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DVD Review: One Tree Hill: Season 2
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DVD Review: One Tree Hill: Season 2

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What a difference 12 months make. In high school sophomore year, half-brothers Nathan and Lucas Scott were bitter rivals on and off the basketball court. In junior year, they bond as brothers. But there’s drama, trauma, devotion, betrayal, twists and turns to come. This DVD set containing all 22 Season Two Episodes plus Insightful Extras, continues the powerful saga of secrets kept and secrets revealed. To protect those he loves, Lucas moves in with Dan. Brooke and Peyton mend their friendship – and begin a year of romantic turmoil for both. Nathan and Haley’s marriage frays. Newcomers to Tree Hill High push emotions into high gear. And in the background is vindictive Dan Scott, controlling others like an evil puppet master. But there are some things even he can’t control.

Special features include:
Commentary by series creator Mark Schwann on “Don’t Take Me for Granted”, commentary by Mark Schwann and costar Bryan Greenberg on
“Unopened Letter to the World”, commentary by director-actor Paul Johansoon on “Something I Can Never Have”, Unaired scenes, The Music of One Tree Hill, including a backstage
glimpse of the concert tour, diaries from the Set: Charity Football Match, Get on the Bus, Change Is Good: season 2’s new characters, and a
limited-edition bonus DVD featuring an episode from season 1 of What I Like About You.

Review:
Besides a love for hoops, it would seem that Lucas and Nathan are two young men with little in common – except for the dark secret that they share the same father. Arrogant and assured, Nathan is the star of the high school basketball team and hails from the wealthiest family in town. Quiet, brooding and driven, Lucas is a loner, the only child of a single working mom. He’s always kept his distance from Nathan. But their lives collide when a twist of fate puts Lucas on Nathan’s team. The rumor that’s haunted the boys since childhood now becomes more than just whispers as the half-brothers compete not only for control of the court, but also for the heart of Nathan’s girlfriend. So unfolds a deep and bitter conflict that’s been years in the making; one that will play itself out in their homes, their hearts and at school as they struggle to come to terms with who they really are – and the fact that they may have more in common than they ever imagined.

What a difference 12 months make. In high school sophomore year, half-brothers Nathan and Lucas Scott were bitter rivals on and off the basketball court. In junior year, they bond as brothers. But there’s drama, trauma, devotion, betrayal, twists and turns to come. This DVD set containing all 22 Season Two Episodes plus Insightful Extras, continues the powerful saga of secrets kept and secrets revealed. To protect those he loves, Lucas moves in with Dan. Brooke and Peyton mend their friendship – and begin a year of romantic turmoil for both. Nathan and Haley’s marriage frays. Newcomers to Tree Hill High push emotions into high gear. And in the background is vindictive Dan Scott, controlling others like an evil puppet master. But there are some things even he can’t control.

Some claim that the second season of One Tree Hill may have lost a step or two on season one, while others will attest that the show has never been better. I guess it depends on what particularly tickles your fancy. For me, the second season is at least on par with the first- it hasn’t broken any new ground, and it certainly wasn’t a disappointment- it seems the producers found a familiar groove and just kept it consistent. Safe move if you ask me. In the first few episodes of the second season we find life in turmoil for pretty much every character on the series. Lucas decides to skip town with his Uncle Keith to start a new life outside of One Tree, North Carolina after Keith’s proposal to Lucas’s mom is denied. Shortly after, though, Lucas begins to have second thoughts- he can’t stand to be away with the mess he left behind with Peyton, and Brooke and his birth-father Dan’s heart attack. After his heart attack, it seems Dan has a new outlook on life, and he does a great job of fooling everyone around him of this. It isn’t long until he’s trying to systematically dismantle everyone’s life around him. It isn’t long until he’s trying to wreck his son Nathan’s marriage to Haley, cheating the IRS, trying to ruin Keith, and driving Deb further deeper into a drug addiction.

All in all, the second season acts like an ensemble to the first. Elaborating and exploring even deeper the tumultuous lives of its characters. The season seemed to leave the viewer wonder what on earth will happen next with the turns and twists. It seems Lucas is ready to move on from Peyton and Brooke, by dating Anna, but of course, he can’t shake ’em off. Dan seems to be even more malicious than in the first season- one would have thought a heart attack would put a bit of perspective on a person’s life, but I guess he realised he needn’t waste any more time in manipulating every person in reach. There’s even a cliffhanger at the end of the season that I won’t give away- I’ll just say you’ll be dying to know who did what to whom.

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: A-
Official site: http://www.onetreehilldvd.com/
Buy on Amazon: One Tree Hill: Season 2

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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. She updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002!

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