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The OC may have ended back in 2007 but the show's stars and fans alike are still debating the sunny teen drama's biggest highlights and missteps.
Actor Adam Brody, who played fan favourite character Seth Cohen, has now spoken out in defence of what many consider to be one of the drama's biggest mistakes – the exploits of the troubled Oliver Trask (Taylor Handley).
Oliver makes his debut in the show's first season as a friend of Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), who he meets while the pair attend therapy together, and he quickly begins to work his way into Marissa's life, winning over her friends with extravagant gifts.
He then manages to drive a wedge between Marissa and her boyfriend Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie), eventually kidnapping Marissa and holding her hostage in his penthouse.
Oliver was very unpopular with fans of the show but actor Brody has revealed that he actually thought that the Oliver arc worked very well.
Speaking on podcast Welcome to The OC, bitches!, run by his former co-stars Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts) and Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), the actor said: "I remember [series creator] Josh [Schwartz] saying that he really regretted the Oliver character... Because the audience was so pissed off and they hated him.
"I don't know if he still feels this way or not, but at the time, and for a few years after, he was like, 'That was the worst mistake.' He felt bad. My feeling is no, no, not at all. That's amazing. You want them tearing their hair out. That's maybe a high point of the show period."
He may have been a fan of the Oliver plot but the star admitted that he didn't love all of the show's storylines, revealing that his least favourite plot came in season two with 'The Mallpisode', an episode which saw the show's lead characters spend a night at the mall undertaking charity work.
"I just remember thinking, 'Oh no, this is feeling so untethered from what it was'," he said, explaining that he felt the show "went through a lot of story, maybe a little fast, and I think kind of burned out a little because of it".
The actor also shared his feelings on the on-off relationship between Seth and Summer, saying that he wishes they hadn't broken up and got back together so many times during the show's run.
"On a sitcom it'd be okay, but for an hour drama that needs to be taut and tense, it didn't have that," he explained. "And I felt like, still feel like, if we would've stayed apart for a year and the audience [was] dying to have them back together but they just can't make it, I think [we] could've wrung some more out of that."
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