THE BEST YEARS: 2.01 “Dangerous Liasons”
Hmm. Not sure what I think of the new season of The Best Years (thought 100% thrilled that the season is being aired on The N, so I can catch the new episodes). We’ve got some new faces and some old favorites, and it’s just…different.
I should say that I have finished watching the first season DVD set, so I’m to speed on the show. (I’ll try to get my final Recap Review up this week.) And no surprise to my readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well, I did have to ignore a lot of Devon’s puppy dog pouts. That got old. But otherwise, I was very into the storyline.
Which is probably why I’m a wee bit hesitant about this new season. We were left on a cliffhanger, everyone going in their own directions. You assume they’ll all come back together somehow.
But they don’t. In fact, the only people who returned to the show were Noah, Sam, and Catherine. Well, then we’ve also got her family, who are making a larger appearance. The thing is, I really never cared much for Alicia. So I don’t care to see much more of her.
More importantly, what about our cliffhangers? What about our coke-loving Trent? They were highly building up that relationship in the last season, and now it looks like he won’t even be on it!
Here’s my guess. As you know, I’m new to the show. I just heard about it once the DVD was out. But according to IMDB, it was aired in 2007. Now here we are in 2009 and we’re moving on to season 2, which is supposedly the following fall. Well, I’m assuming (and this is a complete guess) that there was some question as to whether the show would be returning. By the time that they decided it would, they needed to concoct a reason for Sam’s absense (aka, Panama) and then couldn’t get all of the original actors to come back.
So here we have a new cast. Sadly, right now they look a bit one-dimensional and uninteresting. Noah’s girlfriend seems too jealous for her own good, which can lead to annoying. Plus, her whole “sex is a natural bodily function” just didn’t seem to fit with her whole character we’ve seen so far. She’s just not working quite yet.
Then there’s the new frat, that seems to have a lot of one-dimensional guys. Del seems like he could be interesting, especially with his interaction with Alicia in the end. Beyond that, he was just like all the other guys.
And Rich? He bores me a bit. He was a little fun in Panama, but I didn’t believe his sudden need to get back together with Sam in the end of the episode.
Honestly, the most interesting part of the episode was the story around Kat. I wanted to really see why she was so quiet and different–almost as to whether her parents had somehow brainwashed her. Unfortunately, those theories were put aside when we found out that it was just because she promised her dad that she wouldn’t be friends with Noah and Sam. I think there’s more to discover, but I do wish they’d kept up more of the mystery.
Anyway, at least with new characters we get new directions. I am going to miss the old people, though. Part of me hopes that Dawn will still return, as well as Lee and Trent, because that group was just fun. But until then, I’ll just have to get used to the new.
And that’s what college is, right? Get used to a new year, new people, and new things?