Gossip Girl Gushing
The second-season DVD set of “Gossip Girl” will be on sale this week. This weekend, I’m re-watching my DVDs from the first season and re-discovering some things that made me a fan.
First, of course, I love Serena and identify with her. Most viewers probably do. She’s like the perfect best friend you always wanted.** Even though she’s prettier and more glamorous than you are, she doesn’t seem to know it (most of the time) or care. She makes mistakes, but she always tries to do the right thing in the end. And she encourages you whenever she gets the chance.
Second, though I tend to hate Blair and Chuck, they sometimes reveal the nicer people hidden inside them. Chuck is a pig but he’s funny and occasionally honorable. And Blair, as mean as she can be, communicates the inner pain that makes her that way. Jenny is nice, then mean, then nice again. But just like Blair, she shows the inner pain and confusion that make her that way.
Third, the actors are totally convincing in their roles. Both Blake and Leighton are inspired. Blake makes Serena totally believable. Leighton makes Blair evil but sympathetic. Everyone else in the cast is wonderful, too.
Fourth, the dialogue is witty and realistic. Of course, my reaction is less often “I have said that” than “I wish I’d said that!”
The action can be a little unbelievable at times. In one episode, Dan crashes a masquerade ball to be with Serena, who is angry because he lied to her about his ex-girlfriend Vanessa. Just as Serena and Dan make up and kiss, Vanessa arrives and sees them. When Vanessa runs away, Dan chases after her and leaves Serena standing there alone. Hello?! In what universe does that make sense, even to a guy’s testosterone-damaged brain? And later, when Dan gets home after making up with Serena a second time, Vanessa is there waiting for him — sitting on his bed. In what universe does even Dan not see that he has to kick her out right away, even if it’s all totally innocent? Oh, well, I still enjoyed it. I suppose that if “Gossip Girl” were just like real life, then why would we watch it?
I probably wouldn’t like the Upper East Side as a permanent residence. But for an hour a week, it’s a pretty cool place to be.
Got to get those second-season DVDs! And the third-season premiere is September 14!
Yes, Gossip Girl, I do love you. xoxo!
**Not better than you, Sarah. Just taller and blonder. 🙂
Copyright 2009 by Rinth de Shadley.