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One Tree Hill: The Complete 3rd Season

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Cast: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Paul Johansson, Barbara Alyn Woods, Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Danneel Harris, Barry Corbin & Moira Kelly

Creator: Sanford Bookstaver, Les Butler

Rated: NR

Release Date: September 26th, 2006
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Overall Grade: A+

One Tree Hill: The Complete 3rd Season

Review By: Staff
Staff@TheCinemaSource.com

One Tree Hill: The Complete Third Season

I was always familiar with the show One Tree Hill but I never watched it weekly. I kind of get it confused with the other shows on the CW Network (formerly known as the WB). It can be hard to tell if you are watching Smallville, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven or Everwood at first. But after a while you begin to remember faces like Chad Michael Murray who plays Lucas the most involved and popular character on the show.

One Tree Hill is not hard to catch onto at all. Almost every character that's being talked about pops up in each scene repeatedly so the viewer is immediately filled in. The show revolves around six teenagers who are all linked together. Lucas and Nathan (James Lafferty) are half brothers. Hailey (Bethany Joy Galeotti) is the wife of Nathan and best friend to Lucas. Brooke (Sophia Bush) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) are also best friends and share the common love for the highly sought after Lucas. Lastly, Mouth (Lee Norris) is the sensitive school reporter that has befriended them all.

Season Three begins with a fire arson attempt on local business man, Lucas and Nathan's daddy Dan Scott's (Paul Johansson) car dealership. Dan is the show's principle antagonist and a vengeful cold hearted father who treats Lucas like crap. Meanwhile, Hailey is back in the town of Tree Hill and desperately trying to mend her broken marriage to Nathan by leaving her pop-star dreams behind. The beautiful Brooke hides her feelings for Lucas by playing a non-exclusive relationship game. Lucas plays along until he realizes his true feelings for her are serious. Peyton who has too many problems for any real seventeen-year-old to handle, deals with her true identity and untrustworthy people after she gets a shocking visit from her biological mother Ellie. There's also the nerdy Mouth has gained popularity by being embraced by the clique of friends.

Season Three also features a special guest appearance by the band Fallout Boy. (How cool is that?) There are other significant characters that interfere with the lives of the friends but it kind of leads to me revealing plots. Loyalty, trust and strong friendship are key points to solving the problems that surface between the six friends of Tree Hill, N.C. It is almost surreal that people like this could exist.

The highlight of Season Three is episode 16 titled "With tired eyes, tired minds, tired souls, we slept". This is where an emotionally disturbed student carries a gun to school and holds a classroom of student's hostage. (I call it the columbine episode) This episode is a must see and should have been the season finale because of its dreadful ending. This was a powerful episode that

writers took a risk with because it was a topical issue to tackle that tried to send a message to those who seek hope. Series creator and writer Mark Schwahn (Coach Carter) is credited for writing most of the episodes. Some of the other guest directors include Greg Prange and even one of the show's actors, Paul Johansson.

Mark Schwahn has truly captured the essence of quality TV drama. One Tree Hill has to be one of the best teen dramas ever! So many everyday issues that the show deals with are faced by this talented cast. The dialogue is clever and sarcastic from the last word of a scene to the very first of the next. Whoever writes Dan's witty comeback lines is hilarious. The only thing you might notice that's strange is that the teen's school lives are heavily focused on basketball and cheerleading. If they do happen to be in a classroom the only teacher they have is Coach Whitey.

Special Features:

The DVD has a couple of unaired scenes, including one great speech by Sophia Bush for episode 16 that the director apologizes for editing out. On Disc 5 there is an anatomy of an episode which includes bonus commentary by executive producer Joe Davola (Smallville) and cast members. Lastly, Disc 6 features a very short Gag reel of some bloopers on set which you will be impressed by with two of the cast member's bilingual skills. One Tree Hill: The Complete Season Third Season is a memorable DVD and a great show to own.

Movie Grade: A+

DVD Grade: B-

Overall Grade: A

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