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Review: 8.02 – I Can’t See You, But I Know You’re There

Posted by: Julie on September 26th, 2010

Filed under: Reviews

My initial reaction to this episode is not an overwhelmingly good one: I think it was one of the most pointless episodes in One Tree Hill history. I’m not saying I totally hated it — it’s One Tree Hill and I like watching it — but I found myself bored during the excessive amount of Clay and Quinn scenes and ready to move on from sad story lines. This episode didn’t build on last week’s superior episode so much as drag it out without giving us much new information.

Spoilers from this point forward!

Poor Haley. I’m sad she is the one who discovered Clay and Quinn, but I think the scene was well done with the shaky and out-of-focus shots. And what a gruesome scene it was! I can’t believe how long they were there bleeding before she found them! And how horrible for Haley to be waiting alone in the hospital before Brooke and Nathan got there, but I’m happy we got several shared Haley, Brooke, and Nathan scenes. The scene of Nathan and Haley in the church was also nice, although sad. I wonder when Katie will turn up again.

Who knew Clay and Quinn could take up so much screen time even in a coma? My biggest problem with this storyline is that it seems so pointless: I absolutely don’t think Quinn or Clay will die, so I’m frustrated with it being dragged out. I just don’t think the show would go there after Haley’s mother dying and the depression story line and I want Haley to be happy again. I’m not invested enough in Clay or Quinn as characters to be terribly moved by all the hospital speeches. To put it in perspective, imagine Nathan giving a similar speech to Lucas, or Haley to Brooke. It would be so much more powerful, right? Clay and Quinn haven’t been around long enough to earn all this emotion and I don’t think their relationship is established enough to carry the weight of the dream scenes. (Which, by the way, I prefer to think are just Quinn’s dream. I know this is One Tree Hill, but a shared dream is too out there for me.)

Of course Mouth would go around asking his friends for a job! LOL! A job he will inevitably quit. Aside from that, this was the most enjoyable Mouth has been in a long time. The banter with Chase was actually quite funny, especially the bit with the cherry stem. Alex continues to be fun and I’m surprised how much I liked the scenes with Alex and Chase. Chase and Mia? Not so much. I really do not care for Mia and I’m glad the Alex/Mia/Chase triangle, if it has to exist, has been set up so I can root for Alex. Team Alex, all the way.

Poor Brooke. I hope she doesn’t lose her company, but I’m also wondering the point of this story line. We’ve already seen her stand up to Victoria so that is nothing new. Millicent is being awfully flippant about the situation. I’ll reserve judgment until this story unfolds a bit more. It’s nice Julian is so supportive of Brooke and taking care of Jamie. The Julian and Jamie scenes were fun, especially at the batting cages. I liked them together in the Utah episode and I’m glad they were paired up again.

Random Observations
Haley, Quinn, and Brooke have the same hair.
Speaking of hair, Jamie’s greased up old man hair style is very weird.
I love having the credits back, but Kate Voegele’s cover of the theme was not a great fit. I hope the other covers are less acoustic.

Favorite Quote
“If you really like the new baby, can I have Jamie?” – Brooke

The Song Remains the Same

Posted by: The Dantichrist on September 24th, 2010

Filed under: Essays and Thoughts

We’re all excited, right? Not only because the show is back, but because the opening credits are as well! We missed the Gavin DeGraw theme and the credits! As you may have read, after Gavin’s original made its return in week one, the theme will be covered by various musicians throughout the rest of the season. This includes Tree Hill regulars like Kate Voegele and Matthew Ryan, as well as Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy and Aimee Mann. That got us thinking. Who would we like to see cover “I Don’t Want to Be”? Here is a list of ideas. Some more possible than others, we are sure.

This one seems obvious. The show is named after a U2 song, after all. So, why not have one of the greatest bands of all time (Meaghan would argue that they are the greatest) cover the song? We’re sure Bono would deliver some spectacular vocals.

Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyonce
This one is a little more out there and not really in line with the music the show usually plays, but it would certainly be unique. Harmonies from B, Jay and ‘Ye going at it. This would undeniably be a great way to start out an episode.

Ryan Adams
The music of Ryan Adams has had a presence on the show season season one. He’s been a regular fixture ever since. When Karen’s Cafe adds the map of various musicians and where they’re from, you see his name next to Haley’s. Adams is from North Carolina, so it’s even more fitting! He’d have a great take on this song.

Well, these are just a few ideas. We hope the covers used on the show end up on iTunes.

*This entry is named after a song by Led Zeppelin.

Review: 8.01 – Asleep at Heaven’s Gate

Posted by: Morgan on September 20th, 2010

Filed under: Reviews

We have a new feature here at It Was Just a Joke! We had so much fun with 30 Days of One Tree Hill that we wanted to post more. So, for season eight, we’ll be trying (operative word is trying) to post a small review for each week’s episode! We’ll be taking turns and we have no set format. So, hopefully we can keep up with this and we hope you enjoy. Without further ado, the first review!

Spoilers from this point forward!

If you’re familiar with this blog, you’re familiar with our feelings about season seven. To put it simply, it was overcrowded. I’ll admit, when I saw so many faces in the opening credits, I was a little worried that we may be in for more of the same. I was happy to find that my worries were for naught. This felt like a return to form. This felt like what the show should have felt like last year. By that, I mean that most of the focus felt like it was on Brooke, Nathan, and Haley. Obviously, other characters were involved, but this absolutely felt like the focus was on those three.

Those supporting characters did exactly what supporting characters should do – they supported the main cast. The focus felt so much like it was on those main three, along with Julian and Jamie, that I really didn’t mind the others as much as I did when it felt like they were taking over. I still don’t want a triangle between Mia, Chase, and Alex, but their scenes didn’t feel as intrusive as they did last season.

With the focus on the main three, it felt like Clay and Quinn were set aside, left bleeding on the floor. Which they were. The drama between those two also took up a lot of time and more is obviously being set up. As long as things keep going the way they did in this premiere, I’ll be okay with that.

To bring up the focus on the main three again, I feel like the show has realized what didn’t work last season. I also think they’re preparing for the end. Or rather, The End. Which brings me to my next subject. The opening credits! I’ve missed them. What a great shot of nostalgia to see clips from the early seasons of the show. I’m looking forward to seeing how other artists perform the theme.

All in all, a strong start to the season and hopefully that means great things for the coming season.

To Wish Impossible Things

Posted by: The Dantichrist on September 14th, 2010

Filed under: Essays and Thoughts

The premiere of season eight is only hours away. We had a great time going through 30 Days of One Tree Hill, but now we look ahead. As you know from reading our recent posts, season seven was not our favorite. So, we have a wishlist! We hope these aren’t actually impossible things.

Season Eight Wishes:

  • Dan Scott left on a bus to God knows where. Well, now we’d like to know where. Bring back the Dantichrist!
  • Deb Scott. Or is it Lee now? Either way, we’d like an appearance from her.
  • Chris Keller was last seen in Honey Grove, TX and that felt like an ending. But imagine the possibilities of putting Chris Keller in a scene with Jamie Scott!
  • And on that note, Kanye West goes on tour with Chris Keller. The tour stops in Tree Hill. Amazingness ensues. Come on, you know you want it to happen.
  • Seriously, though, less screen time for minor characters. Key word is minor. That means long time characters like Mouth and Skillz, along with newer characters like Mia and Chase. As much as we love Alex, this also means her. So, you can skip the Mia/Chase/Alex triangle. As for Miranda and Grubbs, you don’t need them back. Especially not when they take the focus away from the main characters.
  • Brooke Davis cannot get married without P. Sawyer there. We’d also like to see Sam there. She is one of Brulian’s strongest supporters.
  • Brooke and Julian can adopt all the children in the world, but no miracle pregnancy — it would be too cheesy.
  • More Nathan and Haley as a couple. Yes, we mean that.
  • Nathan and Haley’s daughter should be named Julie Meaghan Morgan James Scott. ;)
  • At least one of our wonderful suggestions to be used as an episode title.

*This entry is named after a song by The Cure.

30 Days of One Tree Hill: Day 30

Posted by: The Dantichrist on September 13th, 2010

Filed under: Memes

Well, our thirty days now comes to a close. Several categories have created a challenge for us to think of just the right answers, but none so much as this last category. What makes One Tree Hill so great? Well, here’s what we think. And if that isn’t enough, watch the show and find out for yourself!

What makes One Tree Hill so great? It’s impossible to pick one reason, but I’ll start with the characters. For a show with such fantastical plots, the core characters remain surprisingly grounded, and I think that’s why the crazy plots work so well. One Tree Hill is a fantasy world where it seems normal for teenagers to get married, everyone is wildly successful after high school, and a dog eats a heart meant for a transplant patient, but it’s easy to relate to the characters because they are fully-developed, multi-faceted people and their relationships and emotions are presented in a rather realistic way. Realism aside, the crack element of One Tree Hill is tons of fun. Dan Scott as the scheming villain is probably my favorite example but I also love that the characters have big dreams like being in the NBA, being a rock star, or being a fashion designer, and it seems totally natural within the realm of the show when they all achieve these goals. The show has a lot to say about chasing your dreams and being true to yourself and that message shines through the wackiest of plots.

One Tree Hill is great for so many reasons. It’s quite hard to narrow it down to just three, but I will try. First, strong, OTH presents well-developed female characters and friendships between women which are portrayed fully and treated with respect. The show passes The Bechdel Test with flying colours. Haley, Peyton, and Brooke are characters female viewers can relate to and enjoy. Second, Nathan and Haley are one of the best TV couples ever. I’ve loved watching their relationship develop, and as I said in our Best Nathan and Haley Moment post, they make me feel better about life. I don’t know why, but they do. In Tree Hill, two teenagers can get married during their junior year of high school, have a baby by graduation, and manage to make their marriage work through a whole lot of drama. It’s a beautiful thing. It also leads well into my third point about why OTH is so great: the crack. It is a wacky show. Nathan and Haley’s story makes no sense, but on OTH it works. Think about the original characters: an NBA player, a rock star, a successful fashion designer … Lucas (a published author) and Peyton (who runs her own record label) are the least successful. It’s insane. Then there’s Dan, who is probably one of the most outlandishly evil villains in the history of non-sci-fi-or-fantasy TV, and ridiculous but fun incidents like Nathan and Chris Keller’s riverboat gambling adventure, or — the ultimate example — the dog eating Dan’s heart. It was the dog eats heart incident that first prompted us to watch the show. Our feeling was that a show which could produce such a moment, and not in a dream sequence or anything, might be worth seeing. We were right.

Well, first things first. It’s difficult to encompass the greatness of One Tree Hill in only three screen captures. One of my favorite things about the show is not specifically within the show. Julie, Meaghan, and I were already good friends. We’ve really bonded over One Tree Hill, though. Without the show, we’d still be great friends, but it’s great that we found the show together. It’s made our friendship even better than it already was. Now, within the show. It’s a pretty insane show and it knows it. It embraces just how outlandish it really is. Despite those outlandish plots, the characters are real and they manage to root the show. These are characters I want to see succeed. When they do, I cheer for them. When heartbreak hits them, I sympathize with them and I went it to be better. It’s a nice little show and I’m happy to have it. Actually, I think if you want to know how great the show is, you get great photographic proof from our header images.

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