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One Tree Hill - (S01E02)

Romance . Drama . Sport

Lucas blows his first Varsity game and decides to quit the team. The wedge between Nathan and Peyton continues to grow after Peyton tires of Nathan's jabs at Lucas. Meanwhile, Keith forces Karen to deal with her feelings for Dan after she refuses to step foot in the high school gym to support her son.

Episode Title: The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
Airs: 2003-09-30 at 08:00 pm
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    A welcome surprise - an unabashed melodrama that doesn't wink at the audience but doesn't take itself too seriously, either. Every choice it makes, from pacing to photography to music, seems just about right, and the casting is inspired. (I appreciate that it filled its lead roles with two young men who are somewhat credible on the court.) [23 Sept 2003, p.43]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The show feels lived-in, making it all the more inviting to dwell there ourselves. [23 Sept 2003, p.B23]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Virginia Heffernan

    A very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Samantha Bonar

    This compelling storyline could make the tale of battling basketball brothers a keeper for the WB. [23 Sept 2003, p.E11]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A little overheated, too obvious and too cliche-ridden. But it's still an entertaining yarn. [23 Sept 2003, p.B-1]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    A mildly gripping pilot involving half-brothers raised on different sides of the tracks in the same small town. I'm not remotely the target demo here - even the parents in this show, who include Moira Kelly, are younger than I - but I kind of liked it. Especially when it made fun of "Dawson's Creek." [23 Sept 2003, p.38]

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Weep no more for Dawson's Creek, Felicity or Beverly Hills, 90210. That achy yearning in your soul for a mawkish, trashy, over-the-top, slightly dumb but kinda fun teen soap is about to be filled with One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Alynda Wheat

    There's nothing inherently bad about contrived plots and interchangeable kissing partners ... The problem is 'One Tree Hill' doesn't always find the line between silly fun and total inanity.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    As trite as it sounds, the series plays it all earnestly enough for its target audience, and the show is beautifully shot in North Carolina, the basketball mecca where the fictional town is set. Even the sports scenes are well staged (in the pilot, anyway) and less schlocky than "The White Shadow" norm, with Lafferty, at least, looking like he's actually got game. [23 Sept 2003, p.13]

    Variety Full Review
  • Staff [Not Credited]

    The opening hour is too loaded down with cliched angst to stimulate much more than the libido of its target teen audience. [22 Sept 2003]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Preston Turegano

    The most dominating cast member of this attractive show is Corbin -- the delightfully rigid Maurice Minnifield on "Northern Exposure." But coming down court fast for a slam-dunk is Sheffer, who makes an outstanding impression as the only male role model who gives Lucas the love and support he needs in the tough game of life. Daddy Dan is an expletive deleted. [23 Sept 2003, p.E-6]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    Quick - which is the one to root for, the one you want to make the basketball team and get the girl? If you don't know, One Tree Hill holds all kinds of possibilities for you. Me, I run from jerks. [23 Sept 2003, p.1]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    It's not quite up to the level of "The OC." Not yet anyway. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Hill is terribly hokey. Half-brother basketball wizards compete for hoops and girls, as their alienated parents battle. The West Wing's Moira Kelly, as mom to the poor boy, is the only actor who shows any scope on the show. [22 Sept 2003, p.C09]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The connection results in many brooding stares, nasty arguments and expert shots. The WB's scheduling the show after Gilmore Girls suggests that programmers believe that girls just want to have fun while boys want a good cry. They won't get it from One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at. But it doesn't have quite the sizzle of Fox's new teen drama "The O.C.", the new series young viewers seem to be in love with this fall...Maybe, if you're 14, this is epic enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Murray is more interesting here than in last season's laughable The Lone Ranger, but the writing... is junior-varsity stuff.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    One Tree Hill isn't the worst show you'll see this season, but it may be the most depressingly superfluous. As too often happens with WB shows, Hill reminds you of every other WB show you've ever seen. It's as if the network has done away with original programming and gone straight to scheduling reruns. [23 Sept 2003, p.4D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from "Dawson's Creek," a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    One Tree Hill needs a lot of work. The characters are painfully one-dimensional, as they fall on either the good or the bad side of the fence. Their actions are predictable based on whether they've been designated as angels or devils. The writers need to humanize them - especially the brothers - by giving them mixed feelings and unexpected lines. Also, some humor please. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    The title of this attempt at teen high drama is one of only several unintentionally comical elements in a series that gets some of the big notes right, but squawks out all of the little ones.[23 Sept 2003, p.C7]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    One Tree Hill is more like "One Ill-Conceived Idea" or "One Note Hill." It just sits there, like desperate mush, a recipe for success that is bland and unsatisfying. It's like they came up with the concoction -- teen angst and pouting and brooding and raw emotions and shirtlessness -- then mixed it all together with lumpen writing and overarching themes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    In some way or another, this show is trying to be "Everwood," "Dawson's Creek," "Eight Mile" and "Hoosiers" all rolled into one. It would be a whole lot more accessible if it would just try to be One Tree Hill, whatever that is. [23 Sept 2003, p.79]

    New York Post Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    A standard-issue WB teen soap opera about love and basketball that promises to get better because it can't really get much worse...It has no distinguishable stars and worse, for all its dramatic story lines, no real passion. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The show is pure hooey. [21 Sept 2003, p.N01]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Manuel Mendoza

    This behavior might make for a juicy melodrama if the rest of the characters weren't so predictably earnest. In the pilot, the stakes in a one-on-one showdown turn out to be meaningless, making any emotional investment in the outcome worthless. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    Say what you want about WB's late teen soap "Dawson's Creek," but even the worst episode was infinitely better than the network's dreadful One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.46]

    Boston Herald Full Review
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