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I really used to enjoy the acting of Leighton Meester as Blair. But in the scenes with Dan it feels like she is "over-acting" most of the time. A lot of people seem to enjoy the "bantering" between these two characters, but to me it feels very forced, without real depth and trying too hard to come across as "funny" and "cute". Dan as a character on the other hand comes across much cooler and more interesting when he is with Blair. What I enjoyed so much with Chair was, that the chemistry felt so natural, subtle and well balanced between the actors. That was until season 5 when their scenes were reduced to one single pattern...Chuck pining over Blair and Blair making up ridiculous excuses not to be with him - without ever really dealing with the relationship and issues between them! What a waste for such an charismatic and beloved TV couple...
If there's one actor that can't act on GG, it's Chace Crawford. He's eye candy. He doesn't need to "act" but to simply take off his clothes and screw every guest star that walks through the set.
He has this consistent dumbfounded look on his face every single time. I mean, Chace is pretty, no doubt, so when he's the official man candy of GG, he isn't there for "acting".
@pty The writers haven't really given Dan anything emotional to work with.
@Gemsiibear I wouldn't be so sure, the actor doesn't seem to like where his character is going, he's even rightly criticized the show, he's just whispering his dialogue, I don't blame him, the actor is better than this mess.
Leighton is decent when she's not forced to whine and make a fool out of herself when the writers degrade her character.
chair fans are so stupid
And I'm certainly not saying that Dan is perfect. I have been saying that my hope that the hint on who submitted the video was a classic bait and switch because if it wasn't, it would be yet another way the writers are contriving everything just to allow a season 5 DAIR when consistency should've been from season 4 DAIR and Louis should've departed.
But in comparison of Dan's misdeeds and Chuck's, the latter is far far far deeper in the scales of transgressions than what Dan has done combined.
@actors that can act "penn's a better actor than ed" are you serious? Ed nails every scene he does. Whereas penn doesn't show enough emotion in his scenes, have you ever actually seen dan cry or get angry or upset thats rememberable at least? Chuck has so many memorable scenes an mainly because of his acting. Especially when he works with leighton. But that's just my opinion. I don't really have an opinion to this episode it was ok. I'm not hating dair as much as I thought they are kind of cute but mainly as friends. Still hoping for a chair reunion but I can wait:-)
@Guest They deserve to fall even further, I want to see the excuses CW will probably make if/when they try to force another season of crap on us.
@momo83 So it's only selfish when Dan does it, but not for anyone else. This is what I'm talking about people singling him out.
@momo83 of course, a lot of characters have completely been out of character, especially Blair, who's become a whiny, pathetic shell of herself.
The writers can seem to develop any of the characters properly, they only know how to ruin them.
I've admitted Dan's out of character moments, like the stupid video tape drama.
I was just pointing out how you were only singling Dan out, especially when some of the other characters were responsible for the issues you pointed out.
Last night this show had the WORST ratings in it's entire history (1.01!)...with the extreme focus on this ridiculous version of Blair and the complete lack of care for all the other characters it's just not worth watching anymore...
@Jeca You're absolutely right. Dan doesn't have any consideration for the chain of events to come or the people he may hurt by acting on his selfish feelings for Blair and neither does she. Ugh, this is so dissapointing.
@Anonymous I'm not twisting things and blaming everything on Dan. I'm stating facts to make a point that Chuck is not the only character that's out of character. If anything I'm not surprised by Chuck's actions this season (just my opinion). Guess what the writers are taking turns screwing up everyone's character, and in my opinion this season Blair and Dan are the two most out of character. Chuck had his moment in season 3 and part of season 4 when the writers made him do awful things to blair, which you keep bringing up. Serena had her moments season 3 and 4 also. All I'm hearing are justifications from you as to why Dan did the things he did. I assume your favorite character is Dan, which is why you can't admit to his out character moments.
@pty I know you didn't write it, I was just saying that. The recap makes the show much more interesting than it actually is.
@ Anonymous: hey, take that one with the TWOP recapper, I didn't post this because of a Supernatural comparison, but because he was making a valid point about the characters being used as plot devices instead of well, as characters.
Dair is also in that "The House of Mirth" spirit that GG writers affectionate. Lily Bart/Blair, the ultimate NY socialite is in love with an outsider.
@Jeca Half of those things you listed already died in Season 3 when the decline started, the writing is so awful.
@pty Supernatural shouldn't even be compared to the likes of Gossip Girl.
The problem with Georgina is that she's used as a plot device and not in a very good way to move things along. She has a family now and she's playing the same stupid games that she did in high school.
I'm loving GG again, I loved this ep (and last week's)! It would have been too predictable, too easy, too simple and TOO BORING to just put Chair together. What's the point of making all the characters happy? What's the point of giving viewers exactly what they expect? It would kill the show. Chair have a special bond, they are each other's first true love but that was highschool and freshman year, they grew up and they can't be together anymore. I completely get that and I enjoy Dair's relationship. L. Meester portrays Blair perfectly. I'm looking forward to seeing what will Dair be like as a couple (I hope it'll be great; makeover for Dan and stuff lol), how will Chuck and S handle that and what is going to happen when Louis finds out for Dair and when Diana and the real GG come back. Can't wait!
Cece may die here but the real death is for dair, sorry but this dair ,this season is just SO out of place , I can't, not matter what the writers's logic is, to undestand why after chair and all this arcs dair is the real deal, so in this episode they killed cece,dair,derena,chair ,chyvy and any respect to Dan, dude,u little hypocrite seudo writer,this can hurt a lot of people but...who cares ur in love? I'm with chuck in this one die dair dieeeeeee.
"You have a walking plot device explaining baldly that she is a walking plot device while in the midst of causing drama for no other reason than to do so, and that's supposed to fulfill the same narrative scope and emotional complexity of, say, the first Georgina storyline? No. It's campy, it's the sign of a show in decline, and it's not even that clever. Certainly not so very much as to justify its innate tackiness. It's a Supernatural move, I guess is a good way to say it. And this is probably the best episode of the past two seasons, in an ongoing stretch of really good work -- so trust me when I say it's not that big a deal -- but it is pretty emblematic of the reasons that might lie behind some of the more vociferous complaints." (He was referring to Georgina).
"The aesthetic has lost that sophistication, and become one where there's one real person in every scene, sometimes two if you're lucky, but mostly it's just characters as sounding boards and props for whatever story's being told. For a lot of viewers maybe that's not a huge difference -- Rufus was always an oppressive hypocrite, or Jenny was a whining bitch no matter what the story was about -- but it does have a huge impact on the overall tone of the show, and this is a perfect example: "
OMG you guys need to read the TWOP recap of 5x15, page 11, this is so true:
"It used to be nice about this show that, in a given scene, all the people were real. You knew where Jenny was coming from, but you also knew where Rufus was coming from. It was never Blair-the-Bitch or Dan-the-Loser, but both. Even Vanessa was a fully realized individual; even Nate was often more than a prop. And I think one of the things that drives people nuts about the show now is that that's no longer necessarily true."
I looove DAIR !
@ms.m There's a reason the other big networks operates differently from the CW, because CW's way doesn't work, they're a joke of a network now, it's really pathetic. Dawn Ostroff ruined the network in its' inception and has now continued to decline for its' poor decision making.
@Esteff Blair/Serena are terrible friends, they're constantly fighting with each other about something or screwing each other over.
I finally watched the episode and I must said that I've lost all respect for Dan and Blair. Never thought they would do that to Serena.
Who´d have thought that we would have ourselves so many devoted Dair lovers.
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