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Due to college work kicking my ass over the last month, I’m rolling this week’s and last week’s “Gossip Girl” reviews into one big (late) bundle of joy for your reading pleasure. Things should return to their regularly scheduled review roll out times this week!
Episode: “The Freshman” (Season 3, Episode 2)
Blair attempts to rule the incoming freshman class at NYU, but finds that college isn’t quite the same as high school. Dan discovers the exact same thing, as he turns from zero to hero in the space of a few days. Georgina appears at NYU and quickly steals the pseudo-throne, only to lose it when her past comes back to haunt her. Consolation comes in the form of a dark and handsome familiar face that should know better. Meanwhile, Serena decides not to go to Brown, but hides at Chuck’s instead of admitting this to her mother, accidentally ruining his big business presentation in the process.
Despite a low quality start to the season, this episode certainly went a long way towards redeeming that slip. Blair and Chuck’s move from unstable pair playing games to stay fresh to a couple that support each other through the rough patches was very plausible, showing a strength to the relationship that we’ve seen flashes of up til now. Georgina’s scheming brought some humour and extra life to the forty minutes, even moreso when Blair’s retaliation showed up (one of her finer moves I must admit). Unfortunately, Serena’s storyline with Chuck didn’t quite reach the levels the rest of the episode did. Instead of being interesting and surprising, it was predictable and dull. From the moment Serena heard about Chuck’s super secret plan, it was destined to fail. A secondary dud appeared in the (mercifully) small amount of screen time we were forced to sit through with Nate and Bree. Happily, Dan’s meteoric rise to the top of the college social food chain was unexpected and had some enjoyable results, not to mention shockingly stupid. Apparently Dan had some form of lobotomy between the book shop and the party. But sticking to a character’s regular behaviour is so restrictive for writers, it’s obviously better to go with insanely unlikely stuff instead. At least it guarantees some watchable tv for the next while.
Episode: “The Lost Boy” (Season 3, Episode 3)
Blair and Chuck wind up in a bidding war over what they both perceive to be the key to their respective successes. Dan and Georgina continue their romantic flirtation, but her penchant for naughty deeds costs her her new man. Vanessa learns the truth about Scott, but just when she thinks the others will follow, events take a strange turn. Nate & Bree take their relationship public, while Serena learns to trust her knight.
Notice how Scott wasn’t mentioned in the review for last week’s episode? That’s because his parts are just that forgettable. Heck, if his storyline this week wasn’t so fundamental to the progression of the rest of the season, I’d probably have forgotten him again. The actor (Chris Riggi) seems to only do two moods, bland and irate bland. Thankfully he’s going to be gone for a while, though how long remains to be seen, especially with Georgina hot on his heels. It’s a pity we lose her flair along with his sour puss, but since she’s got a regular spot over on the new medical drama on NBC (“Mercy“) we’re lucky to have her at all. The bickering and pushing between Blair and Chuck over the photo seemed forced, though at least the cause of both was interesting. At least it’s understandable for Blair to automatically assume that she’s been selected for a secret society, as she believes it to be her right. It’s a pity that the episode felt somewhat mid-season-esque, rather than improving on the previous episode’s progress up the interest scale. However, the plot is thickening between Carter and Serena, Blair and Chuck are toddling along with nothing but childish squabbles mucking them around and Georgina has a plan, which is usually worth the price of admission. It looks like Gossip Girl, while not exactly setting the world on fire, continues to give us just enough to keep us interested. Oh, and then there’s the cryptic exchange between Bree and Carter, maybe that character will actually gain a dimension. After all, Dan ended up making out with Georgina, proof positive that stranger things have happened..
Up Next: “Dan de Fleurette” – Jenny’s first day back means time to assume the reigns as Queen, but the old one may not be quite done with her title just yet. Meanwhile, the stars come out as Vanessa gets a new roommate, one that’s not quite your average college gal.
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