Review: 8.20 – The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul

Posted by: Morgan on May 9th, 2011

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I’m currently studying for an English exam and we have to define the word “plot.” The definition is this: “An author’s unique arrangement of the events in a narrative.” This episode definitely had a unique arrangement. That being said, I thought that this episode was an improvement on the last two. Mostly, it felt like no one character or couple dominated the episode, which was important. There were still some elements that I think could have been done away with, but given the disappointment of the last two episodes, this was an improvement. I actually enjoyed this episode.

I want to start off by saying that I think Austin Nichols is doing a great job with the story of losing the baby and confronting the Kellermans. The first scene of Julian at the laptop and taking a drink (ginger ale) involved him not saying a word, but I thought he did a great job showing Julian’s pain, anger, and frustration. I also enjoy Julian’s ineptitude at being one of the guys in regards to coaching. Nathan and Clay have done a nice job of accepting that Julian is just not a jock, but still treating him like he’s one of theirs. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Julian and Brooke are getting their miracle baby. I’m happy for them and I thought that the scene on the baseball field was nicely done. It felt hopeful.

I honestly don’t care about Chase and Alex. But, as it turns out, their story this week was basically just a catalyst for Brooke and Julian. If Chase joins the Air Force, so be it. I like Alex. I think that last season she was easily the best of the three new characters. I don’t particularly see a need for her to continue. I don’t know what there is left for her in Tree Hill. But, since I didn’t feel like they were taking over this week, I wasn’t as annoyed with them as I have been.

What does annoy me is the treatment of poor Chuck Scolnik. Is the kid a brat? Yes. Does he deserve to be a punching bag? Absolutely not. Even astute, Yoda-like Jamie took a shot at Chuck this week, making fun of him for his mom not being there. Jamie’s supposed to be the nice kid. That was a low blow. Chuck’s been at the butt of some jokes for a while now. Clearly, these jokes hurt Chuck’s feelings. I think it’s time to stop. Also, when it comes to Jamie’s friends, I prefer Andre. Andre was an extension of Q and I loved Jamie and Q’s friendship.

As compared to last week, there was a scene between Nathan and Haley this week! Add to that, Lydia was there! Actually, it’s been proposed that Lydia may have been a hologram or that green screen may have been involved. I’ll take it. I liked the scene. I liked that Haley had her legs over Nathan’s. I’ve always liked when they sat like that. What I loved most was that Nathan was confiding in his wife. This is something that he should have been doing in earlier episodes. I even liked that little half scene of theirs at the end. Since at this point, Bethany Joy Galeotti was a new mom, I can totally excuse there being only that one and a half scenes. Especially since that made up the majority of Haley’s scenes.

So, is this the resolution to the Kellerman story? I actually wish they would have turned Ian in. I like the unit of Nathan, Julian, and Clay. When this whole thing began, I never really thought that it would be August Kellerman. It never crossed my mind that it would be him. From the beginning, I thought it would be Ian. So, it wasn’t a surprise when that was revealed that week. This week, I think Ian proved that he really had no redeeming qualities. He’s a selfish jerk. Although, I find it a little weird that Clay was the one who got angry enough to push Ian off of the bridge. Nathan and Julian were the ones who nearly lost loved ones. I suppose since Clay knows what it’s like to lose a loved one? I do like seeing Julian lose control. There are things about this story I would have done differently. I think as far as paralleling the relationships between Dan and Nathan and August and Ian, it was okay. I very much welcome the return of Dan Scott, so if it brings that, then right on. I approve.

So, a few final points:
• The way Haley was looking at the sign, do you think maybe she might be thinking of reopning the cafe? I’d like that.
• I like Clay and Quinn best when they’re being funny.
• If the show gets a ninth season, I pray that they stick with Gavin’s theme and only Gavin’s theme.

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