Monday, May 18, 2009

Spotted: The Goodbye Gossip Girl

Goodbye, Gossip Girl! Season finale: two thumbs up for me. There were certain things I didn't like (the pointlessness of the plot to discover Gossip Girl's secret identity and the lameness of the Gossip Girl blast sent out during commencement -- srsly who cares?) but oh man, overall, I just sat on the couch beaming with joy (and a little bit of pride) as our Upper East Siders graduated.
  • Thank you, writers, clarifying that Serena does indeed tell Blair what Chuck tells her. I had been wondering about that.
  • Serena and Blair are rushing into the waiting car while paparazzi take S's photo and Blair turns around and poses for a second. So-oh-oh hilarious.
  • Hilarious moment #2: Eric bowed after Queen Blair brushes past him and Jenny (after she insults Penelope's hideous you-can-see-it-from-space scarf).
  • Why did Serena wear a long flowy blue dress to a commencement ceremony where all the boys would be wearing long flowy blue robes?
  • Congratulations, Don!
  • Both Eleanor and Lily look stunning in this ep. well played, Gossip Moms!
  • Wait, wait. Serena doesn't have to wear the graduation cap? She just pins the little tassle thing in her hair? She always looks great but this...this was a mistake.
  • Penelope: Oh! Soup dumplings!
  • Not so sure it was wise of Nate to tell Grandpa Vanderbilt about his Gigolo Days with Duchess Catherine. (Also notice how N said she was married "at the time"? the Duke totally divorced her.)
  • Boo on Dan for telling Serena they won't be friends after high school. (Even if you think that, D, you don't tell someone that. geeeez.)
  • The "Jonathan Is Gossip Girl" fake-out was kind of annoying but I was mainly happy he had dialogue. Some of the Gossip Girl tips he intercepted are funny ("Ron Weasley. What an effing dork" and "Nate Archibald has a little...") and some not so funny ("Chuck Bass thinks he killed his mother" and "Serena van der Woodsen hasn't spoken to her dad in years")
  • If the Humphreys are hard up for cash, would Dan really be living in the dorms at NYU next year? Wouldn't he just commute like regular people?
  • "What is that, a bag of weed?" I said to my roommate. Yes. Lily totally stole Chuck's pot. Awesome awesome.
  • The scene between Blair and Eleanor completely broke my heart. Remember back in the pilot (so long ago Eleanor was played by a different actress) when Blair and Eleanor had a chat as B got ready for a party? And now...sigh...they understand each other and Eleanor isn't such an evil cow and Blair is actually telling her mother about her life. Loved this moment.
  • Drunk Nelly Yuki dancing. Drunk Nelly Yuki nearly admitting to Dan that she loves him. (And earlier at the VDW, when she smelled that piece of meat before eating it. And later when she has that beautiful yellow bow in her nearly-a-beehive hair.)
  • Chuck Bass walks into Nate's grad party in a suit like he's at a board meeting. He's been over high school for years. Brills.
  • J: Blair, I have to talk to you. Gossip Girl knows.
    B: Ominous. But ill timed.
  • Another B striptease! So "Victor/Victrola." Thank you for bringing back the memories of the first time Chuck and Blair hooked up.
  • Of the gossip bombs dropped, I had completely forgotten about Jenny's bra-only photo shoot and Nate's heroic rescue. Oh memories.
  • Didn't Jenny know about Dan sleeping with Ms. Carr? She was the one shuttling correspondence between them...
  • All I have to say is thank the Gossip Gods that Chuck slept with Vanessa. It made Blair's sleeping with Jack Bass less unforgiveable. The Dregs of Dumbo for a Usurping Uncle.
  • "You pretend not to be like us, but you are. To the bone." Yes yes thank you Blair Waldorf.
  • An Emmy for Leighton Meester, please and fanks. For those tears when Chuck doesn't say "I love you" back.
  • Rufus's proposal using an old Lincoln Hawk wristband for a ring was completely charming. As was Lily reminiscing about the time he sang "How Will I Know" to her.
  • K, maybe I am old, but I had no idea what Dan was talking about when he said he "loopt'd" Serena. And now that I do? So not participating.
  • [Blair walks in The Oak Room]
    N: Oh my god.
    D: Oh, that makes sense.
    [Jenny enters]
    N: Wait! They're a team!
  • A waffle maker for the van der Woodsen penthouse. Aw.
  • haha Dan calling Chuck Bass a close-talker.
  • "Haven't you ever heard of a foreign queen?" Blair and Jenny taking down the Mean Girls! Blair totally uses Cyrus's catchphrase — "Not enough" — when she makes Emma shoo over for Queen J.
  • Tammy, just for you...

High fives to the writers for sticking with the "One Week Later" coda they used at the end of season 1. I like Gossip Girl traditions. I also like Nate and Dan making jokes about boffing older women ... as long as they're hot. Those two have so much in common. So Nate and V are off to the Eastern Bloc to backpack, Serena was planning to go everywhere but now may end up on a mission with Carter Baizen (love), and Blair and Chuck...
Love, love, love. This moment was so worth the wait and the build-up and all the heartache. Chuck with presents and peonies . . . it was totally perfect.

my favorite outfit of the episode was Blair's for Nate's grad party. the dress is Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, modified for the show and totally unavailable. I would also happily have Serena's leather hoodie (Mike & Chris Eliseo), in the scene where she runs into Carter. (More fashion info here!)
and my favorite music moment was without a doubt the last song for Chuck and Blair: "Season of Love" by Shiny Toy Guns. (all the songs are listed at Music from Gossip Girl.)

the Setup for Season 3

Where will our Gossip kids be when August 31st rolls around and season 3 premieres?
  • Attending NYU: Dan, Vanessa, Blair, Georgina (!)
  • Lonely at Columbia: Nate
  • Lonelier in Providence: Serena at Brown
  • Back at Constance: now reigning Queen Bee Jenny, Eric, and transfer-student Emma
  • Planning a Wedding: Lily and Rufus
  • Stalking his Blood Family while Lying to his Adopted Family: Scott (also attending NYU)
  • No plans: Chuck -- will he be running Bass Industries? did he even apply to colleges?
The plotline I'm most excited about for season 3 is learning about The Mysterious Mr. van der Woodsen. OH MAN. I'm nervous about how things are gonna be next season -- our GGers at different schools, J still in high school, new characters cropping up. It's like an era is ending and the future lies ahead of us — so full of promise but also full of potential disaster . . . just like the end of high school.

what did y'all think? are your hearts full of joy? only 11 weeks til more GG!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

NYC fotos?

hey y'all, quick favor to ask you, my friends on the Internet. I'm looking for some photos of Gossip Girl locations for my book -- and life got in the way of me getting down to NYC and taking them myself. Drop me a note if you're in the city or have any photos of New York... crissycalhoun [at] gmail [dot] com. Looking for stuff like The Met, the Palace Hotel, the outside of the Waldorfs (1136 Fifth Ave), Wollman Rink in Central Park... thanks! and thanks to Nikki for asking on her blog too! xoxo

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spotted: Valley Girls

first things first: Blair's prom dress (marchesa, spr2008) is beyond-the-thunderdome beauteous. it's perfect for her character and Leighton looks stunning it in. totally over-the-top for prom, but what else would Blair Waldorf wear? Serena's $19,000 Christian Dior pink dress is perfect for her (but not really my thing). But both girls look better than the models did wearing them. I was a bit confused about how Jenny magically made Serena a dress in one day, but then caught on to the fact that she prolly just went to the vdW and picked up the dress Serena was already planning on wearing before she got into a "war of attrition" with her mother. 'Cause that makes sense. (I can be quite simple.)

There is so very much to dissect and discuss about the spin-off and its potential and how hard it is to think of our elegant Lily van der Woodsen as a fast-talking Valley Girl with Brittany Snow's face so I'm going to post again later on all the Valley Girls issues. For now...

a highlight reel:

  • Blair's stare of death to Lily when she shows up at jail
  • Serena to Lily: "I would rather give my kids up for adoption than end up like you. Oh wait, you did that." As Eric (and I) would say, "Zing!"
  • Just enough Dorota to make the episode: "This body bag. Corpse not pretty."
  • Love that Chuck's Prom Sabotage involved buying up all the peonies in Manhattan. (And he's right; B's dress would've been too busy with a corsage.)
  • Grandma Cece may be toxic but was on her game this episode, with her Lily's-going-to-murder-me jokes and nary a gin & tonic (hold the tonic) in sight.
  • Cedric is still kicking it on Dan's bookshelf. Happy to see him but not happy to see Dan in his boxer shorts. Please don't ever open a scene on his feet again. Creeeepy.
  • "Is this the moment when you fall in love with me?" -- it was annoying when Little Lily said it, but super charming when the Bad Boy Owen said it.
  • B: Prom queen is for lame suburban schools and the teen comedies set in them.
  • Points for enthusiasm but Dan and Serena should not be allowed to dance.
  • B: This is my moment. I own prom.
As happy as I was that Nate and Blair broke up, I feel like they deserved a better ending than that fizzled-out scene where Blair just suddenly realizes she's dunzo as they slowdance to Fountains of Wayne "Prom Theme." But really who I am to complain when Chuck Bass used his powers of sabotage and trickery to create Blair's perfect prom night? My question: does Serena tell Blair about all the heartbreakingly selfless things Chuck says and does? Because in reality, a BFF would go straight to Blair and tell her (after last episode) that Chuck just said he doesn't love her because he thinks he can't make her happy. Is Serena bound to some half-sister vow of secrecy that overrides a bestie-must-tell-all vow?

Remember how awesome Rufus was at the end of seas
on 1? Singing "Everytime" and hooking up with Lily on her wedding night? This season has been a slow and steady Rufus Fail. And I don't see him turning around in the next episode. :(

The finale is next week and it's graduation. Zomg. By the looks of the preview, Jenny has a plotline, Gossip Girl drops one more gigantic secret (i have a guess of what it's about...), Chuck and Blair are back playing the "Say you love me" game, and the smart bet is we'll meet the Not-Dead Secret Love Child of Lily and Rufus. I really hope Serena's plan to take down Gossip Girl is as half-baked as all her other plans. The show d
oesn't work without Gossip Girl, so there's no chance of S catching her and of course, there's no one that could have seen everything GG has seen, even with the most elaborate network of spies. ID'ing Gossip Girl would be a giant jump over a giant shark.

Will post the promo (which featured the awesomesauce song "Zero" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) when a super fan uploads it! Until then, let's all stare at our favorite sister-friends looking beauteous. S and B do besties best.

**oh wait, here it is. also! Georgina Sparks AND Carter Baizen are back. yes yes yes. I heart those two.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Spotted: The Wrath of Con

I am flummoxed by the amount of awesome in the episode I don't know where to start. Having seen the "Serena gets arrested" photos on the internets a super long time ago, how happy was I that it was Lily behind it and not the Ponzi scheme? TWIST!

Eric hasn't been around in AGES but when he does show up, he is still All Knowing and Insightful, warning Rufus of Lily's ability to morph into Cece. And lo and behold... As much as I like happy Rufus+Lily, this wrench in their true love is wonderful and perfect for near season end. Serena in jail leads perfectly into a trip down memory lane about how once upon the '80s, Lily found herself in a spot of trouble too. I'm still a bit pissy to lose a proper episode of Gossip Girl to the spin-off but two thumbs up for the set-up.

And while Jenny still doesn't have a proper plotline of her own (where is Wes?), her Lily distraction technique was too incroyable for words. Rambling through the true-love-never-dies Bella/Edward story at a mile a minute was genius. Oh Little J, how many times have you read the Twilight saga?

We should probably write a proper thank-you note to the writers for the epic Chuck & Blair scene they gave us this episode. When that one tear escaped and Blair quickly wiped it away? When eavesdropping Serena asked Chuck why he did that and Mister Chuck said, Because I love her and I can't make her happy... Too heartbreaking for words. Love, love, love.

Other favorite moments:

  • The $267 cab ride
  • C: The pregnancy ruse. Cliched but effective.
  • The heavenly chorus when Georgina enters S's bedroom after B says it would take an Act of God. Ha!
  • D: Serena asked me not to say anything.
    L: That's my least favorite sentence.
  • Blair's reaction when Georgina touches her arm.
  • C: She's a faux-cialite. [srsly i have no idea how to spell that one.]
  • The Blair/Georgina stuff was awesome. "That's a Carrie Underwood song, not a life choice." and B on Poppy: "She's so evil she makes the old Georgina look like the new Georgina!"
  • The last scene at the cop station with Chuck talking to his P.I., Nate trying to use the Vanderbilt name, and Blair making an appeal to the officers, while Serena gets her mug shots done wearing an awesome (and quintessentially S) dress.
  • I love how reliant Serena is on Chuck. He totally is her brother. I also love the shoes she was wearing that you can kinda see a bit of in the pic.
  • Georgina on Poppy's trail. Love when the evil powers are used to bring down greater evil. (See season 1 Blair v. Georgina)
Next week: "Valley Girls." If the flashback sucks, at least we'll get a performance from No Doubt.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Catching Up on Gossip Girl

OMJC, I miss blogging about my beloved Gossip Girl and we only have three episodes left in the season -- Monday's "The Wrath of Con," the flashback episode "Valley Girls" and the finale "The Goodbye Gossip Girl." Georgina is back, Poppy is not only annoying but EVIL, and college plans are going awry left, right and center. Nate's going to Columbia, Blair's with her ironic facial hair classmates at NYU, Dan can't afford Yale, and Serena may be effed after this Gabriel con plot plays out.

I'll be back to normal blogging this week but let's just remember a few glory moments from "Seder Anything" and "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes":

  • Chuck hooking up with a synchronized swimmer after his "boho barista detour"
  • "I was wandering the Bassian desert and now I've reached the Vanderbilt promise land." Oh Blair Waldorf.
  • Serena not understanding the concept of legal marriage. This girl takes dimness to a new level (at least) once a season.
  • Dan the cater waiter at a seder
  • Chuck's apology to Jenny. Absolutely heartbreaking and heartfelt and oh my god I love them both.
  • Chuck's apology to Jenny to "Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I truly loved this moment.
  • Blair saying the subway is full of mole men and middle class professionals
  • Vanessa and Dan's "I Never" bonding session
  • Blair's spying beret
  • the V.D.Dubs
And if you haven't watched it yet, find out the story behind Dorota's love for Vanya on Chasing Dorota here. Until Monday, my darling GGers.