree Hill. It caught my interest mid-Season 1 because of the theme song of all things, and I’ve managed to watch almost all the episodes ever since without really going out of my way to do so. But Season 5 is really knocking the balls out of the park. The risqué decision to fast-forward 5 years really paid off. Not only did they jump over the College Years of Death (see Buffy, Smallville) and put the characters in interesting, sometimes unexpected places in their lives with interesting decisions to make now, the missing 5 years is a bank of missing back-story that is revealed to us in bits and pieces to make the present events literally 4-dimensional.

And to think that when it came out, this show was tagged as the poor man’s O. C!

Goes off to find One Tree Hill icons. :p

Current Mood: impressed extremely impressed

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foodsthatcan From: foodsthatcan Date: August 30th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really loved the fifth season of OTH. Like you, I've been a very casual fan. I watched some of the first season, sort of tuned out after that, but I always kept up with the storylines through recaps and message boards. When I heard that Mark Schwahn was going to skip over the college years, I decided to start watching again just to see how it would go. It was a brilliant creative move. College storylines for high school shows are never very interesting; post-college, young adult stories are. And I just think it's far more realistic that they would all go away after high school and then reconvene in their hometown. It's what happens for a lot of people. I thought the show hit some very true emotional notes last season, even if the characters are all living unrealistic lives, given their ages.

It's truly ironic that OTH has outlived The OC. I never would have guessed that back when they both debuted, but The OC now has the feel of a fad, whereas OTH is comfort food.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 30th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember you telling me about it when it started airing in your corner! And you're absolutely right - the college years would have killed the show. This way is creatively superior. There is a lot of unrealism in their lives but there's always been that in OTH. (One of the reasons why I love the fastforward is because it was such a stretch believing the characters were high school kids!)

One of the best things about OTH to me is the recurring themes of friendship. You have the gang of friends almost like a family on to themselves. It is a lot like comfort food, isn't it? The O.C. was the exciting new kid from up North with stories about city lights and celebrities. One Tree Hill is the best friend you've grown up with, a little boring, but so dependable. :D

Plus, little Jamie is the cutest thing. I loved his equally tiny aunt (why can't I remember her name right now? Was it Katie?) telling him that he had to call her Aunt; and he telling her politely but firmly that he did not! :D

Edit - This is not the icon you're looking at. *waves hand*

Edited at 2008-08-30 08:29 pm (UTC)
queenmidalah From: queenmidalah Date: August 30th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lilly! Lucas' little sister is Lilly (or Lily, don't remember the spelling).
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 31st, 2008 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Great! Thanks!

Edited at 2008-08-31 10:46 pm (UTC)
foodsthatcan From: foodsthatcan Date: August 31st, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The friendship theme is extraordinarily strong in S5. I love the friendship between Brooke and Peyton. I love the friendship between Haley and Lucas, and how that plays into their relationships with Nathan. I love Haley and Nathan together, even though Schwahny puts them through the ringer every season. And Dan! They can never lose Dan. He's EEEEVIL, but he loves Jamie, and Jamie loves him! Millicent and Mouth are so cute together, and Skills is the best. I've said it before, but Skills needs to become my boyfriend.

I also think they handled the Lucas/Lindsey situation well. Usually they make the soulmate blocker such an obvious Wrong Choice, but they didn't villainize Lindsey. What happened between her and Lucas felt true: sometimes one person is just more in love than the other, and thank goodness they didn't get married.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 31st, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The friendship theme in OTH defines the show, I think, and makes it stand in a league of its own. In a genre where every other human value is sacrificed at the altar of teenage infatuation love, OTH shines for the persistent emphasis it places on friendship.

I can't decide who I love more between Skills and Mouth. I'm hoping Brooke either ends up with Mouth or with Skills if Bethany doesn't show up (Whatever happened to Bethany?).

I'm not surprised at all that they didn't villainize Lindsey because somehow I expected better from the show, you know? (I was a little surprised that Nanny Carrie turned out to be such a psycho after first being a positive influence on the family). I'm still a great deal let down about L/L not working out. Mostly because it harkens to what I said above about every other human value or relationship being sacrificed at the altar of love. Lucas/Peyton neither to either get together and stay together or move on. Too many people have been killed in the wake of RMS Leyton (or is it Pucas)? :p

Lindsey deserved better though. I hope we haven't seen the last of her because she was a great character.

Edited at 2008-08-31 10:45 pm (UTC)
atanone From: atanone Date: August 30th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
not a smallest clue of what it's about..huggling you anyway*hugs*
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 30th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
*huggles back* :D
queenmidalah From: queenmidalah Date: August 30th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have come to ADORE OTH and I can not WAIT till Monday to see the season premier, but won't tell you why since you aren't there yet to the season finale. :-D

And for what it's worth, I can not STAND Peyton/Lucas cause... well I can't stand Peyton. I'm a Brooke/Lucas shipper. Always have been. At first I was a Hayley/Lucas shipper, but Nathan/Hayley grew on me and now I can't imagine them not together.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 31st, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah! Another OTH friend! *hugs* This show's been great this season, hasn't it? Whoever came up with the idea to fastforward 5 years was a genius.

Oh no, please don't spoil me! :p It usually airs very late over here so I won't be surprised if you're half way through the new season before I'm done with 5.

I confess that Peyton gets up my nerves now. I was cool with her drama until the lost-long brother/stalker storyline. I was fed up with her being perpetually cast as a victim. I used to ship Brooke/Lucas but I am so in love with the way the girls (Peyton & Brooke) healed their friendship over the whole fiasco that I'd rather Brooke have Peyton than Lucas.

By the time I started watching the show seriously, Haley & Nathan were already OTP so I can't even imagine either of them with anyone else. :) I do think it's great that Lucas & Hayley are like the poster couple for platonic m/f friendships.

Edited at 2008-08-31 10:45 pm (UTC)
fialleril From: fialleril Date: August 31st, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
No idea about this show, but I'm glad you're enjoying it so much! ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 31st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
lol! Thanks! :D

Edited at 2008-08-31 10:45 pm (UTC)
reihla From: reihla Date: September 2nd, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been a OTH fan for several years now. :) I completely agree season 5 was awesome! We just picked up our dvd set today. I hate to admit it, but Season 6 just started last night and we missed it because I didn't have a clue.... We found out today when we paid for the dvd set. :( Now I'm off to find last nite's episode to download somewhere on the internet.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 2nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is so great! I love that all my friends who are OTH fans are coming out so to speak. We need to talk OTH more often.

Season 5 is still wonderful for me i.e. it's not yet over on cable here! I'll try not to beg you for Season 6 spoilers.

Edit - That would teach me to type when I'm half-napping.

Edited at 2008-09-02 06:50 pm (UTC)
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