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Television erupts with violence

Television erupts with violence — How ”The O.C.,” ”Bones,” and ”Without a Trace” have morphed into ”Fight Club”

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Television erupts with violence

THE O.C.

The Fighter

Punch-happy Ryan (Ben McKenzie), who used fisticuffs in the Nov. 2 episode as catharsis for his rage over Marissa’s death.

The Ring

Grimy cage-match action that has the same look and feel as Ryan’s temporary utility-closet home nearby.

The Decision

Small and scrappy, Ryan wins — but the audience loses for having to sit through this inane story line.

 


BONES

The Fighter

Booth (David Boreanaz) went undercover in the Nov. 8 episode to investigate the death of a female fight clubber.

The Ring

Upscale Las Vegas locale that’s both sleek and chic, as in ”Careful not to get blood splatter in your cosmo, honey.”

The Decision

Booth triumphs, but only after Bones (Emily Deschanel) analyzes his opponent’s weaknesses.

 


WITHOUT A TRACE

The Fighter

In the Oct. 29 episode, Aaron (guest star Eriq La Salle) went brawling out of guilt over killing a neighbor in self-defense during Hurricane Katrina.

The Ring

Scary abandoned warehouse, exactly the kind of place you don’t enter because it’s the perfect location for an illegal fight club.

The Decision

La Salle wins…only to get mugged and pummeled in the parking lot later.