I got through High School without the help of any music, books, or in this case, a TV show. I survived High School with over thinking, and sleeping, and not studying and still passing and sometimes getting in the top list. No show was there to help me grasp what was really going on. Unlike many other viewers, One Tree Hill was non-existent in my pre-teen and teen phase.
I only had two basic reasons why I watched the show. First, because Chad Michael Murray was part of the cast. Second, because I thought (humiliating as it may seem because I didn’t do my research) Mischa Barton was also in it and I would love to see her and Chad together. (Well then, I was wrong. Mischa was part of The OC.)
I started watching the show during my semestral break, October of 2011. I downloaded everything from season one all the way to the latest episode, it was still season 8 then. I would then watch in between boredom and nothing else to do, which pretty much is all the time. And then second sem had to start and I had to lessen the dose of the boob tube. Last night, 3rd of April 2012, I finished One Tree Hill Season 9 – Episode 12.
The show is ending…
And then it hit me. Hard.
It wasn’t about the length of download time. Nor was it not about losing Lucas in the show and not being able to “protest” by ranting on the exact time it occurred. It was about growing along with the show. Experiencing the unexplained feeling you get that the characters experienced even just by watching.
It was about relating to it. Feeling love and being a hopeless romantic whenever Haley and Nathan say “Always and Forever.” Eventually rooting for Brooke, who you hated once for being too attached to Lucas. Hating Peyton (maybe it’s just me) for not changing one bit until she disappeared from the show. The perfection of baby boy Lucas in the show. REALLY. The betrayal that sunk with your feelings when Dan killed Keith.
Enumerating all the scenes that I love would take me months again to finish. Because there really was no particular scene to watch out for. The whole show was worthy of my time. The whole show was worth watching out for. Even Skills douche-y relationships, Mouth’s overly bipolar career, Millie’s drug abusiveness and weight loss, even Junk and Fergie’s mushroom-like appearances. Plus characters added to the show: Jamie, Clay, Quinn, Chase, Julian.
I would like to make this blog perfect with matching pictures and videos. But then, it isn’t that easy to go back to nine seasons. The main purpose of this blog is to be able to say goodbye; to finally let go, because goodbye was never easy for me. Before episode twelve, I wasn’t able to do anything because I wanted to be over and done with the show. The weird thing about it is that, even before the last episode was shown, I wanted to rewatch the whole show first before going through the ending. That, coming from someone who doesn’t like to repeat watching a movie or a television series all over again, even if I store all my downloads and do not delete them.
Is it weird that they’re now dealing with young adult problems and I’m in college but can still feel their intensity? I know I will be writing about them once again after tonight’s episode.
I just finished watching the last episode. A part of me was against doing so. Because a part of me likes the thought, idea, and feeling of looking forward to something. That I know the show is over and even if it is, there is something I still can see and will see and would want to see. It’s not like any other TV series I watched out for. Weird that I never really “watched out” for the episodes because I downloaded everything all at once. It was only this ending that I waited because I wanted to feel the same giddy feeling I get when I wait for Gossip Girl, Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, or 90210 except that the giddiness was mixed up with sadness and depression. I really don’t know what to add anymore. All I know is, even if it only took me 6 months, unlike most of the fans, I am still and will always be in love with this show. Always. And forever.
“One day your 17 and planning for someday. And quietly without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday.” —Nathan Royal Scott, One Tree Hill
Top scenes that stuck with me:
- When Lucas got into a car accident with Keith, and Dan was there to help them. Dan was asked in the hospital about his connection with Lucas. And he said that he is his son.
- Lucas’ last game and when he and Peyton finally admitted their love.
- Peyton’s confrontation with Lucas in Red Bedroom Records telling him that she never forgot about him and that she buys every book of Lucas she sees.
- Jimmy Edwards and Keith’s death.
- Haley and Nathan’s scenes. ALL OF THEM!
- Nathan telling Jamie in the last episode the he should just enjoy whatever he does and don’t let anyone’s expectations get in him.
- Gavin DeGraw and the rest of the cast in the crowd singing along with the show’s theme song.