High school is over. Time to move on. But events conspire to reunite Ryan, Seth and Summer in posh, seaside Newport. And there may even be a new Core Four. Because after Taylor Townsend says a quick if not passionate au re... more »voir to her education in France, she just might pursue Ryan until he catches her. Time, too, for the series to move on with these 16 Final Episodes. Seth marries Summer? (Maybe.) Ryan goes through life like it's a steel-cage brawl? (Sometimes.) Kaitlin tries to hook up her mom Julie with a billionaire? (Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) But things happen, sometimes quite unexpectedly. Time to hit the beach for all the surprising events of a cool, compelling and revealing conclusion of The O.C. DVD Features:
Featurette:The Magic That Is Chrismukkah: Cast, Crew and Religious Experts Weigh in on The O.C.s Distinctive Holiday Celebration Summer Roberts - Beauty Meets Brown: The Creation and Evolution of One of the Shows Most Lovable Characters« less
"And with these final 16 episodes, the once pop-cultural phenomenon "The OC" finally fades to white. It had been a rocky road for the series and the characters over the 4-years that `The OC' aired on the FOX network, but through it all the series persisted.
The theme of season 4 was essentially `going back to the beginning' and that was exactly what happened in this final season. Since all the main characters either died or graduated high school in the third season finale, the four season premier seemed more like a pilot than a season finale of a show near its end. And for 15 additional episodes the writers brought the humor, wackiness, and pop cultural refrences that made the series so popular to begin with back, leaving the melodrama at a bare minimum.
I'm sad to see `the OC' go, it will always be a part of my history because for better or for worse I watched the show through every-one of its 94 episodes, and I will remember these characters fondly. I also need to mention the series finale, which to my amazement didn't dissapoint in the least, it was lighthearted, fun, zany, and had all the right ingredients, and definitely worth a rental if you just want to see how the series comes to a close.
This DVD set contains all 16-episodes on 5 discs, in additional to deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, 2 Featurettes, as well as a commentary on the final episode, `The end is not Near, it's Here' "
A surprisingly strong rebound for a series that still had so
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I deeply regret both that FOX didn't order a slate of episodes for THE O.C.'s final season and even more strongly regret that they cancelled it when it still had a lot of life left in it. Season Three had been a thudding disappointment that both chased off a lot of previous fans and made FOX consider ending it. The network never really gave it a chance in its final season, putting it in a timeslot in which it couldn't possible maintain strong ratings. Nonetheless, after the dismal third season, it was great to see the series regain the charm that had made it so much fun to watch in its first and most of its second season.
One of the reasons for the success of the show in the fourth season is that they finally seemed to realize that the endless number of hated characters that popped up over the years were simply that: hated. They were not characters we loved to hate, we simply didn't like them. It all started with Oliver and then mushroomed in the next two seasons, exploding in Season Three. But this year they managed to avoid introducing any truly awful characters. I never really warmed up to Ché and Taylor's French ex-husband was not very likable, but neither approached the loathsome characters of the first two season. Instead, we were left mainly with the same characters that were the real reasons we enjoyed the show all along.
I must admit that at first I was leery about the reappearance of Taylor and Kaitlin. The latter in Season Three seemed to be on the verge of being as self-destructive as Marissa had been. With Marissa gone I was certain that Kaitlin was going to go down her path. Instead, the writers took her character in a number of unexpected ways and she ended up being a delightful character. But even more shocking was what they did with Taylor. Even in Season Three they had done a great deal to redeem her character. Taylor had started out as one of the least likable characters on the show, but they gradually made her sympathetic. Still, at the end of Season Three she at most could be described as irritating. This year they managed to make her actually likable. And by the time that we realized that they were actually going to have her and Ryan get together I had actually warmed to her. She was still high strung and obsessive, but she was also shown to be someone with a large heart. And in a way that Marissa never was, she turned out to be good for Ryan.
All in all, the show had a good four-year run. I think it had another year or two in it and would have enjoyed seeing it come back. But given how terrible Season Three was, I must confess that my overwhelming feeling about Season Four was gratitude. The most abused and meaningless phrase in talking about television is "jumped the shark." If any show ever had truly jumped the shark, that was THE O.C. in Season Three. But Season Four was a wonderful return to form. I'm not sure that any other show ever had such a terrible year and then followed it with such a great one. So it ended, but at least it ended well. Not many series can make that claim."
A Great Rebound from Season 3
Manderson Manderson | Chicago | 03/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those who aren't sure if Season 4 would be good after a terrible season 3, I assure you that this is a great rebound. I didn't expect much after Marissa's death, but the show rebuilt itself from the ground up in the 4th Season. The show was dying on its old legs and dynamics, but with the colossal event that changed the series, Marissa's death, new life was breathed into the show. You'll find much more comedy this season than in Season 3, much like in the show's glory days in Season 1. So if you strayed from this show after a mediocre to decent Season 2 and a terrible Season 3, your faith should be restored with this one."
The Series Lost Its Way
Randy Kadish | New York, NY | 05/27/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Many people loved the 4th season. I was disappointed. I guess because of the crash in the ratings - partly because of Grey's Anatomy - the writers thought they had to take the series in a new, direction, and so they turned the series into a farce.
Let me back up a bit. I loved the start of the 4th season, the conflict of Ryan trying to find Volchok, but once Volchok turned himself in there was no central, compelling conflict to propel the action. Instead there was an endless parade of comedy, most of which I didn't think worked.
Again we were introduced to more unbelievable characters: Che and Bullit that made me groan.
Yes, it was nice to see Kaitlin and Taylor grow, but I still found Taylor somewhat annoying and unrealistic.
Sandy Cohen became more of a spectator than someone taking part in the action. I don't know why he wasn't given a stronger, dramatic storyline. For exammple, now that he was back in the Public Defender's office, why couldn't he have a new, compelling client, perhaps a young woman who shares a bond with Ryan?
I liked the way Summer and Julie evolved for the better.
Finally, I loved the way the series ended. (Yes, I had tears in my eyes.) Afterward, I listened to Josh Schwart'z commentary, and heard him say he was definately going for comedy in season 4. I suspect he forgot that one of the things that made the O.C. so addicting was the way it went back and forth from comedy to drama. Also, I rewatched the pilot. It was a compelling, dramatic episode that got the series off to a bang - viewers loved it and became addicted to the show - and yet the pilot wasn't that funny.
IMHO, what sunk the OC was a bad, first half of the 3rd season, where we were introduced to several unlikeable characters and unbelievable storylines.
I suspect is the writers of The OC never figured out where they lost their way.
Anyway, that's my two cents. It's certainly a lot easier criticizing a series than writing one.
Thanks Josh and everyone else who worked on the show for some great tv!"
I must admit this season brought me much relief
Geneva | arizona | 05/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say, this was probably the best season yet. Of course, it was pretty much an entirely different show, seeing as how the characters were no longer in high school, and it just went in an entirely different direction than the previous seasons (it reminded me of 90210 after they had all graduated high school, and the cast was almost an entirely different group of people) but it was, in all honestly, the first season where all the characters were actually likeable. The only downside being that some of the episodes were extremely corny (come on, the christmas episode was completely ridiculous)
And Ok, I know a lot of people will probably hate me for saying this, but I was kind of happy that Marissa was gone, and I was interested to see what the show would be like without her. I've always had an extreme love/hate relationship with her character. Ill admit, that in some ways, the show really wasn't as good without her on it, and at times I missed her, but at the same time it was a big relief, and a much needed change with the depature of her character.
I'm sorry, but it was always the same old story with Marissa. Every season, she whined and cried about how hard her life was, and always, ALWAYS there was some guy that would fall in love with her, come between her and ryan (think oliver and johnny!), and Marissa, the ditz that she was, would always deny it, even though everyone told her different and it was extremely annoying. I really don't know why ryan kept going back to her to be honest!
But don't get me wrong, she wasnt the only character that I disliked.
Summer (although I love her now)was extremely annoying in both the first and second season. In the first season she was annoyingly ditzy, and completely different than the summer you see in later seasons. the entire love-triangle between summer, seth, and anna during season one was extremely irritating.
Need I even mention Oliver, who was, and probably always will be, the most annoying character I've ever seen on a TV show.
Then in season two you have the extremely dull Zach, who bought nothing of interest to any of the storylines, and of course there was Jess, the character you wanted to just reach through the screen and bitch slap.
Ryan was irritating, just for the mere fact that all during the first three seasons, he did nothing but get in fights with people. I actually lost count of how many fights he got into during season one alone!
Julie Cooper was also a highly despicable character, especially during season one. She came to grow on me as her character changed little by little, until she finally became a great character in season 3, and especially during the 4th season. You can't help but be touched as you watch her grieve over the loss of her daughter, yet you also can't help but feel bad for kaitlin, the daughter she ignores.
Seth is the only character I've actually liked during all four seasons. The show definitely wouldn't have lasted as long as it did without the humor you get from his character.
Another good thing was Taylors transformation, from being one of the most annoying characters ever on the show (I despised her during season 3), to becoming an actual likeable character. During this season I found her to be quite funny, and found myself actually coming to appreciate her presence.
I think my favorite character of them all is Kaitlin Cooper, who is as different from Marissa as day and night. The only thing I didn't understand was why they didn't show her, along with the rest of the characters, grieving over the loss of her sister. You get no emotion from her whatsoever on that particular issue, which is extremely odd.
All in all, the fourth season is one I would definitely recommend. The first episode is briliant. Even my mom, who has never liked the show, was impressed with the way they did the first episode. Everything from the characters grieving, to the music they play, is nothing short of amazing.
I believe that the show could have gone on even longer than it did, atleast for a season or two more, but nevertheless, I was satisified with the series finale, as well as the rest of season 4."