Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season (2009)
|Genre(s): Comedy / Drama|
|Warner Brothers || NR - 935 minutes - $59.98 || August 24, 2010|
|Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-09-08|
Writer(s): Cecily von Ziegesar (book); Stephanie Savage & Josh Schwartz (developed by)
Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Kelly Rutherford, Kristen Bell
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Hey Guys and Girls, Gossip Girl here. Just wanted to let you know how lame season 3 of my hit CW show was. Excuse me while I flip the channel to ABC Family...
If you are reading this review, you should already know the general synopsis for "Gossip Girl" so I am going to skip it. What I will discuss is the few highs - and the many lows this season has. As a fan of Josh Schwartz's other work ("The O.C." and "Chuck"), I'm a bit confused how he let “Gossip Girl” essentially flop around this season while "Chuck" excelled over previous ones.
As usual, I'll pick apart the characters and discuss general plot lines for the season:
College -This is really a character this year. I've never understood how shows continue to screw up the College Years. It happened with the Original "90210" (even though they delayed it a season or two by making them seniors twice), "The O.C.", "Veronica Mars" and even "Saved by the Bell". What is it that the writers just can't write a compelling storyline for when characters go off to College? Most of the time it’s the local Junior College or a University that just happens to be a few minutes away, but somehow they screwed this up. Sigh.
Three-Some - O.M.G. This was a huge storyline being pushed this year where three characters would have a threesome. Rumors around the net were nuts, but when we found out who it involved, everyone just seemed pretty bored. Even the characters. Without spoiling it, its two 'classic' characters and one of the new ones. Yaaaawn.
Blair and Chuck - They start off with an interesting storyline (Chuck seducing young women/men, and Blair intervening and scaring the potential lover off while Chuck and Blair have rough sex. But with Blair going off to college, she decides it's time for her to be Queen Bee again which sets Chuck off on a path of destruction; ultimately losing all his money and giving his hotel away to his mother. These two were my favorite couple, and aside from a few quick lines by Chuck, they felt flat on their face this Season.
Dan - Honestly, I don't know if he really accomplished anything this Season. He hooks up with Olivia (Hilary Duff), a famous movie star who was in the Twilight (they call them something difference in this show) films, and eventually lands himself Vanessa. That's really it for Dan - until the final episode where it's revealed he just might be a daddy.
Jenny - Much like her older brother Dan, she did next to nothing. She develops a crush (again) on Nate and tries to destroy the relationship he has with Serena. Snore.
Serena - Ugh. I keep going through these characters and can't even recall a single good thing they did this season. Like most of the cast, Serena did nothing. Oh, wait, she decided not to go to College and take a year off the 'live'. Well, that didn't work out too well and she soon landed a job working for Nates Cousin and manages to screw that one up as well.
Lily and Rufus - Honestly, this was the only interesting storyline as these two characters had real fights and real drama. Oh, and they have a love child that Lily gave away when they were young who tracks them down. Uh oh.
So bored. That's the best way to describe this season. New characters are quickly introduced and dumped mere episodes later, story lines are dropped and our core characters never really have any motivation to be good. If you thought "The O.C." season 3 was bad, wait till you watch this one! Honestly, this best part of this Season was the very cool names the episodes have and Serena's cleavage. I was once a die hard "Gossip Girl" fan, but am ready to drop the show next season if things don't pick up. Fast.
This release is housed in an attractive slip cover.
Gossip Girl Mode (42 Minutes) - Trying to be a Blu-ray, this featurette takes place over the entire episode 16,"The Empire Strikes Jack", and offers pop-up Trivia and interviews discussing how awesome it was to film an episode that involved a party. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the great featurettes of other TV Shows on DVD/Blu-ray, but this is really pathetic.
Fabulous Affair (8 Minutes) - I'm pretty stupid. I say that because I never knew how to throw my own "Gossip Girl"-style party before, but after watching this, I know how to do it! Can't wait to spend $250 on Sushi for all my friends!
Rounding out the discs is a Gag Reel (9 Minutes), 2 Music Videos (Plasticine’s “Bitch” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”), and a few Unaired Scenes (12 Minutes).
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
“Gossip Girl” The Complete Third Season is presented in its 1.78:1 AR on 5 discs. While these are obviously not going to be as nice as the ones that aired on the HD version of The CW, they are still very nice. Colors can be vibrant and New York looks pretty good.
Warner brings to the table an English Dolby Digital 5.1 that certainly sounds better then when the show aired on The CW. My network was so inconsistent with its picture and audio quality that many times I had to tune into to either the SD channel or download an episode off iTunes. While the show is mostly dialogue heavy (with some pop tunes here and there) I'm happy Warner opted to give us a 5.1 track instead of the typical 2.0 junk.
Failure after failure. That's the motto for season 3. It's tough to even find anything here worthwhile to comment on, because I'm honestly stumped how Josh Schwartz could have let the show get so stupid and boring. After the fantastic Third Season of "Chuck", it's like he just walked away from "Gossip Girl". Let's hope things chance in Season 4.