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Review: 8.06 – Not Afraid

Posted by: Meaghan on October 24th, 2010

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Back when we were doing our 30 Days of OTH meme, I wrote about my love of episodes where people dress up in costumes, so of  course I enjoyed this week’s Halloween-themed episode. I thought it was overall a fun episode, with a few developments that could lead to interesting things in the future. A few thoughts:

Motherboy: North Carolina. Julian and his mom’s “couples” costume was very … special. From the sound of things, this is pretty typical of their relationship. I could have sworn we were told in season 7 that Julian’s mom killed herself, but I guess I was wrong. Unless … there really are zombies in Tree Hill!? It will be interesting to see how problematic she becomes for Brooke and Julian, but for this week all I can think about is the matching costumes, which made me think of Arrested Development. Julian’s hilarious high five later on in the episode was also rather Bluth-esque. I would like to see his take on the chicken dance next.

Mad About the Boy. How inappropriate is Don Draper as a costume for Nathan? Don Draper is, in my opinion, one of TV’s least likeable characters. He treats women like garbage, is an inadequate father, and basically, couldn’t be any less Nathan-like if he tried. Nathan is positively angelic by comparison. But he did look great in the suit, and I suppose having him dress as a pitch man made sense given his pitch to the holdout quarterback. As a sports fan, I find sports agents inherently unlikeable; however, the show seems to be keeping with its often repeated idea that sports can be uplifting and inspiring by trying to make Nathan and Clay into agents who actually aren’t complete douchebags. How unrealistic.

Bad Romance. Millie telling Mouth “I’m a free bitch, baby” was one of the lines of the night. I still really don’t care about them, and I kind of hope they don’t get back together because Millie could do better, but that was a good moment.

Something Wicked This Way Comes! Jamie, Madison, and Chuck were adorable as Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I love Harry Potter, so that made me go awwwwww.

Do I Dazzle You? Clay’s Edward Cullen costume was hilarious, if perhaps not quite sparkly enough. Quinn wins the award for lamest costume of the night, but her nightmare in which Tree Hill gets taken over by zombies was entertaining. I like how Quinn is traumatized by a violent incident … so Clay sends her to South Africa, a country with an incredibly high violent crime rate, where about 30% of women have been raped. Yeah, that should be a  huge comfort to her. Does this mean Quinn will be away for a while? I wouldn’t mind.

Review: 8.05 – Nobody Taught Us To Quit

Posted by: Julie on October 19th, 2010

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Dear Lucas,

This “Dear Lucas” thing is getting kind of cheesy. If they are going to continue doing this, I’d like to see Brooke texting Peyton, or writing an email, or leaving a voice mail. The opening song was … weird. I must confess these covers do nothing but make me want to hear the original.

What comes next? Tree Hill is starting to feel like a more positive place, even with the heavy subjects of Brooke losing Clothes Over Bro’s and Nathan giving up his basketball career. There was lots of great character interaction in this one and more smiles than we’ve seen in a while.

If you had told me last season — or even at the very beginning of this season — that Nathan would give up basketball, I would have been really disappointed. We’ve seen him work so hard for so long to make it to the NBA, and to take that away does feel like losing a vital aspect of the show. One Tree Hill without basketball? Unthinkable! But I’m okay with it now. He did some soul searching and it feels like the right thing for him to do given his situation. I like that they are bringing up little things like Jamie seeing the wheelchair and being worried his dad will go into another dark hobo Jesus phase. I think whatever Nathan does, he will still be involved with basketball somehow. Maybe he’ll continue working with Clay. Speaking of which, I really enjoyed the scene between Nathan and Clay in the hospital. Clay owning the applesauce was cute. I like Clay, and I like his friendship with Nathan. Nathan helping Clay be an agent while he recovers should be fun to watch.

I still feel bad for Brooke. She seems depressed and not her usual self lately, which is understandable of course. Victoria sure knows how to push her buttons and I really want Brooke to work through some of her mommy issues. I’m hoping losing her company will give her new creative motivation. I have no doubt Brooke could regain her success, and maybe this time she’ll do it on her own terms. (But I hope she continues to visit Victoria in prison, because Victoria in prison is comedy gold.)

I loved the scene at the pool table with Nathan and frisky Haley and then Nathan reminding Brooke she has a friend who really, really understands her crazy parent in prison/giving up the dream situation. I want to see more of Nathan and Brooke being friends!

How beautiful did Brooke and Haley look in the scene near the end, sitting beneath the counter at Clothes Over Bro’s? It was distracting! I love the Brooke and Haley bonding that’s happening this season, but the “bros over clothes” bit was kind of sad simply because it’s so far removed from the spirit in which the company was started. But hey, still good advice for Brooke at this time in her life. Julian is just awesome this season. He’s so supportive of Brooke and I love them together. I’m also glad he’s getting more interaction with the other characters as he shoots his documentary. It makes him feel more like part of the group.

I was often bored with the Clay and Quinn hospital drama. I’m glad that’s over, but the scene of them leaving the hospital was quite nice. I liked that Jamie got to throw his confetti and Nathan looked so cute and happy in that scene. I’m surprised Clay and Quinn would want to move back into the beach house, and of all things, sleep in the room where they were shot! Especially with crazy Katie (presumably) still on the prowl. Surely that giant house has another bedroom! Maybe one without giant glass doors. I certainly wouldn’t be sleeping there.

I still don’t care much about Chase, Alex, and Mia. Especially Mia. I will say the setup for the Life Unexpected crossover was not bad. I was afraid it would be something weirdly forced into the episode, but it made sense. I watched the Life Unexpected episode and was amused by the various WB/CW stars but mostly confused and I fast forwarded through some of it (I’ve never watched it before). I know the similarities between Haley and Shiri Appleby’s characters were supposed to be cute, like getting pregnant in high school by athletes named Nate/Nathan, but it just made me think Life Unexpected failed at being original. I doubt I’ll watch LUX again (if it’s even on much longer…), but it was fun to have a little bonus Haley James Scott after watching One Tree Hill.

I really enjoyed this episode. I look forward to what comes next!

Review: 8.04 – We All Fall Down

Posted by: Morgan on October 11th, 2010

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I think this one’s mostly filler. Well, not entirely. Parts of it felt that way, though.

I specifically refer to Chase and Alex. We’ve been vocal in our thoughts on a potential triangle between Mia, Chase, and Alex. Mia was not in this episode, but I sort of feel the same way as this. I do love Alex. She was easily their best new character to come from season seven. I just don’t think we needed to see so much of Alex and Chase playing golf. Not when there are more important things going on. For the first half of the episode, I really felt like they were taking away from one very important thing going. I mean Nathan.

Since the first season, we’ve watched Nathan work toward his goal of making it to the NBA. So, the decision to leave the league deserves more than I think it got in this episode. As I said in my opening sentence, this episode did almost feel like a filler. So, maybe we’re being set up to see more of Nathan’s struggle with his decision. It’s a big one for him and for his family.

I loved everything with Brooke in this episode. Her story and Nathan’s parallel. Both went after a dream and now they’re losing it, but for different reasons. Brooke’s decision to hand over everything she has is something that Brooke would do. But, it did make me think about Brooke when we first met her. Remember her struggles to adjust to a less extravagant lifestyle in season two? Now she’s giving it up willingly. I’m glad she has Julian through all of this.

Speaking of, that whole Sensitive Julian thing on Twitter is making a lot of sense now. Have he and Haley every actually shared a scene together, just the two of them? I don’t think so. But, it’s nice seeing Julian interact with Haley and Nathan. They started to do that last season, so I’m glad they’re working in it more.

I really don’t have much to say about Haley working at the call center. I’m glad she’s doing it. What hit me, though, is how timely it is that we have a character who wants to reach out to people and let them know that things will get better. Both Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Galeotti have been a bit vocal about the recent suicides among teens as a result of bullying. Seeing a beloved Tree Hill character encourage people after having been down herself is nice, given the increase in what’s been happening.

Clay and Quinn weren’t in this episode much. What hasn’t been dealt with from their shooting is Katie. Is she still out there? Have they caught her?

This episode wasn’t bad, but it’s not a favorite. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s One Tree Hill, of course I enjoyed it. It just felt more like it was a step toward stories rather than telling actual stories for several characters.

The theme for this episode was performed by Susie Suh, who has a long history with the show. We figured after Kate Voegele’s that most versions would be in that low key tempo. I liked it better than Patrick Stump’s.

I’m stealing Julie’s favorite quote feature.

Victoria: I’ve been told I’m going to have mad street cred when I get up out of here.

Review: 8.03 – The Space in Between

Posted by: Meaghan on October 3rd, 2010

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Another coma-centric episode! But this one got things rolling with a few big developments from Victoria, Nathan, and Clay.

Spoilers from this point forward!

Patrick Stumped. I wasn’t wowed by this week’s “I Don’t Want to Be” cover. When it first started my reaction was something like “AGH, what is that?!” By the end, my ears had adjusted and I was more okay with it. Still, I don’t think it’ll end up being my favourite.

My Mother the Con. Well, it seemed pretty clear that Brooke would not actually be going to prison but I guess someone had to, so Victoria has taken the fall to spare her daughter. This speaks to the development of her character: try to imagine the Victoria we first met in season 5 — the one who told Brooke she wished she’d never had a daughter — ever doing something like this. You can’t. Yet, when she does it now, it seems perfectly natural. I’m sad to think we may not see Victoria for a while, but the country club prison might be a nice break for her. Plus, this just gives her more in common with Dan, and common ground can only help them get their inevitable epic romance started.

What, No Flying V Reference? I’m not a big Mouth fan so I’m hoping he won’t have a major storyline this season, but I really enjoyed his podcast and the device of the sports movie analogies, possibly because I love sports movies.

Take My Kidney, Please! Ever since we saw Nathan with the doctor in 8.01 I’ve been thinking he would probably give up his NBA career because of his back. I’m a little sad about that, but I also think in a way it was the journey to the NBA that was important for him. The reason Hobo Jesus Nathan was so bitter was that he had to give up basketball against his will. He got past that and proved he could play at the highest level, even after his injury, and he seems at peace with the idea of giving it up now. This decision would make me happy as a Haley fan who would like to see her be more than just the wife in the stands. It’s her turn to be the cool one.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Kidney. Really, the idea of shared coma dream guy Will giving up his kidney so Clay could live is pretty darn cheese-tastic. It’s also the kind of cheese-tastic One Tree Hill does so very, very well. I loved it.