One Tree Hill “The Killing Moon” Review

The Killing Moon, this week’s episode of One Tree Hill, could have easily been retitled “Where in the World is Nathan Scott?” Short answer…we don’t really know, but he’s clearly nowhere good. And surprisingly, I’m only 70% sure that Dan had something to do with it.

We know that Nathan made it to Tree Hill and got as far as the taxi pick-up at the airport…but his phone ended up on what looks like an amateur poker table before getting smashed against the wall by an unknown hand. We also know that eventually Haley will identify a body. Hmm. I would be worried, but it seems too straightforward at this point just to say that Nathan is going to die. I feel that there’s a twist coming. Here are my three theories.

1) Dan had his son kidnapped so that he could be with his grandkids. Knowing Dan, this is not entirely out of the realm of possibility…Haley is pretty convinced at this point…but again, it just seems too easy to blame him for everything bad that happens in Tree Hill. Realistically, he’s only been responsible for maybe half of the drama.

2) Clay’s drug dealer snatched Nathan as retribution for Dan’s threats. It’s a little far-fetched, yet I can’t help but think that this plot point had to have happened for a reason.

3) Nathan was taken for some reason that has yet to be revealed. With eight episodes left, it’s not too late to introduce some new sources of drama, but the story would resonate much better if the kidnapping didn’t come from totally out of the blue.

I just don’t want Nathan to be dead. I know that Lucas and Peyton are coming back at some point this season, but I really, really don’t want it to be for his funeral.

Speaking of Clay, his doctor at the clinic determined that some suppressed memory is making him sleep-walk. (Think it has anything to do with the little boy named Logan?)

Brooke’s war against Not Alex escalated this week. Can I just say that I really hate this new girl? I love a good villain, but what is her agenda besides just being a bitch because she can? She shows up out of nowhere, sleeps with Chase while dating Chris Keller, then suddenly decides to target Karen’s Cafe with defamatory banners, potted plants stuffed with cockroaches and horrible notes about narrowly-avoided tragedies. I don’t blame Brooke for going ballistic and tearing apart her restaurant. I have a feeling she’ll pay for it, though. That’s fine as long as Not Alex gets it in the end.

Julian descended into a hell of his own making over leaving Davis in the car. Despite Brooke forgiving him and trusting him with the babies, he decided to take his punishment into his own hands by picking a fight in a bar. I hope it helps, but I somehow doubt it.

I’m surprised at how many of the things we saw in the first episode’s flash-forward have come true, which leads me to believe that we’re going to get blind-sided by a lot more before One Tree Hill is ready lay itself to rest. But I have to say, in my personal opinion, it’s been a really inspired ride so far.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!