After Thursday (Jan. 18) night’s episode, there are only five more hours left of The O.C., a fact that FOX has decided to rub in with surprising regularity. This is a show the network couldn’t be bothered to promo when it might have been saved, but it suddenly warrants American Idol ad-space in death? Hmmm…
Truth be told, Thursday’s episode was awfully scatter-brained when it comes to both love and to whatever the show’s eventual endgame is likely to be. In one plotline, we had Ryan learning that love isn’t what you have in common, but what you feel. In another, we got Kaitlin realizing that love isn’t what you feel, but what you have in common. And the episode ended with Taylor realizing that she has to learn to be alone and be herself, which is exactly the lesson that Summer briefly learned last week before promptly forgetting it this week. It’s like the writers have figured out what the eventual romantic pairings will be, but letting everybody settle down already would be dull. Thus? Coyly written wheel spinning!
Thus we got a thematically unified episode in which all of our characters went to extremes to prove themselves to the people they love. Seth embarked on a camping trip and sweat lodge with Che. Ryan wrote a poem. Kaitlin tried hanging out with band geeks. Julie invented an STD breakout to spend time with Kirsten. And for all that, what we were left with was another week of the same duos in different versions of romantic limbo.
The jury’s still out on:
What were your thoughts on the episode and the direction of things?