After dissecting the pilot episode in the inaugural edition of Welcome Back to The OC, it’s time for us to slip into the comfortable pink tracksuit that will be our regular publication rhythm, taking in two episodes every month. This time, after the noticeably plot-light pilot, events start to heat up – quite literally in some cases…
While Alex’s first major solo project under the Tim+Alex banner concerns one of the fundamental pillars of modern pop culture, I’ve chosen something that, while perhaps not the opposite of that, is certainly diagonal from it. I’m going to be revisiting The OC, a teen drama that ran for four seasons about 15 years ago, and that is now primarily remembered for launching the career of the guy who plays Young Commissioner Gordon on Gotham and its insanely catchy theme song.
Why The OC? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself as I say down to begin this project. It’s a show I have fond memories of, certainly, but it wasn’t something that I watched religiously, certainly not past season one. The show is neither an underappreciated one season gem that was ignored at the time, nor a cultural behemoth that is still revered. It came, it kick-started the careers of some young actors, revived those of some older ones, and then it left after the appropriate amount of time. It’s not exactly crying out for a critical reappraisal. Yet here we are.
The calendar may officially have turned over to 2018 now, but that won’t stop us from looking back at the year that’s just gone. In that spirit, here’s five of 2017’s films that stood out as particularly excellent.
I cannot, unfortunately, claim to have seen all of this year’s films, so I’m sure there are obvious choices that escaped me. I’m particularly gutted I didn’t manage to make time for The Big Sick, Detroit, Logan Lucky and Call Me By Your Name, and I’m not sure if Don’t Think Twice even showed up in the UK, tragically. Hopefully by the time 2019 rolls around, I’ll have crossed at least some of those off my list, but until then, head below the cut for my Top Five from this year. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them, consider this your spoiler warning.