Anything Other Than Me: One Tree Hill Rewwatch: Season 4: Episdoes 6-10

I told you that I’d get it done! And in getting it done, I remembered why I love watching this show and doing these posts, and now, the plan is to finish Season 4 this weekend and get back to the 1 episode a day thing. (Though probably at not on my lunch break, because good weather means walking and the weather has been delightful). Anyway, here’s this week’s post, thanks for dealing with my reshuffling.

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Season 4: Episode 6: “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

Peyton is not dealing well with having been attacked. She’s not sleeping, she’s really timid and just being generally un-Peytony. Because if there’s one thing that I’ve come to appreciate during this rewatch, it’s that Peyton Sawyer is a badass. Anyway, Lucas is trying to break her out of her funk but when he can’t do it. So he goes to Derek, real awesome Derek, who is a marine, and the best, to ask for help. So, Derek brings Peyton to his base and teaches her to box, and during the boxing lesson we get an awesome montage of all the things that have tried to knock Peyton down. It’s pretty great. In the en he tells her that he’s leaving her alone but actually he watches her overnight, just in case she needs him.

The only thing that isn’t great about this storyline is that it really underlines how patronizing Lucas can be and how much he infantilizes Peyton. It’s pretty gross. But Lucas has never been my favorite character either.

Nathan and Haley are having money problems. Haley is really freaked out about it and so is Nathan but he’s mostly handling it by going down to the river court and shooting hoops, because and I repeat, Nathan is the most realistic character on this show. Anyway, he winds up borrowing the money from Daunte, who is a sketchy ex Raven who’s kind of stalking Nathan but also is RICK FOX! WAHHH!

Brooke is now dating Nick, who it turns out is the new English teacher, and this plot is so tired and sketchy that I really hope no one ever does it again. (Seriously, teen shows need to stop, they’ll never beat Pacey and Tamara and they should QUIT IT). Also, Mouth and Gigi decide to date, and it’s fine. Gigi is basically a stop over between Rachel and Shelly and it’s sort of a bummer, because she’s a fun little weirdo. (And they ruin her when she comes back as an adult.)

Lucas is back on the team and The Scott Brothers + Skills is an unstoppable team! They make states! Everything is awesome. (Except for the lack of money and Nathan borrowing from a lone shark, but you know OTHERWISE everything is great!)

Guys, RICK FOX!

Season 4: Episode 7: “All These Things I’ve Done”

A bit of table setting this episode, but I love it just the same. The two main stories are Brooke and Peyton based, with quick asides for Nathan and Lucas and Haley. (Can you tell that Game of Thrones is back, so I’m more used to character juggling these days?)

Peyton is skipping school because going outside gives her panic attacks. Derek confronts her about this, and while his version of “help” is “be really mean to her for no actual reason,” it winds up working. It actually makes a lot of sense. Peyton really isn’t a girl who’s been told “no,” or “sack up” a lot in her life, for all that she’s dealt with a ton of misery. So, he brings her a punching dummy and she beats it and agrees to be in her life as long as she needs him. Seriously, Derek is the best person ever.

Brooke, meanwhile, has her fashion show which is going really well. She’s having buyers approach her and the model’s are all into Mouth, who’s about to go on his first date with Gigi. Meanwhile, she’s still sleeping with the English Teacher, and ahhhhgggg I hate this plotline so much and if no teen soap ever does it again I’ll be thrilled. (It was only ever any good from a drama perspective on Dawson’s Creek anyway) Rachel gets wise and decides to end it, because it may be twisted but Rachel does have a code and she knows it’s wrong. So she calls Nick out, and he may come on to her? Or she comes on to him? But she then goes to the principal when Brooke won’t end it. Brooke denies the affair and goes to see Nick and finds him with one of the models. This plot is (mercifully) over.

Season 5: Episode 8: “Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye”

Nathan is starting to realize that he made a HUGE mistake with all of this Daunte business. He’s now being asked to throw the state championship, or Daunte will hurt Haley. Nathan is conflicted. So conflicted that when he learns he’ll be the receipient of the MVP award, and goes to Dan for help. Dan tries to help, but in the end tells Nathan that he has to lose the game to protect his family.

Brooke has a realization after breaking up with Nick that she might miss Lucas so she goes to see him and then finds that Peyton’s been sleeping over, because of her whole thing with the panic attacks and the PTSD. She freaks about this less than she thought she would, and Rachel points out that she’s not in love with Lucas anymore, so who cares?

Guys, I’ve decided that Rachel is us, we are Rachel. Also Mouth and Skills.

So Brooke asks Lucas to go with her to the senior awards banquet and he says sure and then Peyton decides (with encouragement from Derek) to ask him too, and then Lucas looks all whistfully at her and says he’s sorry but he’s going with Brooke and wouldn’t it be great if they could all be friends again and go together?

Lucas is such an idiot, but the idea of a Brooke/Lucas/Peyton triad, something that would never have occurred to me back when I first watched the show, stuck in my little bubble of heteronormativity, is very appealing, mostly because Brooke and Peyton are a better couple than either of them ever were with any guy.

Anyway, Peyton winds up going with Derek and then he gets called up and she actually handles him leaving well, because of character growth. (Seriously, I don’t know why I’m so in love with Peyton these days you guys…I hated her the first time around.)

Whitey also gets a lifetime achievement award, and makes a speech and everyone, including me, cries. Oh, and Dan and Karen are kind of dating, but it’s weird and I actually love the nuance of this story, and I’m very into Moira Kelly this watch as well.

The episode ends with Peyton telling Lucas that she’s in love with him, once it’s made absolutely clear that he and Brooke are 100% done. What will his answer be?

Season 5: Episode 9: “Some You Give Away”

“The Tree Hill Ravens are champions at last, and there’s not a dry eye in the house.”

Much like Nathan and Haley’s wedding, I believe that this episode, where the team plays in the state championship game is a nearly perfect episode of this show. It so perfectly hits on what the show does right, without any clumsy or sour notes. It’s framed around a recording of an announcer from the State Championship that Dan sat out. It’s a good device.

As the team prepares for the game, Nathan confesses to Lucas that he’s going to throw it. Lucas lectures him about it and continually gives him shit. This is one case where Lucs’s self righteousness is absolutely the right way to go. Nathan needs to be guilted right now, even though he’s also in an impossible spot. Dan tries one more time to reason with RICK FOX  but it doesn’t work out.

Haley is tutoring Rachel and it’s going pretty well, but as the girls wait for the game to start, while Brooke and Peyton bitch at each other, she starts having stomach pains. The rest of the squad rushes her to the hospital, where they band together to best the mean desk clerk, who hates them because they’re cheerleaders. Haley learns that not only is she going to be fine, but she’s going to have a boy. While they’re waiting Peyton and Brooke talk a little, and Peyton explains that she’s done trying to fight for Lucas because it’s clear he doesn’t want her.  This makes Brooke think.

Lucas and Skills decide to freeze out Nathan so that they can win without him, but at half time, when Haley tells Nathan they’re having a boy (and Whitey calls out the team for not being their best) it makes him realize how important this game is to him and he’s back in. The Ravens win and Mouth gives a rousing speech about the power of sports to unite us.

I’m in love with this speech and I think it’s actually one of the best pieces of writing from television of that decade, that frequently gets ignored. Anyway, after the win, Brooke goes to Lucas and basically tells him to go to Peyton. He does, they kiss, everyone goes to celebrate. But of course, this is Tree Hill, no happiness lasts long and because Lucas wasn’t taking his heart meds he collapses on his way to Peyton’s after the after party, and Daunte hits Haley with a car, and Nathan beats him to death? Or almost does and then Dan finishes the job? I don’t think it’s ever made clear. Oh, also, Rachel reveals that she was only getting tutored so that she can steal the test for Brooke, who’s actually failing. This plan is so needlessly convoluted.

So, the episode ends with Lucas and Haley in the hospital and everyone else crying. It’s just really, really good though.

Season 5: Episode 10: “Songs To Love And Live By”

Uggghhh, the It’s A Wonderful Life episode. The only episode worse than this one (that I remember) is the film noir episode, which thanks to Agent Carter I will probably now find adorable/sad (RIP Agent Carter…) but ugh, I was not looking forward to this one except that Keith comes back as Lucas’s Angel.

Mainly because the conceit of It’s A Wonderful Life is specific “what if I’d never been born,” so “what if I’d been a bigger dick than I am?” doesn’t really work as a take on that. Also, it’s just an excuse for Luke to learn that Dan is really the one who killed Keith rather than Jimmy, which is important, I’ll grant you but the episode is still pretty stupid. He sees a dead Peyton, a Goth Brooke and a record smashing Nathan, nothing special. In the end, he chooses to be alive.

Oh, there is a really nice moment where Peyton and Brooke ask their comatose friends to take care of the other one. Peyton asking Haley to take care of Brooke, “we can’t leave her with Rachel,” and Brooke asking Lucas to take care of Peyton. It’s really sweet. Oh, and we see the first appearance of show creator Mark Schwan as “Record Store Guy,” at least, I don’t think we’ve seen him before.

I don’t have much to say, because I really do hate this episode, which I hate to say because Keith and Lucas bickering about how Keith is a terrible spirit guide is fun, but the rest of the episode just blows. 

Overall Analysis of This Arc

I love the playoff and championship stuff and the Derek stuff. Also the Nathan and Haley stuff. Actually I just love this arc, I think it’s wonderful! I love this whole season, actually, and I’m really excited to plunge forward into more of it. I’m really excited about the Lucas and Peyton as a couple stuff, because I do like them, a lot.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Check In: Cyborg Girls and Holy Grail

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There’s a lot that goes on in this episode, but I think before we talk about anything else, we need to talk about Sailor Neptune’s earrings, which I just noticed and are the best things ever.

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So cute! Anyway the episode. After Sailor Pluto appeared she explains the whole outer senshi rebirth thing, but not before first giving Chibi-Moon a big hug, because they’re the best friends ever. Then, Sailor Moon transforms into Princess Serenity and the outers explain who they are and pledge their fealty to her. But they also make it clear that they have control of their “mission,” which no one else should know about.

Rei and Mamoru are particularly wary of the newbies, because they’re carrying the three talismans (talismen? Seriously, I don’t know what the plural is there…) and they’re supposed to bring destruction.

Thanks to a news report that Usagi’s dad is watching they learn that there might be something suspicious about Hotaru’s father, so Chibi-Usa agrees to keep her eyes open and when she goes to visit Hotaru, after being stood up at the movies, she finds out that Hotaru is a cyborg. There’s also a super creepy scene where Hotaru has a new procedure.

As for the main battle, the outer senshi begin battling the last of the Witches 5, who the professor points out have been failing miserably. It’s a cool looking battle, and she eventually casts a spell to set the inners against the outers (sad), which is even cooler looking.

The thing that stops the battle though, is something that I don’t remember from the manga and I like a lot better than what the original anime presented, the Holy Grail is summoned when the Moon Family, (Chibi-Usa, Usagi and Mamoru) combine their powers. So the Holy Grail is like a Moon Family Captain Planet, and I think that’s kind of cool.

And that ends the episode.

In other notes, the opening has really grown on me. I don’t think I’ll ever love it the way I do “Moon Pride” or even the opening from Sailor Stars which I completely adore, but it’s a beautiful melody and the image of the girls flying through the air is very arresting.

Schedule Problems

My schedule is royally messed up this week. The One Tree Hill post is not ready, and I made the decision to get caught up on The Flash rather than watch anything else, so my schedule is kind of messed up.

I’ll still do Sailor Moon tomorrow, and One Tree Hill will most likely go up on Friday, and hopefully I can pick momentum up back on that train. (been watching episodes again and I do love them. I was just resting on the huge lead I’d gotten and it caught up with me.)

I of course hadn’t taken into account that I’m going into my busy season of life at the moment, and now that Kristi is on board, Con Season will be even crazier, since she just went and bought tickets and photo ops for Philly so there’s no backing out now. (This is good, I was waffling like crazy on whether or not to go, so now I’m going, 2 days.)

Anyway, I don’t regret getting caught up on The Flash, because I do this thing where I forget how good that show is, and then it’s like “Oh yeah, The Flash is the best superhero show on TV…” the end of the season has been, funny, had decent action, and so much heart that it was worth burning my schedule to the ground to get on board. (Also, my stuff is starting to clog the DVR again, and that’s how I lost track of Legends of Tomorrow, although I’m told that isn’t much of a loss…) I still have to get caught up on Scandal and Arrow and Agents, but luckily I have a bunch of time this weekend to do just that (and get back on the OTH horse.)

I’m also hoping to get to see The Nice Guys this weekend. (Yes, that I’m diving into Con season will not distract from movie season, it’s just, movie season seems to be gearing up more slowly…also, I still need to see The Jungle Book and Keanu, which aren’t even Movie Season Qualified as they came out before the spring Marvel movie. I know that these rules are arbitrary and I made them up but they give me structure, so yeah, that’s the deal.

So, that’s why you’re not reading about the Tree Hill gang today. You’ll read about them on Friday. Sorry.

Maybe Everything That Dies, Someday Comes Back

I’ve haven’t exactly been short on praise for Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, which premiered last year and where I had an amazing time.

This year, things got even better. The show itself felt scaled down (in a good way.) and instead of heading out on my own, I was joined by two companions, or as Kristi referred to them in her post about it, padawans. (Thinking of myself as a Jedi Master, BTW is the best thing ever.) Kristi and Juli came down with me and it just multiplied the fun.

We did all three days of the con. All three days had their own flavor and a whole lot of fun. And I really can’t stress enough how important the parties are to the ACBC experience. I’ve had fun at post NYCC and Special Edition parties, but the ACBC parties just blow the others out of the water.

Friday: I was dressed as Poe and Kristi was by BB-8, Juli came as a closet cosplay Wonder Woman that was actually a huge hit. (I’ve found that creative closets always tend to draw attention. And Juli’s really did look amazing!)


After the con, we went to Margarittaville, followed by a long walk on the Boardwalk down to The Tropicana, where we danced the night away at Boogie Night’s, watched a costume contest and overall rocked it.

Saturday, dressed in our Disney Princess Finest, Me as Belle, Kristi as Jedi Sleeping Beauty and Juli as Cinderella (pre transformation), we hit a couple of panels, one on Jedi Mash-Ups, which Kristi was thrilled about and another on Wonder Woman, where we watched a Wonder Women, a new documentary about her legacy, and then had a conversation about the role of female superheroes, what they should look like, who they should be.

Then it was on to the after party to end all after parties…Bally’s Wild West, where we danced, sang, screamed, drank and made friends. I’m only just now getting my voice back after the pure fun from this night.

On Sunday we lost Kristi, which was a gigantic bummer, but we were joined by Dom! Juli and I dressed as Rogue and Jessica Jones, we wandered, we learned about making props, I croaked my way through a game of password, and won a Wonder Woman Barbie!

In a quick conversation with one of the con founders we learned that next year is going to be dedicated to The Golden and Siver Age Creators and Characters (as this year was to Wonder Woman and last year was to Kevin Smith, I guess?) I’ve wanted an excuse to do either a Golden Age Wonder Woman or Silver Age Catwoman for ages, so, I’ve got a year to get that together.

So I’m back in real life. But I’ve already got 2 more cons lined up, Wizard World Philadelphia in June and Heroes and Villains Fan Fest NY/NJ in July. We’re all still waiting on what the ticket situation for New York Comic Con is going to be, but I’m going to do my absolute best to make it work, you guys!

Game of Thrones Winner: “Book Of The Stranger”

This was a hard call, which means I’m bringing back Runners Up, which I realized last week that I hadn’t been doing this season. I’ll explain when we get there why this was a hard call (despite it seeming obvious).

Because obviously, Danerys won.

Obviously.

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She won because, like the true bad ass lady she is, she made friends with the only other Dosh Khaleen under 50, convinced Jorah and Daario that they weren’t going to steal her away in the dead of night, and then, oh you know, SET THE KHALS ON FIRE and walked out of the temple, unburnt (dragon and all that), and had all of the Dorthraki kneeling before her, ready to go back to Mereen and kick the asses of the Sons of The Harpies and The Masters and then go on to take Westeros, because SHE IS THE PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED DOUCHE NOZZLES AND GET ON BOARD!

Runner up goes, to Jon and Sansa. It’s hard for me not to give wins to Starks when things go right for them, or close to right. I was crying quite hard when they ran and hugged each other. It was beautiful when they talked about how they never should have left Winterfell. (Sansa saying that she wanted to go back and yell at herself seems, prescient, I mean, with the Bran of it all…) It was just so beautiful.

Missandei and Grey Worm Watch

They are pretty much done with Tyrion’s shenanigans, but he’s also allowing them seats at the negotiating table, when he sits down with the Masters, which is cool and which is giving Missangei, at least, a lot to think about. Neither of them like the idea of negotiating with The Masters, but in the end they back Tyrion. But I think Missandei is royally pissed about it.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa spends a good chunk of this episode convincing Jon that they need to take Winterfell back. He doesn’t want to until they receive a letter from Ramsay where he talks about how he’s going to kill them all, rape Sansa some more, etc. Then she gets her way. But she’s also not sitting back and being a pawn anymore. No, Season 6 Sansa is all about getting shit done, and it’s a thing of beauty.

Oh also, she apologizes to Jon for being THE WORST when they were kids. But he also points out that he was Mopey McEmo face, so there’s that. Whatever, Sansa was great this episode.

Arya Bad Ass Watch

No Arya this week, but her stuff for next week looks cool.

Is Jon Going To Stay Dead?

Absolutley not. I think it’s time to retire this feature! Not only is Jon not staying dead, he’s acting like himself, has all of his memories. So, that’s kind of all settled.

Bran Stark’s Excellent Adventure

No Bran this week, but Ramsay killed Osha and I’m pretty sad about it, and that’s vaguely related to Bran.

KINGSMOOT!

Theon’s home and Yara is threatened by that, but he’s promising to back her, because you know, he’s horribly traumatized and all that jazz. But also, I realize, that Sansa will most likely be Rickon’s regent when they get Winterfell back, Yara very well may rule the Iron Islands and The True Queen will soon return, which will make Westeros a weird awesome matriarchy.

GIVE US THIS, SHOW! After last season, we’ve earned it.

I’m One of THOSE People Now: My Solo Disney Trip Part 3

I swear this is the final update on this! (Seriously, I need to move on, there was just so much that I wanted to write about and so much of it was amazing.)

Sunday 5/1/2016


This was easily my favorite day of the trip, where I spent most of the day at Magic Kingdom, (with a quick jump back over to Epcot to hang out with some awesome people!)But first things first.

Gratefully, the saga of the horrible on fire contacts was resolved in the new solution making them wearable, and my eyes were un reddened. (Woo!) So, rather than risk missing my breakfast reservation I grabbed an Uber over to the Contrmporary, and walked right up to the gates! I was not prepared, in the slightest for how cool it felt to be walking down a practically empty Main Street, USA.

Heart of America, indeed!


I was doing breakfast at Be Our Guest which is all the way at the back, so I got to walk through Fantasyland as well. I got to the restaurant and settled in. I’d pre ordered a Croque Madame, and opted for a table in The West Wing, which was cool, but in the end, I think I would have preferred sticking to the ballroom.


The sandwich was so good, I wound up scraping every last drop of bechamel off my plate. Then I wandered the castle for a bit and waited for official opening time, I walked right on to almost every ride, and wound up only using my fastpass for Splash Mountain. I also decided to keep the princess hunt going and met Tiana.

Then it was lunchtime and so back to Epcot! I don’t consider a Disney trip complete without a ferry ride, so I took the ferry over to the Epcot monorail, and while heading through world showcase happened upon Greg and Joanna! (I’m kidding, of course. We planned it and Joanna and I had been texting about meeting up for days before hand!) We had lunch at Via Nappolie in Italy, which was amazing! 


Then it was time for a visit with Belle in France, and back to Magic Kingdom. I quickly rode Jungle Cruise, met Ariel, Aurora, Anna and Elsa, then started on my favorite part of my whole trip, The Monorail Bar Crawl!

If you don’t know what that is, it’s quite simple, you get on the monorail from Magic Kingdom, you stop at The Contemporary, Polynesian Village and The Grand Floridian and go to a bar (or multiple bars) at each. I did one each, The Wave at Contemporary, Trader Sam’s at Polynesian, and Mizner’s at Floridian.

At The Wave, I discovered the joy of The Moscow Mule. But it was definitely not a hang out and chat place. There was a convention there, so most of the people were just talking to each other, but Moscow Mule, AWESOME!


Then it was on to Trader Sam’s which was EASILY, my favorite place in the whole of Disney World (narrowly edging out Jellyrolls over at the Boardwalk). The bar is spectacular! I had the Krakatoa Punch, and the Tuna Poke and chatted with a nice couple staying at the resort. 


After realizing that I couldn’t actually sit there all night I hopped on the Monorail at hit Mizner’s, which included a cosmopolitan, some jazz, and some more lovely conversation. 


Then it was back to Magic Kingdom for The Mainstreet Electrical Parade, Celebrate The Magic and Wishes. And so much crying. I also managed to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, ride Peter Pan and Haunted Mansion again! I got back to the hotel and watched Game of Thrones. 

Monday 5/2

Not much to report. I went to Disney Springs. I shopped, I ate, I flew home. 

Sorry this post was so late! I’ve been at ACBC having the best time ever! But overall, I had an amazing trip!

Sailor Moon Crystal Check In: The Return of Puu!

This episode was all about Sailor Pluto, well, not really, but she’s there, and it’s pretty great.

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Setsuna is working on plants for the professor, and she’s also freinds with Motoki and Reiya who are definitely in this episode and definitely adorable. They give us so exposition about the weird black clouds that hang around outside of Mugen Academy, which is why they aren’t going on dates to any of the fancy restaurants there. (Seriously, what is this school?) 

Meanwhile, Chibi-Usa’s next school assignment is to give her Holy Grail to someone she cares about, and when a boy in class tries to give his art project to her (and her adorable school friends all tease him for it) she realizes she should give it to Hotaru.(OTP BABY!) So she goes to do that, and while Hotaru is touched, but says that Chibi-Usa should give it to her family instead.

Usagi chases after Haruka and Michiru at one point, and they look super hot. Usagi refers to them as her allies, and they’re not really buying it and I really do hate this stretch because, I mean honestly, it sucks, and is really heart wrenching, even if it’s totally necessary and kind of beautiful.

Hotaru gets a scene at school where a bunch of kids are mean to her because, she’s sick? She drops her books? She’s kind of a weirdo, and probably a cyborg? I’m really not exactly sure what the point is of her being bullied, except to further show that Hotaru is kind of miserable when she’s not with Chibi-Usa? I don’t know. It’s weird.

Anyway, the Senshi wind up fighting some killer plants being helmed by one of the Witches 5 and they get spanked. Hoping to help out, Chibi-Moon gets her Moon Rod and brings forth my favorite Senshi Attack, “Pink Sugar Heart Attack.” (It’s so twee and perfect!) and when that also doesn’t work, it’s time for domination.

“Dead Scream.” Pluto takes the plants out. 

But of course then the episode ends. Just cuts off. And we get that adorable ending song with Chibi-Usa again…my god is it adorable!