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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Earlier tonight, I wrote a post tearing up a movie that won a big award recently. Unfortunately I hope the producer of it will go for one of my projects, so I guess it's going to stay in Draft status for ... ever, probably.

The O.C. has really turned into car wreck TV.

<spoilers>
Okay, literally car wreck TV. I mean, did anyone not see that car wreck coming? Pouring rain, a plotline that just Will Not Die, no way to get rid of the clinging, useless Rebecca... so wreck a car with her in it! I would have gone with malfunctioning airbag, myself, but that's 'cause I don't ever wanna see her again.

But it's car wreck TV because you can call the plot twists coming whole acts in advance if not entire episodes, and you know the characters are going to do lame, unbelievable things, but you just have to watch.

We just knew Lindsay had to be Caleb's daughter because otherwise there's no moral choice to make. And I knew that choice had to be to ditch Caleb, because she's the most centered, most grounded character on the show, and who would want to be Caleb's daughter?

We knew Summer had to come back to Seth because she's core cast, though I was hoping the show was going to send her off whether they sent Jimmy Cooper. (I was hoping Julie Cooper was going to stay there too; but I guess she was just doing a movie somewhere.)

We just know that Marissa is going to dump Alex as soon as it really hits her that she's going to have to pay the rent for herself, 'cause The O.C. would play a lesbian fling for surprises and laffs, but it's not going to seriously build it into a whole relationship; and anyway, Marissa's core cast and Ryan's girlfriend just left, so they have to get back together.

Argh. Car wreck tv. But I have to watch.

Saving graces: the teaser, where Ryan's unwilling to leave the pool house because it's raining and Seth won't come visit him, either. Naturally no covered walkway to the pool house -- it's the Southland!

And, the way Josh Schwarz sprinkled setup after setup throughout the episode, solely so he could get Seth hanging upside down in a Spiderman face mask, so Summer and he could recreate the famous kiss scene from Spiderman 2.

Now that is true geek glory.

2 Comments:

Spot on comments on the O.C. There's something delicously predictable about the program, but the journey is so enjoyable that I just don't care.

By Anonymous Michael, at 2:30 PM  

Gee, you mean Marissa is a lesbian just during sweeps? It used to be just during college...

L

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:37 PM  

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