Middle Cyclone

Posted by: The Dantichrist on January 23rd, 2011

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We’re halfway through season eight! Have our wishes come true? For the most part, no — but there is still time, and we all feel this season is stronger than the last one. Here is our mid-season eight report card.

Best Episode

Julie:
8.10 – Lists, Plans
This episode was fun and full of great things including the hilarious redneck wedding opening and the return of the Dantichrist! I loved seeing Julian help Brooke complete her to-do list and I enjoyed watching Nathan go back to school and study with Jamie. This may not be as “big” of an episode as “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (my second choice!), but overall I enjoyed it more and it was definitely less traumatic to watch.

Meaghan:
8.11 – Darkness on the Edge of Town
One Tree Hill does crazy drama better than just about any other show on TV and this was a great episode for that. The Quinn and Katie stuff was perfect OTH-slasher movie fun in the tradition of Psycho Derek Prom and Nanny Carrie in the cornfield. Fantastic. I loved the scenes with Brooke on the bridge being superheroic and saving everyone, and then Julian doing the same. One of my favourite moments was how happy Brooke and Jamie were when Julian showed up on the bridge. Julian has been pretty insecure this season so it was nice to see him greeted as a hero; it must have been a boost for his self-esteem. All that excitement, plus some actual scenes of Nathan and Haley spending time alone together. We haven’t had enough of that for the last two seasons.

Morgan:
8.11 – Darkness on the Edge of Town
This episode, I think, became an instant classic for the series. I could have done with less Quinn and Katie, but it was okay because the rest of it was executed so perfectly. This episode was, as Julie said in her review, intense. At one point, my mouth literally dropped open and I gasped.

Weakest Episode

Julie:
8.02 – I Can’t See You, But I Know You’re There
In my review I called this one of the most pointless episodes in One Tree Hill history. The discovery of the shooting was well done, and I liked the Jamie and Julian scenes, but this episode was melodramatic Clay and Quinn overload!

Meaghan:
8.03 – The Space in Between
Yeah, I could have gone with any of the coma-centric episodes, but this one sticks out for some reason. Maybe because there was a scene where Quinn talked to Clay at his bedside. While I did ultimately enjoy the “Clay gets a kidney from that guy in his dream” thing, I also felt the whole “Clay meets a guy we’ve never seen before in his dream” thing a little pointless. The last thing this show needed was more characters. He couldn’t have talked to Sarah? Did we really need to know the source of his kidney? Meh.

Morgan:
8.02 – I Can’t See You, But I Know You’re There
This is the second year in a row where the second episode of the season has been a low point. I just didn’t care to see Clay and Quinn in their out of body experience. Also, I thought their “Till Kingdom Come” catchphrase was kind of lame, because it came out of nowhere. I’m glad it hasn’t stuck.

Most Entertaining Plot Line

Julie:
I have really enjoyed Brooke and Julian this season, from the sweet scenes of Julian supporting Brooke when she lost her company to the cutesy fun dates to the seriously upsetting car accident drama. They even fought zombies and had a redneck wedding! Ok, those were dreams. Still.

Meaghan:
Although I’m not a huge fan of Quinn, I have to say that I found her meeting with Dan to be the most entertaining thing we’ve seen this season. It was very Dexter.

Morgan:
Everything Brooke and Julian. It’s been their season. Brooke Davis has worked long and hard to have a happy personal life, and she’s got it with Julian. Sadly, her professional life has fallen apart. That being said, she’s had Julian at her side every step of the way.

Best Theme Cover

Julie:
Aimee Mann’s cover, hands down. I like Aimee Mann, so I was expecting to like her cover, but she surprised me and made me like it even more by using a different verse than normal theme. (I also appreciated the Matthew Ryan one for this reason.)

Meaghan:
Nothing stands out. I was happy to hear the original on “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

Morgan:
I was torn. I was most looking forward to the covers by Aimee Mann and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Neither disappointed. I’m going to have to go with Aimee Mann, though, in “Lists, Plans.” The beginning notes sounded exactly like an Aimee Mann song, but she still kept the spirit of Gavin DeGraw’s original. I also like that she didn’t start from the traditional beginning.

Worst Theme Cover

Julie:
I thought most of them were pretty bad, at least in the context of the opening credits. The Susie Suh cover was my least favorite but the Kate Voegele version is a close second.

Meaghan:
I thought the Patrick Stump version on “The Space in Between” was terrible.

Morgan:
Oh, Patrick Stump. That was an experiment gone wrong.

Best Episode Title

Julie:
“Darkness on the Edge of Town” sounds very creepy and foreboding — perfect for the episode!

Meaghan:
I agree with Julie: “Darkness on the Edge of Town” was perfect.

Morgan:
“Nobody Taught Us to Quit,” the fifth episode of the season. I liked it because it was a nice comment on Nathan and Brooke’s stories this year.

Cutest Moment

Julie:
All the scenes of Nathan studying with Jamie in “Lists, Plans” were really too cute. I love watching Nathan be a dad.

Meaghan:
Screwup superpowers activate!

Morgan:
Basically, everything Brooke and Julian did in “Lists, Plans” was super adorable. Like I said earlier, he’s really perfect for her. I loved that they brought back her list Millie made for her and that she and Julian did it together.

Most Expendable Character

Julie:
Mia 2.0, aka Erin. Snore.

Meaghan:
Chase. Let’s see … he was the only character who didn’t attend Thanksgiving at Nathan and Haley’s house. And Jamie, despite having met him several times, doesn’t even know who he is. That’s probably the definition of expendable right there.

Morgan:
Erin. When putting this together, I sort of forgot she existed. So, I suppose that makes her the most expendable.

Funniest Moment

Julie:
Julian’s ridiculous high five was hilarious, and made even more so because he was wearing a puppy costume.

Meaghan:
Julian’s high five would probably have been my choice too … if I hadn’t laughed so hard I cried when Alex clotheslined Mia during the Thanksgiving football game.

Morgan:
Brooke’s redneck wedding nightmare. Haley with a shotgun (reminiscent of a season one episode of Mad Men), Nathan in a trapper hat, salami, Jamie emerging from a port-a-potty with beer.

Predictions for the Rest of the Season

Julie:
Surviving the accident will give Brooke back her drive and determination. Maybe she’ll be inspired to find her career again, or pursue having a child. Whatever she does, I think we’ll be seeing more of the old, confident Brooke.

Meaghan:
Haley will have the baby in dramatic fashion. Jamie’s birth was pretty easy, all things considered. Maybe this time around Nathan will have to deliver the newest member of the James Scott clan in the back of a car or something. Or maybe Jamie will deliver his new sibling himself! Okay, that would be weird.

Morgan:
Dan Scott will return and actually, you know, interact with his family! I also see happy times ahead for Brooke and Julian.

Lingering Questions

Julie:
Who was the hit-and-run driver?

Meaghan:
Who was driving that car?! Was it someone we know? Was it totally random? I must know the truth!

Morgan:
Why is Chase still in Tree Hill? Oh, right. And who was driving that car that sent Brooke and Jamie plummeting into the river as Julian watched on?

Wishes For the Rest of the Season

Julie:
The Dantichrist, please! I don’t know if I ever want him to really reconcile with Nathan but I definitely want to see them interact again. And of course Dan loves to hold innocent little babies who don’t know what bad things he has done. It’s also not too late for him to become Victoria’s lover. (It’s never too late.) I would also like to see more Nathan and Haley scenes because I love them and come on, more shirtless Nathan. There has been almost no shirtless Nathan this season. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Meaghan:
I just want more scenes of Nathan and Haley interacting. For the love of all that’s holy, is that too much to ask? I also wouldn’t mind Dan coming back (and having a passionate affair with Victoria) nor would I say no to more shirtless Nathan. I would never say no to that.

Morgan:
The first half of the season heavily featured Brooke and Julian. I would love the second half to feature Nathan and Haley and their growing family. While Nathan and Haley have been a strong presence, they haven’t had much to do as a family this season so far. I want that.

*This entry is named after a song by Neko Case.

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