Why is it that certain foods, colors, TV shows, etc. attract certain people more than others? Everyone has their favorites, but what makes us favor one thing over another? Well, my theory is that certain people either “click” with various things, or they don’t. Just like dating or job interviews, if you will. So, in this blog entry I’ll be discussing my “relationship” with my favorite television show, The OC. It started way back in 2007, when I watched the entire show over two weeks of Christmas vacation. I don’t know if it was the characters or the plot, but for some reason, it was love at first sight for me. From the second I heard that California song, I was hooked. No sleep, and really just stops for eating, I watched four whole seasons within two short weeks. What is it that attracted me to this particular show so much? At risk of sounding too geeky, I will be going through a few different answers to this question.
Was it the Characters?
I feel like I get most attached to a show when I can relate to the characters in some way. With The OC, I had just finished high school and this show is about high schoolers. But, there’s more… maybe the Jewishness? Not that I have ever really focused all that much on my religion, but maybe there was some familiarity there? Also, one of the main characters in this show came up with the idea of Chrismukkah, which is a holiday combining both Hanukkah and Christmas into one… my kinda holiday, twice the fun! Also, Seth was quite the awesome character… always made me laugh!
While watching The OC, I realized I liked Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) a little too much, if ya know what I mean. It was this very show and this very actress that lead to me realizing that I was not exactly into boys. While watching her and Ryan make out, I caught myself hoping and imagining I was in Ryan’s place as opposed to Marissa’s. Then, to my surprise, Mischa Barton wound up dating a girl in the show briefly. Very cool.
Other than the characters and personal associations that I talked about, I also feel like the show’s sentimentality definitely drew me in. Throughout the entire series there is a strong family feel to the show, as it surrounds around a well-to do family adopting a teenager who was abandoned by his own family. Merely this base plot is heartwarming. The series then revolves around this family, and the teenager’s group of friends. They go through A LOT!
There are two big love stories in this show, both of them involving the four main characters. Ryan and Marissa’s relationship is the one I rooted for the most, and NOT only because Marissa made me realize I’m gay, but also because I found they had great chemistry. Something about their bond always really appealed to me. God knows why. I was pulling for them to work out all through their ups and downs, which were definitely a lot. Their relationship is quite similar to a roller coaster. Sadly, it comes to a tragic end at the end of the third season. I must confess that this is part of the reason why I don’t particularly enjoy the fourth season of the show… also because I feel that there were too many changes made. I can become quite involved in a TV series, I must admit, and when this tragic end occurred I almost felt as if I had lost a friend. It was quite the tearjerker.