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.

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Site Update: Mood Themes and a Fanlisting

Posted by: Julie on December 31st, 2010

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Happy new year! This site update includes a new fanlisting and two new mood themes! We have just opened The Comet – the Peyton Sawyer fanlisting for all fans of P. Sawyer.

Morgan has also made two new mood themes for use at LiveJournal or other journal sites: Brooke Davis and Peyton Sawyer.

Previews

accomplished
accomplished
content
content
enraged
enraged
sore
sore
thoughtful
relaxed
bitchy
bitchy
creative
creative
hopeful
hopeful
loved
loved
scared
scared

You can view all mood themes here. Enjoy, and credit where necessary.

Review: 8.11 – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Posted by: Julie on December 25th, 2010

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Nothing sets the mood like a dark and stormy night, and this episode managed to make even an elementary school spelling bee seem foreboding!

The promos for this episode made it clear that Brooke would be injured, but I was surprised by the series of events. One minor complaint would be Brooke storming out (heh) after the fight with Julian. It seemed dumb as hell to go out driving in that. But then we wouldn’t have this episode, would we? I wasn’t expecting Brooke’s scream to be because of Chuck in the road. I thought Lauren was dead for sure until she woke up, but I’m glad they didn’t kill her off because it would be sad for Jamie. I don’t want to deal with more funerals, etc. Another thing I wasn’t anticipating was Brooke being the hero after the first accident. She was amazing! Brooke has been down and depressed and it was so great to see her snap into action. This is the strong, resourceful Brooke I’ve been missing for a while. The sparking wire was a good mislead. I kept looking at that very nervously. And then they lulled me into a feeling of safety when Julian showed up! The calm look between the two of them was such a great moment … until Brooke and Jamie got knocked into the river. I love how Julian just jumped in without looking — maybe not the smartest thing to do but how heroic. Who is this asshole hit-and-run driver? I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes up in a later episode.

And this is where the episode became really intense. (If I had to choose one word to describe this episode, it would be intense!) It’s not bad enough that Brooke and Jamie are stuck in the car. The levy breaks! Including Jamie in the accident was a really good idea that made the scenes much more … intense! It raised the stakes. Brooke saying “he’s just a boy” was really sad. The look on Julian’s face as he carried Jamie to the bridge said it all. The following scenes of Brooke underwater reminded me of a certain scene in Lost (if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and you’ll know that it only made me feel worse to think of it). Jamie screaming on the bridge reminded me of Haley screaming for Nathan in the season three finale. How heartbreaking was it when Nathan and Haley showed up and Jamie said “Aunt Brooke is dead”? Holy crap. Now, I never thought Brooke would die. How could she? But they took it as far as it could go and I’ll admit I was a little worried by time she finally opened her eyes. I was so caught up in the drama that it didn’t occur to me that Nathan and Haley wouldn’t have known Jamie was also trapped in the car (and really, it’s a good thing they didn’t have to witness it, although I suppose they would have been in the water too). Julian saved both of their lives — great stuff.

As for Quinn and Katie, I think their scenes were a fun conclusion to the Psycho Katie storyline. But why would Quinn hide under the bed? You can’t defend yourself under the bed. The dirty fighting was fun to watch and the jump into the pool was great. The “I’m your storm” line was really cheesy (both times). The shooting was satisfying and should serve to make Quinn a more interesting character. Katie is by far the least interesting Tree Hill psycho. I think it’s because I’m not invested enough in Quinn, and maybe the identical twin thing is a little too cracky (even for OTH). I hope she’s gone for good now.

I was really looking forward to this episode because I’ve been waiting for Brooke to be in a car accident (it’s only fair), and I was not disappointed! I’m ready for some lighter storylines so I hope there isn’t too much emotional fallout but I am curious about the hit-and-run driver. I get the feeling this near-death experience may give Brooke the motivation she needs to jump back into her career. What will the shooting mean for Quinn? I’m not interested in more time being spent on the whole Katie/shooting storyline. I hope the closure will also allow Quinn to move on.

Random Observations
Yay for the original theme song! It makes me happy.
I loved the recurring use of the acoustic version of Gold Guns Girls by Metric.
Nice references to the good times Nathan and Haley have had in the rain.
Unsurprisingly, Nathan looks hot changing a tire in the rain.
Great choice in limiting the cast in this episode. The lack of Clay and other characters like Chase, Mia, and Alex focused the stories and made the episode more … yep, intense!

Review: 8.10 – Lists, Plans

Posted by: Morgan on December 5th, 2010

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This might be my favorite episode so far this season. There was a lot of great stuff, so let’s get started.

What a way to start an episode, huh? Brooke Davis would never have a white trash wedding, but how fun was that to see? Does anyone watch Mad Men? Haley shooting a bird reminded me of Betty Draper in season one. I’m also forever grateful to the show for giving me the image of Nathan in a trapper’s hat. I also really enjoyed the salami.

This has really been Brooke and Julian’s season. They’ve been great. It was nice that they brought back that list Millie made for Brooke back in the day. Watching them cross items off of it was a lot of fun. I really love Julian. He’s just perfect for Brooke. I feel so sad for Brooke for losing her company, but it’s so nice she’s got Julian there helping her through it. He’s offering just the support that she needs.

I’d just like to point out that it’s not as easy to get into a class late as it was for Nathan. I never gave much thought to his degree, because he’s always been all about basketball. It’s fun seeing him go back to school and having to study. Now they have tutor son. For the sake of nostalgia, though, I’d like to see Haley tutor him at some point.

I don’t love the Mia, Chase, and Alex triangle. I also don’t think it’s necessary at all. To be honest, I don’t think Chase is necessary at all. I do enjoy Alex and I like Mia has a minor character. Minor character. Not a major character. Having her there for something like celebrity bar tending was fun. I liked the concert a lot. I also like Kid Cudi, so that helps. Also, he already has a connection to the show since he co-stars with Bryan Greenberg on HBO’s How to Make It in America!

The big deal this was was the return of the Dantichrist! That list he gave Quinn for the supplies she’d need reminded me of Dexter. I was wondering how it was so easy for Quinn to find him, but then I realized that Nathan probably hasn’t bothered because he doesn’t want to have him. I think Paul Johansson really helped elevate Shantel van Santen’s performance. I just hope that Quinn dumping her gun isn’t the end of this, because that would just be too tidy. I’d like to see Quinn come apart at the seams a bit more. Of course, with that final scene, we know it isn’t over. My biggest hope is that Dan didn’t come back to the show just for Quinn, though. I want to see him interacting with Nathan, Jamie, and Haley. He’s got to be pretty stoked that another person is about to be born that doesn’t know what he did.

All in all, a solid, entertaining episode. I can’t wait for the next episode. The show does over the top so well and the story with Katie looks like it’s heading in that direction.

Review: 8.09 – Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace

Posted by: Meaghan on November 28th, 2010

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I like holiday episodes a lot in general, and I felt this was a very good one. When Haley said people always show up, you knew of course that everyone would end up at casa de Hathan. It was nice to see all the characters together.

Are You Ready For Some Football? The best part of this was Alex clotheslining Mia. What a takedown! I laughed and laughed.

Meet the Parents. How long was Victoria’s prison sentence? Like two weeks? If that’s the typical sentence for duping your investors then I think the US justice system is sending the wrong message. I loved it when Sylvia and Victoria teamed up, but I couldn’t help thinking how much more fun those scenes would have been if a certain other wine-loving Tree Hill mother had been there. Yes, Deb’s presence was missed on this day. Obviously, an appearance by Dan would have been welcome too, especially if he ended up going home with Victoria.

Stop Your Crying. I’m Chase, wah wah. I got dumped by two hot girls, wah wah. I’m alone on Thanksgiving, wah wah waaaaah. Dude … get over it. At this point, Chase is so annoying that I was kind of upset to hear that Stephen Colletti has been made a series regular.

Too Many Cooks! The news about Colletti was also disappointing because this show just plain has too freaking many characters. As Katie Holmes told Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys (a classic movie you should all see, by the way), writers are supposed to make choices. You can’t include everything — it’s lazy. At some point, a minor character or two (or eight) is going to have to be dropped. Chase is incredibly dull and would have been a good candidate, in my opinion, but I guess the OTH producers felt differently.

Her? Oh yeah, Quinn came back. Apparently she’s going all Psycho Derek on Psycho Fake Sarah. OTH has a pretty solid history with crazy stalker storylines (with the possible exception of the Katie storyline, unfortunately) so this could be good. It might even make Quinn interesting. I would like to see her become as crazy as Nanny Carrie. Just have her totally lose it. I doubt that’s where they’re going, but I can dream.