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One more thing about George: I found it very selfish of George to insist on moving the wedding to a freaking firehouse in the middle of a downpour. The way all the townspeople rushed to help him represents George's power. They don't have a clue what's going on internally, and they don't see that they're being used. I found this day more telling of George's true character than any other episode. He's willing to use people to get what he wants. He has definitely used Zoe. The hard work wasn't for Lemon. It was all for him. If I were Wade, I'd be a little resentful of George too. Perfect contrast: Wade giving Lavon's parents a Bora Bora room (nothing in it for him) vs. George using everyone in town to get to the altar before he changed his mind. George needs to grow up and he so deserved that punch!
I think George has a lot of emotional maturing to do, and I think the only way for him to do that is to hit rock bottom. Wade may not have the material success of George, but Wade had to grow up pretty fast because of his dad. So I think Wade is more capable of displaying true emotion than George, and for me, he's more appealing than George because he's more human and vulnerable. George is spoiled and worried about what people think. Wade isn't worried about appearances, and George needs to get to that point if I'm gonna root for him. Otherwise, I'm pulling for the underdog ;)
T--excellent points. I like Scott Porter. I think the George character is supposed to represent the facade of perfection in the small Southern towns that still expect and reward Andy Griffith-era goodness. This is evident when George gets fired up against his dad to stop the large mart store. It seems like George is a general do-gooder, but he doesn't really carry that over into his romantic relationships. Look at the way he got the wedding ready vs. the way he ignores Lemon. I think his upbringing turned him into the stereotypical Southern male--he's supposed to be a provider and keep everyone happy, but inside, he feels inadequate. Nobody cares about the good Southern male's insides, so to speak. I think he lacks a real emotional connection with Lemon because they were taught to just go through the motions. It's all about appearances. Zoe represents an opportunity to open up and stop playing his traditional role.
(part 2) intentionally portraying this superficiality in what the "leaders of the town" valued and the contradiction in George's character, it'd be one thing. But apparently we're supposed to root for him to insult Lemon about the things that matter to her and play up to her insecurities, treat Zoe as a rebound who will pathetically wait around for him, and dump his fiancee when she's preparing to walk down the aisle. Like I said, I love George; I just don't love being told he's perfect (for Zoe and in general).
Side note: I particularly find it funny that Zoe made the catty comment about "a town he felt the same way about as a girl" in the pilot when the only evidence they've given for the Zoe/George=soulmates argument is their New York connection.
A - I actually am quite fond of George - I love him in scenes with Lemon, Brick, and Wade in particular. I just don't want to see him with Zoe. He's a very interesting character and has great chemistry with just about everyone in the cast...except Zoe. Perhaps my greatest complaint is how Zoe is written in regards to him and their relationship - she ends up not being a character to root for or even find very likeable. My other complaint is that the writers apparently think we're supposed to agree with the town's perception of him as being the perfect Golden Boy when he's acted very much like a jerk to both Zoe and Lemon, as well as several other people throughout the season. I think the MOTY ep was the most telling in that regard - he gets the award, Brick and others are jealous of it. And the only person actually being a decent human being (helping Magnolia, etc.) is the one person who would never get such an award. If the show more clearly demonstrated they understood and were intent
A--My problem with George is that he's so perfect he's boring. Maybe the writers have done this on purpose. Maybe George has been built up as town golden boy because he's going to suffer a bad breakdown. Zoe will choose Wade, Lemon will move on, and George will hit rock bottom. He will no longer get whatever he wants, and he'll start breaking down. Zoe will of course want to be there for George as a friend, Wade with the chip on is shoulder will get jealous and mad, and they'll have a big fight.
After the fight and fallout, I could see George dying a hero's "good die young" sort of death saving Zoe or Wade's life somehow. If any of the main characters need to die, that scenario makes a lot more sense than killing off Lemon.
1. I really don't understand why people have a problem with George
2. Season 2 should be shown in England - NOW, or at least put on the internet. When will it show in America?
I love both George and Wade and would feel really really sorry for the one who doesn't get Zoe, George because he cancelled his wedding for her and broke off a really long relationship, and Wade because he would feel betrayed and a substitute for George. I think both George and Wade are hot with great personalities that can't be said to be one better than the other because they have different good qualities. If I was Zoe I would find it an impossible situation and would have no idea what to do because also she can't base her decision on using a promise as an excuse, because she told George she would wait for her, but she has just kinda made a promise with Wade by having sex with him.
*Tongue IN cheek lol...Another thing I'd like to see them develop is Wade's relationship with Crazy Earl. Discovering all those money jars in the yard upon his dad's death will be an emotional scene for Wade. Hello Wade's Bar. Buried money jars-- the most authentic Southern imagery of the whole season. My grandfather did that. There are so many other authentic touches that'd drive/enhance the emotion of the show, & That's one thing I hope they'll work on for S2.
T-- I totally agree with you. I don't think Lemon should be killed off. She's a purposeful character and I too think they'll begin to tone her down now that they've established her role. I thought they did a good job establishing the roots of the Lemon character. Every show needs a character that adds conflict. HoD would not be the same without Lemon.
I know that it's tongue and cheek and fictional, but my point was that I think they could convey the prim and proper over-the-top Southern belle more authentically. I know PLENTY of women who act like Lemon-could do without the hats and accent to show that.
Elizabeth (and Matt, for that matter) - of COURSE Lemon's an over-the-top stereotype. In case you didn't notice, this whole show has its tongue firmly in its cheek. Trust me, no one thinks people from Alabama really dress or act that way (although I've also seen many comments saying "this is just like my small town!" from people all over the country). At least with Lemon, there's a point to her attitudes and clothing. Because of her mother and other issues, she's clearly fighting to maintain the facade of being a creature that doesn't exist: a perfect Southern Belle. I'm willing to bet that next season they'll start to play with her a bit as she struggles to figure out who she really is and what she wants, and her wardrobe will start to reflect that. In the meantime, I hardly think being a stereotype should condemn a TV character to a painful death.
Id little doctoring and lots of pining. The characters development needs to evened out a little bit better.
best character: Zoe! I struggled with this one, who else can do serious moments, zingy one liners, and physical comedy like her on this show.
Worst character: George, I liked him at first, then I met lemon, and he just seemed....stupid. Whiny. Pointless.
Best episode: the big day....I finally felt the plot move forward and p not one step forward two steps back.
Worst episode: destiny and denial. When did Zoe become Bella swan? The sudden clandestine realization that she loved George made me want punch the t.v.
Most welcome weekly sighting: wade kinsella. He could have chemistry with dust particles.
Most unwelcome weekly sighting: Jaime king's accent
Most unexpected moment: that dash Dewitt went from being the father from family matters to reciting lines about ANTM.
Favorite bluebell event: The race! I can't recall the name though.
Hope for season 2: balance. For all the characters, mostly Zoe. She can have a love life and medical career...at the same time, the back half she d
(cont) dating someone else to see if George is pining over Zoe. I think he should pine over Zoe, who will be unavailable, and I think he and Wade should get into a fight. I honestly think George could leave town and the show would go on...jmo. One more observation: on the season finale, Brick said his grandbabies would be "Alabama red." As a U of A alum, I cringed! We would never say that because Alabama isn't red--we're crimson. Brick should have said his grandbabies would "bleed crimson" or that they'd pull for "the Tide." The conversation between George's dad and Brick about the Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry didn't sound authentic. That's something I'd like to see done better next season. A whole episode devoted to the hoopla surrounding the Iron Bowl game and rivalry would be cool. It's Nov. 24 at Bryant-Denny in T-Town this year. Roll Tide!
I loved the season and I agree wity most of the commenters, except I think Lemon has room for growth. She annoyed the hell out of me with that accent and those dumb clothes, but I noticed how the accent got less over-the-top as the season progressed. The clothes, however, were still ridiculous. I know she's supposed to be an over-the-top Southern belle, but I'm from Alabama and we don't dress or talk like Lemon Breeland, so I'd like to see her tone it down a few notches in season 2. The backstory with her mom really showed us why she is the way she is, and I hope we will see more flashbacks to show why George fell for Lemon in high school in the first place.
What I'd like to see with season 2: Zoe needs to pick Wade and not screw him over. That relationship would not ever get boring to watch, even if they were a full-blown couple. I think it'd be even funnier to watch them navigate coupledom with all their differences. Zoe and George are boring! I think Lemon should start
Best character: Wade
Most annoying: Zoe
Best Character: Wilson Bethel (BRILLIANT). Love his relationship with Zoey. I think she is at her BEST opposite of Him. LOL Both are a total/complete MESS, but, I love it. They remind me of Angia/Brad in the movie Mr/Mrs. Smith. I agree overdose on triangles. More medical issues would be great. I disagree in re to Lemon, I thought she was great in her scene with Wade. Maybe she could help Wade with his bar. Honestly, I thought George/Zoey were the most Annoying characters during second half of the season. That whining/pining for George was not cute at all. Please bring back the Zoey who gave Wade all that attitude. I was not impressed with how George used both Lemon and Zoey. I agree too much singing. More Lavon please. Love the show, but, it needs improvement.
OK, one more thing! Elle, I agree about the constant singing. The occasional event is fine, especially if it's character-driven, but it got to be way too much. It's great that so many of the cast members have talented singing voices and I know it's a WB/CW tradition to have actual bands or singers perform on shows, but this isn't Glee or Smash or anything like that. Enough's enough, already.
I know I'm wordy but the limits for these comments are ridiculous and incredibly frustrating
Anyway, development of Lavon and Brick.
(Part 2.) Personally, I felt the love triangles were overdone and started to get a little tedious after a while, partly because the various sides weren't developed equally/well - for example: why did Zoe just forget about Wade entirely after the holiday episode and become obsessed with George when they barely had any screentime in the preceding eps? I'm not looking forward to the inevitable G/Z pairing, but I think it has to happen next, and WB has definitely proven he can deliver Wade's reaction to that. I just hope we don't have to suffer through G/Z for very long, and they can somehow redeem G and not ruin Z in the meantime. Once that's over, maybe we can finally move on from the cliched triangles and get some real character and story development. As fun as romantic soapiness can be, I think the best part of this show is the small-town quirkiness and Zoe's ultimate growth, and at times the love polygon has gotten in the way of that.
My other wish for season 2: more development o
Trying again...I'd give the season a B+. It's my favorite show, but I admit it's flawed and still working out some kinks. My 2 main complaints are a) the whiplash characterization of Zoe, particularly when it came to who she was romantically interested in and why, and b) the lack of serious drama/medicine, which started to improve towards the end. Don't get me wrong. I love the wacky Bluebell, lighthearted plots immensely, but the show needs balance.
I love literally ALL of the characters, but Wade is definitely my favorite, followed by Lemon. Yes, she was horrible at first, but she's showed real growth (more than Zoe, IMO). I don't understand the hate for her, and people who think the show would be better off without her can't see the bigger picture, I feel.
This is just a small side note that I know not everyone will agree with but something aside from plot lines...
We all adore Bilson and she can definitely act (wouldn’t deny that) BUT I did feel at times her character during emotional scenes was a little… blank. I don’t know if it’s the writing/directing of her character or her characters flaws that force Bilson to opt to space out when something emotional is occurring but it’d be nice to be sucked into those emotional moments with her a lot more next season.
P.s. Thanks for doing this report card for Hart of Dixie Matt :)
Worst Episodes: Mistress & Misunderstandings (the odd return of Judson after Zoe found him in bed with her NY best friend and yet still wanted a relationship with the guy?!) Also, anything with Zoe pining for George…
Most Welcome Weekly Sighting: Wade Shirtless! (AGREED!) ...and Zoe/Wade scenes.
Most Unwelcome: Zoe pining over George! (AGREEEEEEEEEEED!)
Favorite Bluebell Event: Not sure… the constant singing did begin to get annoying though.
Wish for season 2: Zoe to realize the person she turned into due to her infatuation with George and how badly he let her dangle there knowing she clearly had feelings for him. Also, for Zoe and Wade to begin dating and the quirky/sexy/fun/emotion filled scenes that will happen because of that :)
I already submitted a comment but clearly that went… somewhere?
Best Character: Wade Kinsella beside from the fact that he can spice up this show like nobody's business!! Wilson Bethel actually turned what would've been just another meh' character with a body into somebody with depth. His character is the one I really like learning about. I also truly adore Lavon though.
Worst Character: This is difficult because I like all of them. Maybe prior to seeing Jaimee King rip out some rough emotions in a few of the eps it would've been Lemon Breeland. I think that comes down to the writers giving her something good to clutch onto too and not just planning another event complete with a ridiculous outfit. Side note, loved seeing her punch George.
Best Episodes: In Havoc and in Heat (obvious reasons!), Faith and Infidelity (solely for Wade's father’s rooftop antics and learning more about Wade), The Big Day (again... obvious reasons!)
Worst Episodes: Mistress & Misunderstandings (th
I love Hart of Dixie... Fantastic show. Glad to see that it was renewed for another Season. Congrats to the writers, actors, directors and the crew for such an outstanding job.
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