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Gossip Girl: Season 2
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Welcome to Manhattan's Upper East Side, where affluent prep-school students live for gossip and scandal … and fashion, shopping and partying in New York's trendiest hotspots. Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels, this drama is told through the all-knowing eyes of a blogger, Gossip Girl. The tension between friends and lovers is high, and age is no barrier in this world full of wealth and power. Executive produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), and starring an impressive ensemble of young stars, season two continues with Serena van der Woodsen's (Blake Lively) rising social status, as she becomes a New York City It Girl. Taking Manhattan by storm is fun, but when elements of her bad-girl personality begin to emerge, will her newfound status fuel bad habits? Also starring are Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle.]]>
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That is something that the second half of the season failed miserably at maintaining. Story arcs started and ended abruptly and were hard to keep up with or even understand. The first half of the season was definitely solid. I would even dare say that episodes 1-14 were better than all of season one with episodes like "Summer Kind of Wonderful", "The Dark Night", "Pret-A-Poor J", "Oh Brother Where Bart Thou" and "In the Realm of The Basses".
As a devoted fan of Gossip Girl I have to say that the dynamic duo Chuck and Blair played by the AMAZING British actor Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester were the downfall and the salvation of the show. Westwick and Meester's on-screen chemistry is so tangible you can cut it with a knife. They are very powerful actors separately but when they are together it is explosive. Westwick and Meester basically carry the show on their shoulders throughout the whole season. Chuck and Blair is what makes you want to continue to watch but the writers and producers persistent narcissistic tendency to keep them apart is what ruined the second half of the season. It almost seems like you are watching a different show when you get to episode 2.21. By this moment in the season most if not all of the characters are written completely out of character and their behaviors are erratic and hard to understand all for the sake of an "OMFG Moment".
I continued to watch until the end because I am a masochist and will probably watch season 3 as well. But I was very disappointed with the second half of the season. I purchased the DVD just because the first half of the season was great and I can't buy it separately.
To explain why I have been increasingly discontent with the show, I need to call attention to one of the reasons I have enjoyed Josh Schwartz's two other shows. Both THE O.C. and CHUCK are character based serials. Both tell stories about how characters change and evolve over multiple episodes. For instance, a conflict between Summer and Seth on THE O.C. might develop and get resolved over a 14 or 15 episode arc. Story arcs for any of the major characters would extend over whole seasons. Much the same is true with CHUCK. The friendship between Chuck and Casey, for instance, took pretty much two full seasons to develop.
Now, contrast this with GOSSIP GIRL. More and more GOSSIP GIRL has become a show for viewers with attention deficit disorder. My guess is that the main inspiration for the increasingly shorter and shorter story arcs is the CW. This isn't the kind of change in a show that producers like to make. I blame the CW. Basically networks hate story arcs. They absolutely abhor shows have complex story arcs that extend over 7 or 8 or 9 episodes. This tension has been a part of prime time television ever since HILL STREET BLUES popularized story arcs on American television. But the network decreed that there could be only six separate arcs at a time, that preferably no arc would extend beyond six weeks, and at least one arc would be resolve each week.
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However, season 2 brings us some memorable moments as well. We witness the death of a legendary character and the baring it has on the other characters. Several characters undergo significant growth and development as well; namely Blair, Jenny, Chuck, and Lily. There are defining moments and big reveals that may keep you guessing and wondering what will happen next. Season 2 nears the end of the high school era for our characters as well. They wrap up their senior year and prepare for college. And we journey with the characters as they experience those memorable high school milestones; college visits, prom, graduation -- but they experience them with a scandalous Upper East Side twist.
All in all, season 2 is solid and certainly worth the watch. While it may be repetitive at times, and lack the excitement and imagination of season 1, the second season has some memorable moments and manages to be just entertaining enough to keep the viewer interested.
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I didn't get into the show until it was off air, however I really got into the show. Too bad it is no longer playing!Published 25 days ago by D. Hood
When you purchase "new" you kind of expect a case that's new and not worn and cut up with an X-Acto (apparently to void the oem barcode)Published 1 month ago by Corinth Texas
I got this very early which was very exciting! I ordered it for my mother so she was happy to get it early. The actual package was in good condition like it stated. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mikaela Hersom-Lilly
OMG addicted to this show ... love every episode
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And does anyone knows if there are any Portuguese subtitles?
Aug 18, 2009 by prdc | See all 4 posts
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This pre-order should be the complete season.
Apr 29, 2009 by Kindle Customer | See all 4 posts
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I came across this today: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/new
They say it will be released August 18th.
May 28, 2009 by J. Kaur | See all 2 posts
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