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You know, I really like The O.C.. Not least because of my great love for Seth. But Patrick pointed out on Saturday that virtually all the female characters are defined by either money or their relationships to men. And he's right, and I hope they change this soon. Bear in mind I've only seen as far as the Tijuana episode, so maybe Marissa suddenly gets a personality over the coming weeks. And I know that my shiney-faced namesake (that would be Anna) is going to come back. But still, the rest of the female characters are pretty crappy. Marissa is just boring, which is not helped by the fact that Mischa Barton isn't going to be winning an Oscar any time soon. Her mother is a vacuous gold-digger. Summer is obviously not meant to be totally a bitch, but she's still not much more than a boy chaser. Even though Kirstin earns more money than Sandy (and not any more, now he has the new job), she's still working for her daddy and needs his approval. I mean, where's the character girls can identify with? Or, you know, like?

I still think the show is really entertaining, and I still totally love Seth - I laughed aloud on Saturday at Adam Brody's deadpan delivery of Seth's response to Summer's vaguely snotty surprise that he was Jewish - "That's why I feel so comfortable in this desert heat." Actually, speaking of that scene, I thought Summer's "you're Jewish?" remark was (a) not helpful if they're trying to make her sympathetic, because weird snobby anti-semitism is not exactly a sympathetic trait to any normal person and (b)kind of ridiculous, as she knows his surname is Cohen, and even someone as vacuous as Summer should know that Cohen is a Jewish surname and therefore not be shocked when someone whose name that is turns out to keep kosher.

Anyway, I will keep watching. But I will be hoping for cool girls to appear.


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Feb. 16th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
Going back to cali'
Seriously. It gets better. I am WAY past the tijuana episode, and Anna does come back. It's a fantastic waste of time on a Monday night. I seriously plan my evenings around it. No joke.
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: Going back to cali'
It's on on Saturdays here, annoyingly enough. But I have to confess, I've always makes sure I'm either there to watch it or, as our video's timer is fucked, I wait until eight to leave so I can start recording it.

Is it wrong that I kind of fancy Seth, even though he's, like, ten years younger than me? I feel like a dirty old woman.
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: Going back to cali'
no, I fancy him greatly. He's actually 25 in REAL life!
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Re: Going back to cali'
Ha! Then he's only three years younger than me. My guilt is gone!
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
Re: Going back to cali'
I am glad I could be of service. I wish you had seen more episodes. I so want to tell you about it, but then you would find me and KILL me. It gets really good, HONEST.
Feb. 16th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
Did I tell you about Con's Camera's, in the Hibernian Way? Apparently, it is - or was - a Jewish-owned business, and was originally called Cohen's Cameras. However, the name got Gaelicised (and gentilicised) to improve business. Rather worrying.
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Good Lord, I had no idea. Good old friendly Ireland.
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