“Do you think you could ever love another mans child?”
Who should never doubt Gossip Girl and its writers again? Me. I clearly underestimated them and everything they were doing with this whole story line because by the end of Monday’s episode I was left speechless, in tears, and holy crap confused! I’ll start with the minor stories and build my way up.
Dan Humphrey a hero. I always knew lonely boy was an honest true man. After his book got picked up again he had to write an alter- ending. Serena suggested why not write about where everybody is now. That got them all thinking about how their lives have transformed and where they want to be as people. Dan decided to be a helping hand to Blair, only because he wanted to tell her how he really feels. In the end though he saw her heartbreak after Chuck couldn’t cross a line and be her fathers baby, so he snuck Blair out and brought her over to the Van der Woodsen’s were Charlie was having a “welcome” party so to speak and arranged a secret meeting for the love-birds. Finally.
Charlie was just trampled in this ‘who am I’ mess and it took a huge accident to wake her up from her delusions. After Max threatened to expose her, saw that he couldn’t sell his story to Nate, he took it up with Tripp Archibald (who had his own agenda in this episode consisting of family drama, family favoritism, sabotage, and politics) who planned to- and heres were I take a guess and hope I don’t come off like an asshole- have Nate crash in an accident in order to prevent him from going on the trip with his grandfather? I feel like I am missing a piece of the puzzle because I don’t really understand why Max would want Nate to crash? Why would this help him get back at Charlie? I mean I understand by damaging the car he finally got the money he wanted but was it really all necessary? I feel like there must be more to this. Anyways Charlie took the first step and admitted to Rufus (and lets clap cause Rufus was actually present in this episode for more than morning pancakes) that she is the one thats a fraud. Is she going to run away and hide forever? Will she come clean. I assume coming clean could be potentially dangerous, and if she does that she is exposing Carol.
Which brings me to my short summary of Nate finding out that the whole Tripp’s wife is cheating scandal was thanks to his grandfather, who was behind it all. But Grandfather confessed and all was well. Tripp was bitter because grandfather gave up on him and pushing his career to the limit and is now concentrating on Nate so he decided to use Max to his advantage and what harm Nate? Honestly, the Van der Woodsens might be messed up but at least their not homicidal and what not. Props for Nate though for being the stand up, all around good guy in this show. He really stepped up in the last couple of episodes and if I had any say in things I would just have him be in a suit every episode.
Serena…. Besides the fact that she looked exceptionally gorgeous today is she really heading down the Humphrey road again? I mean I understand their not really related.. but close enough. I just feel like the writers have built the Dan/ Serena relationship as so platonic that seeing them as that romantically cute and sexual couple from season 1 is just odd. I guess she is starting to realize that she has made no progress compared to all of her friends and is leaning on the fact that Dan was the best thing that ever happened to her? I am iffy on this storyline… but am really enjoying the fact that Serena is motivated to bring Gossip Girl down. Go get em’ girl.
Saved the best for last! Chuck and Blair have been carrying this show throughout the whole season. I’m ashamed to admit that I might even watch it every week because I am obsessed with their relationship. After fighting an internal battle with herself Blair avoids seeing Louie because she is not ready to commit to him “forever.” After realizing that she wants to be with Chuck she calls him to see if he could ever love another mans baby. He tells her that she should be with the dad and she is completely heartbroken. He doesn’t realize his mistake in judgement until he speaks to Lily who tells him that if he ever needs anything she’s there for him because she loves him unconditionally. “You may be my child only through marriage but I love you like my own.” Those words hit home to Chuck and he suddenly realized that he is the guy for Blair. After he ditches Louie (god knows where) Dan leads him into a room with Blair where Chuck confesses his love for her and promises he will love her baby just as much. They are then tipped off that the paparazzi are around the house and Nate leads them through the back into their limo. Little do they know they get into the wrong limo’s and Chuck and Blair get into the one that has been tampered with. As they start on their journey the happy couple is kissing in the backseat (As they have done since season one :)) and planning their futures and paparazzi swarm around them violently on motorcycles. In the blink of an eye, they crash into the forest or whatever and are rushed to the E.R. Lily is informed that Blair is doing well (no word on the baby) but Chuck isn’t… Nothing was really revealed by that except Lily started crying and so did I.
They cant have Chuck die can they? Blair will never marry Louie. And in the next years previews we see Blair praying that Chuck doesn’t die. What did you think of the midseason finale? Is everyone satisfied that Blair and Chuck FINALLY admitted their feelings? It breaks my heart that it was taken away so soon though. And finally to conclude my post… What the hell does Diana have to do with JACK BASS and Nate’s grandfather? I mean I understand she was connected to the Bass family somehow but how and why and Jack? Could this really be Chuck’s mother? AHHH I WANT TO KNOW!
- Gossip Girl: Apololigies have been made and the security breach fixed, but 2 weeks later and still not one tip. Apparently no one can hold a grudge like an Upper East Sider and no one can lie like one either.
- Rufus: That young man had a lot of problems
- Dan: No wonder that Serena was so into him.
- Dan: I have no idea what to write. I’m starting to understand the appeal of heroine or womanizing or whatever it is that writers do when they write.
- Chuck: It’s a bold move Nathaniel. I’m aroused.
- Chuck: These stories are invented to sell papers to women that collect ceramic cats.
- Dorota: Same thing happening to me pregnancy fingers swell up like kielbasas.
- Dorota: Say it like magic spell bibbitty bobbitty boo I will never leave you. Poof. Louie will feel safe again and you’ll live happily ever after.
- Serena: Seeing where our characters ended made us realize exactly where we didn’t want to be.
- Blair: I plan on having my child the old fashioned way… Fully Sedated.
- Blair: Princesses don’t go to queens.
- Dorota: Need to marry Louie to be princess.
- Gossip Girl: I guess its time for me to accept that if you want something badly enough you have to go out and get it yourself. Watch out kids the end of me might just turn out to be the end of one of you.
- Blair: I haven’t even spoken to Chuck
- Dan: You dont have to. You two have some strange forcefield effect on each other. A physicist should study it.
- Chuck: I can’t imagine it would be a mistake to marry the father of your child right?
- Serena: Telling her your feelings is not going to change your ending its going to mess with hers.
- Charlie: If you deserve to be that person then own it and never look back.
- Blair: Apparently there are some risks even Chuck Bass isnt willing to take.
- Gossip Girl: Sorry boys but didnt you know that if you wait too long to seize the day the one you want can get away.
- Chuck: The us I should have fought for when you called. The us thats not just you and me but you, me and your baby.
- Blair: Then why did you tell me to choose Louie?
- C: I thought it was selfish if I was the one to tell you to break up your family.
- B: That was the moment you chose not to be selfish?
- C: Timing was never my strong suit. I had it all wrong. Just because Louie is the father of your baby does not mean you should be with him. You should be with me.
- B: Why?
- C: Cause I am going to love your baby as much as I love you.
- Max: No actress wants to play the same role their entire life.
- Max: How can their love be real when your a total fake.
- Gossip Girl: We all like to think that were in the driver seat of our own lives. But the idea that we can control out fate is an illusion. You can choose the most loyal friends, the dream job, the truest love. But at the end of the day our fate is decided for us. All we can do is hope we have the strength to cope with the hand she deals us.
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.
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!
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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