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#GossipGirl Series Finale Thoughts

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I just finished watching the series finale of Gossip Girl, and all I can think is … “wow.”

SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD

Wow to Dan being outed (or outing himself) as the illustrious Gossip Girl.  Wow to the series flash-forward, which ended the show with Dan and Serena’s wedding.  Wow that Georgina was actually invited to said wedding.  Wow to awesomely timed cameos that called back to the show’s earlier seasons.  Wow to the end of a series that encapsulated all that is good and bad in television.

Trying to get past the giant WOW, the series finale was exactly what I expected … and not what I expected at all.  I knew that storylines would be tied up, but I didn’t see the twists coming, nor did I think that Dan Humphrey aka Lonely Boy aka The Boy from Brooklyn trying to enter the Upper East Side World would end up being Gossip Girl.  But in a Lost-esque type twist, the episode flashed back to the end of the pilot, where Dan is reading about himself for the first time on Gossip Girl.  The twist: HE actually wrote it!  And what we were seeing was him post-posting on Gossip Girl.  It’s like the producers planned for Dan to be Gossip Girl the entire time! (For the record, I seriously doubt that, but very smart to incorporate the pilot to make it look that way ).  I don’t know if it’s plausible that Dan could had been Gossip Girl for all of that time (or that his sister actually agreed to let Dan post every awful thing he wrote about her), but I’m willing to accept it.

One thing I couldn’t really buy: how quickly Chuck and Blair were cleared of any involvement with Bart’s death.  I’m no law-enforcement expert, but I’m pretty sure when a man falls off a roof and they can put you at the scene of the crime, you’re probably going to be questioned for more than 10 minutes.

One thing I will NEVER buy: the deterioration of Dan and Blair’s relationship, which I gushed about here. I guess I always knew Blair would end up with Chuck, but I still feel cheated by the several season buildup of “Dair” and followed by the quick (and unjust) dismantling of the relationship. Dan is without a doubt the most consistent friend Blair has ever had (besides her maid, Dorota), and having Blair turn on Dan so quickly this season felt out of character.  I understand that the writers wanted to spend time weaving Chuck and Blair through the drama that would propel them to their eventual nuptials, but it didn’t have to be at the expense of the Dair storyline/friendship.  What am I saying though … this is Gossip Girl.  Gossip Girl don’t care.

I’m also skeptical of Dan and Serena actually ending up together.  Maybe I’m just super cynical, or just pissed that Dair is over, or seriously so in love with Penn Badgley that I don’t want him with anyone, even on TV … but after everything they’ve been through, it’s hard to imagine them truly making it.  I mean, Rufus and Lily didn’t even end up together and their love story was absolutely epic (really not happy about how their relationship ended up either but I can handle it).

There were some extra storylines that ended abruptly in the present and didn’t get any play-time in the flash-forward, but those were mostly the ones that made this season so awful, so I’m not even going to mention them (well, besides what I just wrote).

Oh Gossip Girl … it’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure.  But despite the bad episodes, the prominent characters that dropped off the face of the earth, and the lunacy of many storylines, I truly had a blast.  Thanks for 6 seasons!

I know I love you.  xoxo

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#GossipGirl: In Defense of #Dair

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After watching yet another atrocious installment of this season’s Gossip Girl, it dawned on me that for the first time in 5 years, I am enjoying 90210 more than Gossip Girl.  This has NEVER happened before.  Gossip Girl has always been a staple in my TV diet – my necessary weekly foray into a world of Drama, Distress and Debauchery, brought to you by Dior.

I recently rewatched the entire first season of GG, and I had truly forgot how much fun this show used to have.  Not to mention how witty each of its characters were, coming up with my favorite one-liners as “That Mother Chucker” or “He’s such a Basshole.” CHEEKY!  In season 1, social statuses were constantly in upheaval, secrets were exposed by the bucketful, and the audience was captivated with every carefully plotted take-down & clandestine rendezvous.  As the seasons passed, the storylines became even more soapy, or just ridiculous (remember Rufus and Lily’s love child?  You know, the one who was a central plot point and then was never mentioned again?).  But one relationship storyline had fans in a tizzy – the romance between Blair, the Upper East Side Queen, and Dan, the Brooklyn-dwelling, Hemingway-esque outsider.  Since Season 1, the show had been pushing Blair and Chuck as the will-they-or-won’t-they couple, throwing them together and then ripping them apart (both happened almost every episode).  As someone who was thoroughly sick of the “Chair” drama, and a fan of friendship-turing-into-romance (see Joey and Pacey, Dawson’s Creek), I was absolutely thrilled with “Dair” becoming a couple.  I thought it was a smart move by the creators.  And I will tell you why!

Here are 3 GOOD reasons why “Dair” was a fantastic coupling:

#1: Blair and Dan were best friends before they started dating.  In Gossip Girl world, one-night stands are practically mandatory, and relationships bloom and fall apart faster than any of Taylor Swift’s.  But Blair and Dan’s friendship started slowly but slowly became the most consistent relationship on the show.  and grew into the least dramatic relationship on the show.  In one of my favorite episodes from Season 5, appropriately titled Crazy, Cupid, Love, Dan is finally ready to tell Blair that he’s fallen for her.  However, Blair is busy trying to set up Dan and Serena because she believes that is what Dan wants.  Blair corners him, not understanding why he seems so hesitant to go back to his (crazy, train wreck of an) ex.

Blair: Listen, you have nothing to worry about, Dan.  Serena already likes you – you know that!  Look, I’m telling you, just be your charming, wonderful self like you’ve been with me all year.
Dan: You think I’ve been wonderful?
Blair: Are you kidding me? Look at everything we’ve been through together! You kept it a secret when I found out I was pregnant, you shielded me from the world so I could deal with my paternity test and you brought me to a priest in my darkest hour. You wrote Louis’ vows for him, and then you saved me from my own wedding! Do I need to go on?
Dan: No.
Blair: So.  If you’re that guy with Serena how could she not love you? …You gonna make your move or what?

And he does make his move, as seen in the clip below:

With that kiss (and some minor drama), the relationship of Dan and Blair finally commenced.  And how could it not have?  The obstacles Blair and Dan tackled together (a few of those listed in Blair’s speech) spanned 5 seasons; unlike other relationships in Gossip Girl, we got to actually watch Blair and Dan fall in love.  Which in turn made me a bigger believer, supporter and ‘shipper of “Dair.”

#2: In their relationship, Blair never treated Dan like an outsider.  Which was the polar opposite of his on-and-off relationship with Serena, the other Queen of the Upper East Side.  Since episode 1, Dan was portrayed as the boy from Brooklyn desperately trying to fit in with his Manhattan prep school peers.  When he dated Serena, he constantly just felt like a visitor in “her world.”  But once out of high school, the Gossip Girl characters did what we all do – grow up.  The show became less about where the characters were from and more about where they were going.  This new direction paved the way for Blair and Dan to be together successfully.  During their relationship, Dan and Blair saw their differences as strength (rare on GG).  Their ultimate end had nothing to do with social stature, an issue that has made a casualty of many a Gossip Girl relationship.

#3: Penn Badgley, Mr. Dan Humphrey himself, acknowledged his appreciation for the “Dair” storyline.  In an interview with Vulture, Penn was asked if he enjoyed the Blair/Dan storyline in Season 5.  His response: “I did, actually.  Well, I didn’t like how it ended, because it was just kind of [draws in breath sharply].  But I do like the scenes with Leighton because I get to kind of interact in a fun way with her. When Dan and Blair are together, I think that’s him at his brightest, maybe.”

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This post is dedicated to my best friend, Sarah, for suggesting I write this entry and for being my biggest supporter!