Gossip Girl returned for its final season, but the premiere did little to rekindle the Upper East Side spark of old.
After Blair dumped Dan for Chuck, we expected Dan to have a charismatic revival in his upward battle to lash out at Upper East Siders. However, Dan did little more than get bumped around by Georgina in the premiere. Ever the puppet, Dan was once again letting Georgina pull his strings. He’s writing the book he should have written – a tell all on New York’s socialites using their real names.
Yes, instead of his pseudo-fictional character Sabrina, he’d expose the truth about Serena and her friends.
But, let’s get down to business. Gossip Girl has always been about Chuck and Blair. At the end of last season, it appeared that Chuck and Blair were back on their way to being a happy couple. At the start of the season 6 premiere, the two were having earth-shattering sex. Unfortunately, that was all smoke and mirrors.
Blair and Chuck are not really together. Since Chuck needs to show that he’s a “man” and take down his father, he’s put Blair on the sideline once again. The arrangement is supposed to be mutual. However, it’s clear that Blair is always going to play second fiddle to Chuck’s business aspirations. If he’s not proving something to himself, he’s proving something Bart or his uncle.
It’s about time the rigmarole was ended. It’s the final season – dammit. If Chuck and Blair are meant to be together, then let’s see what it means for Chair to be a real power couple. It’s about time. In Gossip Girl years, it’s been almost a decade of back-and-forth between the two.
Dan said it best when he said pointed out that Blair didn’t break up with him for Chuck, but rather the idea of being with Chuck. Blair is presented as a strong woman. Yet, at the end of the day, everything in her life is contingent on Chuck and rarely the other way around. It’s a little sad now.
After a brief drug bender, Serena has been making a sober life for herself up in Poughkeepsie, New York. Coincidentally, she’s been going by the name Sabrina. Her fictitious life ended when her “friends” came up to expose her secret because they thought she was about to get married. It was the big climax of the episode, which fell flat. Watching Serena get married or not getting married to a random person is an utter waste of time.
If there was a “big reveal” moment in the premiere, it came from seeing Rufus in bed with Ivy. Yikes. Dan caught the two making love. Another bizarre moment. Does anyone care if Rufus ends up with Lily in the end? The Bart-Lily relationship can only last so long.
Nate’s story line was another useless throw away. He had a chance to break the secret of Gossip Girl and potentially reveal her identity. Then, he wasted his card to find information on Serena’s whereabouts.