I agree the show has seriously gone down hill since season 1... I didn't personally like season 2 at all even with Chair finally getting together, to many dropped plots in my opinion. Season three has made me want to give up on the show altogether but I think this break has been good.
The Hurt Locket wasn't perfect but here are some things I noticed that have seriously improved;
- Fashion, big time. Serena looked amazing throughout the whole episode, I loved the dress she wore (and lost) at the Ambassidor's dinner. Jenny didn't make me want to scrub her face as much this episode. And I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED what Blair was wearing. (With the slight exception of the earings she wore to the dinner, those were cheap looking and ugly.) And let's hear it for our boys, everyone was looking their best.
-Plot. The plot has been twisty and unrealistic, and sometimes idoitic this season. It's not perfect in this season but it's been seriously smoothed out. I have been saying all along that there was way too much going on and most of the characters were acting out of character and it seems that they are moving to fix that. Like,
Serena: She's always had trouble controlling her libido (like Lily and maybe... Cece?) and the fact that she's miffed about having to slow down makes total sense for her character. Also the way she handled it was very first season, consistant Serena Van der Woodsen.
Blair: The GG writers have screwed her character up the most but I think in this one they got it right. They showed her ambition correctly, her stubborn determination, and her relentless temperment. But they also showed her secret fears and insecurities as well as her ever loyal love for Chuck and her willingness to give up something important to help him. Her humor and wit were back. I also really loved the Serena/Blair bonding and the clear differances in how they handle situations. Not to mention her love of role playing and romance (Anna Karenina haha). I mean how hilarious was it when Nate walked in on her? Blair is on her way to redemption in season three and she's looking good doing it too.
Chuck: It's good to see the confused and brooding Chuck back. We all love it when our sauve former bad boy has moments of doubt, self loathing, and lonliness. It keeps us interested and involved emotionally. It also adds a dynamic to his character that keeps him from being static. Also the plot is more about emotion and mystery rather than some crappy, twisted bullshit they have pulled out before.
Nate: A bar at someone else's wedding, while being someone else's boyfriend about four years before and then a coat room at an abassidor's party. Oh Nate, you'll never change and that's what they love. Which is exactly what the writers got back to. Back to the basics of GG, a good choice on their part. Besides, Nate and Serena are HOT.
Jenny: Drug dealing. Ok. Fine. If that floats her boat. But the way that she's involved is very new Jenny. She likes to be in control and she'll do anything to bring that about. Her and Damien belong together.
Dan: Awkward as usual. Makes perfect sense. Also he's giving advice like he knows everything. When Nate was right, Dan may have dated Serena for over a year but Nate grew up with her, he knows everything there is to know about Serena.
Rufus and Lily: I'm glad they have gave less screen time. Their argument also made sense and I think that played out well. Often in season three they've had too much plot when they are deffinatly secondary characters. It's good to keep things basic, because in reality people are mostly basic creatures.
I liked this episode as a transition to the resurection of Gossip Girl. It's not perfect but there was sexy fun, intrigue, humor, character devolpment, and a hint of humor. If this is to be the tone of the post break episodes, I'm on board.
Posted 3/9/2010 2:51:03 AM #