One Tree Hill, Season 4 Finale

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Well, when I was in New Mexico, I thought I watched the last disk of One Tree Hill‘s season 4, but I found the 6th disk when I got home. So what I reviewed before was not the finale. So, yes, the series did tie up plenty of the loose ends as the characters finished high school.

  • Dan actually turned himself in for the murder of his brother Keith and attempted suicide.
  • Karen had a girl, and Haley had a boy. Karen’s delivery was touch and go, but after a
  • Brooke confessed to cheating in calculus and got off scott-free. That whole line was odd as calculus isn’t a required class and it was never clear why a so so student like Brooke would take it. That’s one of the problems with One Tree Hill sometimes the plot is so far fetched.
  • Rachel returned and threw a party allowing her guests to spray paint throughout her livingroom because we assume her parents have sold the house. Right like that would happen. Is she so indifferent to her home? Even with the idea that her parents are uncaring and checked out, you’d expect she’d care about the house a little or that someone would question it. Nope.
  • Nathan lost his scholarship and tried to get some college to let him play basketball. No luck. Then the retiring coach, Whitey took a job coaching a hopeless team at a so so college. He took it and brought Nathan on to the team and so he’ll go to college. Also, Lucas will work as assistant coach for Whitey.
The last two episodes just seemed a bit bland and overly nostalgic. I felt nothing new and exciting happened and the revelations for the future were ho hum, unlike the usual end for One Tree Hill. Still there’s something infectious about this program. Despite the flaws, there’s enough that I like so I’ll soon begin watching season 5.

One Tree Hill, Season 4, 5

I finished watching the finale of season 4 of One Tree Hill. It’s been a high-octane season and I felt it was wise to have the characters’ senior year run across two seasons. That decision allows the writers to create more stories and postpone the problems of a post-high school year on a show that is set in high school. I did think the three prom related shows got tiresome and the actual prom had too much violence for my taste. I really did not need to witness Peyton get attacked again by her stalker.

As usual for One Tree Hill, the finale ends with a bang, a cliffhanger with plenty of adrenaline so I wanted to see how season 5 began. Well, I turned to Netflix to stream the season 5 premiere and was disappointed to discover that it’s unavailable. I put the DVD in my queue, but I’m miffed that it’s not available for streaming.

Thoughts on Season 4:

  • Deb has become too much of a caricature and joke. She’s also disappeared. It seems they don’t know what to do with her.
  • I’m glad Peyton and Lucas are together.
  • It took too long for Dan to be revealed to at least one main character as Keith’s murderer.
  • The Clean Teen storyline was interesting, but could have been better. They didn’t need dorky T-shirts. Too bad Glee preceded this show as I think these writers could learn from Ryan Murphy, especially if he does get a Christian character in this season, on how to handle such characters with complexity and respect, which is so much more interesting.
  • Why hasn’t Brooke taken responsibility yet for the cheating. That she’s let Rachel get expelled is deplorable, but she doesn’t completely see that yet.
  • I see from Netflix that the show will jump from senior year to post-college. While I understand how that allows the writers to keep all the characters in the same city, which wouldn’t happen in a small North Carolina town with no college, I do feel cheated. My friend Sally who gave me four seasons of DVDs with the idea of hooking me, has found the post high school seasons lacking. I’ve caught just one or two episodes of season 8 this summer and boy, is Haley and Nathan’s son poorly written. What an obnoxious brat. Clearly, a child who gets too much attention.
  • i do like that the show is edgier than most young adult programming, but I also am so aware that these actors are 25 not 18.
  • I continue to find the absence of adults just weird. Were we really supposed to buy that Mouth would get away with not calling his parents when he was imprisioned in Texas? Now that episode was an example of how the audience is often asked to buy a very far fetched set up, to enjoy the humorous pay off of the whole gang crashing a small town Texas prom in funky 70s dress. I do think One Tree Hill asks a lot of its audience and wonder if it isn’t too much and sort of an affront since they know their viewers are teens.