Four-and-a-half years after the searing and surprising events that marked their final days at Tree Hill High, old friends return to their North Carolina hometown. Some of them reached the goals they set as teens: Lucas published his novel, Brooke rocked the fashion world as an acclaimed couturiere and Haley became the teacher she always yearned to be. Some didn’t: Peyton crashed and burned in L.A., and Nathan saw his promise of pro hoops glory evaporate in a single, violent moment. But once they’re back home in this involving 5-Disc, 18-Episode Season Five Set, everyone discovers so much is the same: love, friendship, challenges, triumphs, laughs, tears…and dreams. As Lucas says, it’s just the beginning…
Season 5 of One Tree Hill hits the fast forward button after focusing on the high school years for Seasons 1-4. Now we’re through college and seeing the characters living their own lives. This was a risky step for the writers to take. However, it was a step that was much worth taking as we now have a show that feels much more mature and not just another teen drama.
The season starts out with Peyton working in the music industry, Brooke as a famous and successful fashion designer, Lucas as a published author turned basketball coach, Nathan recovering from a crippling accident, and Haley starting her first year as an English teacher. While life has taken the group in different directions, the first part of this season finds everyone back in Tree Hill for various reasons.
Flashbacks are used to fill in the gaps, which is a good thing for new viewers, otherwise they would be completely lost. I actually found this season quite endearing even though I was quite skeptical coming in. While Season 5 will only bring you 18 episodes due to the writers’ strike, there are still plenty of bonus features to keep you busy including unaired scenes, 3 featurettes, episode commentaries, a gag reel, and more.
Vintage One Tree Hill fans will love it. New fans might just find themselves curious enough to pick up the first 4 Seasons.
Review by Emma Loggins