Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Season (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Warner Brothers || NR - 1063 minutes - $59.98 || August 18, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-08-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Cecily von Ziegesar (novel); Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (developed by)
Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle, Kristen Bell


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Interactive Map
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Music Video
  • Audio Book Excerpt


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“Gossip Girl” is loosely based upon the series of books by the same name which includes a cast of characters who live in New York and each one comes from a family of either great wealth or fame. Our main star of the show is Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), a young, gorgeous blond who at the start of the show, is getting back from somewhere unknown (and I won't spoil it here) to every other character. She is joined by her younger brother Eric (Connor Paolo) and mother Lily. Serena's B.F.F (I promise, as much as the show uses these terms I will refrain from it) before she left was Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meister), yet another rich girl with an attitude problem.

Serena runs into Dan (Penn Badgley), and the two instantly fall for each other. What Serena does not know is that Dan has been secretly pining over her for years and Dan would do and say anything to be with her. Rounding off our cast of characters is Dan's younger sister and future Queen Bee, Jenny (Taylor Momsen), the sly Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair's boyfriend Nate (Chase Crawford). One of the shows most important characters is Gossip Girl herself (voiced by Kristen Bell) who is never seen in the show, but is the one that breaks most of, well, the gossip in the show via text messaging and blogs.

Season One was pretty fantastic in terms of drama and teen angst. Season Two literally takes everything to a much more extreme level which sometimes works and sometimes can almost take the show to a grinding halt. Without spoiling the entire season I will delve into some characters story lines for Season Two.

Serena - oy vey! This girl has way too much drama in her life. Season Two is filled with will they/won't they with Dan and it’s become a real bore. I get that the Pilot episode was trying to bring these two characters together and be the 'core couple' (i.e. Ryan and Marissa from "The O.C.") but it just never works. Serena winds up dating this incredible douche bag of guy named Aaron Rose and nothing ever really 'clicks'. He's just some suffering artist who actually has a ton of money (oh, gee, surprise).

Dan - As I said above, him and Serena are not meant to be. Thankfully, word from Josh Schwartz is that he won't be trying to push them together in Season Three. His plot line is not as bad as Serena's but it does entail hooking up with a young new teacher at school and trying to unmask the real Gossip Girl.

Jenny - Sigh. What have they done to cute little Jenny? This season she takes a page right out of the Marissa Cooper-Nichol book where she rebels a bit and decides to leave home and try her shot at becoming a famous designer. Things don't work out all that well for her and she has a quasi relationship with Nate. The second half of the season she is pretty much written off and neglected to sewing at home.

Blair - Fantastic! She has some of the more meaty story lines this season (blackmailing a cougar, ruining her chances at Yale). I'd rather not ruin anything else.

Chuck - Again, fantastic! The writers must really love his character because he is given the status of running his father's company (after his death) and gets into numerous scandals involving his Uncle. There is a short storyline that takes on the Eyes Wide Shut approach...but that is quickly over with.

Rufus and Lily - These two have a huge storyline this year which centers on how Lily got pregnant with Rufus child years ago and gave it up for adoption. The two really try and make a go at a relationship together but the mysterious child seems to put an anchor in their smooth sailing.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

5th Ave Meets Gossip Girl: Interactive Map - I'm really unsure how long this is because there are tons of mini-clips. This is an interactive map where you click a location (about a dozen) and it goes into how they filmed there, found the location and clips from the show. Most last about a minute or so.

Faces behind the Design (17 Minutes) - Personally, as a male, I don't care about the fashion involved in the show but if you do... this is for you. Most of this deals with Jenny's subplot of starting her own fashion line.

Unaired Scenes (15 Minutes) - Half the episodes of the season include at least a scene or two that was trimmed for time.

Chasing Darota (14 Minutes) - What happens when the kids are away? The maids play! These 2-3 minute episodes (6 in total) deal with three maids and what they do during the day. Most of the plot revolves around Darota (Blair's maid) and her love life. These are shot just like a TV Show... but missing all the juicy dialog.

Also included is a Gag Reel (10 Minutes), An Audiobook ("You Know You Love Me") you can download to your iPod, an excerpt from the new Gossip Girl book and Jenny's Fashion Music Video (4 Minutes) from Episode 9.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Gossip Girl” The Complete Second 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.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall a fantastic season that is sure to please the fans. While there were some clear missteps (as there was is "The O.C." Season Two) Josh seems to have redeemed himself with compelling story lines with Blair, Chuck, Lily and Rufus.