Complete with Sony Sidekick placement, underage drinking, popular music, and a Smallville plug, Gossip Girl is absolutely dripping and delicious. The fresh mix of new CW It-Guys and It-Girls show us what its like in a world run by gossip, all while placing a strict critique on teenage society in upscale New York.
The first few episodes leave enough questions and plot ideas to give the season plenty to chew onâ¦a bite large enough to keep it going if you will. And as if Kristen Bell wasnât truly the previous it-girl from CWâs hit (and now laid to rest) Veronica Mars, it is her saucy narration as Gossip Girl that stamps her permanently on CWâs map. In terms of her fellow, "physical" cast members, one thing is certain: We are LOVINâ the new girl! CW has found a new headliner in Blake Lively, the lovely blonde who plays our main character Serena. Youâll feel like youâve seen her before, but Blake Livelyâs track record only stems about 2 films deep, including âThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.â
The music itself is well timed and placed like any CW show, starting with âYoung Folksâ by Peter Bjorn and John, ending with âThe Giftâ by Angels and Airwaves, and with Rihanna and Justin Timberlake in between. Thatâs no surprise here on a station known for integrating the newest young musicians. And the it-girl music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, known for her work on the OC and Greyâs Anatomy, is (surprise surprise) the music supervisor for Gossip Girl! The pilot used a record 20 songs, the highest done by her company Chop Shop Music Supervisionâ¦.and I think, considering Alex is on-board, we can expect for the future episodes to be just as full of new and featured artists. You can check out the list on the CW website.
There were some minor bumps along the way to Gossip Girlâs glory. In terms of plot, (ENTERING a SPOILER section)â¦.I will first bring to attention Serenaâs reason for going to boarding school. Considering the type of rumors being spread by our GG (Gossip Girl) and others, I was kinda hoping her reason was a big deal, like she was pregnant, or a drug dealer, or a murderer or something. But sex? Just sex? Itâs the CW! Sex is, like, the most repeated word on these teenage shows. Couldnât it be a bit different then sleeping with a best friendâs boyfriend? Oh wellâ¦
The biggest drawback to the show is the same as Cruel Intentions: the audience will find it hard to believe older cast members trying to play high school kids. In Cruel Intentions, Ryan Phillipe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and Sarah Michelle Gellar looked about 10 years too old for their parts. Our current cast is a bit younger than that film, but for some reason, we believe it anyway. It isnât cus theyâre beautiful, as our faithful movie cast was significantly so. Perhaps the CWâs perfectly roasted blend of story, music, and teenage angst places Gossip Girl in a more believable sphere.
All in all, Gossip Girl successfully strays away from being a recycled CW show (Although I think the set of the "Kiss on the Lips" dance looks remarkably close to "The Bronze" club in Buffy...). Itâs a delightfully tasty surprise to this seasonâs line up.
Review by Michelle on Get Reel: