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31 March 2005 @ 08:11 pm
There probably is no excuse for this, so I'm not going to proffer one  

Greetings from possibly the only OC fan on the planet who hasn’t seen any of the second series - and considering how the first series ended, well, I’m digesting that. Certain people cried (and not just me - I mean on the show). In the spirit of sharing and whatnot I thought I’d chat about the extras, make a little love, get down tonight. People may have seen them or are entirely disinterested in them, that’s why the lovely lj-cut was invented. Obviously. Just for me, right here, right now.

In un-spoiler-ish news: one can see Rachel buying the soundtrack in the near future. The songs are amazingly in tune (hee) with my preferred sound - whatever that is, precisely. I have exactly forty quid to my name; this time next week I’ll have twenty euro less, but that’s the swings and roundabouts of life. Adam Brody can’t understand why they won’t feature Cher.

I love Sandy. He’s great. Peter Gallagher is exactly the same in RL from the interviews - sort of jumpy-eyed. But cool. I wish my dad were like that sooo much. I have grown to love his sheepdog hair and buggy eyes immensely.

Speaking of hair - whoa. I mean, this has to be the most TV I’ve watched in succession since I was six, back when there about three cartoons on during the holidays that I was stuck to. It took some adjustment on my part; I was getting nauseous from the way the hairstyles kept changing, particularly Marissa’s and Kirsten’s. I don’t know what they hoped to gain from showing them less-than-perfectly coiffed - all those times when The Hair Was Kinky? Oof. Just - no.

Josh Swartz - Creator Guy - didn’t want Adam Brody on the show! He turned up to his audition with none of the lines learnt and Josh said he never wanted to see him ever again. Fortunately for all of us, the other producer dude said he was the one everyone would fall in love with and brought him back. Good call, that man.

In his interview thing, he chewed gum. Adam Brody and Seth Cohen seem pretty alike, except that the former knows just how pretty and cool he is - it shows. He’s all, ‘I’m so chilled, I’m a milkshake’. To be expected, of course - that he’s a spoiled brat, I mean.

The ‘real’ people who went to Harbour school (should I say Harbor? I just did. Never again) - quite ugly, to be honest! Was quite amused to hear, though, that ‘Welcome to the OC, bitch!’ became the catchphrase in Newport for a while there. Oh, and no one from the OC calls it ‘the’ OC.

I liked the ending of the series. I like that both Seth and Ryan were TEARING. I’d be quite happy to leave it there - let’s face it, I have to. The next DVD set won’t be out for months, I’m way behind on terrestrial and while living half-way up a mountain may have its benefits in clean living and, uh, fresh air it also spells doom for those who’d care for some Sky or broadband coverage.

As a series - well, I may be biased from watching it all in a lump. It showed up the imperfections way more than I imagine it would otherwise. It seemed that ‘party’ was the plotline for every second - every, even - show and that Caleb was always bailing Sandy out of something or vice versa. Which, let’s face it, got wearisome episode after episode. The whole Ryan/Marissa storyline was less than scintillating at best. I haven’t quite bought into the whole Marissa!hate that everyone seems to catch; I just find her dull, repetitive and really deep-voiced - dude! (Mischa Barton was on another of the company’s TV shows before this - wow, nepotism, much?) She looks rather like a cat, I feel. I quite like cats, just - not in human form.

I also couldn’t warm to Ryan. He’s so ungrateful - every time Sandy tries to help him he’s all ‘Oh, I’m so tough and independent and, like, from Chino, dude’. Would it kill him - or the scriptwriters - to have him actually act like a scared sixteen-year-old for once? Just to break down and accept some help and god, talk about things? He has this thing where he stares sideways. It will lead to chiropractic problems in future, I’m absolutely certain and it does not make up for dialogue.

OC - could we go for Outta Character? They all changed so much in the series. Maybe that’s how it was meant to go and yeah, I like Julie Cooper and Summer better because of it, I can respect The Bitch, but talk about about-faces. We also did not get much evidence of Seth’s background as a bullied loser; he doesn’t seem so cut up about it.

I liked that the script was cyclical - the characters constantly saying old lines. Quite clever, even if it does bring to mind the Heineken ad for ‘If there’s a will’ - the one where your man says they’ll never make Groundhog Day because he wrote the same script three times? It’s a bit like that, the OC script. But not so much that I’d say, ‘Not even once. Not even once. Not even once.’

On that note, I cannot believe they censored the wanking line. Honestly! I’m going to write it down here, ohmygill, because I can and it’s also a good note to end on.

SUMMER: You could just lie there, like a buffet - and I could pick from you!

Seth is all ‘no’.

SETH: *to his hand, when Summer is gone* Just you and me, leftie. *speaks as his hand* Ooh, I’m tired. *as himself* I don’t care!

Come on, that was good. Bloody Janet Jackson and the eighteenth-century voice of American morals.

Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: The OC themetune
...chowburger on March 31st, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
The 'leftie' thing absolutely cracked me up XD I really wish they'd left it in the actual episode. I just recite it anyway whenever I see the episode :P
And I'm going to come back and write some more random stuff about the OC later, when I get home.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
*grins* Was kinda hoping you'd have something to say - you are my stalwart companion in this, albeit that I've barely scraped the surface of this particular boil obsession.

Oh, but we couldn't have anything REAL in an American soap, oh dear me no! *covers virgin ears*
...: If you leave...chowburger on March 31st, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ahh, the fun of boil-scraping. Mention the OC to me and I'll never shut up :P

I turn into a big soggy lump every time I watch the series one finale. I cannot emotionally handle things where people leave, and then there's the saying goodbye and they all get upset, and then I do >< It kills me. And they play Hallelujah, which is ridiculously predictable, but I can't help get upset.
And then there the OMGSLASH of Seth running away because of Ryan which also kills me. Kills me dead.

The music - I love the OC music! I was really surprised by all the stuff they played. 'Tis not often a soap has musical taste. And this makes me love Seth even more because it's all the music he listens to <3 Though I didn't like Rooney very much. Ugh.
Oh, and check out the Music from the OC website. It's great - it's got all the songs from every episode, and a list of all the mix CDs available (I'm totally buying Mix 4, it looks madly cool).

We also did not get much evidence of Seth’s background as a bullied loser; he doesn’t seem so cut up about it.
That's always bothered me. You'd think that if he'd been bullied for that long then it'd have been a bigger issue. And it just seems to entirely stop all of a sudden - I can't say I buy it. It could have made for some wonderful, wonderful angst, too... *sigh*

He has this thing where he stares sideways. It will lead to chiropractic problems in future...
Lmao! He starts to talk a little more in season 2, I think. And they make fun of his general lack of speech. I'm liking season two Ryan more than season one, though I was beginning to tire of Seth for a while there (TEH BLASPHEMY!) Seriously, there was a stretch where Seth was being whiny and annoying and I was - shock, horror - coming close to liking Ryan better. It scared me to the depths of my soul, it did.

Let's not get me started on Ryan/Marissa. Their relationship makes me physically ill (ok, that's probably overreacting a little), and I'm really not liking where season two is heading at the moment!

Long live season one! It rocks boulders.

I really want to watch it again now... I shall have to borrow the dvds off my friend. Or, even better, buy them with the NO money I have.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 1st, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Speaking of Hallelujah: An icon! Well, it's crap. But you may appreciate it. *winks* It was made by gymansangel360.

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I love that song; it's on Shrek as well, although you might know that. Yay for the Shrek soundtrack!

I agree; I found Rooney ver' dull! But I am confused by this Mix 4 stuff; is there more than one soundtrack out? I saw one in HMV last week. Oh, I'm just dying to get my hands on Dice and If You Leave, I've been singing them all day.

Seth is unbelievable as a victim of bullying. I'd say yes to being a geeky outsider; QUITE A LOT of people feel like that, and you don't have to be bullied to know it. And then they're best buddies with Luke. Oh, happening, totally. *rolls eyes* Bullying leaves unerasable scars; the only scar Seth has is that chickenpox one on his cheek. There again, Scwartz basically admitted he's a self-insert. Bad!

I heard about lesbian shenanigans...what I have to look forward to. I love how S1 ended, so weepy, me likey.
...: If you leave... // chowburgerchowburger on April 1st, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I need to get me some more OC icons.

Yeah. Different version of the song in Shrek, though. Can't decide which one I like better...

There are three CDs out so far, I think. My sister I have the first one, which has Dice (which I love) on it. But then it's got that Jem song I don't really like on it, too - you know the one that goes 'it's just a ride, it's just a ride...' Err, it's probably called 'Just a Ride' :P
And I have a love-affair with 'If you Leave' *points to icon* (ok, so I don't think you can actually read the writing on it, but it IS the song, I swear.) It's so cute. I love Nada Surf <3

And Rooney had bad, bad hair, which just made everything worse.

Seth seems, I dunno, too talkative and self-confident to have been badly bullied for very long. I mean, if he went to my school everyone'd be raping fawning all over him. He'd be more like the Seth we saw in the finale more often if it was to be believable.

But the lesbian shenanigans are better than Ryan/Marissa! They make a more interesting, believable couple.

Mm, weepy is good.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 1st, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Different version of the song in Shrek, though

I noticed that. The OC one is more - acoustic, or something? It's lovely song no matter. But am I dreaming or was it originally a Leonard Cohen song? (haha, Cohen)

I have a love affair with it too! And now I finally get your icon.


Here's a load of them. Not brill, but a start!

Yes, were they trying to be the Beatles or what?!

too talkative and self-confident

Absolutely! Even getting ribbed constantly in a 'friendly' manner for being a swot and a bookworm *raises hand* makes you pretty cautious about what you say to people and does not work wonders for your self-esteem. Mind, it's the reason the last episode works so well - Seth's finally IC! And so, so in love with Ryan liek woah.

Mm, I can't wait till they start repeats on TG4!
denial_girldenial_girl on March 31st, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
As a (now former) OC fan who has see the second season, I'll warn you: it blows. Was S1 was campy fun, S2 is even more repetative and dumbed down. Just as the party-fistfight every other ep was the pattern for S1, S2's thing is even worse. Without giving anything away, this was the plot for every episode:

Start of episode: I don't think we can date. It might upset X/I'm still hung up on my ex.
End of episode: Forget it, I love you! Let's date!
Start of next episode: I don't think we can date. It might upset X/I'm still hung up on my ex.

Etc. I had to stop watching it got so bad. That, and they scheduled it against Survivor.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Mayhap I will NOT shell out another fifty squids for the next DVD set. I quite liked the ending this time and perhaps I shan't ruin it. Cheers!
Insufferable, man.: rings - proverbcynicalpirate on March 31st, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Adam Brody and Seth Cohen seem pretty alike, except that the former knows just how pretty and cool he is - it shows.

Yeah, that's the major drawback - his arrogance. All cool people have it. It just something we have to live with... *flicks uncoiffed hair*

He has this thing where he stares sideways.

He also has this thing where he only has ONE facial expression, the sideways stare, except he varies it for the occasion. *clears throat*

Something wrong with Marissa - slightly buggier eyes

Something Funny - curved lips

Seth being Seth-y - slightly bugged eyes + curved lips + raised brows

Sandy or Kirsten talking to him - normal stare

Thinking (we hope) - normal stare

Punching Someone - lower lip slightly thrust outwards, intense look of concentration

I hated him last series. But now he's not so painful to watch, maybe because.... whoops, nearly spoiled it for ya.

I never watched the DVD, and now I want to see that scene so bad... *sniffles*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Careful with the hairflicking, you too could end up in the chiropractor's office...

Yes, I've noticed that. It's quite scary; but he's a bit normaller in RL. I mean, he moves less like an OAP. The only reason I ever liked him was because he was so obviously good for Seth. *sigh*
Caitcoralia13 on March 31st, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
I guess this is going to be one of those things you and I don't have in common, just like...

Wait, what else don't we have in common?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Nothing, I don't think! Nothing that has of yet revealed itself.

'sides, if you can admit to Adam Brody's beauty, we'll be fine.
Caitcoralia13 on March 31st, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't get crazy about him like some people do, but I think he's very cute. Will that suffice?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. He's my perfect boy looks-wise, but at least I don't have more competition. xD
Caitcoralia13 on April 1st, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Is he? Huh. Don't think I've found mine yet.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 2nd, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
I can sum up my attitude to his beauty in one word.


The music to this show is excellent, I must say. I'm listening to stuff from the website, it's compulsive listening.

Don't think I've found mine yet

Good! No standards to live up to!
Caitcoralia13 on April 2nd, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, your response to Adam Brody is just one letter away from my reaction to Joe (GAH). No, I haven't found an "ideal" yet, but other guys have a pretty hard time living up to Joe. ("Well, he's cute and nice, but not like..." You know how it goes.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 3rd, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
Well, he's cute and nice, but not like..." You know how it goes.)

*nods emphatically* Once you start thinking you'd do anything for him, that'll be it ... you're pretty close to actually loving him, it seems?
Caitcoralia13 on April 3rd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
It feels that way. Although, I'm not sure how much of what I love is him, and how much is what I have built him up to be. You know what I mean? A great deal of our relationship has taken place in my head, I think.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 4th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
That's the problem with crushes, of course! I'm afraid I can't offer any insight; that's as far as I've gone with the whole love thing, it's always been pretty one-sided. Still, we both live in hope!
Caitcoralia13 on April 4th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Live forever in hope. Forever and ever and ever... (SIGH)
gabbysun on March 31st, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
*backs away and runs*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 1st, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
*pets you*