Gossip Girl Season 3, Episode 1: 'Reversals of Fortune' Review - Featured

Season three, I'm sure for you Gossip Girl fans, was the most awaited season all summer.

Now that we've seen it, was it worth the wait?


I was surely satisfied with this installment.



Summer's about wrapping up, just like for us fans so we can relate, but it also seemed as though a lot of loose ends still needed to be tied up.


Chuck and Blair are together - in love - I actually liked seeing them together. The romantic Chuck Bass (A line repeated to many times 'I'm Chuck Bass') was hitting it with someone else in the opening scene and Blair came in the nick of time to break up the charade. I kept thinking 'I knew Chuck said he loved Blair, so he wouldn't really deceive her so early in the game, there must have been some trick we were missing out on' - and there was.


Chuck and Blair were playing a cat and mouse game all summer. Really and truly that game could have gotten old fast, who brought the idea up initially, Chuck or Blair? The sweetest part was watching Chuck suppress the urge to do a threesome and stick to being a one woman man - this we have to see.


As for the Humphrey's, Jenny has been spending a lot of time with Eric. Do you see Jenny and Eric as brother and sister, BFF's or something more? I always believed in the first season that Eric and Jenny would become more than friends, but that was before we found out Eric wasn't a Jenny loving guy. Anyway Dan actually shaped up this summer; growing out his hair, he actually looked very cute. Speaking of hairdo's, what was up with Jenny's, it was as though she spent too much time in the pool and didn't find the time to see about her hair much.


This episode focused solely on Serena and her urge to get a good snapshot for the many cameras after her. Last season we were left with the cliffhanger of Carter finding her father, so I kept trying to put the pieces together. I wondered whether or not Carter was the problem or solution to whatever secret Serena was keeping from even Blair.


Blair and Dan teamed up again, not much of a surprise. I think Humphrey is really starting to grow on her and Blair has actually changed since we were introduced to her character in the first season, being in love probably helps.


A lot of people hooked up here actually;

Blair and Chuck (Obviously)

Serena and Carter (That sex scene was well.. unexpected, but predictable).

Vanessa and Scott (a.k.a Rufus an Lily's love child) which explained why was drawn to the Humphrey's. Do you think he's just using Vanessa to get closer to Dan, that kiss sure seemed real enough.


Not to mention Nate and Bree Buckley? It seems as though we would be getting a new storyline for Nate, this time a bit more interesting. What about that speech he gave last season to Vanessa on the other hand, maybe he took the friendship thing on seriously. Still if you were a 'Privileged' fan you would recognize Joanna Garcia played by Bree. What do you think about this new pair? Would it even last long, we do know that secrets often reveal themselves and you can't really keep a secret away from Gossip Girl, not for long anyway. It also seemed as though Nate's relationship with Bree was an eyebrow lifter for his grandfather who saw their relationship as an advantage? What did that mean? Probably he is going to use his grandson's relationship with a Buckley to get what he wants. It was a sure good thing they were seated next to each other - coincidence?


Rounding off this thrill of a season opener, we learn that Serena is getting the attention she wants because she was trying to get her father's attention. I wonder what would Lily say about that?


We also learn that Cece, Lily's mom, is sick and is not really doing so well, which would explain Lily's absence.


Blair really couldn't put up with the thrill seeker that turns on their relationship on a twisted note. They might very well have to play it singular for the role of the waiter and the unhappy customer. How long would Blair and Chuck last this time? I'm really liking them now, but college could put a spin on things differently.


Dan and Vanessa had an argument that could possibly terminate their friendship. Vanessa said that Dan changed, but I really don't agree with her, except for his grown out hair, the rich lifestyle didn't really matter to him much.

Well... Georgina wasn't here either, but college hadn't really started yet, so I guess we would all have to wait for the next episode.


I'm still in awe over the delivery of this one. The writers pulled it off here. If they keep this up we would sure be in for a wonderful season. Fingers crossed.


Lexa


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Four and a half out of Five Stars


Grade A

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Sep 15, 2009 2:46AM EDT

I am fully satisfy by this episode. It's really cute to see the romantic Chuck. And i can't wait to see what's gonna happen with Scott; Is he looking for a kind of revenge cause Lily put him in adoption or he's looking for been a part of the Humphrey's-Van Der Woodsen's family?

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Sep 15, 2009 3:45AM EDT

Hated this episode. Serena's storyline was BY FAR the worst ever written in the show. Other than that the episode could have been tolerable, but that tainted it for me. Here's hoping Georgina can revive the show.

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Sep 15, 2009 1:43PM EDT

I didn't love this episode, but I think it's just because they focus too much in their premieres on summer catchup. I felt like the uncool friend who stayed home all summer getting updated on all the drama and excitement I missed! I'm excited to see how the secret son storyline progresses, and most nervous about the Chuck and Blair storyline as it seems they're burning out pretty quickly.

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Sep 15, 2009 2:33PM EDT

I loved it, but is it just me or is Serena getting on everyones nerves? She's so self involved and thinks she's the most important person on the planet. Remember last season when she ran off to Spain moaning about how boring her life was...it's like that all over again urrrgh she just irritates me, with that stupid mouth and silly voice an...Rant over.
Other than that, I enjoyed it, I like the Scott story line (plus he's rather beautiful, no Ed Westwick but I appreciate him nontheless) it will be interesting to see the secrets spill. I do dislike the way Jenny & Dan are acting all 'Upper-East-Side' now, I miss her Courtney Love style of last season and his mis-fit persona but I think Vanessa will change this.
Chuck & Blair of course it's fantastic for them to finaly get together but I don't think it will be easy - she'll get jealous and he'll get bored......

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Sep 15, 2009 9:51PM EDT

Outside of Serena's crap, I rather enjoyed the premiere.
Blair and Chuck together is interesting so far. It took me a few seconds to actually comprehend what happened when she kicked Ashley out and proceeded to make out with Chuck. Dropped a big WTF bomb I did.
The Dan and Blair team-up was unexpected but certainly welcome. I always enjoy it when they get together and do stuff. They need more of it this season.
Speaking of Dan, it was nice to see him back, and in style too. He's always looked good in $3,000 suits and those hundies in his wallet must make him feel awful good. But it's nice to hear that he plans to stick to his Brooklyn roots. I wonder, will he still have a limo driver when he's living at the loft and going to NYU?
Nate's storyline is actually the one I'm most interested in right now. Which is strange since he barely had a storyline last season at all. When they finally brought in the Vanderbilts and all their political drama-awesomeness last year I was pleasantly surprised. And I'm damn happy to see them back this year.
All in all, this season is shaping up to be pretty damn good. Just get Serena out of there and we'll be set to go.

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Sep 15, 2009 11:26PM EDT

I don't know - I get that it's the recap-summer episode, but nothing seemed to really happen! And it wasn't too surprising to find out that Chuck wasn't cheating on Blair... After all they'd gone through last season, there's no way they could just start the season with him cheating on her!
Serena was (as a few people have said) extremely boring, and Vanessa is waay too critical of Dan (and demanding of his time! She's his friend, not his girlfriend!).
I did like Nate's storyline (and I can't wait to find out what Grandpa Vanderbilt has planned! Is he going to ruin Bree's reconnecting-to-family moment to get back at the Buckley's?) though it did seem like a kinda sudden to bring in this competing political family....
I hope Georgina comes in soon with some proper drama!

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Sep 19, 2009 11:54AM EDT

Chuck and Blair saved the episode!The two of them are simply awesome and I'm pretty sure the writers will do their best to keep it that way.
Serena of course is a little annoying, but that's how she's always been, so at least she stays true to herself.I like the idea of having Carter on the show, he is certainly good for some trouble and drama.
Nate's storyline started out a little weird, with the two of them explaining how they met, but then again, how else should they have made it clear to the viewers. It's a shakespearian love story in the cards for us and I'm looking forward to its development.
As for Dan and Blair, I believe we will see a friendship develop. Slowly but steadily and I think the moments in College with him and her will be funny. Oh yeah, and Georgina might also get in the way, at least in the promos she's making out with Dan.
What I don't quite get is why Blair is staying at an NYU dorm, when she has a beautiful appartment just a couple of blocks away. Yes, I know, she doesn't use the subway, but can it really be worse than sharing a room? I doubt Blair would have made such a decision.
About Scott and Vanessa, why did she have to wear those shoes in the scene of their kiss? She was taller than him, it looked weird. Other than that, she's not the luckiest in her choice of men. I don't think he's seriously into her. At least when she finds out, she'll believe he only used her to get to Rufus and Lili.
BTW Rufus is the best. He was so sweet.
Now I'm just looking forward to monday night!

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Sep 22, 2009 5:03AM EDT

Hello, just want to say, wtf was up with this episode? Judging from the teasers, I expected a lot more excitment, but the only excitement was from Blair and Chuck's warped relationship.
Yawn, Serena has daddy issues. Wasn't that done in a drama in the 1990s? GG has gotta step up this season.
I was almost bored to tears.
And who is this dry-as-a-bone chick Nate hooked up with? Bess? Beth? GAH. I can't even begin to explain what a yawn his story is. Starting out as one of the hottest characters ever, he has dropped into the obscurity radar.
Kick Nate out and welcome the age of Scott. Is it just me, or does he have an accent thing going on?
V. is becoming way more interesting too. Oh, but maybe because she's hooked up with Scott, she's only cool by association.

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