For being such a great show, despite the whole Oliver storyline, the season finale was a disappointment. While the idea of the show coming full circle to the pilot episode was a great idea in theory, the execution was terrible.
I’ll deal with the positive’s first. The relationship between Sandy and Ryan has been handled wonderfully, the goodbye scene between the two of them was excellent. Seth’s fascination with the word pudding – those instances are what makes his character so endearing. Kelly Rowan, Kirsten, was giving some great scenes to show off her acting chops. A supportive Summer makes for a lovable Summer. Seth dissing Marissa – something we’ve all been wanting someone to do. Seth’s realization of how isolated he felt before Ryan arrived, and how he will feel lost again without his presence was very touching too.
And now for the negative.
- The use of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.” This is one of my favorite songs, and it’s use put the final moments way over the top.
- Ryan going back to Chino with Theresa. He doesn’t even know if it’s his baby or not! The only outcomes to this situation will be that it’s Eddie’s baby after all, or it will be Ryan’s and Theresa will lose the baby. The show is called The OC and not Chino.
- The buildup to Julie and Caleb’s wedding, and NOTHING happens. At least Caitlyn is let out of the dungeon so she can attend the ceremony. I have a feeling Caitlyn will either disappear completely next season (like the daughter on Life With – Bonnie), or she’ll age a few years, so they can give her a storyline.
Seth sailing off to Tahiti on his little boat. Nice idea, but that boats not going to get him to Tahiti.
- Marissa turning to the bottle. How cliche. Not it would have been a finale if she had downed the bottle, and jumped off the balcony of the new mega-mansion.
We do have a few plot points that were revealed. The Newport Group is in major financial trouble. Kirsten had an abortion that Sandy didn’t know about (seems like Jimmy may have knocked her up). I say Ryan will be in Chino for maybe one episode or so, and then high tale it back to the OC. I still love my OC, but I was expecting a little bit more.
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