That episode aside, much of season nine is bogged down by, wait for it, a story line that involves Nathan getting kidnapped by cartoonish Eastern European mafiosos over a basketball player he tried to sign, that ends with Dan (Paul Johansson), CHRIS KELLER (Tyler Hilton), and Julian (Austin Nichols) putting together a rescue mission to find Nathan.Okay, some of this was because James Lafferty only signed on for half a season, but … Even Clay (Robert Buckley) suffering a fugue state only to realize he’s forgotten he had a son who he erased from his memory six years ago is easier to swallow than that.Its pilot episode deftly lays out the cast of characters (okay, so we don’t meet Brooke Davis until episode two) and tone that would define the show throughout its nine seasons. Sure, the show weaves in and out of crazy — but even in the first season, it wasn’t afraid to lean hard into the soapier aspects of a teen soap. Okay, there is that whole thing with Peyton dating Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, but let’s pretend that never happened.Questionable guest star aside, season three offers up the most authentic and engaging character growth within a season throughout the series.On the plus side, we get to witness Lucas and Peyton try to pretend they aren’t soulmates, Nathan try to pretend he’s totally cool with his depression beard, and the audience pretend like we didn’t know Lucas and Lindsey’s (Michaela Mc Manus) wedding would be a disaster.
There are some stellar Lucas and Peyton scenes, especially as they deal with Peyton’s high-risk pregnancy. Sometimes I still can’t believe that Peyton and Brooke repair their broken friendship (love triangles, am I right?Just kidding, that is also terrible, no matter how cute that Logan kid is.had to prove it could exist without Lucas and Peyton as its anchors. New characters Clay and Quinn (Shantel Van Santen) are serviceable, but the first half of the season is a drag as Nathan is embroiled in an NBA sex scandal.I still tear up when I see chicken dumpling soup on a menu. They do attempt some of the crazy that worked so well in other seasons, but with mixed results. Season 8 Like the majority of the later seasons, season eight tries to distract us from the fact that most of the OGs were gone, with stories about newish characters that were just not engaging. , especially once Lucas and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) leave, tends to go overboard with how many Jamie story lines the viewing audience might be into.A psycho stalker is always welcome in Tree Hill (this one is after Clay and Quinn), but Dan being married to Rachel (Danneel Ackles) and having his own miracle-healer TV show is a stretch. That being said, a season that has Brooke Davis getting her happy ending helps me overlook some of the more lackluster elements.