Thursday, October 04, 2007

"Women like to pretend they’re complicated. I know better.": Gossip Girl


The glorious, bitchy wonder that is Gossip Girl continued it's winning streak this week with an episode that makes you ask: why is it such fun to watch people be so damn mean?

The show has definitely set its tone by now, and that tone dialed in nicely at level catfight, with a dash of touching moment thrown in to balance everything out. This tone is illustrated perfectly in the A story of the evening, Ivy Week. I come from public school roots so to me this entire concept is akin to preparing for an alien invasion, but apparently in high falutin' schools like the one our characters attend it is common practice for Ivy league schools to visit them and meet prospective students at fancy parties. Who knew?

This sets the perfect scene for Blair (with help from Chuck) to exact revenge on Serena in front the recruiters by incorrectly outing her as attending rehab for a drug problem at a local treatment center. Of course, Blair and Chuck's assumptions are incorrect as it is actually her brother Eric who is secretly staying at the treatment facility. After Serena takes the fall in front of the Ivy recruiters, Eric awesomely confronts Blair and reveals his suicide attempt. Blair obviously has genuine affection for Eric, and in a touching scene reaches out to Serena, reading her a letter she wrote while Serena was away in exile about how much she missed her. This storyline was almost perfectly done, with just the right amount of treachery and forgiveness. Although Serena and Blair seem to have mended fences, at least a little bit, will it last? That's doubtful, much to my delight.

In other news, Nate is still being pressured by his (almost cartoonish) father to attend Dartmouth. Lather, rinse, repeat. Although Nate had some better scenes this week, especially with Dan, it's still hard to get into his story as it has a definitely feeling of "been there, done that" to it.

Also being there and doing that is Dan, who is counting on Ivy Week to make a good impression as he isn't a legacy, because he is POOR. With his awesome apartment and ex-rock star/artist Dad. Whatever, Dan. Of course, legacy Nate gets an automatic leg up at the party, but very kindly gives Dan an in with the recruiter when he finds out how much Dartmouth means to Dan. Theirs is a developing friendship that could be interesting, especially considering they are both in love with Serena, not to mention the animosity between Dan and Chuck.

Speaking of Chuck, he spent the entire episode as Blair's little scheming lapdog looking for dirt of Serena, and it was delicious. Blair and Chuck as partners in reputation ruining crime is a load of fun, especially since Blair is not charmed by him one bit. It's a nice dynamic that hopefully continues as the season progresses.

Oh, and the adults did some stuff but I fell asleep.

Overall, another strong episode. No one seems to be watching, however, which begs the question: are teen dramas just that hard to launch, or is this yet another troubling sign that The CW can't get eyeballs on any of their non-reality programming? I'm desperately hoping it's the former, because without The CW there will be no network avenue for young adult programming, and that would be a crime. Especially since young adult programming like this is so enjoyable.

4 comments:

Todd said...

Just you wait! Life Is Wild will inexplicably draw 45 million viewers. "Hey!" the middle-aged people of America will say. "It's like 7th Heaven with elephants!"

Carrie said...

Todd. Don't make me cry.

I can't believe I forgot to mention that the school choir sang Fergie's "Glamorous" at the top of the show! Freaking brilliant.

Andy Scott said...

LMAO Gossip Girl is so current with its music.

Blake Lively for the Emmy!

Bianca Reagan said...

I just watched the episode tonight because I forgot to tape it correctly on Wednesday.

Oh, and the adults did some stuff but I fell asleep.

I hear that. Why are they on the show?

Dan, who is counting on Ivy Week to make a good impression as he isn't a legacy, because he is POOR. With his awesome apartment and ex-rock star/artist Dad. Whatever, Dan.

Ha! I heart Dan. He's dreamy. I wouldn't mind him being friends with Nate . . . if the guy playing Nate could act.

My absolute "favorite" part was the insinuation that East Coast Nate really wants to go to USC (whatever, Josh), and the many references to The Ostroff Center. Way to brownnose, broham.