Gossip Girl: Season 3, Episode 13 'The Hurt Locket' Review - Featured

I have to be honest, I wasn't really excited for Gossip Girl's return.

It didn't leave a huge impression last break, which was probably why this review took so long to post. They story-lines revolved around Chuck, Blair, Lily, Jenny, Serena and a few minor appearances from Dan and Rufus. I didn't expect much here, so basically anything that actually flowed enough for me to tolerate, was easily eaten up.


The main focal point for me was with Jenny and this 'drug' sequence. It surprises me how quickly Jenny could make a 'designer' top flawlessly. I don't understand why she hasn't channeled her 'drug oriented' business into a clothing line arena and afford a better condition for her to live in. Damien has been such a terrible influence on her, and her parents cannot even comprehend the damage Jenny could create with her reputation, if her risky rendezvous ever unfolded. I am surprised that the writers placed Jenny with her mother during the break, without bringing her in the picture. Maybe Gossip girl needs a new face, because it would be interesting if her mother came face to face with Rufus and reveal that their daughter had seriously changed for the worst. Mothers are usually quick to figure that out. I am quite upset that Rufus is so wrapped up in his own ego with Lily, that all of the other important facts surpasses him.


Another interesting storyline would have been the Chuck and Blair scenes. Although I believe that Blair is losing her 'bad ass' edge, it was interesting to have her confront Chuck's 'alleged' mother. There is an underline story there that the writers have chosen to take their time to reveal, and that's okay - I guess. The romance between Chuck and Blair would evidently be placed on a hold as I don't believe that Chuck would be one to let go and walk away. It was also decent to have Blair give advice to Serena about dating Nate. At some points I wondered if secretly she wanted to sabotage their relationship, but that was obviously the way Blair thinks. Everything leads to a game, but what may work for Chuck and her, may not necessarily work for Serena and Nate.


Some people may gear their interest into the Serena and Nate theme, but they really did not add any excitement to the plot. Their storyline has actually been done already; the 'finally we're together but let's take things slow' then there's the conflict and of course things aren't taking slow anymore. The Nate texting Serena every night bit was cute and a bit mushy, yet over exaggerated. There were many unresolved issues that were reluctantly left out. It still felt uncomfortable when Serena went on about Nate around Blair, as Blair equally gave Serena terrible advice. Unless she planned for it to end off the way it did, then she probably helped more than hurt. Still, it would have been really interesting had Serena and Nate felt off on the steam and develop their relationship without the physical.


Ah well, Rufus truly let me down here. This ridiculous 'emotional affair' with this other woman really left a burnt taste. So what if Lily kissed her ex, stop acting like a child and deal with it! There was one point in the earlies of Season one, Rufus used to be so dreamy, but now he is really a depressing drain of emotions.


I don't think any thing else was worth a huge measure of discussion. Dan's little scenes to discuss the cliffhanger with Vanessa was slightly appealing, his advice for Nate was even less. Maybe they should have tried to have Dan play the responsible role in Jenny's life as opposed to focusing on relationships. There are other things going on besides, who likes who, or even who is going to sleep with who.


If Gossip Girl doesn't produce a slap in the face episode soon, I would lose my interest to tune in. Then again who really knows?


Lexa


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Three Stars


Grade C-

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Mar 10, 2010 4:26AM EST

I totally agree with you I wasn't really excited about the show coming back I think its just become one of those shows that I just watch because I've already started watching it since season 1 like Heroes. I don't really get jenny's character its like she gets progressively dumber each season and every time you think she'll learn from her past mistakes and become a better person but then of course in the next season she becomes worse. Rufus isn't helping out either and at least if he wanted to have an affair with someone why have it with some1 that lives in the same building as your family its so 'Getting Way With Cheating 101!!!!!!!!!!!!!'I dont really like any of the relationships going on at the moment maybe when Vanessa comes back there will be some drama though.

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Mar 10, 2010 7:37AM EST

can anybody give me the title of the song when serena and nate had "sex" in the cloakroom ? go slow or smtg like that ..sorry 4my englishbtw i totally agree with ur comment

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Mar 10, 2010 8:44PM EST

god i agree. gossip girl is just getting so boring. i remember when season 1 was really good and i was excited for season 2. the end of season 2 was the point where it was starting to get less enjoyable to watch. season 3 has been disappointing. i hate what they have done with jenny. her makeup is so gross. this whole druggy thing is getting dumb. gossip girl has lost its taste. i mean this whole college thing is stupid. the characters are getting boring. especially with the whole serena and tripp. that was really dumb. i love blair/leighton meester. shes like the best thing on this show, but even her character is getting tiring. gossip girl needs to go back to high school. god they need a new cast. in season 1 they were almost going along with the books, but it has totally changed. i mean where is blairs step brother, that secretly wants her? gossip girl is no longer my guilty pleasure, it has become a stupid show that i watch to make fun of.

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Mar 13, 2010 6:37PM EST

It's called 'Crystallised' and it's by The XX. (In reply to AidaO).

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Mar 14, 2010 9:33PM EDT

i thought it was alright. i definitely approve of the new jenny. she makes things interesting. i'm really not interested in serena and nate's relationship. i think gossip girl has lost it's novelty but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. The only problem i have with the series is the rufus and lily drama. it has gone on for far too long

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