NOTE: This article contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of The OC.
This season’s weekly prime time guilty pleasure on Thursday nights for me has been The OC. I began watching the show mid season season one, and something hooked me in. Yes, it is another one of your angst driven teen dramas with every week something more and more devastating happening to the cast of adults and teenagers. A drug overdose, a car accident while driving hopelessly drunk, an affair that really isn’t an affair, a porn tape that somehow finds its way out of one woman’s closet.
These are all events that have befallen the residents of the OC. The latest being the death of one of the major cast members. Also the oldest on the cast, Caleb Nichol. It was foreshadowed earlier in the season with his heart troubles, but I know I for one was shocked to see him fall over into the pool clutching his heart tonight. Having a major cast member leave, and by death is a huge decision on the part of the show’s creators. Every major character does have its own fan following, even if it is to only strongly hate the character. This might have been the case with Caleb, but he was still a major force of a great deal of the angst with the characters he interacted with, and that was pretty much the entire cast. Each and every single character on the show had some dealings with Caleb Nichol, and now with his death someone else will have to step up to the plate.
Once his death is dealt with early on next season following next week’s funeral season finale, there will be something needed to press on and cause drama. Yes, we have the teen angst, but all this season’s students will be next season’s college freshman. That is if they are seniors this season. There is even debate on that issue. Are they juniors or seniors? Will the show follow the teens to college like FOX did in the past with FOX favorite, 90210. No allusions have been made to that point. Not one of the teens has even mentioned their college aspirations.
This show has become my weekly guilty pleasure. I’m way above teen age, yet I find this show enjoyable. Even with its sometimes laughable plots. As I said before, something is always going wrong to someone. Next week’s season finale promises to dazzle the fans of the show by bringing back many old favorites back for the funeral. It will definitely be an episode not to miss.Powered by Sidelines