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Episode Review: GOSSIP GIRL (“Juliet Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”)

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A surprisingly entertaining episode. It was great to see Juliet (Katie Cassidy) beaten by the clique, and it looks like that the story is over. The thing is just: It can’t be over – I still don’t know why Juliet and Ben targeted Serena (Blake Lively), and what she did to bring Ben behind bars. The cliffhanger of Juliet and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) plotting with Jenny (Taylor Momsen) against the clique was actually intriguing, and I’m waiting for a war.

Actually, the whole Juliet mess was somewhat interesting. First, that Nate (Chace Crawford) brought Vanessa into investigating against Juliet, who is actually planning her own revenge against Serena. The little scene between Vanessa and Juliet in Juliet’s apartment was really great – a revenge-plotting Vanessa, which looks always ridiculous, since I still can’t believe that she became one of them, was a great-looking Vanessa, though I can’t believe that Juliet didn’t notice/forgot that Vanessa still had the stick with the pictures in her hand. Those scenes are always destroying the fun I have with the series. And the situation during the opening night of the ballet with the Dean (Jayne Atkinson, her confusing look was hilarious) was cool too. First Blair (Leighton Meester) literally defending Serena, and then the whole mess around who is sleeping with Colin (Sam Page). But maybe it could have been more hilarious – the scene was way too short to be totally exciting. by the way: I couldn’t believe it myself, but Katie Cassidy showed some nice acting class during the stand-off between Juliet and the group in front of the ballet building.

So, Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair are having sex for numerous times… Somehow it feels out of place like every ridiculous thing too. Last episode, they were still in a war, signed a treaty, and now they are having sex and are actually able to forget their past for some minutes? I don’t know, but I can’t buy that. Sure, GOSSIP GIRL is not a realistic series, but this little character “twist” looks like the reappeared Dan/Serena romance near the end of the third season. But it was hilarious to see Blair needing the help of Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski), as well as Chuck needing the help of his driver, to get over the fact that the two have sex. And it was even more hilarious that the two had different ideas of getting over it.

The little story with Serena and Colin was alright. It was nice to have her talk about Colin with Dan (Penn Badgley), and it was nice to tease an eventual back-to-real-friendship between Dan and Serena. Not that I’m waiting for the writers to return to the Dan/Serena coupling. But at the end it was surprising that the writers were still holding on the Colin/Serena coupling, which means that the story will continue in the next episode(s). Including Juliet and the hopefully returning Jenny. Let’s have some war in the Upper Eastside.

If GOSSIP GIRL would only be more entertaining that this, maybe I would love the show more. Not really a great episode, but at the moment, I’m not bored. 6/10

Chuck and Blair share an after-sex handshake

Juliet and her public takedown is for the history books

Episode Review: GOSSIP GIRL (“War at the Roses”)

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A somewhat hilarious episode with some awkward moments, And again I ask myself, if I seem to forget crucial information regarding the characters and their relationships with each other, or the episode actually managed to include all of it for the first time, making it even more awkward.

So, consider me being surprised, when I learned about the connection between Colin (Sam Page) and Juliet (Katie Cassidy) and the fact that Juliet’s and Ben’s (David Call) plan of big fat revenge (the reason yet still not known) is struggling thanks to Colin and Serena (Blake Lively) almost dating, and consider me confused, when Nate (Chace Crawford) was about to learn the whole truth, but still he doesn’t know anything. I was about to think that he was uncovering Juliet’s plans, when he was actually thinking that Colin was Ben. But Nate doesn’t seem to think very far in this topic. And now I really don’t know what to make of this story, but it seems to be getting bigger, which looks good for now.

Blair’s (Leighton Meester) birthday party: Kinda interesting, kinda boring. I loved Dan’s (Penn Badgley) revenge act, though it practically blew into his face (and I can’t even understand, why he told Blair and Chuck [Ed Westwick] that he was behind the karaoke video), and I loved how everything came together again (I mean the whole Serena/Juliet mess). But the party could have been more thrilling, since it was all about holding the treaty between Chuck and Blair (how hilarious that was, more to that in a split second), or Dan trying to live up the hype of his own revenge, or even Serena trying not to screw around with Colin, but at the end it was just the lamest party on the season so far – not surprising at all, not really threatening for all the characters. Lame.

So, the treaty… It was a hilarious beginning. I was laughing out loud, when Serena and Nate were treating the whole treaty officially like the signing of a law, and I loved how they were probably sitting hours to write and accept all the articles. This really was the funniest part of the season so far, but I was disappointed that the whole treaty was already gone again at the end, when Blair and Chuck were having sex for the episode cliffhanger. Great, now that the two are supposedly back together for a second. Not.

At the end, I actually liked the episode. The treaty could keep it alive for the 42 minutes, but the birthday party was boring. 6.5/10

Some supermodel got some chocolate soup on her head

It's the second before the big sex scene

Written by Christian Wischofsky

March 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Episode Review: GOSSIP GIRL (“Easy J”)

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I would have thought that the return of the little beast would have been more of a highlight, But at the end it was just one of Chuck’s (Ed Westwick) evil plans to squash Blair (Leighton Meester), and I don’t even know anymore why he is doing that. Six episodes ago he got shot, and as I predicted, this experience didn’t even change him one single bit. As well as Blair.

The episode was alright though, despite the cliffhanger. Of course Colin (Sam Page) isn’t just a normal guy slash professor, who wants to date Serena (Blake Lively), obviously he has a grande plan as well, and is probably even Juliet’s (Katie Cassidy) boss. I absolutely don’t know what is going on here – is Juliet playing a double game, a triple game or has she other secret hidden agendas? It almost looks like the writers are planning for a big confrontation, with Serena and Nate in the center of it all, and I just hope it pans out at the end. I want to see dead people in the fall finale or the season finale, before the story gets really boring. Other than that I can’t stand the Serena/Colin romance. First Serena thinks he is sexy and worth dating, than he is her professor (ZOMG, what a twist), following by her discussing if she should date him or not, and at the end the cliffhanger makes it even more complicated. Well, what a mess.

Jenny (Taylor Momsen) is back in Manhattan… I wanted to see more war between her and Blair, but the fact that it was all Chuck’s plan makes Jenny’s return actually lame. That it came to a truce between Chuck and Blair at the end makes it even worse – so are there no more wars between the two? Is the Chuck/Jenny sex session really the tip of the iceberg between the two? I can’t imagine that, so I’m gonna wait for a couple of episodes, until the next best thing comes.

Nate’s (Chace Crawford) storylines still feels out of everything from the series, as if he has his own show at the moment. Sadly it is getting boring, but at least he finally knows what Juliet is up to, without actually knowing anything. Hopefully the writers have some development left here, without letting Juliet having to fall in love with Nate, and kinda back out of the whole situation.

I didn’t know what Tim Gunn had with Jenny’s whore dresses though; I thought they were cool. Other than that, average episode. 5.5/10

That's the style for the 22nd Century

A handshake between two arch enemies

Written by Christian Wischofsky

January 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Season Premiere Review: GOSSIP GIRL

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It all begins again, this time in Paris

A lot happened in the third season. Most of it was boring, some of it was kinda interesting, and the season finale showed that the writers can write something good, when they want to. But it seems that only the season finales are from worth, while the rest is pretty much uninteresting – even the season premieres. The producers’ and writers’ trip to the city of love could have been a highlight in this season, but the shopping trip was nothing but the French version of a New York shopping trip, as well as a promotional clip for the city of Paris. The mentioning of all the Paris clothing stores, where you are able to spend your monthly wage, went on my nerves even faster than the episode as a whole. And the writers didn’t do anything with the last season finale, instead they just made a boring episode.

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Gossip Girl – Season 3

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The third season of The CW's teen-glamour-drama aired during the season 2009/2010

Spotted: Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up. Though high school may be behind most of them, you can be sure a future of love, scandal and, of course, secrets awaits. Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, this drama is told through the eyes of an all-knowing blogger – Gossip Girl (voice of Kristen Bell)- who, via constant, avidly read text messages, is determined to uncover and fuel every scandal possible on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where gossip rules, and affluent young people find themselves with the money, access and appetite to explore all the temptations New York City has to offer. Look no further than the latest message from Gossip Girl, when she keeps tabs on the band of college friends as they make the rounds from the poshest college events to the most lavish, decadent parties. And between Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair’s (Leighton Meester) explosive friendship, Dan (Penn Badgley) and Vanessa’s (Jessica Szohr) budding romance, Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair’s seemingly fairytale relationship, and Jenny (Taylor Momsen) wanting to live the glamorous life, there’s plenty to keep track of! In this third series, friends, lovers, rivals, and enemies abound. Even the darkest secrets don’t stay hidden for long.

Episode 01: Reversals of Fortune
I reviewed this episode during the 2009 fall season. Go into a time machine, click on this link and read the review. 7/10

Episode 02: The Freshman
The series qualifies more and more as a comedy show than a (now) college teen soap drama. I actually liked the episode, because I had to laugh every three minutes and after every little twist. The whole story with Dan, Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Blair was just amusing times ten. God dumps Georgina, because he saw she was the devil (LOL), Georgina tries to destroy the non-existent reputation of Blair, Blair tries to destroy the reputation of Georgina and Dan is in the middle, watching ever step of the ladies and finally chooses the side. Not that I didn’t knew Dan would make out with Georgina (it already was in the WTF-trailers), but this scene was just awesomely funny. And I think more and more the writers are doing that on purpose.
Serena’s problems were uninteresting, I just loved that she moved in with Chuck (would have been a great storyline – Chuck, Blair and Serena in the same apartment) was good, but this story is already over. Chuck’s efforts to buy space for a restaurant slash club in the back was good, but it seems the writers just wanted to give him some screentime. And Nate (Chace Crawford) and Bree (Joanna Garcia) were just boring, because it didn’t bring anything. 7/10

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Gossip Girl: Reversals of Fortune

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Well well well, the Upper East Side is back, and short before going to college. But the writers were so clever (again) and didn’t put any college stuff in the season premiere of Gossip Girl. Instead, we see (almost) all the aftermaths of everybody’s summer.

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Gossip Girl – Season 2

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Click here for the first season
It’s senior year for our beloved Upper East Siders, and the drama is at an all-time high. Applying for college is only one small part of the story, as new romances (and some not-so-new romances) bloom and fade, scandals erupt at every turn and alliances shift even faster than Gossip Girl (voice of Kristen Bell) can send an update. Families and reputations are destroyed and made; so are fortunes. And even the strongest friendships are tested.

Episode 01: Summer, Kind of Wonderful
Very unlikely that an series season has an epilogue, before the real season begins. This for example was just an epilogue. An average one. I don’t care about Nate (Chace Crawford) and his MILF Catherine (Mädchen Amick), he can screw with whomever he wants and I wouldn’t care, but Chuck’s (Ed Westwick) story was interesting (and I don’t care about the both of them). So he loves Blair (Leighton Meester), but can’t say it to her. Her story with her summer lover slash Lord Marcus (Patrick Heusinger) is not really interesting, but gave a nice twist when his Lord title comes to light. Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley): So they are together again (to split again the next episode, I think) or not, I don’t know. The rest was boring and uninteresting, so the season starts with 6/10

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