The O.C. (2003 IMDb)

Viewing

Review applies to the first season.

Categorization

Neoclassical soap opera, as indicated by Peter Gallagher's vast eyebrows and open reference to them.

Subject

A poor teenager is adopted by his own lawyer and gets to live in Orange County, USA. His new brother is a comic-book geek and everybody else is a borderline alcoholic, wasting an empty life gossiping at fancy parties. Of course it wouldn't be soap opera without incessant fistfights, crime, flaming love, fake plastered beauty and hilariously improbable inevitable tragedy around every corner.

Commentary

I love the way they switch cameras for Chino. Geek chic, however flat and unrealistic (to the point of resembling non-haram harem anime), is also nice: Seth evolves from just thinking that comics ought to be called graphic novels, to recommending some classics, to actually nerding on about appropriate non-classics.

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