“I only want you to be happy, I’m just sorry it couldn’t be with me”
Unfortunately, I did not review last weeks Gossip Girl. Never fear though because I did watch it and it was a great episode that lead us into one that I have waited for the entire season. I feel like the writers of GG finally got their umph back- and that might have a lot to do with getting rid of cougar Diana, but nonetheless this episode kept me on my toes from start to finish. And here is a song for you all. The song when Nate and Chuck talk. Also cause I loved Chucks green socks. haha Yes the socks really did get me, but I must touch on this weeks fashion. Everything glittered and sparkled and caught my eye as every character looked spiffy and as if they just got off the runway, well except Dan, but if you care to notice I don’t really mention him in this post mainly because his pity on himself makes me want to barf. Next.
Blair and Chuck how I love thee. No really, I am obsessed with these two. After last weeks bridal shower where Louie proved that he is really becoming the worst version of himself Blair saw a new sense of selflessness in Chuck. He really was becoming a good person. He didn’t come to crash her party in mean spirits but rather to save Dan from making a complete ass out of himself and ruining Blairs party. While Louie was away in a third world country in this weeks episode Blair was on a mission to find out the real reason that Chuck had become good in hopes of converting Louie back into that kind-hearted prince she fell in love with. The therapy session, although hard on both parties, brought upon wonderful results. Blair finally heard the truth from Chuck about the engagement ring which made her believe that the reason every guy goes to the dark side is because she pushes them towards in. After she stormed off in tears Chuck came by to check on her (and I have to admit I melt everytime Mr. Bass walks through the door to see if she’s ok). That 3 minute scene between both of them really tied up this season to all the previous ones. I have never seen a loved so pure and real portrayed on T.V. and it poses one question. Why the hell is Blair getting married to Louie?
Nate Archibald deserves a standing ovation. He has finally made a name for himself on Gossip Girl. After Diana got fired from the N.Y Spectator by grandfather, Nate took over the business as chief-editor. Archibald in tux, who could complain. Life ain’t always easy on the Upper East Side though and his first story involved a cheating politicians wife. Common, yes, but not when it’s your cousins wife. After meeting with (the one and only Tripp) Nate realizes that the couple faked an affair to get him re-elected. Instead of running the story against his family, he makes a bold ethical stand releasing a statement that the Spectator will report any story no matter if it is family oriented, personal, or not. Spectator 1- Gossip Girl 0.
Now we get down to the itty gritty of the Charlie/Ivy/Serena/Max/ Carol drama. Without going into too much depth because I would get lost just trying to explain this i’ll be brief. Serena and Max started seeing each other low-key. Carol came back into town for the party in grandmothers honor, only because her and Ivy needed the money to pay off Max who was threatening to rat them out. After convincing Serena not to go on another date with Max, Serena called off the date only to overhear Lily and Carol fighting over the fact that Carol made Charlie call herself Ivy in order to avoid to Rhodes family curse. She concludes that Charlie is actually Max’s ex-girlfriend and calls him over to the house where everyone pretty much confront each other. After grandma faints (she has some kind of sickness but I didn’t really catch what it was) Charlie keeps her illness in secret from the family forming a sort of bond with her “grandmother.” Max calls Carol and Ivy’s bluff but they already came up with their own story and thankfully the family believes them and Max leaves. All is well in the Van der Woodsen household and I guess we could forget about Ivy because she is now officially Charlie Rhodes. To what extreme will Max go to make Charlie pay for ruining two years of his life? Do these people not use google or do background searches? If a story like this came up in my family I would honestly background search Ivy Dickens and Charlie Rhodes. And lastly, what did happen to the real Charlie Rhodes? Is she dead? Could we expect a surprise visit from her?
Also alluding to the preview for next week we can expect a Blair and Chuck limo kiss. Blair has to choose (and I say Chuck) and then an accident. Does Louie die? Okay I wont be cynical because I know there is definitely a wedding episode, but will Blair loose the baby? Will she finally realize Chuck is the man for her. If the wedding episode does not feature Chuck as the groom I am just boycotting this whole show. You’ve been warned.
- Gossip Girl: On the Upper East Side staying alive isn’t as easy as it appears and after last weeks security breach leading to no new tips it looks like I might be dancing with myself.
- Serena: My grandmother is the guest of honor, which would shock you if you knew her.
- Serena: Could we cover ourselves in flour and lick spoons and do other cute things?
- Max: That’s a pre-requisite.
- Rufus: It’s time to leave inside behind and go outside.
- Dorota: Mmm margaritas sound delicious.
- Blair: I told you he’s doing missionary work with father cavallia in countries without plumbing and waiting for my call.
- Dorota: Maybe he freaky friday with Mr. Chuck. They struck by lighting at same time and pee in same fountain.
- Max: I found myself an insurance policy, in fact I’m dating her. Serena van der Woodsen have you heard of her?
- Charlie: She said something about lighting up the night with her liner.
- Blair: Care to share how you gave up your bad bass ways? How you went from Charlie Sheen to Charlie Brown?
- Therapist: Are you saying you want your fiance to be more like Chuck?
- Blair: No. To be more like the man Chucks become, like Louie used to be when Chuck was like Louie is now.
- Dan: I’m not Snooki, I’m a writer.
- Chuck: I returned it because you asked me to let you go. I wanted to move on to give you the happy life you deserve.
- Blair: All this time I’ve blamed you for pulling me into the dark but I was wrong. It was me who brought out your dark side and now that I’m with Louie I’ve done the same thing to him.
- Grandfather: I’ve always loved you but now I respect you too.
- Chuck: You never pulled me to the dark side Blair. You were the lightest thing that ever came into my life.
- Blair: Than why did it take letting me go to find this whole new side of yourself?
- C: I only turned dark and desperate because I was afraid of loosing you. Your love kept me alive.
- B: But your survived without me.
- C: The worst thing happened and I didn’t die, but I had to find a way to move on with my life. I only want you to be happy, I’m just sorry it couldn’t be with me.
- Lady: I see the groom is here too.
- Chuck: I’m not the groom.
- Gossip Girl: Sister Sledge sang we are family but she had nothing on the Rhode’s girls.
- Gradma: I appreciate you protecting my secret. We all have them, it’s a Rhodes family tradition.
- Chuck: I’ve finally become the man she wanted and she’s already chosen another one. I’m too late.
- Nate: You still love her huh?
- C: Cant imagine the day I won’t.
Gossip Girl Season Premiere Review – The Internet Queen Gets a Creepy Twist (1×01)
In the words of Kanye West, no one
man student should have all that power!
But they do on Gossip Girl 2.0.
Gone are the days where the Blairs, Serenas, Dans, Chucks, and Nates ruled Constance Billard. These days, the new Queen B ruling the halls and the Met Steps is JC, Julien Calloway, along with her rival, half-sister, Zoya.
The cast is much more diverse on the surface, but deep down, you’ve seen iterations of these characters before.
Max posesses the swagger of Chuck Bass. Obie resembles a Dan Humphrey with money. Audrey is a dead ringer for little Jenny, and is 16 and married (sounds like an MTV show, right?) with Aki. And where Blair had her minions, JC has her besties who moonlight as brand managers, Luna and Monet.
There’s also Kristen Bell resurrecting the Internet gossip in all her glory as she utters her signature “XoXo, Gossip Girl.” A tingle went down my spine and I was instantly transported back to 2007 when I heard her narration.
But the joy is shortlived and fleeting as we’re pulled into sloppy schemes ushered in by the reveal of GG’s identity by the time the hour is up.
Unmasking Gossip Girl strips the series of the mystery that fueld the original series through its entire run.
And it’s even more toxic and problematic that the gossip queen is a handful of teachers spearheaded by Kate Keller, who are “taking back their power” from New York’s elite.
It was one thing to know Dan Humphrey was GG, but if we ever saw how he got his intel, we’d realize just how weird it was.
And it was beyond creepy to to see a grown man snag half-naked pictures of his students in order to post it all over Instagram.
I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in more than one way, but the series glosses over that part, though it, at the very least, acknowledges how creepy the whole situation is.
Taylor Momsen and More Gossip Girl Stars Have This Advice for the New Cast
Thankfully, as GG takes on a mind of its own amongst the new generation of students, the teachers likely won’t have to do much of the sleuthing anymore.
However, there’s also the whole fact that these teachers care enough about what their students are doing on their free time to arrange after school meetings to plot ways to destroy them. Do they not have anything better to do? Even when you suspend disbelief, it’s hard to imagine anyone in education stooping this low.
It’s almost as if the teachers themselves never left high school, which is pathetic. With so much of the focus on the teacher trying to destroy students, it’s hard to even get into the drama between Zoya and JC, the half-sisters who secretly attempt to form a friendship only to get dragged into a fued by Gossip Girl.
In keeping up with the times, GG swaps in her blog for Twitter before determining that it’s outdated and only used for memes and Lin-Manuel Miranda and embracing Instagram instead.
If this series truly wanted to resonate with the youth of today, wouldn’t GG at least embrace TikTok?
But that’s the thing — the series seems confused on the audience it’s trying to entice and vibe with.
Through the diverse and sexually fluid student body, it seems to set its sights on Gen Z, but roping in the teachers in some odd revenge-plot seems to be a desperate (though successful if I’m being honest) attempt at hooking original fans, like myself, who are likely all grown up just like Nate’s former classmate-turned-educator, Rebecca, who gives Kate the idea to ressurect GG in the first place.
It’s also why HBO Max aired the pilot episode on The CW, the network that made the original a series that defined a whole generation.
The idea is to keep the rich kids accountable for their actions and respecting authority by exposing their secrets (I’ll be the first to say it’s a bit of a sretch to say that the students from Blair and Nate’s time were “scrared straight” by GG), though, it veers wildly off track, especially as the teachers become obsessively engulfed in the teen gossip themselves. They love having that power back.
From the audiences standpoint, the series loses the magic and pull of its predecessor, while also failing to carve its own path as it leans too heavily into Netflix’s Elite, which I highly recommend you binge in your free time.
As a fan of the original, I’ll be sticking around just to see if the series finds its footing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it finds that in trying so hard, it alienates the audiences it hoped to represent.
Should we have allowed Gossip Girl to stay in the past?
Let us know in the comments below!
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Taylor Momsen and More Gossip Girl Stars Have This Advice for the New Cast
It’s hard to know who lived more glamorous lives—the characters of the original Gossip Girl series or the actors that portrayed them. From avoiding the paparazzi (casual) to making the most “magical friendships” on set, some of the actors from The CW show are sharing their most impactful memories ahead of the new reboot.
That’s right: It’s time to welcome back the most powerful Upper East Sider of all. Gossip Girl (Kristen Bell) will return to our lives on Thursday, July 8, when HBO Max debuts its juicy new series.
But before there was Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak), Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind), Aki Menzies (Evan Mock) and Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), fans were obsessed with the extravagant lifestyles of Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford).
So, in honor of the premiere, E! News asked the cast of the original Gossip Girl to share their A+ wisdom with the new stars, including some pretty heartfelt advice on how to savor all that NYC has to offer.
Nearly 10 years after portraying Jenny Humphrey, Taylor Momsen reflects, “Shooting Gos
Her advice to the newcomers? “I would encourage the new cast to take it ALL in,” Taylor, 27, tells E! News. “Gossip Girl was a unique time for me. When I look back I cherish the time I had to explore the city and to learn from people I respect, like [creators] Stephanie [Savage] and Josh [Schwartz].”
Robert John Burke, who portrayed Chuck’s dad Bart Bass, says he sends his “best wishes” the Gossip Girl ensemble, while offering some hot fashion tips. “Have fun, go with the outfit you first decide on and never, ever be on a rooftop alone with my son Chuck!” the 60 year old shares, referring to the bad boy’s scandalous side.
Another fan favorite on screen was Dorota, Blair’s feisty maid and trusted confidante, played by Zuzanna Szadkowski. The actress explains to E! News,” For me, Gossip Girl was all about chemistry,” pointing to the “electricity” between “Miss Blair and Mr. Chuck.”
“It was a real thrill when Dorota found her match in swoon-worthy Vanya,” she says of the doorman, played by Aaron Schwartz. “I hope that the caretaker and sidekick characters amongst the new GG crew find some heat and romance of their own.”
Since the show ended, Zuzanna has realized that the best part was the friendships she made on set. “The greatest gift Gossip Girl gave me was my friendship with Leighton Meester, and I learned so much from working with her,” shares The Gilded Age star, now 42. “There will never be another Blair and Dorota, but my wish for the new generation is that magical friendships will bloom in unlikely places.”
She adds that she’s “very excited” to watch the new Gossip Girl, noting that the original “spread love for NYC all over the globe.”
“This reboot comes at the perfect time because we could use some fun, flashy NYC-centric glamour right now,” Zuzanna gushes. “I can tell from the teasers that the cast already have their smoldering gazes and cold shoulders on lock. It looks really hot. I hope they ruffle some feathers.”
As for Katie Cassidy, who played Serena’s nemesis Juliet Sharp, she tells the new cast to “stay focused, work hard, and have fun!” Not to mention, “Watch out for paparazzi when you’re shooting exteriors in NYC.”
Katie went on to star in Arrow and recently wrapped filming on the movie Agent Game. For her, Gossip Girl is a real “throwback,” saying, “I miss Juliet Sharp, what a fun role I got to portray!”
And if she has it her way, we just might see her in the reboot. “Who knows, maybe I’ll direct an episode for Gossip Girl 2.0 or maybe we will see Juliet Sharp back in the Upper East Side,” Katie, 34, suggests. “Just putting it out there!”
To see what the rest of the O.G. Gossip Girl cast is up to these days, click here.
WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite
Hey Upper East Siders,
The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.
Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.
This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.
Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.
With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.
There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.
In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”
Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.
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