One Tree Hill: The Complete Sixth Season (2008)
|Warner Brothers || NR - 1102 minutes - $59.98 || August 25, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-09-02|
Writer(s): Mark Schwahn (created by)
Cast: James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush
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It's hardly a secret that I love teen dramas and The CW network and I'm excited to see the experiment last season (flashing the show forward 4 years) worked. Not only did it work well for "One Tree Hill" but other shows have since stolen the idea to freshen up their shows and give its characters more stories ("Desperate Housewives" as an example). But was it merely a quick fix that wouldn't keep the momentum going? Nope, not at all.
Season Six is everything that was so good about Season Five and more. They've managed to pack in so many stories, twists, turns and really breathe more life into a show that continues to be renewed by almost pure luck (at least to its fans). Yet ratings continue to rise even beating out CW's newer shows like "Gossip Girl" and "90201"... but guess which shows get far more advertising? Yep, those two. "One Tree Hill" is that forgotten show on The CW that pulls the right demographic and no longer needs any more hand-holding from the new network. But when you are essentially given free reign over a show bad things may happen (more on that later).
What's new in One Tree Hill? Lots! Lucas and Peyton are finally together. Nathan and Hailey are going strong. Brooke continues to be the strong woman on the show and everything else just seems a little too damn perfect. Don't worry – things are soon in for a change. As I like to do I'll breakdown a few plot points and character driven story lines.
Lucas (Murray) and Peyton (Burton) - Since they are seemingly always together I might as well group them here. Lucas launches another book that he hopes will sell big...but fails. But as luck might have it, newcomer Julian (Nichols) comes to town to convince Lucas to adapt his first book into a feature film. But he has a secret motive on his mind... Unfortunately, this is a very dull plot that drags on and on and on. It seems all Lucas has to do this season is worry about his movie and Peyton. This brings me to Peyton who also have some pretty dully story lines this year. She continues her attempt at keeping her record label afloat by bringing Mia (Voegel; drop-dead gorgeous and terrific singer) back as much as possible throughout the season and convincing Hailey to start singing again. I'm personally baffled how a label can stay alive by having only one signed artist...but only in One Tree Hill I suppose. It's hardly a secret anymore, but Peyton also becomes pregnant with Lucas' child and the results might be fatal. Please keep in mind this is the final season for both of above characters.
Brooke (Bush) - One of my favorite characters continues to impress me. While she maintains ownership of her clothing line, Clothes over Bro's, she eventually fires her CEO (her mother of all people!) and very soon in the season becomes a victim of assault in her store. She goes through a very dark time for a good chunk of the season before finally taking in a young runaway named Sam (Rickards) who is a spitting image of herself. Got to say - Bush deserves a nomination here. If you've been following the show throughout the Seasons you can see how much Brooke has changed from the slutty, rich girl to the caring, independent women. Her portrayal during her 'dark' time is pretty amazing to see. Towards the latter half of the season she starts a relationship with Julian (;a terrific addition to the show) and things seem to fall into place for her.
Nathan (Lafferty) and Hailey (Galeotti) - My favorite couple of the series continues to go strong. Nathan considers going back to his dream of playing basketball and makes several attempts to get back into the game. Unfortunately, the best he can muster at first is either a coaching job or a new 'style' of Basketball called Slamball. He takes the former for a short period of time before giving it up and joining a small, but growing Basketball team. Hailey also attempts to follow her dream of singing and while she can be successful at it decides to instead be a mother more to Jaimie. Her story lines this year are kept pretty tame but it looks to be changing next year...
And why oh why would Hailey want to be a mom more?
Nanny Carrie. The crazy bitch who stole Jaimie last year is back and this year she wants revenge on the man who stopped her - Dan. Dan (Johannson) suffers a car accident at the start of the season (just as he got notified of a new heart was waiting for him) and is captured by Nanny Carrie who wants to inflict death upon him (but first its torture time). If you watch "The Soup" you've probably seen the laughable conclusion to this storyline so I'll stop right there. Luckily Dan has a chance at real redemption this season (which also leads to another laughable scene with a dog in the hospital which was also played to death on "The Soup").
It's tough not to continue writing more and more about this season because they do some really remarkable things (as mentioned above) and some real head scratchers. Take for instance the odd inclusion of Nick Lachey playing... Nick Lachey. In some sort of awesome casting only available on The CW they brought Nick in for two episodes where he injects his words of wisdom to various cast members. This in turn gives us probably the most quotable line of the series "Stay out of it, Nick Lachey". Yes Nick, stay the f*** out of One Tree Hill! Did you see that scene played over and over on "The Soup" as well? At some point I have to wonder if the writers purposely do things just to get mentioned on the show.
By far, one of the worst episodes of the Season (and dare I say Series) is one Chad Michael Murray wrote and directed "My Three". I don't know what it is with Season Six for some series, but it must be the point where networks no longer care what you do as long as you adhere to a few policies and continue with decent ratings. It worked with Buffy ("Once More With Feeling") but didn't with Scrubs ("My Musical"). Where does this episode fall into? The dead, dead last. It's the show 're-imagined' in the 50's with many of the characters playing cartoonish versions of themselves in mob world. Bad acting, bad plot...everything bad. The only redeeming feature is the first 2 minutes and last 2 minutes which are set 'in our time' which deal with an important thing in Peyton's life. Do yourself a favor and watch only those 4 minutes. Please.
Warner has changed the packaging for the show (like other Warner shows) where all the discs now come encased in a big, clear DVD case that goes into a slip cover. It takes up a bit less space on your shelf but your other seasons may look a big gigantic in comparison. Warner has also re-released those in slimmer styles.
Spread across all 7 Discs are the various features including:
Commentary on the Following Episodes: You Have to be Joking & Searching for a Former Clarity
OTH! Goes Back in Time (17 Minutes) - I don't think anyone actually enjoyed "My Dream" besides the first and last few minutes but here we go with an entire featurette devoted to it. It does start out with a nice mock of 40's films though.
Playing the New Sport of Slamball (11 Minutes) - Apparently this is a real sport (wonder how much they paid for OTH to advertise it for a few episodes) and here we get to see why Nathan chose to play it and how he trained to get into 'slam' mode.
OTH Celebrity Soundtrack (20 Minutes) - How each episode has a dozen different songs attributed to it and how each scene takes you into a song. Not at all that interesting to be honest.
OTH The Director’s Debut (13 Minutes) - Shows late in their series seem to allow more... interesting things to take place. One of them is allow cast members the cast the direct an episode or two. Well this season it seemed nearly every cast member with the exception of 8 Year Old Jackson Brundage got a shot and this goes into how they accomplished each episode.
Also included is a Gag Reel (4 Minutes) which includes a black bar covering up someone’s naughty business and Unaired Scenes for 1/3rd of the episode.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
“One Tree Hill” Season Six presents all 24 episodes in Anamorphic 1.78:1 Widescreen spread across 5 DVDs. While these are obviously not going to be as nice as the ones that aired on the HD version on The CW, they are still very nice. A little bit cleaner than Gossip Girl before it. Season Six is on par with the previous season.
Warner has include an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track that suites the show very well. This season has a very high emphasis on music and the 5.1 track helps bring that alive. Dialog comes across very clear from the center channel speaker.
I'm probably in the minority here, but I really liked Season Six. Not only did we get a proper farewell to Lucas and Peyton but the show spent a bit more time focused on other characters like Hailey, Nathan and Brooke.