“Just because we can’t be together doesn’t mean I wont love you”
Gossip Girls return this week was a huge stretch from the anticipated. Seeing Chuck back on his feet and safe was a realization that the Gossip Girl writers know exactly what they are doing as they strayed from having 9 episodes involving Chuck in a hospital bed and got straight to the point. (Hint last season of One Tree Hill). One annoyance I must point out is the constant struggle that Blair faces internally between being with Louie and with Chuck. The decision is fairly obvious- be with the man you love, the one you spend all your time thinking about and the one you base your life decisions around. And that is not Louie. Yet another part of me can’t help but melt at the fact that a love so pure exists that Blair is willing to give up her own happiness for the sake of Chuck.
The introduction to Blair as a Catholic though was downright hilarious if not poorly constructed. Converting to Catholisim because your husband believes in it is explainable. Converting because you belive that God helped you out when you asked for it is also explainable, but if you don’t believe in him for the first 22 years of your life, the chances of that happening are kind of unbelievable. But straying from the rant on religion, the fact that she is converting because she wants to keep the man she loves safe while she marries another one because she thinks God will take Chucks life if she goes back to him is downright ridiculous. My understanding is that God wants you to be happy and happiness is with Chuck obviously. The fact that he got almost hit by a cab just means that Chuck Bass should look both ways before crossing the street and stop talking on the cellphone while doing so.
Thirdly, Bass deserves and explanation in all of this. Why lie to someone and keep them hooked and have your best friends lie for you. Humphries is already invested in Blairs life more than his own, this being he even has a life of his own and now Serena is in the lying game. Not to mention the two were put in the most akward situation since their “siblings” and “ex’s.” That look on Serena’s face after the midnight kiss was most likely just a sneak peak at the soon to be Dan and Serena love story take 19? Anyone still think its a good idea? Yeah, didn’t think so.
The Nate and Gossip Girl partnership, is a mighty fine addition to the season though as my interest in who Gossip Girl is, is peaking. If it is never revealed I might just regret the past couple of years of my life. But more to the point here comes my wise prediction for the next couple of episodes. Nate will figure out that the car was actually intended for him. He will tell Blair this on her wedding day, she will make a realization that God actually wants her to be with Chuck since this wasn’t her fate, she will leave Louie at the alter and all will be forgiven. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The biggest mystery though lies with Charlie Rhodes. The idea was that either the real Charlie Rhodes didn’t exist or that her and Carol had a falling out, but after seeing the real Charlie today its quite clear that she loves her mother very much, I mean you only keep pictures in your wallet of the people that mean a lot to you. So why hide her from the rest of the family and hire a decoy? Is it because Carol never wanted her perfect daughter (hint hint she goes to Juliard) to be sucked into the UPE lifestyle like fake Charlie did? Did she only use fake Charlie to get real Charlie’s money to fund her schooling in Juliard? This Rhode’s Riddle is impossible to solve, but with the help of a private investigator it shouldn’t take long. Too bad Carol wasn’t one step ahead of everybody else like maybe changing her daughters name or something. This would have never passed on Revenge….
- Blair: Well as you can see I survived without you and I intend to continue that way so you should go.
- Chuck: We were your priority Blair. What happened? What changed after the accident?
- Blair: Did it ever occur to you that there’s no such thing as an accident?
- C: Well it sort of felt like one when the car hit the wall.
- B: Or it was the universe’s way of pointing out what was really important.
- Chuck: Love doesn’t make sense and neither does Blair’s behavior right now.
- Dan: You know how many brides I had to peek in on to find you. Yes it is possible to loose too much weight before the wedding.
- Blair: I can’t get married in this dress. Vera designed it for me before the accident and now all I can see in it is all that I’ve lost.
- Blair: The only one are you, me and God and God doesn’t blab.
- Dan: You’re the most accomplished liar I know. Well except maybe Jenny but you trained her.
- Blair: I’m not hiding I’m primping. Their very different one is done in a dark corner the other with light reflecting powder.
- Blair: He’s alive but I feel dead inside without him.
- Serena: God doesn’t punish you for being in love.
- Blair: I’ll loose everything before I loose Chuck again.
- Dan: We didn’t want our families to know. Your kind of like her brother.
- Chuck: So are you…
- Serena: It’s not the secrets that cause the problems, its the assumptions that people make about them.
- Gossip Girl: How about we help each other. XoXo Gossip Girl
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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