Barf. How can people get excited about Chair? Their dialogue is so hollow and ridiculous. Cheesy gambling puns? Dead eyes? This is anything but epic.
Admitting to rewatching the pilot just proves how completely useless these writers are. They're basically admitting you could tune in to GG for the first time at season 6, and you'd be at the exact same place as if you're watching season 1. Why are they touting this like it's a good thing? It's a complete breakdown in competent story-telling. They basically just hit the reset button because they didn't have the balls to take the show somewhere new. You'd think, since the show is at a definite end, they'd prefer to go out with some dignity. But none of the characters will, and therefore neither will they. Blair's grovelling for Chuck's affections, Chuck's got materialistic power issues, Dan is unrecognizable from himself all of two episodes ago, and Serena is a trainwreck. What a joke.
Exactly. This reviewer spelled it out so well: [Blair's choice] makes being devastated desirable, rather than â€œstrong and safe.â€ Safety becomes a bad thing, strength becomes a given, much better to be shattered by someone who has done nothing but manipulate you. A Divergent quotation comes to mind: â€œeven though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong.â€ But in the case of the UES, damsel or strong woman are the only two options and by golly, why would you sacrifice the opportunity to be devastated? Yeah, thatâ€™s a guy you should fight for. - Leaky News
line of work.
So disappointed with TV Fanatic over this. I've usually appreciated the honest, quality reviews you provide. I had the utmost respect for the old reviewers for Glee and Community - even though they loved the show, they provided honest, critical assessments about what they viewed. I see no such critical thinking here. You only need to look to sites like Leaky News, Vulture, and even the Huffington post to find some worthwhile observations on this episode - they call out the seriously damaging themes this episode presented : devastation over safety in the name of "love" for one. They recognized and named the cheap tricks that all-but-destroyed five years of character development, and they lamented the sad portrayal of the characters that just might sink this show for good. I had hope that at least someone on the round table might have brought up some of these things, but it looks like I'll be reading my reviews elsewhere. This panel of blinded Chair shippers should consider a different line of work.
Y'know, after doing some more thinking, I've concluded I'm totally okay with the Sexy Stupid Annie bit. You know why? It over-exagerrated not the problem with "that" sort of Christmas crap, but it actually exposed what icks me most about the all of the Jeff/Annie business. He's old. She's young and naive. It's creepy. He's like her dad. She dresses like a catholic school girl with cleavage, etc etc.
Three things Gossip Girl has already done in previous seasons to insert tension into a lacking season:
1) Car crash with a major character.
2) Hint that Chuck may have bit the dust.
3) Baby storyline for one of the characters.
Sound familiar? Super lame.
I'm afraid my response to this installment isn't quite as favourable. To me, this perfectly illustrated the show's shift from comedy to farce. Contrast this episode to the episode in season one when we met Abed's parents. That episode reveals so many character traits about Abed, Jeff and Britta. It propelled those relationships forward in a realistic, tangible way. Abed's Dad was a humourous character, but Pierce's was just absurd. I kept thinking he was an actor Pierce hired to teach Jeff a lesson about his Daddy-issues. Nope, he dies. Even the episode about Pierce's crazy cult Mom felt more true. This show just ran right past the line from "hilarious" to "outrageous" and I sure hope it comes back soon.
As far as the Jeff/Britta banter, that too made me nostolgic for season one. In season one, their banter was leading somewhere, it meant something. This just felt like "expected Jeff/Britta banter because that's what these characters do now"
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