'One Tree Hill' Season 9 Premiere Recap: All the Devils Are Here
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
It's here, the final season of One Tree Hill! I've been looking
forward to this for as long as I can remember, and the show did not
disappoint with an hour that was as ominous a start as Tree Hill has
Aside from a mysterious opening where very bad things happened to everyone (including Haley crying over a dead body), One Tree Hill's season 9 premiere had creepy open doors, surreal silent car rides, trouble sleeping for almost everyone and, in a sign that bad things are sure to start happening, the return of Chris Keller.
As One Tree Hill season 9 begins, the bags under Julian's eyes are so heavy he'd have to pay extra if he wanted to check them at the airport. The twins, Davis and Jude, are keeping him and Brooke up all night, but that's not the only problem. Julian took out huge loans to open a sound stage in Tree Hill, but at the last minute, the movie he booked to film there dropped out, leaving him with a big debt. Perhaps that's why he was getting the crap beat out of him in the weird possible future.
Brooke, on the other hand, is having a much better time. She absolutely loves driving around at night with her twins, embracing the eerie silence of Tree Hill as home. Things get even better when her absentee father finally shows up for the first time in nine seasons to be godfather to her kids. Ted Davis might seem nice, but there has to be a dark side to a man so absent from his daughter's entire life and Victoria doesn't like him at all. I'm guessing Brooke's daddy issues are going to be the reason she's destroying Karen's Cafe.
Nathan spends almost the entire episode out of town being a sports agent, and the loneliness and isolation is unnerving. Haley is all alone with Jamie and Lydia in their big house, and there are mysteriously open doors and shadowy figures outside, which is a harbinger and danger if ever I've seen one.
Nathan's narration talks about how Hell is empty and all the devils are here, and indeed, all the devils are back. Chris Keller returns to Tree Hill to run Red Bedroom Records (and be his classic, douche self) and Dan Scott shows up, claiming that his diner and all his belongings were destroyed in a fire. He's looking for a place to stay, and Haley is so touched by his humility that she lets him move in. Is Dan for real or is he plotting something? I want to believe he's a good man, but One Tree Hill has made that impossible to know for sure.
The most adorable couple ever, Clay and Quinn, are doing pretty well, making jokes about leather pants, but there is one big problem. Clay is sleepwalking, which might appear harmless and silly, but it's certainly a sign of bad things to come, like their fight and potential break-up.
On the lighter side of things, fighter pilot and bar owner Chase spends almost the entire episode shirtless, making out with Alex in bed. I'm happy to see Stephen Colletti finally getting his time as the token hot shirtless man on the show. Their sexy times are slightly marred, however, because Chris Keller flirts with Alex nonstop. I hope One Tree Hill has more in store than just recycling the "Chris Keller tries to steal a young singer away from her man" plot. And in a small moment that made me start to worry, Alex made several references to being devilish around Chase, which when combined with Nathan's pronouncement about all the devils being here, gave me pause for concern.
The season 9 premiere of One Tree Hill was definitely fun and a nice return for all the characters we know and love, but there was a lot of ominous stuff that makes it seem like the tragedy is going to come hard and fast for the show's final season. Can Dan and Chris Keller be trusted when we know at some point they'll be cocking their guns and getting ready to kill people? Is Nathan the dead body in the morgue? And where are Mouth and Millie? Time will tell.
Next week on One Tree Hill: It's all about the war between Brooke's parents, Ted and Victoria. Sorry Ted, but you don't stand a chance.
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