I'm officially in a funk. "The O.C." is on hiatus until October 30
(Something about Major League Baseball). Yes, you didn't read wrong,
a month without the "scandalous" exploits of Orange County high
society. That's something you never thought you'd read in the same
sentence huh? I'm a sucker for bad TV that's actually kind of good.
Now, some people might think this is bad taste but, I started
watching "Beverly Hills 90210" in the fifth grade. (I still grew up
to be a good person!) Believe me, I wasn't the only one that
exclusively followed the lives of Brandon, Brenda, Dylan, Kelly and
sometimes Steve, Andrea, David, and Donna. This was my water cooler
show of elementary school, or rather water fountain show. "David"
by the way has changed his real name from Brian Austin Green to
Brian A. Green. This is forgiven because he's a total hottie now.
Remember, he had an awkward stage too. He had to kiss Tori Spelling
on camera and play keyboards, 'nuff said. Catch "This Time Around"
on the ABC Family Channel and you'll see what I mean. Major
There really isn't that much difference between "90210" and the
"O.C." Both play on the idea that Southern California is some dream
land (it's not) filled with gorgeous people (this is true in certain
areas). The difference between something like "90210" and the "O.C."
is that I'm older and wiser in the views of good television (Okay
maybe not that much). With "90210" I thought high school in Beverly
Hills was really like that. I wanted to have hangout like the Peach
Pit when I got to high school. Oh, how I wished to have a Dylan.
With "The O.C." I know it's fake and formulated, which makes it even
more entertaining. It's so unintentionally funny. It's intentionally
funny too, all because of one adorable actor named Adam Brody
(more on him later). This is a show that will probably never win
any Emmys but will undoubtedly spawn failed film careers and an
"E! True Hollywood Story."
"The O.C." starts with the fish out of water scenario.
(However, this is not the backbone of the show - Adam Brody is!).
Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is the "outsider." This is exactly
how the show's official website labels him. After getting into some
trouble in ("eww") Chino, Ryan is saved by guardian angel and public
defender ("eww") Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher). So, he moves in
with the Cohens and into the O.C. life. The website also goes on
to explain what Ryan will confront. Exact words from the site,
"Throughout the series, Ryan's outsider status will continue to
set him apart from the O.C. elite, but his continued presence in
their community ultimately shines like a bright light on the fact
that everyone, no matter how rich or powerful, feels like an outsider
at heart." Wow, powerful stuff huh? (Haha).
"Does squinting and squating make me look
even more like the mysterious outsider?"
Sandy is a little to eager to please Ryan. It's actually borderline
creepy in the way he always pops up and tries to act like a "cool"
guy. "Let me help you with that tie Ryan!" Banshee Christina points
out, "Didn't he do it from behind? That's totally homoerotic."
Maybe it's those famous Gallagher eyebrows. Whatever it is, his
role in the show is to be the moral adult in the otherwise
"corrupt" town of Newport Beach. (Snicker).
Is he wearing a baseball tee to look hip and less
Ryan's new adopted family also includes Sandy's wife Kirsten
(Kelly Rowan) and their son Seth. Kirsten is actually the one with
the Newport money is always torn between her WASPy traditional
upbringing and her real desire to be like her unconventional bushy
eyebrow husband. Plus, she has this punk kid from Chino to deal
with now. (Yawn.)
Kirsten is actually the most attractive female
on the show.
The Cohen's live next door to a family that that I'm too lazy to
write about now. The most important thing to know is that they have
daughter named Marissa (Mischa Barton) who is immediately attracted
to Ryan in all his white undershirt wearing glory. The problem is,
she's part of the "popular crowd" and already has a boyfriend. Oh
no! What's an emaciated girl to do? I have major problems with her
being the "main girl" in the show. You may remember Mischa from
a bit role she had on "Once and Again." She played Jesse's lesbian
friend. Or perhaps you know her from those annoying Neutrogena
commercials. What's with Neutrogena and employing annoying "It"
girls? First, it was Jennifer Love Hewitt and then Mandy Moore
and now Barton. "Clean from head to toe!" Gawd.
"Don't I look great? You can see my ribs and bones
in this hideous dress!"
In the lastest episode Marissa overdosed on some pills and alcohol
in Tijiuana of all places. She saw her Abercrombie boyfriend making
out with a girl. We all know you're not supposed to drink the water
in Mexico let alone get totally sick and pass out in an alley. Then
again, this is a television show. TJ didn't even look like TJ. I know
this because I went to TJ three years ago on a horrid family trip to
Mexico (I haven't been back since). My sister remarked, "What? That's
not TJ. Looks like Universal Studios backlot to me." I explained,
"Yeah, totally isn't TJ. Where's Club El Squid?" (We stayed in a hotel
next to the this club that played Ricky Martin ALL night.) Anyway,
Ryan found her and carried her limp skeletal body away from the dirty
alley and to Orange County safety. This is the cliffhanger. What
kind of a cliffhanger is that? She's a main character, of course she's
going to survive and I don't care about her!
So I've saved the best for last, because he makes the show even
better than it is. He is Adam Brody who plays Seth Cohen. It's really
hard to list his greatest lines because part of the reason they're so
funny is the way he delivers them. Just know that he's totally adorable
and witty. He's suppose to be the "sidekick" to Ryan's seriousness,
but I wouldn't be surprised if the producers decide to give him equal
story lines and time in upcoming episodes. Brody has been in countless
television shows being the funny sidekick. He was on MTV's "Undressed"
one season and another MTV show called "Now What." (Sidebar, In England
they renamed the show "Sausage Factory" and I don't know why.)
Another great thing about Seth is his style. He wears the cutest
clothes! In the episode with the Cotillion, he showed up to dance
rehearsal wearing a button down shirt, sweater and fitted blazer.
My infinitely hip sister thinks that his clothes are probably from
this clothing line called Ben Sherman. We checked out the site and it
really does have cute Seth-esque clothes.
What a cutie! When he squints, it's adorable.
He's a major reason why I watch this show. Who cares about Ryan
and Marissa? I want Seth! He even makes the otherwise cloying Summer
(his unrequited extremely tan love interest) bearable. He needs to be
on a show where he plays guitar and tries to impress the mother of
his adorable Asian girlfriend. Oh wait, he did that on
"Gilmore Girls." (Sigh).
I Heart Adam Brody