dear josh schwartz & the writers staff of "the oc",
dudes, its been a while. i haven't watched your show in a couple of months. you know once you guys turned katilin cooper from sassy bad girl into a character that emma roberts
would play on a tweencom on nick
and then the whole on again off again situation between well, every character and their romantic entanglements just turned me off. it didn't feel as if you guys were moving forward, but just going around in circles. granted television is a medium that allows writers to tell a story as long as they want, of course if there isn't any interference from the network (ask the "twin peaks"
folks about that), but every episode should move things forward a bit, even if it's like picking up the smallest piece of trash in a dumpster; gotta push things forward unless its a spec script then for the most part, its a singular story written by somebody whose trying to get a job. you guys just got lost and didn't know what to do.
it seems as if you've lost sight of what made the show good in the first place. well, let's be honest, you pretty much did all you wanted and could do with the characters by the end of the first season. but being a show that only lasts a season doesn't make any money for the network and more importantly, it doesn't bring in any of those lovely syndication dollars. the show had that great blend of drama and humor. teens acted like adults and adults acted like teens. it was fun, but somewhere in the second season when the show became about illegitimate daughters and alcoholism, we being the audience just tuned out. we stuck around, but we weren't happy. well, i can't speak for everybody, but i gave you guys a chance during the third season and well, you lost me.
so, now, you've killed one of your lead characters, marissa cooper and quite frankly, its one of the best things you could've done for the show, but there's still a lot more left to bring the show back in shape.
first and formost, lose "california" by phantom planet as the series' theme song. its what branded the show in the beginning, but now it's what holds you back. granted, its nice to see jason schwartzman receive royalties checks from it, but you guys need to move on and create something new. it was a successful theme song because it branded the show, but at the same time, it didcated what your show had to be about. why not go a few episodes without a theme song for a few episodes and just let the radicial reinvention dictate what the theme song is should be.
also, the musicial supervisor needs to look beyond whatever cool band nic harcourt is playing alot of "morning becomes eclectic" that week. granted there's been some good songs on the show here and there and depending upon one's musicial sensibilites, you're the one to blame/prasie for the success of death cab for cutie, but you know, switch it up a bit. the hipster kids, the scene kids, the indie kids whatever you want to call them or whatever you want to call your characters listen to the hip hop, the rap music or at least the ones in the real world.
there's more to music than just spoon and jeff buckley and i'm not suggesting that we see seth cohen do the young joc dance
or see taylor townsend rocking a diplo tee; be nice though. i'm just saying open the musicial horizons a bit more. to me, it'd interesting, since i'm assuming that katlin cooper when season 4 starts is going to be a little messed up in the head or at least going through a bit of a funk or at least it'd seem natural for a character to act that after dealing with a great and such significant loss as losing one's older sibbling, why doesn't she listen to cage or something along those lines. lots of chicks who take their clothes off on websites that never launch are into cage; so why can't katilin cooper be into cage? just imagine the delicious juxaposition between cage's lines about the dreary scenery of new york against the bright, wealthy, and sunny backdrop of hermosa beach, i mean, newport beach.
of course, i'm assuming that it'll be easy to get clearance to use cage's music and what not.
speaking of katilin cooper, is she going to be all about gucci bags and what not? or she going to be wearing a black bandana with the misfits logo on it around her neck with some killer boots? yes, its a show about privileged kids living in a shallow town, but the show needs a rebel figure and well, ryan, even at his most james dean-est couldn't really successfully pull off that rebel vibe. if anything, ryan just made us think why is that guy wearing a leather jacket during the day in southern california? who the heck does he think he is? nick cage in wild at heart
? katlin cooper needs to be the new rebelious figure on the show; not some new new kid from the wrong side of the tracks or some cowabunga, dude
surfer dude from the wrong side of the tracks. let's think out of the box a bit more and focus in on rich kids who do more than dating the surfing meth dealer guy, but instead of dress up in tight jeans, have ratty, unwashed hair and drink way too much jack daniels. thats another form of rebellion and well, thats a bit more interesting than a guy in tight wife beater.
perhaps, this might make more sense, but probably not because i'm a pretenious windbag, but anyways, you know some rock journalists/historians will tell you that punk rock when it came out in the mid 70s was a reaction to bands like pink floyd and led zepplin with their super long songs and guitar solos and light shows? okay, now apply this to season 4 of "the oc," while bands like led zepplin and pink floyd are great and all, but sometimes, there's nothing quite like the brilliance and burst of energy one gets when listening to "attitude" by the misfits. so what i'm saying is, katilin cooper is an excuse to punk rock up the show.
the show can still have all the little emo pouts sessions and witty pop culture references (yes, i just called just the kettle black) and storylines involving adults that run around in circles, but let's have a character wearing tight jeans and slightly over sized stripped t-shirt with a digital camera in her back pocket.
so, in the fall, on thursday night, i'll be there or at least, my dvr will be there hoping to see katilin cooper muck racking.
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