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ONE TO REMEMBER
on 31 July 2010
Dan survived the fire and vows revenge, his evil machinations again to dominate - including a bid to be mayor, can you believe!
Season 3 has disappointments - a few stories trite, a rather shallow newcomer creakingly stirring things up a bit. Not all the attempts at comedy work: some of the younger stars needing to know it involves more than speaking very quickly and waving arms around.
Fortunately the strengths dominate: much of the writing, most of the cast. There are welcome returns of favourite characters, moving portrayals of teenagers trying to adapt to new circumstances: Lucas keeping secret his heart condition; Peyton out of the blue confronted by her biological mother; the marriage of Nathan and Haley in disarray. Outstanding (again) are Barry Corbin as Coach and Lee Norris as Mouth - spellbinders both, dominating the screen whenever they appear.
As for Episode 16...! Here an already fine series attains new heights - at the High School, sudden horror. Although mirroring similar real life tragedies, sensationalism is avoided - a heartrending issue sensitively handled and provoking much thought. Cast and crew were deeply affected during the making. Also powerful is the episode that follows, those who were involved trying to make sense of it all.
Despite occasional weaknesses (including unconvincing final cliffhangers), the season deserves its five stars. Although over fifty years older than the probable intended audience, I found much to applaud - not least the show's heart and integrity.