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The OC
Thursday 5th November 2020 9:29 pm

Back when I finished watching all of Whose Line Is it Anyway? and considering what to watch, I came across the OC, thought, "I can't remember how it started", watched the first episode and then all the rest. All 92 (42 minutes) episodes.

I would describe it as being about a teenager from the poor part of California who ends up living with his lawyer in the rich part of California, and becomes part of the lawyer's family. Except it's really about a lot of other things and not enough of that.

I saw it when it was originally on, in the early 2000s. I definitely have a different perspective on it now. I'm now closer to the age of the adults in it, and am much more interested in what's going on with them and a lot less interested in what's going on with the kids.

It also really doesn't require a brain. In fact, removal of brain improves it no end. I ended up watching a lot of it during the heatwave - at that point I had exactly the right amount of brain required.

However, I still had enough brain to catch the glaring continuity errors. Like the main child characters are definitely 16 in season 1 and they're in their junior year at high school. In season 3, two years later, they're in their senior year and one character turns 18. Season 2 has prom. I've watched enough American TV to know how the years are numbered and there isn't a junior and a half.

Another character is stated to be 11 years old, two years previously. And then she turns 15. And drives a car. Also played by a different actor, but not the first character to have more than one actor.

It does have more gay characters than I remember US TV having in that time period (three, one of whom is in more than two episodes). But it does have terrible mental health. Which is probably also how things were in those days.

But season 4 has a rabbit.


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