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I miss Seth Cohen
November 22, 2013 - Nick Dutro
I am going to preface this with two things about me: 1) I am life-long fan of comic books and 2) I loved Fox’s ’00s teen drama “The O.C.”
As to why those things matter, I need to relay a story from the office two days ago: In a conversation with a co-worker, it was said to me that he was deeply hurt by the death of a character on a recent episode of “Person of Interest,” followed by him saying he is no longer watching “New Girl” due to the end of the relationship between two of the characters. It’s a pain I can understand, if only for a slightly different reason. You see, I miss Seth Cohen.
Seth Cohen, played by Adam Brody in “The O.C.” reflected many of the characteristics that I identified with as a teenager in 2003: awkward around girls, a social jokester and a comic-book aficionado. To say he was the reason I liked the show is an understatement.
But the sad fact is that “The O.C.” lasted for only four seasons (two of them good), and sadly Seth Cohen will probably never return to serialized drama (or Adam Brody for that matter, whose star has not shined as bright since then). Leaving a character behind when the show bids farewell is just a fact of life, one that tends be the case with most forms of media. Most.
One of the beautiful things about being a reader of comic books is that you never really have to say good-bye to the characters you love. My first comic book was a hand-me-down issue of “War Machine.” That comic book series was canceled, but the character lived on, and on, into multiple other comics, and then he was even brought to live on the big screen by Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle in the “Iron Man” movies. My favorite superhero team, the Fantastic Four, have been published almost non-stop (in a number of comic series and spin-offs) since they first were introduced in 1961. Even when characters die they are sure to be resurrected again in a few years, making even fatality a temporary bid adieu.
This fall “The O.C.” celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, and there was no sign of the show returning (outside of a fun “Where would they be now” from creator Josh Schwartz in a recent issues of Entertainment Weekly), so I’ll probably never get to hang out with Seth Cohen -- or the characters Ryan or Summer for that matter -- again. At least I was able to spend the time with him that I did, and who knows, maybe one day I could let him live on in the pages of a comic book. I wonder if he knows how to build Iron Man-type armor...
What I’m reading: “Batgirl Vol. 1” by Gail Simone, Published by DC Comics
What I’m listening to: “You And the Night,” by M83
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