I have to say, I do think there are more similarities between the Wild Buch the movie and the Wild Brunch the GG episode. I haven't seen the movie per se, just pieces of it, but I know is basically about 4 outlaws that at some point end up in Mexico and cause tremendous ruckus during the movie. For me, the equivalents to the 4 outlaws in our GG episode are Chuck, Blair, Serena and Nate (the NJBC). You can argue that in the episode's major scene where the four of them have the conversation with Dan the ones that actually caused a ruckus were Chuck and Blair, but the material they used to cause that ruckus came from Nate & Serena's actions from a year back. And also, the main idea of the episode was that just like the Wild Bunch, these 4 UES kids were also a Wild Bunch of their own, which with their actions presents and pasts they could turn to shreds anyone in their vecinity (Dan in this case). It wasn't a NJBC takedown like the ones we would see later, but is the first time we actually see the 4 of them interacting together (with Dan as a extra addition) and how intertwined they are with each other at this point, how their lives and actions affected each other and could affect other people (Dan). In this case only half of the group was actually doing the takedown (Chuck and Blair) but still it sort of felt like a first taste of the power of the group as a hole. And it all happened in a brief confrontation at a brunch.
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OMG you guys remembered! That is so neat! Btw, he also filmed a modern version of Shakespeare Cymbeline co starring Dakota Johnson, among others.
I also have this theory that Jenny didn't know Dan was GG on seasons 1 and 2, because otherwise their scenes in those seasons can't make much sense. In my theory, Jenny found out about her brother being GG in the summer between seasons 2 and 3, when they stayed at Cece's house in the Hamptons. That also can sort of explain a little her bold attitude in season 3, she probably felt that she was more invencible as Queen with her brother being GG, and I also think many GG posts we saw from season 3 onwards were actually written by Jenny, not Dan.
Your comment about Chuck, I totally 100% agree. But I also blame the book for that. I can't say I have read the 12 books thoroughly or even the first one (though I do own them... because of the cover pics with scenes from the show), but I read pieces of the first one and those 2 plot lines were in the book, the one with Serena was less agressive in the book than in the show (though verbally nasty still) and the one with Jenny was in my opinion worst in the book that in the show (it was in a bathroom stall, the girl had tear tracks on her face, her dress was messed up and Dan's reaction in the book was way too pasive, which is ironic considering the scene that you are reading). In fact, the other day I was reading about GG Acapulco and I see that in the book, Dan reacts way too passive and doesn't punch Chuck, in our beloved TV show, he does punch Chuck giving him a black eye, and in GG Acapulco, their version of Dan punches their version of Chuck first in the gut, then in the face and knocks him down over a pier, landing him on water. It's like the level of violence increases.
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@ Zoran: thank you for your kind words.
@ Fernanda: they kissed, but then turned to their respective couples and the producers confirmed they weren't together. @ nisaliciousz: what I understood is that Jenny had known for a while, but that doesn't mean she knew from the beginning.
Well I'm a Chuck and Blair fan and I'm not happy with Dan being GG. I don't know, maybe is because I also shipped DS, or because I didn't dislake him as a character, but in any case, I think it damaged Dan's image.
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