The O.C. is still my favorite show. I know it’s really weird that I still love it so much even though it ended over six years ago, but I haven’t found anything as good. Not even Gossip Girl. I actually think GG is to The O.C. as Twilight is to Harry Potter; GG is pretty, fun, and all the action is there, but no….depth. No conflict arises that isn’t solved within an episode or two. While watching Gossip Girl, I was hardly in suspense because everything was solved so quickly. Compare that to The O.C., which begins setting up Kirsten’s alcoholism early in the first season, but it’s not until the end of season two that she goes to rehab. Or how Theresa lies about her miscarriage so Ryan can return to Newport and be happy, but you don’t find out until a whole year later what really happened and that it really isn’t Ryan’s baby after all ? Yeah, depth people!
Daniel and I go through an O.C. phase each year. We binge on the first two seasons for a few weeks. And every time we ride the roller coaster of character phases; we hate Julie Cooper, then are somewhat apathetic to Julie Cooper Nichol, and eventually love Julie Cooper Nichol Cooper. We fall in love with Anna while being annoyed by Summer, we’re broken-hearted when Anna leaves (I usually tear up), but then Summer’s character evolves and we love her the most!
Oh, and it doesn’t matter what time of year we participate in this O.C. binge, because come Christmas you better believe we watch the Christmukkah episodes from the first two seasons. Oh, and I know there is a season 3 & 4, but who really cares right? Marissa becomes even more annoying and then Taylor Townsend gets thrown in as the lead and it’s just not the same as poor pathetic Marissa Cooper.
Let’s talk about Seth & Summer. I know The O.C. is supposed to be about Marissa & Ryan, but does anyone ever really root for them after the whole Oliver incident? Seth & Summer become the main couple, which is great because Rachel Bilson was just a guest star role, but after the audience fell in love with her she became a regular. Seth and Summer were the best team; Seth, with his self loathing comedic timing, and Summer, with her valley girl sass and endearing unpolished charm. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Summer: I’m not gonna be your sloppy seconds, assface.
Summer: The more time I spend with Zach, the less times I think about … God, what’s his face? Built like a bean pole, curly hair, runs away like a little bitch on his sailboat, leaving nothing but a note for his girlfriend who cried over and over for him until the Fourth of July when she decided she doesn’t cry over bitches on boats.
Summer: C’mon Cohen, you are so cheesy.
Seth: I’m sweeping you off your feet.
Summer: The sad part is, you kinda are.
I picture Summer & Seth growing up to be an even better version (if possible) of Sandy & Kirsten. Sandy and Kirsten had their problems, like most couples, but didn’t you just want to hang out with them? I think once we have kids Daniel will be a lot like Sandy when it comes to parenting. Sandy’s charm, smart mouth, and complete security in his own masculinity to let his wife bring home the bacon while he helped young kids at the DA’s office is what made him Sandy Cohen. The only difference is Daniel will probably be the breadwinner in our duo.
We are pretty confident that after we conquer NYC we want to conquer Orange County. As much as I have loved being an East Coaster the past few months, I will always be a West Coast girl. (Sure, I was born in Utah, but my heart belongs to the Golden State.)
And whether you watched the O.C. and don’t agree, or you haven’t watched it and say you never will, think of this: Ira Glass loved the OC. Ira Glass cried when it ended. Ira Glass knows good story telling. Ira Glass is right.
(click the link above and it will start playing at the perfect spot! It’s just about 4 minutes and it is fantastic.)