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Andy's 'One Tree Hill' Afterthoughts: This Show's More Than A Teen Drama — It's A Science Fiction Adventure!

Tue, September 21, 2010 10:12pm EDT by Andy Swift 5 Comments
Courtesy of The CW (3)

Courtesy of The CW (3)

Was I watching One Tree Hill tonight… or Lost? The similarities are uncanny.

While I disagree with the show’s decision to extend Clay’s (Robert Buckley) adventures in Purgatory for yet another week, I will applaud the Sept. 21 episode of The CW’s One Tree Hill for trying something weird. Sure, we’ve seen another version of this storyline before — remember when Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) had a post-heartattack visit to the afterlife? — but I was still legitimately sucked into it. When Clay watched himself dying, I felt like I was watching myself dying. Spooky stuff.

The ghostly merriment continues next week, but hopefully it won’t go any further than that. If we only get half a season, I don’t want to spend any more of it watching dead characters. Let’s just get that miracle pregnancy for Sophia Bush already!

Additional assorted afterthoughts:

  1. Could the show be any more desperate to get Lucas and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) back? They’ve both been mentioned many, many times — and we’re only two episodes in!
  2. Does everyone in Tree Hill, N.C., use an iPhone?
  3. For the first time, I’m actually liking Mia (Kate Voegele) even if I did NOT like her version of the theme song tonight. It’s entertaining to watch her fight with Alex (Jana Kramer) and it almost makes me care about Chase’s (Stephen Colletti) storyline.
  4. When they make another Superman movie, James Lafferty should audition. He’s kind of got that whole emotionless Christopher Reeves/Brandon Routh thing going on.
  5. Haley’s (Bethany Joy Galeotti) speech about her “beautiful swan of a sister” is undoubtedly one of those ridiculous things that only a One Tree Hill character could get away with saying.
  6. I’ve been pretty sick of Jamie (Jackson Brundage) lately, but I loved his scenes with Julian (Austin Nichols) tonight.

Not a whole lot happened this week, but it was a solid hour with the kind of performances (and musical montages) we’ve come to expect.

— Andy Swift