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Monday, January 08, 2007 |
( 1/08/2007 10:22:00 AM ) Bill S.
FAREWELL TO MISTER PANCAKES – Put me down as another former regular viewer none-too-bothered by news that The O.C. has been cancelled as Feb. 22nd. Though we've watched a few of this season's eps, it hasn't been with the same degree of weekly commitment that we once felt for the series: for a lotta fans, last season's pointless lesbian subplot was the deal-breaker, but for us the disenchantment started earlier in the season when they introduced Jeri Ryan as a conniving villainess – and basically squandered her. Too, the further the show got from Seth Cohen's comic book geekiness, the less interesting that character grew: Seth as a pothead? Puh-leeze . . .
That said, we'll still miss the gang, even if we haven't been stopping by as often as we useta. Peter Gallagher & Kelly Rowan remain one of the more believable and appealing married parents on television, while Autumn Reeser's Taylor has evolved from a major irritant into an agreeably quirky young woman, even if we still don't buy her romance with Ben McKenzie's ever-boring Ryan Atwood. Adam Brody's Seth & Rachel Bilson's Summer (put some weight back on, girl!) remain the most consistently enjoyable coupling on the series, though the contrivances that the writers introduced to keep 'em together have been as underdone as Mischa Barton's acting abilities. But that's the way they do romance in the O.C., bitch . . .
(Yes, I know that last line was an obvious way to end this post mortem, but, c'mon, when else will I get to use it?)