One Tree Hill: The Complete Seventh Season

One Tree Hill: The Complete Seventh Season
Back when Dawson's Creek was on the air, I remember making the comment to a friend, "Do you think anyone could make a worse night time soap opera if they tried?" The answer, after watching a couple of seasons of One Tree Hill, is a resounding yes. Because the show is now going into its eighth season, I have to believe that there's something there, but watching the seventh season was like watching a bunch of Ken and Barbie dolls do the least inspired or discerning things in the dullest possible way. In an effort to spice things up, they've added a new roster of characters this season, all related to, or working with, Nathan (James Lafferty) and Haley Scott (Bethany Joy Galeotti). Since it's a contract year for Nathan, his sports agent, Clay (Robert Buckley), plays a big part in the season, moving from man-whore to love interest for Haley's sister Quinn (Shantel VanSenten), who now lives in Tree Hill with the rest of the gang. With Lucas and Peyton gone, the storylines are limited mostly to relationship drama when a woman claims to have Nathan's love child, and a flighty, Megan Fox-like actress named Alex (Jana Kramer) creates some conflict between Brooke (Sophia Bush) and her seemingly homosexual boyfriend Julian (Austin Nichols). They really reach for heightened drama in every episode, when not tossing out the most dreadfully executed jokes ever written, which, ironically, often come off as unintentionally funny, partly because most of these people can't act ―although newcomer VanSenten seems to have some chops ― and because the writing is so unbelievably bland and heteronormative. Every single character appears to have the same tedious moral compass unless they're a flat-out, vamp-y villain. That said, the "I and Love and You" episode has a decent time-shifting construct that makes it stand apart from the rest, which is something they recognize on the commentary track. Bonus features include "Return to Camp One Tree Hill," which discusses mainly the new actors hired, along with a behind-the-scenes with first-time director Sophia Bush, a true, um, visionary. Also included are a gag reel and some cutesy PR moments with the winners of the "Be a PA on One Tree Hill" contest. (Warner)