Gossip Girl Season 3, Episode 2: 'The Freshman' Review - Featured

The Gossip Girl season has already begun and Georgina took her spin in this episode with a few battles and missed swings, but did she live up to all the hype?



This week was all about everyone finding their niche in college and overall life. 'The Freshman' showed the tug of war between Georgina and Blair which didn't really portray the angst I anticipated. Their shenanigans were a minor representation of the tension they created in the past. Now Blair's in love and Georgina has lost her touch a bit.


At least we now know why Blair preferred to live in a dorm as opposed to bunking with Chuck; it actually gave her time to climb the social ladder.


I actually knew that Blair would have some trouble fitting into NYU; people focus on studying as opposed to style and no one really pulls up in a limo for school which is exactly why Blair's attire and bulling couldn't fetch her more friends. She actually learned that private school is far away from public school.


The biblical reference with respect to Georgina was out of whack. I really did not believe she changed. Georgina was 'fake nice' and trying too hard to have a clean slate, that her true motives were apparent. At least it came off as a surprise when Vanessa showed more compassion for Georgina than Blair. We all know what Blair wants; status, social gratification and control, so Blair's motives are always obvious. Georgina on the other hand would always have that extra card up her sleeve; she may feed you for a while, but bite your hand off later.


She and Dan didn't go beyond the awkward kiss, hopefully for the viewers that is, because that revelation was a jaw dropper, even though I somehow knew that trick was somewhere in there. Really what was Dan thinking, even after he came to his senses?


I really felt sorry for Blair when Dan gave his speech. The tables actually turned since High School; Dan is the leader and Blair is the one on the bench. For all those Dan and Blair (Dair) fans, I sensed a connection between them on the staircase towards Georgina's party when he threw her headband on the ground. I actually thought it was cute.


It seemed as though the only people Blair had in her life was Dorota, Serena and Chuck.


The Chuck and Blair love affair was still there. Couldn't really turn away from their huge make out scene before she went off to NYU, it actually looked as though he wanted to 'make love' to her lips right there. Chuck and Blair have this on screen connection that I really admire and they're not too 'mushy mushy' in love. I was happy to know she could turn to him, make his day seem brighter and lift hers as well. No more dorm for Blair. The one thing I am concerned about is what would Blair do next? She always had a goal, so what's her goal in NYU?


Chuck's scenes were more business like; trying to turn a vault space into a club. I must admit a trendy idea, but he chose the wrong person to confide in. I didn't understand why Serena believed she could count on staying with Chuck to hide out from Brown. Was she actually seeing him as the brother icon, or was he second to confiding in Blair? It still left Serena obsessive over her father. Why the sudden urge to see him? Why didn't she even consider him in her thoughts during high-school? Is it that she's getting older and really wants to get in touch with him? She did fine without him for so many years, so her obsession remains a mystery. I also didn't understand Serena and Carter of all people she would consider confiding in. It actually looked like those two were entering into a relationship ... with Rufus being the 'father' temp icon, what would he say about Serena and Carter?


Serena was also finding a way to settle down, just like Vanessa and Scott. I am really trying to figure out what Vanessa sees in Scott, who's true intentions aren't really revealed. Scott seemed interested in finding out about his half brother, but does he have real feelings for Vanessa? It would look awful on his part if it was revealed that he was using her.


The most out of place scenes were those of Nate and Bree; spending all day alone, hot and sweaty for each other. Were they falling in love so soon and was she willing to risk rekindling with her family for him? I find them interesting, but I wouldn't really place a bet on their long lasting relationship. Nate's grandfather surely had a trump card to play and that leaves us with something to look forward to. Wasn't Nate supposed to go to Columbia, or is he still on vacation preoccupied with something or someone else?


So maybe 'The Freshman' didn't earn the gold medal this season. Gossip Girl, just like many of the characters on this series, is finding its niche and we now have to get accustomed to the college side of the show. The storyline is still being developed. We might hopefully get the high school drama with Jenny being the new 'Queen B'. Would Blair regret giving her that title? I would love to know how Jenny would deal.


Bonus


Blair really needs to find her stance and the bottom isn't it, maybe she shouldn't try so hard.


Vanessa should also try to stop being so angry with everyone, she should give Blair a break.


Chuck is hanging in there with Blair, but I would also love to see his business side more.


No updates on Cece, so we have no estimate for a presence from Lily.


I hope this Carter and Serena -Dan and Georgina thing doesn't last, because they are some of the few that give you a slight upset stomach,

and What would Georgina do without her roommate now that Blair has changed venue?


Change is inevitable. At least next week we could sit back and enjoy another episode....until then.


Lexa


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Three and a half out of Five Stars


Grade C+

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Sep 22, 2009 1:48PM EDT

I actually liked this episode quite a bit more than the premiere...because it seemed more like stuff was happening rather than just that 'catch-up' feeling that I felt like the premiere had. I rather liked all of the NYU scenes with Blair, Dan, Georgina, Vanessa, Scott, etc. - though I agree that Georgina seems rather transparent in that she's up to no good. I agree though - I think it's a good spin that the social statuses are being turned upside down here, and that Dan is finding himself the popular one in college and it is Blair that is more of the outcast.
For me, per usual the show's weakest characters remain Serena, Nate and Jenny (who - though she was absent this week entirely - I hardly even noticed). I was actually bored silly by Nate's scenes; I love Joanna Garcia...but as of now...that plotline isn't doing anything for me at all. Forbidden love? Groan!
And Serena...she's just always lacked the depth for me that Blair or Chuck have. The only plotline she ever has is that "poor little rich girl" thing - and frankly, it is becoming increasingly difficult to believe that she has a reason to be quite SO miserable. This finding her father thing seems to have come out of nowhere!
Also...is it weird that Gossip Girl is still narrating when she seemingly no longer has any connection at all to any of these characters?

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Sep 22, 2009 10:21PM EDT

I found myself enjoying this episode for the most part. I was quite happy with everything save for Serena. I hope that doesn't become a trend this season. She annoyed me in the premiere and she angered me in this episode. I can only imagine what might happen next Monday.
Outside of Serena, though, my disappointment was minor. I was slightly sad when the supposed friendship of Dan and Blair that had been shown in the promos was proved false but that was about it.
The Nate/Bree thing was kind of weird this week, but I've liked Nate since last season when he actually got a storyline again. So, I'm interested to see where that one goes. It definitely has some potential.

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Sep 23, 2009 8:20AM EDT

Serena is such a spoiled brat. She really needs to stop pulling that "I'm rich and popular but tortured" Its getting old and annoying.
But I looooove Chuck and Blair.

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Sep 23, 2009 10:51AM EDT

serena is just being a little bitch trough out the entire show, puh-lease you can do so much better!and blair, what is up with your outfits????and dan and georgina is just gross!

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Sep 24, 2009 10:56PM EDT

Serena is a stupid bitch. You get into Brown, you go to Brown. Can't she 'find herself' and figure things out while in college? She's so privileged and takes everything for granted. I hope Lily cuts her out.
Also it seems Blair has lost any sense of style she may have previously had. A pity, because really 50% of the reason I watch is for the outfits.

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