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I am getting really tired of those people who want Blair to have a miscarriage.
or want Dan or Chuck back together with blair.
how about we just see what happens in the future of Gossip Girl

Ninasmileface

Great episode in general. I still don't think it was as dramatic and surprising as a season premiere should be (remember the season 2 premiere?), but nonetheless it was very good. Blair's pregnancy wasn't that shocking only because it was kind of obvious, since it was in her trash can. I can't wait to find out who the father is and part of me wants it to be Dan just so I can watch Blair freak out :) I just hope that she won't keep the baby in the end because that would sort of ruin the possibilities with her character. Maybe a miscarriage or something like that. Either way, as long as Louis and his horrible (getting even worse) accent can leave ASAP I'll be happy.
As for the california scenes: they were pretty good and had some funny moments. I like that Serena is FINALLY growing up, let's just see how long that will last. Nate was kind of boring, and what is up with his hair? Bring back the full on man bangs! Speaking of hair, what is that creature growing on Dan's head. I tried to feel sorry for him when Blair was yelling at him, but I couldn't stop laughing at his hair. I am sooooo happy that Chuck found some other way than getting drunk and high to deal with his sorrow, because that was getting old. This new Chuck is refreshing to watch.
Overall I would give the episode a 4/5.

Uncle-jackass

@Amandine, I always wonder about that all the time. Does trending on Tweeter/Facebook add up to a ship/fanbase that increases viewer-ship and ratings? I'm not entirely sure. I certainly agree that there's probably a 100:0.001 ratio of Chair/Dair fans on the web, but does that correlate to actual improved ratings?

Many people of the lower demographic are switching to PVR, itunes, and direct-to web tv websites to watch the episodes; while contributing to the producers cash cow it does not add up to ratings. If anything, my understanding shows that it is the unemployed and Generation X and higher demographic that contribute to Free to Air viewer-ship. Gen Y, which I am considered, tend to be time deficient and are always plugged to a computer. Hence, it is hard to determine who the producers are actually catering towards?

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Please - Dan and Blair had and have enough chemistry - it all depends on how a scene is written. Both Badgley and Meester are good at this sort of thing...So if the scene required the smoldering and sighing and speaking-in-husky tones (that seem mandatory in every Chuck and Blair scene), then I'm sure Dan would have pulled it off but for reasons best known to the writers, Dan's love is being shown as limpid, devoid of passion - though his every action shows how much he aches for Blair. And at one point it was shown that Blair reciprocated. Because we've had it instilled in our minds that Blair and Chuck are end game, it does seem futile to root for Dair but I for one would love for them to be together. It has nothing to do with Chair being unhealthy - but all that one-upmanship, constant jealousies and insecurities - come on it's all fine in a teen romance or crush - but not in an adult,steady, fruitful relationship. And there is no reason to think that if Dair ever happens they'll be lacking passion or depth - I see it as a loving relationship - with friendship, trust, respect, companionship and tons of great sex and passion! They will help each other blossom and be happy - isn't that what relationships are about...But the writers will toe the Chair fan base line and we all know how this will end.Sigh! I would have loved for lonely boy and queen B to get together...

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I enjoyed the premiere overall! Loved the lighter feel. The angst in the 2nd half of last season was killing me.

The LA Scenes were the best:

Serena- It's ridiculous how she got the job, yea, but I love independent Serena.
Nate- Floating around as usual and then finding a bit of fun, maybe a bit of himself in LA? I liked it even if he's become merely a footnote to the real drama.
Chuck- Chuck wearing color! Chuck out of a suit! Chuck smiling! Chuck back to his hedonistic attitude but not purely because of angst! It reminded me of the C I fell in love with mid season 1. I know some angst is comin' 'round the corner but i just like seeing Ed out of a suit for a change (hot!). When C took a spill on Mullholland and then casually said he needed a scotch? Awesome.

N/S/C were the highlight for me BY FAR.

Dan- I really love the prospect of the book and can't wait to see what he's written about the rest of the cast! This will create some major drama but I hope it doesn't all center on Blair! The whole Louis / Dan stuff was pretty lame though. Alright don't publish the Blair chapter. Whatever. I don't care. The prospect of Dan pining over Blair could be good though.

Blair- BY FAR the single most boring SL of the entire episode. Does anyone care about the royal wedding? Are those crickets I hear? I need Blair connected to the rest of the cast more and not JUST Dan! But with Serena in LA, Nate being Vanessed, B trying to get over Chuck...I'm not sure how they're going to integrate her with anyone BUT Dan. And thus she will mostly be relegated to Louis ? ZzZzZz.

Dan/Blair/Louis loft scene? Just awkward. It didn't work. I agree with those who said that this ship doesn't have the emotional weight to carry a box of kleenex let alone a series. Blair and Dan have a lot in common but they differ on some fundamental levels that make them work better as frenemies. Trying to make them C/B 2.0 is a mistake and I hope the show doesn't go that route!

Not thrilled about B's pregnancy. Could lead to some good scenes but I hope it ends in miscarriage or (if CW is daring...yea right) abortion.

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@crissy

To preface: I hate to use the shipping buzzwords like I'm going to in a second but I can "support" Chuck/Blair only because THIS IS fiction. If this was real? No way would I support them after the hotel stuff and the "punch/was it a punch?/I don't know what it was but it was unhealthy" scene in 4.20.

But what Blair said in the season 4 finale is true: Chuck/Blair have a "great love" and stories aren't written about the normal, healthy ones. I don't care to watch some watered down rom com with Dan / Blair or Louis / Blair. It also has a lot to do with (sorry another buzzword) chemistry. Ed and Leighton have it in spades...so much so that their fan base will look past all the crazy bs that's happened between C/B.

I want to like Dan / Blair. I really do. I hate feeling like I'm supporting something unhealthy when I root for C/B scenes. But the DB loft scene in the premiere was just lacking. DB don't have romantic chemistry, IMO. Compare that scene to the white party scene in s2 when Chuck asked Blair not to leave with the Lord. There was electricity there and the tension palpable. Flash forward to the DB loft scene- no comparison. It just fell flat.

So if you really , actually want to know why people support the toxic Chair relationship it's the actor's chemistry and the sheer drama of it all.

I don't think Blair and Chuck need to get together right away or even ever again. I do agree that they need time apart so the SL doesn't grow repetitive. Throwing Dan into the mix is a good idea and I enjoy D/B as friends. I can't for the life of me picture them as lovers (though I'm open to seeing what happens). Personally I just like C/B scenes even if they don't lead to a happy ending.

I do apologize to any female rights groups I may have Po'd for like a fictional pairing! lol

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I was on twitter whilst the show was on and both Chuck and Blair were trending. Not once has Dan trended on twitter. He (Pen) may be an o.k actor but as Dan he is seriously not likeable by many. The hypocrite Dan was in full force yesterday. I don't believe Nate/Serena have lost their way. I believe that they are true to their age group and searching for the path they will travel. I believe Dan is the one who doesn't know who he is and what he wants - Serena, Vanessa now Blair. What I want is for both Serena and Blair not to give him the time of day. Even his haircut severely traumatised me last night. I just can't...

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@Balaji1212: Dan is skinny and with that haircut because Penn Badgley is filming the biopic of the rocker Jeff Buckley in NYC and the guy looked liked that.

As for Blair looks, the wardrobe in this episode was ok, nor good nor bad, though the dress looked pretty but I know many don't like the pattern in the dress nor Blair's haircut, which it's an attempt to not show Leighton Meester real life haircut with bangs. I personally didn' see a problem with it but many can't stand it. Based on filming picks taken by fans during these months, it seems that eventually the wardrobe department in GG is comming out with some very weird outfits to cover her pregnancy, maybe it was in part for our benefit to try to hide the pregnancy but if they make it to the screen we will see some weird outfits in the future.

Dorota is also pregnant, E! online confirmed both Blair and Dorota are pregnant.

There is the rumor among fans that Dan may be the one that got Chuck to get the dog, this is based on the TV guide description of episode 5x3 The Jewel of Denial, which btw is the episode in which the dog will make the first appearance as confirmed by a Tweet from the GG writers.

Balaji1212

Just some of my thoughts after watching the S5 premiere below:

Gossip girl starts off S5 with a nice balance of FRESHNESS yet maintaining the core essence of what Gossip girl has stood for in the past 4 seasons. On the outside this is a new direction and feel for Gossip girl-light fun as opposed to the dark, twisted fantasy celebrating the indecent opluence of the past...yet if we look carefully all the gossip girl elements from scheming to secrets to scandals to over the top extravagance are all still very much here.

All in all a very good start to the season which promises to take all the main characters in interesting directions. It's infact after a long time that i am actually somewhat engrossed in the happenings of all the main as well as the new characters all at the same time. The season begins as usual with Serena vanderwoodsen...and firstly i must say that serena looked really good in this episode...maintaining that unique serena style ( meaning the appearance of our regular stars i.e. serena's twins peek-a-booing )yet looking stylish instead of trashy. Even though blake/serena isn't my kind of beauty but she does have a good body and she looked really nice here. As far as her story arc is concerned it's alright but yet it's not as revolutionary as the producers seem to think or advertising, we have seen serena is similar jobs/situations before...so it's a tad disappointing. But where Serena shines is in the scenes with Chuck-Nate, seriously C-N-S scenes were a treat to watch and clearly one of the hightlights of the episode no doubt ( this coming from someone who mostly thinks NJBC are overrated). Still i liked Serena here which doesn't happen often.

LA looked good...it was LA yet a different Gossip girlesque LA at the same time- I ENJOYED IT.

Now coming to Nate-archibald...What a pleasant surprise?! Nate was awesome, LOST yet LOVABLE at the same time...i must say Chace has some easy going comedic timing going for him here-he looked good and pulled of the fun comedic scenes with aplomb...all in all Nate scenes were actually enjoyable and worth watching.

Now going back to Newyork and catching up with the Humphreys...Rufus is as lame as ever ( Seriously how does matthew settle play this character, it really must be the money? ) While the life and times of Dan Humphrey on the otherhand is going is surprising and somewhat baffling directions...this whole 'Inside' novel business involving Dan is a very promising and interesting story arc and if the cards are played properly then it could lead to any number of directions with any number of characters...interesting indeed. But what's up with Penn's look? IDK? he looked small...i mean his arms, legs everything seemed small but then again it could be just me.

And as far as Dan's feelings for Blair is concerned i still don't get it to be perfectly honest...and this episode wasn't kind on his feelings for Blair, he came off as selfish who doesn't have Blair's best interest in mind ( something similar from Chuck would have resulted in all sort of abuse allegations just saying ) nor was it kind on Dair's relationship-i mean their relationship is lame in some ways in the fact that they only interact or have anything to do with each other when there is no other option, this is especially true with Blair's side...she only goes the Dan way as a last resort when it's the only option left. Anyways one thing is for sure that there is no romantic feeling for Dan from Blair's side atm...so the question wrt Dair this season is whether Dan's feelings for Blair will kindle any sort of reaction in her or not?...but it's most defenitely one sided for now.

And now moving to our queen or atleast our princess in waiting Blair waldorf...this was certainly not the worst version of Blair, but of all the main characters her story arc/scenes/performance were the weakest...though she is the centre piece no doubt. I really don't know but IMO the producers have lost that special something about Blair...even Leighton's performance or take on Blair atm is way off the mark. Even as far as her looks are concerned she looked alright but they are not even getting the styling right for Blair.

And as far as Blair's main man atm Louis and their relationship is concerned...Louis-Blair are a really boring old faced unexciting couple and gawd! Louis accent is god damn annoying but i must admit their storyline and what Blair was going through with wanting 'her man to stand by her ' was a realistic and relatable track but one thing seems clear this time writers want to give Blair a romance with a guest star which is a force to be reckoned with alongside her main romances...no obvious doomed from the beginning relationships with guest stars anymore, i guess.

Just one more thing about Blair this whole 'Waldorf women' thing is not adorable anymore...infact quite frankly i am starting to find waldorf women annoying as hell.

Now coming to Chuck Bass and Ed westwick the combination of which was one of the highlights of the episode. What can i say from the twins, to the smile and the fun, to the bonding with S&N, to his casual fashion wardrobes, to his hilarious 'YES' man antics, to awesome lines like " People like me don't write books, books are written about us" ( or atleast something like that) but ofcourse still suffering underneath and going crazy due to a brunette and their great love we all know well. Chuck-Ed just killed it. I think all this 'YES' man bizness is him trying to unconciously punish himself for saying no to Blair and all this thrill seeking is just a way for him to numb the pain and turn himself away from the real issue...he still has a long way to go for sure. And i think therapy for Chuck is in the cards in the coming episodes...and IMO 'the dog' could even be a suggestion by a Psychiatrist as some sort of therapy/medicine to ease his pain for people always abandoning him or something. Anywhich way Chuck stuff seems really interesting in the coming weeks.

Finally in the final moments, the moment we all know was irrefutable i.e. "Blair is the one who is pregnant"...i told you so ( i can't help it ;-)] but still it was funny how the writers tried to fool us with decoys in the form of Serena and Dorota...but we all knew the truth, didn't we?

Also as a closing note...just a little something on Diana payne and Ivy...like both the characters as well as both the actors...especially Liz hurley-Sexy Cougar-perfect for Diana.

All in all a good start to the season, hoping it keeps getting better and better.

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DAIR FTW!
Chuck & Blair had their chance. They just don't work as a couple for me anymore. I remember I couldn't wait for a Chair scene but I just can't stand their scenes anymore. You can say DAIR has stolen my heart! :)
Definitely won't be watching if a Chair reunion is in the works...




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