I'm a little sad to report that I'm feeling underwhelmed by last night's season finale of Gossip Girl. I've been trying to get my head around what exactly seemed "off" last night because we were definitely treated to some great one-liners, a lot of good Chuck moments, and we even witnessed Dan scheming alongside Blair. On the surface, last night was everything we could have asked for from Gossip Girl, so why did it fall flat?
I think they actually gave us too much, too fast and didn't leave us with much of a finale cliffhanger. Regardless of how anti-climactic many of the scenes felt, there was still a lot that went down and so we must discuss. You can take Geek's quiz here, and for the rest of my thoughts,
- The Georgina story has been building now for weeks, her evilness reaching new lows with every lie. You expect someone like that to go out swinging, in a fiery blaze of defeat just before she is about to cause permanent damage to everyone involved. But instead, Georgina dissolved into a spoiled child who was more scared of her parents than anything else, and what's more, this was all resolved a mere ten minutes into the program. A little disappointing right? I mean, it was getting so good.
- Even Rufus and Lily sputtered out without much ado. These two are supposed to have powerful star-crossed lovers tension and yet they are so, well, adult about their feelings for each other. That's no fun. When Rufus shows up at Lily's wedding they kind of shrug, say they love each other and then Rufus goes, "Have a nice wedding!" Oh. How wonderful, I'm so glad everyone is so cordial. Where is the drama in that?!
- I did like how the lovely morning music screeched to a stop at the opening of the episode when Blair realized she was in Chuck's arms. Chuck's response, "We were up late plotting against Georgina, we must have dozed off."
- Speaking of plotting, everyone was extremely self-aware this week, including Dan who sought help from Blair to get back at Georgina and said, "This is so weird, I don't usually do plots against people."
- I loved when Gossip Girl chimed in with, "Poor Humphrey. Looks like our regular moral compass, isn't such a straight arrow after all.”
- Rufus is going on tour with The Breeders! That's actually pretty cool.
- Ugh, was anyone annoyed with the did-he-didn't-he sleep with Georgina issue? But I loved how Serena was just like, "la-la-la, I don't want to hear it" and kept running away from Dan.
- Meanwhile, it is hammered home that Chuck's love for Blair brings out the good, decent person in him which is, as Blair tells Serena, awfully ironic given Blair's general disposition. Still, she lets herself get swept away by Chuck's charm (ha!) and grosses out Serena by talking about how sexy he is.
- Just as many of us predicted, Dan could not stick it out with Serena and he broke up with her. However, I thought he sounded awfully sanctimonious when he yelled, "I got seduced by someone else because of your lies!" Um, no. I'm pretty sure the only one responsible for Dan getting seduced was Dan. Let's take a little ownership here, buddy.
- So Dan and Serena break up, Chuck and Blair are in love, Nate and Chuck are friends again, and Jenny gets an internship with Blair's mom for the summer. So, they skip ahead one week. At this point I think I blurted out, "Really?!" How much can they squeeze into one finale?
- And before I can even process anything that has happened (heartbreak for Lonelyboy and S, Chuck and B together), every relationship changes. Again.
- I get that Blair and Chuck have more sparks apart from each other than together, but still. Did they have to break them up that fast? We are talking a commercial break here. I'm confused why Josh Schwartz and gang wouldn't want to take their time with Chuck and Blair's story — a couple episodes of them falling in love so that their inevitable implosion is that much more heartbreaking and/or fabulous.
In the end, Chuck can't commit to Blair and gives in to guest star Lydia Heart's charms. But Blair finds her own random hottie on her way to Europe for the summer. And, of course, as soon as Dan is single, so is Vanessa. She made me laugh when she admitted that Nate was prettier than her. So that leaves Nate and Serena, alone, together. Probably going to the Hamptons. Sigh. What did you think? Was the season finale fun or were you left feeling a little cold?
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