September 03, 2008
Gossip Girl 2x01: Summer Kind of Wonderful
Last Monday, the most talked about show of last fall returned. Over the past year Gossip Girl has become a global phenomenon, being shown in over 30 countries, the show has gone from strength to strength. New York Magazine called it the 'best show ever' and season two returns with all the promise for more sex, lies and scandal from Manhattan's elite.
Picking up at the end of the summer where season one left off we join Serena, Nate and Chuck in the Hamptons where steamy doesn't even come close. Whether it's making out in a car or topless sunbathing on the beach, the first five minutes of episode one starts where the season means to go on. But when Blair arrives in town we realise hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and when you promise to meet Blair, you shouldn't break that promise... Chuck. She arrives with a new beau in tow, James, a sure fire way to make Chuck jealous.
While back in Brooklyn, Dan 'lonely boy' Humphrey, is no longer lonely and while trying to juggle a story that he has promised to write about a failed relationship, an internship with one of his idols and trying to forget about Serena, he forgets what makes Dan, the good boy.
I loved this episode, partly because I so wanted Gossip Girl to return and partly because it was a good episode but there was one fatal flaw. Although the Hamptons marks one of the most luxurious parts in the country, Gossip Girl just could not rely on the setting. It was missing New York, the show's main character. We all look forward to seeing the sights, as they sit on the steps of the Met or Brooklyn Bridge but take this away and unfortunately it feels like a good friend is missing. Apart from that the story was lighthearted and bitchy, the ideal mix for this show and a surprising turn from Serena's grandmother! My highlight was any scene between Blair and Chuck, they are such good actors and the emotion between them is shown so well on screen. "Three words, eight letters," that's all it took for Chuck to get his girl but not yet!
Finally the old Jenny was back, she fell off the social ladder at the end of season one and after reconcilling with Erik, it seems things may start to go right for Jenny. Hopes for the season, some Erik storylines, Vanessa's return, Blair & Chuck showdown and some more drama for the the Derena relationship!
As Kirsten Bell who voices Gossip Girl says, 'You ain't seen nothing yet!'