Gossip Girl 3.10 'The Last Days of Disco Stick' Review - Featured

I am going to be frank from the beginning, I really do not like the direction the writers of Gossip Girl are going with this show. This episode bears no exception.



I mean I really tried to find some interest in the new Vanessa Dan storyline, Blair's crazy obsession with the play and Jenny's experimenting stage, but I couldn't. I have accepted that Gossip Girl has found its way into this type of political drama and lost sight of why fans loved the series in the beginning. Yet for the past few weeks now, washed down writing has become frequent and honestly I could do without it.


Vanessa-Dan-Olivia


The Threesome sequel to last week's 'They Shoot Humphrey's, Don't They?'.

Olivia and Dan's relationship became very plain to me, the threesome more hurt than helped their relationship. Dan is completely out of character, since when does Dan get off on being 'The Man'. This is certainly not the Dan Humphrey we knew in Season one. Ever since he and Serena broke up he's been like a wild horse, almost compared to what Chuck Bass used to be. Even now that he's dating a movie star his ego must be on a serious high. I was glad Nate was around to give him some perspective about sleeping with the girlfriend and the best-friend.


Dan has real feelings for Vanessa and even if the writers wanted to screen them together, the possibility is blurred by the threesome. I was hoping for the threesome to be some sort of dream sequence and where Vanessa pushed Olivia away to get her share could easily enlighten the hilarity of the dream.



Blair, The Play and her Lady Ga Ga Project.


*sigh* Blair is back to using petty stunts, blackmail and foul play into getting the job done, only this time it wasn't fun to watch. I really don't get it anymore. I don't get Blair's obsession to fit in, I don't get why this play was so important to her or even why she would work with Dan and Vanessa and I don't get those minions...


It's just tiring hoping for Blair to have a character change or instead of fitting into NYU, try blackmailing some other schools into an acceptance that suits her. The NYU domination theme is getting really old and boring. There was once a time I would anticipate Blair scenes, now I can't wait for them to end.


I understand using guest star appearances and performances to shape up ratings is what Gossip Girl has succumbed to lately, but does it really help? I may have enjoyed Lady GaGa's performance, but it's like the show is using these stars to define itself as opposed to shining on it's own.



Serena-Tripp and Nate


I was very disappointed in Serena here. She has been on the low many times, but I'm sure she not foolish enough to fall for the married man-marital issues ploy. Did Tripp really get upset about his wife's drowning gimmick to have an affair? I could understand it if he was a guy of morale principles who held the people in his life on a pedestal, but the writers didn't take the time to establish Tripp's character.


Nate is one to be on the sidelines lately. They either need to give him an official storyline or just kick him out of the show until they get one! When they flashed back to Serena and Nate from Season One, I thought they were going to put them back together and that really would be a huge mistake. They could barely make any guy in Serena's life interesting, who knows how they would recreate Serena and Nate without adding a bit of messy on the side.


Jenny-Damian and 'I'm Chuck Bass'


Damian: "What exactly does an Upper East Side Queen do? Wear designer clothes, boss people around?"

Jenny: "No, go to parties and openings and stuff."

Damian: "Where you wear designer clothes and boss people around? Sounds like kind of a yawn."


I feel really sad for Jenny, she hasn't only lost sight of who she used to be, but she's lost everyone she would consider a true friend. Her brother Dan is too busy with his threesome issues to notice and her dad is completely oblivious. This Ambassador's son might have been a drag, but he did define Jenny's Queen gig well - 'kind of a yawn'.


Jenny is just too young to have all this burden on her shoulder. She revealed to Chuck that she was more lonely and bored than when she was in Brooklyn. Blair always had someone to accept her ways non-the-less and Jenny has no one. I knew Chuck would have been the one to pull Jenny out, and I admire his brotherly ways towards her. I still don't buy how clueless Rufus is as a parent towards his daughter and how Lily keeps encouraging Jenny into to stuff she's not really ready for.


This was another one of the 'I'm Chuck Bass' lines, but it felt overused for some reason.


Finally...


Maybe I mentioned this before, but I am getting tired of the same old story lines and there doesn't even seem to be a silver lining. I keep hoping that the following week would surprise me, but it always turns out to be just the same old material as before. It looks like next weeks 'The Treasure of Serena Madre', Serena and Tripp have this affair thing going, Vanessa's mom is making another appearance. I actually liked Vanessa's mom and she might provide some - thing, but I'm not certain how I feel about that, probably the same ole quality.


Quote:


Nate: "Serena, I didn't tell you about Maureen because Tripp's a married man. If you go with him now you're going to cross the line."

Serena: "Thank you for everything, Nate really, but that line just got a little blurry."


Then Wear Glasses!


Lexa


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Just One Star


*sigh*

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Nov 17, 2009 1:38PM EST

I agree for the most part of this review, the thing about this Season is its just storylines from Seasons 1 and 2 slightly altered but basically the same and the characters aren't changing in any way.
I disagree with yuor view on Blair though, I think its completely understandable why she is obsessed with trying to control NYU - that's who she is. She fought to be queen at high school and doesn't like not being in control and getting her way. Having said that I hope she realises she can't soon and as you said changes or grows as a character otherwise there isn't any development.
Jenny again, she tried to be in charge during high school so now is able to be it, but she realised that she didn't like who she had become and so was ok to just be friends with Eric and not want the popular side - this also shows how her character seems to have had no development or has gone backward even.
I don't like Vanessa so wish she just wasn't in the show. Serena seems to get more immature as the show goes on. She came back in Season 1 wanting to be a different person after her wild ways but since then has become moany and annoying.
Nate is the only one who seems to have grown at all, although its weird that he doesn't seem to have his own life at college - he is quite mature now and I like him and Dan being good friends.

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Nov 17, 2009 4:14PM EST

Just when I was finding Serena slightly less annoying. I would love just once to see on a show a character actually reject temptation. I mean how formulaic has this show become? And honestly I'd rather they stop just recycling all the same things over and over. But like Nate said, Serena was just into Carter, how can Tripp be giving her butterflies already? And Dan is ridiculous. He and Blair would be perfect together at this point. At least it'd make for something surprising.

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Nov 17, 2009 5:48PM EST

I agree with the comments about Jenny.. I also thought she had learned her lesson earlier, and I find it funny how hers development has gone backward (not in a good way).. But again as somebody said last week, she is a teenager.. And I'm also clueless of how the father keeps being clueless and none caring of his girl changes..
I like that Chuck Back came and 'saved' her. I think Chuck (or Charles as he is called now) is the most grown up, and at the moment the most mature, he really has gone through some development, but eventhough I like his development, I still fell like there is missing something --> the fun, as the prank Chuck and Blair had going on in the start - that really pointed out how special a couple they are, and why we love them.. So I hope the writers can write something in, but still keep him as a more serious and mature person, who runs a very big industry..
I disagree with Blair and The threesome
Blair has always wanted to be on top of everything, and she doesn't give up, if she has a goal (which in this case is to become the Queen of NYU) she goes for it..Whatever it takes.. And I like the development of her being more creative. I can imagine her fight with that Theater guy (Screenplay, cabarat leader dude, don't know his name, is the guy who maybe like Vanessa) being the top producer ect. because that could be the first or last step to rule the school.. And I like the fact that she is a underdog, and I think it is new.. Her fighting for a place that is not necessarily her place, but can become hers..My only hope is that she will grow more as a person too, as you normally do at college, get some perspective.It could be cool if she could meet a girl, who she actually would respect and who could give her some challenges, a female chuck bass... Think it could be good with a new BF.. With that said, I still want S and B to keep being friends, they have a long history,..
I thought the threesome was fun (and new on GG), and I love the way they mix the cabarat/play with the postthreesome drama.. I think it is fun to see Dan as the popular guy instead of a lonely boy, as you seen it in the two other season.. SO let the wild horse run wild, but off cause still stay true to it self.. We don't need another Jenny..I don't think I want a Danessa, I done feel for it, as with C and B.. I think I need some more time, for it has always been Dan and vanessa as friends or Vanessa as and intruder - where you kind of hate her.. But maybe if we got some time, we would love the idea..
I would like to see Dan a little stronger as the popular guy of NYU, who doesn't really have the experience with being on the top.. And I have no problem with Blair and Dan working together as frenenemies..

I think the whole Tripp, Serena and Nate thing is exciting - but I must agree that Serena is kind of stupid, and think it is weird how fast she is over Carter. I hope to see some development with her because right now she as a character is a little boring and she hasn't really developt at all...So why exciting - will Nate and Tripp be fighting over the same girl? And how would it all effect Tripp politics..? I also hope that Nate will grow a little more and hopefully there is room for it now..
I will agree that there is some turning back and things we have been through before. But I also think that there are some good new stofs and lots of opportunitives..I think a new regular or more could do the job, to keep GG as a fantastic shows...
People who says it is not as the all days, and want the characters as they were back then, has to realize that it is not possible, for people changes in real life and therefore also in tvshows (and it would be boring).. I just hope the developments will keep going in interesting directions (and not as some of you pointed out will start/keep going round and round).. I'm definitely not pessimistic yet about season 3..
(Sorry my english, It is not my first language)
Peace Jmey

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Nov 17, 2009 7:28PM EST

You're completely right.
I think the whole Lady Gaga thing awkwardly fit into the show.. It all seemed contrived, unnatural.. came out of nowhere. Suddenly Dan wanted to be a screenwriter? The writers should be ashamed of their pathetic attempts to make the show 'scandalous' with a threesome, or interesting with Lady Gaga.
Oh man, and Serena? I hope they kill her off soon. They made her into a this uncool, stupid, misguided, pathetic loser when she was supposed to be the cool, trendsetting confident girl who could do anything. She's soooooo annoying now, and should never wear shoulder pads!
This show is getting increasingly worse. The writers should be careful, we might lose interest very soon. The only reason i still watch is because Chuck is so awesome, and his relationship with Blair is divine.
Oh, and the casting has gotten ridiculous. Who in the world would cast Hilary Duff for a believable threesome? Who in the world would be attracted to Tripp and his awkward eyebrows? Serena the loser?
I'll stop critiquing now, and hope that they'll fire the current writers and make some serious changes.

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Nov 17, 2009 9:14PM EST

I believe that these actors and actresses work with the script. I don't feel as though they challenge the writing enough to create well developed story lines. The moment an idea goes through their head they write it down without carrying it out gradually; like the threesome or as mentioned Dan's urge to be a screen writer. Other series survive based on well developed story-lines and it actually makes us appreciate the characters better the simpler things are.
As for Blair, I believe Leighton Meester has given Blair her own identity, but her plots aren't interesting enough to bring out her true potential as an actress. The shows' success pans on the ability to create something interesting enough that we as viewers could relate to. The reason I often refer to Season One is because I felt like I understood the story better. I related with the characters then and the fights between them actually reflected what goes on in real life. Now things are all over the place .
If the writers sit down and plan a script; viewers rely on entertainment, so maybe mention that Dan had an urge to do a play of some sort and Blair could find out about it a few episodes later and squeeze her way in. The way the writers poke and place events any how they want it things just don't make sense and you start disliking the material they give us, start disliking characters and wondering why aren't you changing the television.
I know Gossip Girl has potential, I mean it had a strong start, so now they need to work out the loose ends. Scarp all the incomplete story-lines and start over fresh, otherwise they would lose many fans for sail on Season Four.
Lexa

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Nov 20, 2009 4:25PM EST

Partly I agree with Lexa. I have to admit that this episode is such a great dissapointent, again! First I thought the season had to kind of start up again,but it isn't getting much better. I think we really do miss Constance/Saint Jude's as a place where all the characters come together. Now it is all more set up, with a big party or event or something where we can see everybody together, but it doesn't seem natural anymore.
Plus I really don't like Blair lately. I mean, she is still one of my favourites, but i think she worries way too much about those NYU-people. I don't like the focus on NYU at all. Gossip Girl is 'your one and only source of the scandalous life of Manhattan's elite', right? Why the focus at Brooklyn? I hope Blair goes back to the Upper East Side, and quite her pathatic manipulation-things, cause I don't think NYUstudents are ever going to respond to that.
As for Serena, i totally agree as well. What is she doing? Tripp is a married man and Serene grew up on the Upper East Side. She of all people should know better. Besides Nate was just admitting he had been in love Serena, and I already saw some interesting things happen, but then there was Trip. I just wished Serena and Nate got drunk and we got to see a lovely making-out-scene, just as the one at the Shepherd's Wedding (I did like the flashback to that). Some romance is just what Nate needs, I believe. He seems to me a kind of lonely, certainly now the whole Trip for congress-stuff has ended.
I think it is a shame that Carter left ( I know that this isn't about latest episode, but I have to share this with you) I really liked him. He was to my mind like Chuck used to be, maybe a little less 'Chuck', but he brought a little bit life into the brewery (as we say in Holland). I think it's a shame Chuck became such mature. He always was by far my favourite character, but lately he just got a little boring. What happened to the handsome bad guy (Well, he still is handsome).As for the whole threesome, i don't agree. I kind of liked it, although it was strange. I'm also glad that it developed into feelings from Dan for Vanessa. Not that I want to see those two together, but I'm very glad it seems to end with Dan and Olivia. I totally didn't like her and her entire 'I want to be normal'-thing.
And I also have my questions by Jenny. I thought she was Queen of the Upper East Side after last weeks episode, with Nate as her date etc. But when your queen, you're not bored, right?What were Blair and Serena doing when they were in that position? Well, they were certainly not bored. I would love to see more of Constance and Jenny organising nice parties and soirees, with a little scandal and stuff. But with the drugs and everything... No. I really thought Damien was cute, but he disappointed me as soon as he started with the boat at the park. And since when is Chuck some kind of brother to Jenny? Should Dan not be that person? Oh, no, he was just too buisy with his two girls.
A few more comments:- Blair and Chuck are getting bored. Who'd ever thought?- Vanessa seems to get everything she wants. She has NYU, friends, maybe even a boyfriend (refering to one of the last scenes of latest episode)... Isn't it time for a little bit of misery for her?- I feel like Georgina. She is always interesting.- I whised that Dan would be A) really cool (and dancing in the streets and talking to strange people. That isn't cool) or B) just like good old lonely boy. Dan seems to be in his element at NYU in Brooklyn, but I liked him better in Manhattan, where he seemed to be a little bit lost.- Maybe we need some Scott to bring Vanessa down? Not that I wish that to her, but it would be interesting as well...
And finally:What was that letter from Serena's father? I just wished Lily gave it to Serena or something... that could become interesting.I really hope so,xoxo

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Nov 23, 2009 4:11PM EST

Great review my friend!

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Nov 24, 2009 1:43AM EST

I totally concur with the character issues in this review regarding Jenny, Blair, the Dan-Vanessa-Olivia trio & Serena, it must be challenging for the writers to maintain an exciting plot but nothing is really fresh anymore.Dan and Jenny may have evolved but it seems they have abandoned their past to such an extent that it's just sad; I loved Jenny for creating her own threads with the sewing machine in S1 and now she just falls back on the luxurious advantages that comes with being Lily Van Der Woodsen-Bass-? 's step-daughter.
In regards to Dan, I agree with this 'Dan the Man' complex he seems to have developed; since popping his cherry with Serena, he's gotten so confident in his 'lady affairs', what with his Georgina, the naive little teacher, the several flings he had before Serena in the beginning of season 2, the Hollywood actress & the Brooklyn best friend. I find this ridiculous and funny but I'm biased cos I never saw much of his appeal anyway.
One aspect of the show that seems to be a recurring theme with other similar, popular TV dramas is that the characters just keep getting involved with one another, and most of these 'relationships' seem so random. It's almost incestuous? For instance- Serena, Blair, Vanessa, Jenny have all been involved with Nate to some degree. Chuck & Nate also share Blair as the common factor in their sexual histories, the one night stand between Vanessa & Chuck was completely shocking and quite frankly, grossed me out. I thought Vanessa always considered herself the 'grounded' one who didn't want to get involved with the predicaments of the Upper East society but eh. She is boring.
But seriously, what's with the random couplings?Serena had sex with Dan, whose had sex with Vanessa,whose had sex with Chuck, whose had sex with Blair, whose had sex with Nate, whose had sex with Serena. See my point?
And in regards to Serena, I am also disappointed with her voluntary involvement with Tripp. She is just one excuse after another & one guy after another. She seems petty and boring, hidden behind her lush wardrobe. GG appears to be obsessed with the "OMFG" appeal, that nothing is really OMFG anymore, it's just vanilla. Vanilla coated in Alexander Wang bags and Marc Jacobs dresses, but nonetheless, vanilla.

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