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Gossip Girl Season Premiere Review: Do. That. Again.

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Stephanie Savage, where have you been all these years?!

Gossip Girl returned for its sixth season tonight, and the premiere, written by Savage and co-executive producer Josh Schwartz, conjured up memories of the show's glory days, while setting the stage for this final chapter.

"Gone Maybe Gone," the first episode under new show-runner Sara Goodman and the first written by Savage since 2010, revived the entire series in 42 minutes and raised expectations for Gossip Girl going out on top.

If we're placing our bets, the next nine weeks look bright.

Blair, Dan and Georgina

Ironically, Gossip Girl's decline over Seasons 4 and 5 may help produce the conclusion its fans are pininv for (if the show builds on the premiere, of course). With just 10 episodes to go, its focus has sharpened.

There's only one story arc remaining for each character, and it's going to be the best the producers can come up with. It might still disappoint, but if the premiere was any indication, Season 6 will be a fitting sendoff.

The opening song was even "Hang It Up" by the Ting Tings. Fitting. From Gossip Girl's references to this being her last season, classic inside jokes and anything coming out of Georgina's mouth, the spark was back.

"Gone Maybe Gone" was what we always hope Gossip Girl will be, pushing the characters' boundaries while uniting them in a common goal - or at least plot, as Dan and Georgina's motives weren't exactly in line with hte NJBC's.

There were some OMG moments (one in particular, which we'll discuss shortly), some new mysteries introduced and too many hilarious lines to count. When was the last time you laughed so hard during a CW drama?

The episode began in the immediate aftermath of the Season 5 finale, treating fans to one of the all-time Chair sex scenes and a gross visual of Serena OD'ing before jumping ahead four months to the present day.

So much transpired over this entertaining installment that it's tough to keep it all straight. Let's break down where we've been and where (we think) we're going in the next nine weeks by character/couple:

Chuck and Blair are together, but apart. In some ways, this is a weaksauce way of dragging out the inevitable, but they did a pretty good job selling us on the sincerity of the "pact" in the limo at the end.

Perhaps they truly do need to establish themselves as individuals before investing in the relationship full time, given their history of breakups and heartbreak. One can understand Dan's POV here though.

The combination of being dumped with no closure in May, then learning Blair and Chuck are kind of not together was too much for our favorite Muppet, and he let his one-time lover have it in Poughkeepsie.

Even if you're a card-carrying member of Team Chair, and acknowledge that Dan can be a pretentious douche at times, it was hard not to nod along with some of his points. Who wouldn't be bitter over that?

She followed her heart, though, and that was always with Chuck Bass. Their heart-to-heart showed how badly they're all in, even if it requires frustration, patience and walking it off in the interim.

Soon enough, that ring will be on her finger. It's just a matter of time.

Sexy Chair Look

The episode gave us only a brief glimpse of Blair's role with Waldorf Designs, while Chuck's quest to expose/topple Bart was a greater focal point and introduced us to an intriguing new character in Amira.

Does she really have no idea what Bart's deal is/was? Despite him paying the Dubai native $10 million to keep quiet? And will Chuck avenge his humiliating demotion last season by dethroning Bart once and for all?

As long as Amira remains a business accomplice and that's it, we can't wait to find out. Taking Bart down won't be easy (we're hoping Jack gets in on it), but it's great to see Chuck positioned as the underdog.

Nate also made a new acquaintance this week in Sage, an ambitious young student profiling his role with the Spectator. Big surprise, it looks like Nate's streak of dating cute girl on the show will continue.

Despite trading the video of Gossip Girl in exchange for Serena's whereabouts, his quest to unmask her (him?) is far from over. But it begs the question: How did GG know where she was in the first place?

Dan and Georgina began the night under the Tuscan sun, and the banter between the bitter novelist and his slave-driving co-conspirator was priceless. Even Dan can't believe how crazy this chick is.

Thanks to her sleuthing, they picked up Serena's trail and joined the rest of the gang, though their objective was quite different. At least hers was. Deep down, some part of Dan still cares for S. G? Not so much.

The references she made to the Serena sex tape were significant foreshadowing. Even if it is Fifty Shades of Boring, that video could cause all sorts of trouble when it's revealed. The only question is how and when.

Watching Blair go off on/get rattled by Georgina is awesome too. Forget the presidential debates. Sparks vs. Waldorf is a far more entertaining war of words, one we surely haven't seen the last of. Thank goodness.

Serena and Husband-to-Be

Serena, or Sabrina if you will, has completely reinvented herself after hitting rock bottom. Whatever her past faults, she seems happy and healthy in her new life ... even if she's operating under an alias.

You knew she wasn't actually getting married, and you also know there's a twist coming with Steven. It makes sens that she would seek comfort in an older, established man, given her obvious daddy issues.

We just hope she doesn't get hurt, or that if she does, her estranged BFF has ber back. The Blair and Serena friendship has been central to the show from the start, and it's not in a good place now.

With S back in NYC, hopefully repairs can be made, and the NJBC can have one last fall full of joint adventures. When things inevitably fall apart with Steven, will Dan or Nate be there to break her fall?

Dan totally deserved that slap, but don't rule out a Derena reconciliation once he comes to his senses. Those pulling for a Nate-Serena reunion have a case to make as well, even if it's a long shot.

Lily and Bart are officially back together, leaving her other husband on the outs. Like father, like son. Lily's not winning any awards for parent or spouse of the year. Speaking of which, that brings us to ...

Rufus and Ivy. Yeah, that happened. Creepy as it was for obvious reasons, you almost can't blame Rufus for being flattered. Someone was actually nice to him! How could he not be moved by this rare occurrence?

If Lily and Rufus are to patch things up by the end of the season, there will certainly be obstacles. Such as when she finds out he really is nailing Lily's fake-impostor-niece girl. How old is Ivy exactly?

The real question here - as it has been since she first showed up on the UES - is what Ivy's deal is. The voicemail she left for Lola (filming an NBC pilot, wink) proved there's a plot at work. But what?

All in all, a strong start to the final chapter. Here's next week's promo:

What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl? Discuss below!

Review

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Whathappened

"revived the entire series in 42 minutes and raised expectations for Gossip Girl going out on top." It was neither sexy, racy, or outright omg-worthy like the first 2 seasons so stop!
The episode was as dull and lifeless as Blair's hair
And I'm tired of Chuck and the "business", why can't he just move on?!

Mse

I gotta say I'm not a big fan of the first episodes, but this one: Good work ! Great start ! Chair having the heat on, Serena living a "grown up life", Lily being as stupid as ever, Ivy messing around, Nate loosing his last remaining brain cell...
Puts the forthcoming nine episodes under a lot of pressure. I really am a big fan of GG (third season being my ever favourite

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I actually liked this episode...I think it was a solid one.

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My guess: TV Fanatic traded its soul for that Goodman interview from yesterday by promising to prop up this final season with hilariously-unbelievable good reviews. You want an actual review? Go to the AV Club.

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Couldn't agree with this review less. Honestly, if they want Dair fans to come back around AT ALL, give us a REASON TO! I don't mean reuniting them (I accept that will never be), I mean giving Chair SOMETHING REAL. Tell us why Blair chose him. Give us actual reasons. Not metaphors, not lofty declarations of fatedness, give us something *real*. God, I think of Blair's speech about Dan in the Valentine's Day speech last year - she rattled off all the real, specific reasons he deserved to be loved. Then when he kissed her, you could actually *see* the wheels in her head turning. Chair has done nothing even remotely like that - we get no real picture of *why* Blair's all in, what that means, or how she even arrived at that conclusion. GG writers serve up the classic "tell" when it comes to Chair. No "show". And people here just eat it up?

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I'm a Chair fan and I have to admit, the couple has lost a lot of its a appeal. From the beginning, they were intense with a lot of chemistry but now it just seems long and dragged out. Chuck and Blair used to be so good together but now it feels forced and boring.

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I'm not sure what to think of the episode. I appreciate the fact that Serena wants a new start. The way her friends behaved was totally obnoxious. Dan was terrible! I'm glad she slapped him. He clearly still has feelings for Blair, so my only hope is Serena gets to stay with her new guy (or ends up with Nate) and doesn't end up with Dan after the way he has treated her. Rufus is so stupid and gross! Sleeping with Ivy was way out of line. Get your act together! He raised Little J, how can he not see a scam coming a mile away? After all he and Lily went through I can understand why she decided to be with Bart. At least than her empty and loveless marriage can be with someone she barely care about, rather than Rufus who she has clearly loved for a long time. Chuck and Blair being together but not being together isn't much different than last season...or a few seasons ago. How many times can they do that? Let's hope she doesn't end up dating stupid people again. Chuck seems a little more mature than Blair, which strikes me as odd.

Tfv168

"The premiere conjured up memories of the show's glory days, while setting the stage for this final chapter. "Gone Maybe Gone," revived the entire series in 42 minutes and raised expectations for Gossip Girl going out on top. If we're placing our bets, the next nine weeks look bright." Were we watching the same episode???? I did not see an improvement over the last season and a half. It may have brought back memeories of the show's early days, but only in a wishful thinking kind of way. Blair's hair is still dull and lifeless, Serena's orbs are still on display, and my eyes are still burning from the wrongness of Rufus and Ivy getting naked togethor.

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Georgina is the BEST !!!
Please keep her until the end of the season ... and let her appeares in every episode ! I laugh a lot when she is around

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thank goodness Savage and Joss wrote the season opener.
Georgina had some great lines.

Gossip Girl Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

[to Blair] In the past, I blamed my mistakes on you - Bart was right on that count; it's the boy that blames the girl, not the man. And that's what I want to be with you.

Chuck

Georgina: He's Protestant. I do my best work with Catholics.
Chuck: Thank God I'm an atheist.