Kind of liked it. I loved Serena's guilty smile after Nate joked about his girlfriends going through his emails. Was also loving the brief moment of Serena/Blair bonding, until the sex tape was revealed at the worst possible moment.
Heh. I thought it was adorkable that Serena could not come up with a Plan as simple as snooping until poor dumb Nate was all: 'well, I usually snoop around or comb my hair or have a weird affair for cash money with another older woman or become homeless. My mom cuts asters. Uh - " and Serena went: lightbulb! I will totes look through his stuff and Find Things Out! So cute. Serena + Nate 4eva. Can you imagine the quantum levels of silliness their beautiful, beautiful offspring could achieve?
I liked the banter between Dan and Blair and Blair and Serena, but the alleged sexual tension between Blair and Chuck at the end felt artificial. It's the silly thwarting Obstacle of Obsession that must last the rest of the season I suppose. But honestly, if they are going to have that Obstacle in place they could at least make the close-to-passionate moments between C / B hotter, for goodness sake. I don't know, maybe the Obstacle is just too weird and oddly deforming that it gets in the way. Or maybe that's a choice? If so, not a fun one.
I think what I dislike most about this last season is how atomized it all is. All these extraneous people I don't like - Steven, Sage, ugh! and Bart just feels like a silly jousting dummy totted up in worn-out leather and father issues. The writers don't mind outrageous silliness like traveling sex carnival brothels where billionaires hide out after faking their deaths so why couldn't they force all of the characters to spend the last season in a Transylvanian castle filled with designer clothes, diamonds, and v. good lighting? Or okay, NY - but in the same wacky high-end apartment building! Filled with ghosts like Ghostbusters! Ghosts of all the men Serena killed and all the minions Blair maimed and all the books Dan Humphrey is never going to write
. While noises rattle from the attic/penthouse and the NJBC + Dan Humphrey slowly discover that there is
a monster in the attic and it is Chuck's real
mom who is now just a head (I am imagining that black and white horror movie with the woman who is just a head), but has psychic powers or something and is the REAL Gossip Girl / has reanimated the corpse of Bart Bass to take revenge on him by destroying his legacy. Then at least the main characters could talk to each other somewhat more often than currently.
And really: why is Blair designing? She should have three bit-players as wacky designers competing for her attention while she plays taste arbiter.
Chuck's eye-roll at Ivy was THE BEST.
His plotting with Ivy was THE WORST.
And the pretty room where the cotillon was held was in the Astor Salon at the Waldorf Astoria. That hotel and it's 3rd floor hallway is always stunning on film.
Oh! That room was gorgeous.
I was so happy that Nate finally stood up for his friends after Sage pulled her stunt. He's just been in his own world this whole time with her but if he'd kept dancing with her after finding out about the tape I would have been too through.
Aww. Yes! I forgot about that, but that made me happy. So did the convo betwixt Chuck and Nate where Nate was defending (more or less) cooking the books and Chuck was skeptical, but not quite aware of the context.
Edited by LizaJane, Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:18 PM.