As I said on the podcast, I have a tendency to watch only comedies and then watch those comedies over and over again while ignoring quality shows like Friday Night Lights until they are canceled. As I did not say on the podcast, I am an idiot.
I won’t do a gigantic post just yet since I’m only two episodes away from the end of S1, but I will say this: the relationship between Coach Taylor and Tami Taylor is just the greatest. Beautiful without being perfect, real without needless drama. They support each other and they question each other and even though the show is dominated by football players and their female counterparts, these two are without a doubt the heart of the show….and they are totally ruining me for life.
So I (Caroline) am now 12 episodes into The O.C. and I have a really important question:
Why does Mischa Barton feel the need to always kiss people with her hands on either side of the face like she’s perpetually in a Nicholas Sparks book (for further evidence, please refer to this meticulously compiled YouTube video of “Marissa Cooper and her lovers” set to “Kiss Me” because what else would it be set to)?
Life Lessons Learned from a First Viewing of “The O.C.” (Mix 1)
- If a girl asks you for a light, BEWARE: it may be a cover for her bewitching you into eternal emotional slavery, which can run the gamut from fighting her Abercrombie boyfriend to taking the blame for her overdosing to plotting her escape from hospitals because she will convince you that it’s totally your place. BEWARE.
- Running away from home is exactly as dumb as it was when you were four and you took your bike and a pudding cup down the block and back. You may even burn a house down. Dumb.
- Situations can get shitty, but you don’t actually need to panic until there are some shady Minorities lurking nearby. Then you run. (See: Juvie, Hispanic Guy With a Plastic Fork; Mexicans in a Bar; Black Doctor With Diagnoses, etc.)
- Stealing money from clients to cover your own ass is cool so long as you were doing it to finance ponies and whatnot and/or your wife is a harpy who has the audacity to suggest you take responsibility (what a bitch, ammirite?).
- If your life can be described as a perfect combination of the more stupid moments from Serena Van Der Woodsen/Nate Archibald’s lives and you don’t have Chace Crawford’s eyebrows, you need to reevaluate like, yesterday. The only world in which people tolerate those moments lives in your TV, and people are throwing things at it because of people like YOU.
Until Mix 2,
And LO, Caroline finished Alias season one! You may have heard me explain some of my thoughts on this week’s podcast, but if you didn’t/want to see them written in a (somewhat) more coherent fashion, allow me some bullet point reactions:
- Watching Alias years after the fact is, I think, weirder than watching something like Freaks and Geeks after the fact, if only because so much of Alias’ intricate spy world is based on technology and we may be at the point today where a toddler with an iPad could probably break into SD-6…i.e. there was a fair amount of Suspended Disbelief as far as the tech was concerned.
- Unless a show is absolutely dead-on sure of itself from the get go, getting past the first six or so is somewhat of a challenge for me. They’re kind of like the showrunners clearing their throats, figuring out the characters with the actors, what works and what doesn’t (the only recent show coming to mind that did know itself from the get-go is Modern Family, but feel free to disagree with me). Sometimes the expository episodes are entertaining to watch, sometimes they’re painful. For the most part, Alias was entertaining— but it wasn’t until maybe episode 15 that I found myself totally invested in what was going to happen. Cliffhangers are fun, but it’s only when I’ve got an emotional stake in the characters that I’m going to scramble to find the conclusion.
- That being said, the final three episodes were awesome. Against the expectations they had set with the previous episodes chipping away at the mysteries, the final episodes played ALL the cards, meaning I have no fucking idea what’s about to happen. And I am thrilled.
- MVP’s of Season One: explosives, Jennifer Garner’s punches to the face, Victor Garber’s facial twitches of Suppressed Emotions, Bradley Cooper’s khaki-matching blond hair (pictured).
See you after Season Two!
When I saw that the A.V. Club somehow managed to hire a writer who’s NEVER seen Buffy, my face was kind of like Sydney Bristow’s when confronted by the C.I.A. (though without the benefit of Jennifer Garner’s makeup team so it was really fortunate no one was filming me). “HOW DO YOU LOVE T.V. AND NEVER SEE BUFFY?” I yelled at absolutely no one. “HOW?! And WHY should I read your after-the-fact reviews of the episodes?!” Pathetic.
…and yet I had never seen Alias.
I capital L Love T.V., but I’m a creature of habit, and getting me to watch a new show can be like pulling teeth. Luckily, LaToya has no problem pulling them, so I’m now halfway through the first season of Alias and the second season of Bored to Death, up to speed on The Vampire Diaries, and have Fringe, Misfits, Friday Night Lights and Psych waiting on the backburner. (Told you I was bad.)
Luckily for all of YOU, I’m going to use this space to talk about these Shows I Should Have Seen But Didn’t while LaToya talks about, you know, ALL the shows. It’ll be just like the A.V. Club, but without the cred; you can even heckle me, if you like. Awesome? Awesome.