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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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Gossip Girl – Season 1

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“Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.”
Based on the popular book series of the same name, this drama series gives viewers a peek into the world of privileged teenagers on an elite private school in New York City. We have Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), returning after a long time of absence. She is not going to have a normal life with her mother Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and her little brother Eric (Connor Paolo). Her former BFF Blair (Leighton Meester) is now the queen of the Upper East side. She also will not have a normal life – together with her boyfriend Nate (Chace Crawford) and her “nemesis” Chuck (Ed Westwick). And while the unknown Gossip Girl (voice of Kristen Bell) comments the lives and doings of her East siders on her blog, lives will change.

Episode 01: Pilot I remember after I watched it for the first time I really liked this episode and even declared Gossip Girl to my new favorite TV show. Well, after a couple episode that changed. But nevertheless the pilot is still good. Sure it is purely guilty pleasure and full of clichés. I especially liked to hear Kristen Bell’s voice as the narrating Gossip Girl. Ad these amounts of eye candies, here you are sure it is a series from The CW.
It was enjoyable most of the time and the story was catchy enough to amuse me. And that was the reason why I didn’t skip that show until a few episodes of season two, so I keep remembering the good times of the series. Starting with this rerun (and watching the episodes of season two I never watched until now). 8/10

Episode 02: The Wild Brunch Okay, the plot is full of clichés and the characters were written too simple. But it is the pilot after the pilot and I liked the conflicts between the characters. Serena & Dan (Penn Badgley) vs. Blair & Chuck in all possible occasions. Only Nate seems to be alone at this: He loves Blair, likes Serena, Chuck is his buddy and with Dan he has nothing to do. But forget about the “break up” scene between Serena and Dan. First: Why is he so stupid about that, he never met Serena while she slept with Nate. Second: Why is he so stupid about that, when it is clear that Serena likes him? It is just a possibility for the authors to keep the story on-going for the two. They surely have to find each other, but not in episode two, that is too early. The rest of the episode was alright, nothing to get excited about, so I give it 8/10.

Episode 03: Poison Ivy I just saw that the episode titles are alterations from movie titles, that’s cool. The episode itself was good as all episodes of the series beginning are. The stories don’t running that fast (which was a problem in season two and kept me from watching it), the characters are good written yet and it is not that boring. Too bad, that the bitch fight between Serena and Blair ended here, I would have seen some more here. But her relationship is starting here, so it is not that bad. The rest of the stories were great, too. Nate doesn’t annoy me; Chuck couldn’t play his bad guy role; Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and Eric are fine together; Dan and Serena finding each other (once again). No major issues, quite good episode.
My favorite quote: “Because… I am Chuck Bass.” 8/10

Episode 04: Bad News Blair A good and fun episode, which puts a smile upon your face. I like Blair how she has to fight for her dreams. In here she is like a little kid who gets everything and has to learn, that this life is over now. But I didn’t like the fact, that Serena and Blair are now BFFs, after what happened – this goes way too fast. Dan’s little storyline was good, too – he gives the power speech to Blair, very nice. But now Blair and Dan are/could be friends? …Whatever. The rest was boring. I don’t like Nate’s character, so I don’t care much about his story and Chuck was just an attachment in this. And Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily – well, this was nothing. 7,5/10

Episode 05: Dare Devil No sign of Chuck and Nate and prompt it is the best episode so far. The infamous Blair Waldorf sleepover party with “Truth or Dare”, Dan’s first date with Serena, Rufus and Lily together for one evening – it was all perfect for the episode. Okay, Eric’s storyline was a bit lame (that’s because I don’t like the character of Eric much; he seems so emo), but the rest had some good romance, funny moments and a lot of “first timers”. So, Jenny is slamming the slumber party, making friends with Blair; Serena and Dan finally together (took a long time for them… five episodes, lol).
Cute, funny, less drama… that’s why I like the early episodes of Gossip Girl. 9/10

Episode 06: The Handmaiden’s Tale A good episode, but not the best. It came what had to come: struggle in the new relationship between Serena and Dan. On who’s fault? Of course on Dan’s old, back in town, (girl)friend Vanessa. He lied to Serena, he lied to Vanessa, he kissed Serena, Serena meets Vanessa, Dan talks to Vanessa (Jessica Szohr), Serena and Dan reconcile, Dan and Vanessa are best friends at the end of the episode – and everything happened in a few hours… And all the struggle between Serena and Dan the episode AFTER they hooked up – how original is that?. So, that was the big storyline.
The little ones include a funny and courageous Jenny, who takes revenge on Chuck; Nate, who wants Serena back and thinks his father has some big problems; and finally Lily and Rufus, who share a kiss together. 7,5/10

Episode 07: Victor/Victrola So, Dan and Serena are sleeping together for the first time – do they have to use the whole episode for this little story? Okay, it is a cute storyline, but half of it was completely filler. Nate’s storyline doesn’t interest me at all; he is such an uninteresting character, I feel nothing when I see him. At least Chuck’s storyline was good in this episode. Finally he showed some more inner sides of him and the ending with Blair and him was really cool. It is about time that the two make out.
And please, could the authors give Lily finally a guy?!?!? Rufus, Bart (Robert John Burke), Rufus, Bart, finally Rufus… Please Lily, choose faster. 6/10

Episode 08: Seventeen Candles Another average and nothing much happened. Nate and Blair broke up – yeah, this was already in the last episode. Serena can’t stand Vanessa – we know it for two episodes. Chuck loves Blair – this was clear from last episode. Rufus and Alison – a story we know about. Nate and his difficulties with his parents – a story we know about. So, what purpose intents this episode?
This is a completely filler, from the first minute down to the wire.
Finally I am starting to like Nate; at least something in this forgettable episode. 5/10

Episode 09: Blair Waldorf Must Pie! After two average and lame episodes comes a fine one. It is Thanksgiving for the Upper East siders and with the holidays we have some flashbacks, which show the happenings of the last Thanksgiving.
A little bit unreliable and lame was Blair’s situation in the flashbacks: So she had/has bulimia – eating a whole pie and throwing up afterwards… What is now? Unreliable as well is the situation of Nate’s mother… Why doesn’t she believe that her husband has a problem? By now, everybody would have seen that, but not her. At least Nate is getting more and more into a real storyline and he becomes a tidy character for me.
I didn’t miss Chuck in this one, the rest was pretty good written and executed. 8/10

Episode 10: Hi, Society An episode between boring and good. The whole Debutante Ball was boring, but the trappings were interesting. So, we see Serena’s grandmother CeCe (Caroline Lagerfelt) for the first time (pretty modern name for an old lady, lol) and she say she is ill, then claims it was a lie and at the end we see she really is ill. And why is Allison still there? She only was in previous episodes to confront the “relationship” between Rufus and Lily – which is already destructed. For the rest: Everything was known. Chuck loves Blair and his heart is broken as he sees her having pre-sex with Nate; Jenny still tries to get into the Upper East side class; and Dan and Serena have to find each other again, after they struggled again, because outsiders don’t really like their relationship (again). This story spins rounds and rounds and rounds and never intents to stop. 6,5/10

Episode 11: Roman Holiday Thanksgiving, Debutante Season and now Christmas – three “special” episodes in a row, it seems like the authors wanted to put a lot of drama on the show. So we actually see Blair’s dad Harold (John Shea) for the first time in the present (in the Thanksgiving episode his story was just part of flashbacks) and he brings his boyfriend along – awkward situation for Blair and Eleanor (Margaret Colin). While Dan and Serena have their best Christmas ever. They are having sex (for the first time? Or for the second time? What happened last time? I don’t know… argh). Chuck and Nate are not in this episode (I didn’t miss them) and Lily gets a proposal – from Bart (OMFG). How can she love him, he is such a boring written character.
Yeah, the episode was alright. 7/10

Episode 12: School Lies Interesting episode. Well written, good executed, and with a message: Love is much more worthy than consequences. And it had some nice twists. Okay, sometimes it was clear that Serena broke into the school, but Bart saving her from the kick-out? OMG, Bart doesn’t become a family father figure for Serena or does he? Nate and Blair were okay this episode, but their permanent back and forth gets on my nerves. And hopefully the “love story” between Lily and Rufus has an end here, this arc is circling like from the beginning. Even after Bart proposed to her she is interested in Rufus. Hellooo??? Make a decision! 7,5/10

Episode 13: The Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate An alright episode. The whole “pregnant or not”-story gave much conflict for the characters and split Blair and Nate (finally, I was waiting for that) and ended the friendship between Chuck and Nate (their friendship wasn’t even believable). So, hopefully it stays that way. Rufus has a chance to date two women (his love story with Lily finally over once and for all?), Jenny is rising, Queen B is dethroned and Dan and Serena have new problems in their relationship (it was about time, because two episodes in a row with a fine relationship doesn’t work on TV shows like this :lol: ). 7/10

Episode 14: The Blair Bitch Project With this episode, coming directly after the writers strike, the series gets more boring. This was just an average episode. The whole bitch fight between Jenny and Blair was treated too fast; I wished to see more about that. It is interesting to see Jenny transforming into Queen Jay and taking Blair’s seat piece by piece, but in 39 minutes? Too fast, too unoriginal. And why are Nate and Jenny suddenly such good friends? Not only is this not believable, it is just… why are they friends? At least Serena got an interesting storyline and an old enemy is coming back. G, baby :o 6/10

Episode 15: Desperately Seeking Serena Seriously: the series is getting much more boring after the writers strike. I didn’t care much about Jenny’s search for a “king” and Blair’s things with her friends (what was this story about? It looked really like filler story). And Serena and Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) were just… too much. Why is Georgina such a devil bitch? This is completely unrealistic. She is coming to town to destroy Serena? For what? Not reasonable story. Oh, and why are Vanessa and Nate all of a sudden such good friends? Did I miss something in previous episodes?
Some good moments, but a lot of questionable story arcs – not good. 4,5/10

Episode 16: All About My Brother Some bombs were dropped. Eric is gay (well, I presumed it from the beginning, the authors never started a real relationship with Jenny) and Serena killed someone (sounds like a shocker, but it surely isn’t). But I don’t understand why Serena goes so into herself, not talking to anyone and letting Georgina manipulate Dan (and Vanessa) – no, Serena plays the game. And that is what makes Georgina so a boring bitchy character, because she doesn’t work well with Serena; and her friendship with Dan also doesn’t work. Oh yeah, Asher (Jesse Swenson) and Jenny… a relationship which lasted one silly episode.
I didn’t miss Chuck and Nate in this episode, which was some kind of boring. Again. 5/10

Episode 17: Woman on the Verge Hm, this episode doesn’t work either. First Georgina, who gets on my nerves; second Dan, who is so dumb to change sides (and girlfriend) and not question anything what Georgina says; third Serena, who does nothing to save her relationship. She lies to Dan, because she doesn’t want Dan to know. But why? Fourth Rufus and Lily, now they are kissing again – weren’t we done with this story? Now it starts all over again. But I liked Serena’s little army of Chuck and Blair bringing the bitch G down, maybe there is some real friendship starting, especially after Serena confessed her sins and past.
The whole Georgina storyline kills the show right now, she is completely uninteresting and too much of a devil’s wife – nothing against Michelle Trachtenberg, I loved her in Buffy, but her character is just dumb. 5/10

Episode 18: Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing Well, and I don’t know about this season finale. Looks boring, isn’t really, but total uninteresting. So, there is the great wedding – Lily and Bart getting some rings on their fingers and troubling the “relationship” between Lily and Rufus.
Serena and Dan: Are they split, are they together? What are they? At the wedding they seemed back in love and one week later they are not back in love? I am confused.
Chuck and Blair: Can they make a decision now? Chuck loves Blair, but doesn’t say that; Blair has some feelings for Chuck, but doesn’t want to believe in that – and yet they are kissing at the wedding and having some sort of a relationship afterwards? Or not… :/
Nate and Vanessa: Huh? They are split? When were they together? I am missing something… like answered questions and reasonable storylines. And a real finale, because that was lame. Everybody is a single again, like in the beginning of the series? So we have do do this all over again in season two. Great *rolleyes* 6/10

Season average is 6,75. Still a nice average after the series was going down in the middle of the season. I will watch the second season right afterwards and hoping to finish it parallel with the US airings mid May. I already watched the first few episodes and gave it up after I felt bored and not amused. Maybe this time it will get better, you never know.

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