Optimistically Cautious

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"The Hills": Mid-Season Review

While I've been following the show closely, I haven't felt the urge to post about The Hills so far this season. Most of the plotlines, including Heidi's pregnancy scare, Lauren and Brody's flirtations, and nouVogue's intern supreme Emily have been quite unexceptional.

But with last night's intense fight between Lauren and Heidi, I think the season has found its legs and resonating moment. Though the tension has been building over the last few episodes, it erupted today in Lauren's ultimatum - Heidi's choice between her boyfriend or their friendship.

Beyond boy dramas, Laguna Beach and The Hills have both had their share of female cat fights and clique wars. But there's something about best friends at an impasse that is relatable on a very raw, personal level - voyeurism at its best, with situations playing out in a suspended reality. Producer manipulation and editing aside, it's just darn good reality television.

I can't wait for next week!



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