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Gossip Girl: “The Age of Dissonance”

March 21, 2009

“He did not in the least wish the future Mrs. Newland Archer to be a simpleton.  He meant her (thanks to his enlightening companionship) to develop a social tact and readiness of wit enabling her to hold her own with the most popular married women of the “younger set,” in which it was the recognised custom to attract masculine homage while playfully discouraging it … How this miracle of fire and ice was to be created, and to sustain itself in a harsh world, he had never taken the time to think out; but he was content to hold his view without analysing it, since he knew it was that of all the carefully-brushed, white-waistcoated, button-hole-flowered gentlemen who succeeded each other in the club box, exchanged friendly greetings with him, and turned their opera-glasses critically on the circle of ladies who were the product of the system.” ~ Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Warning: Don’t read this entry until you have watched the Season 2 Gossip Girl episode aired 3/ 16/09!

Blair Waldorf, oh how much you have been missed. I posted a couple weeks ago about this upcoming episode, and how its title is a play on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I adore The Age of Innocence–the novel is one of my favorites of all time, and I love Scorsese’s film version as well. I won’t spoil the ending, as one of my sisters is still reading it (for months!), but perhaps later I will discuss that element in more depth. Back to the GG ep, it began with the preparation for a school play version of The Age of Innocence. It was really cool how much the plot of the episode borrowed from the book, with Dan as Archer, and Rachel (the teacher) as Countess Olenska–the kiss on the hand, and the farewell letter in particular. In the actual performance, Blair was the Countess, and watching her interact with Dan as Archer was hilarious. Their little fight on stage had me cracking up.


As for Chuck, I think he is finally finished with that awful Skull and Bones prostitution ring story. Ick. When he has the epiphany to go to Blair, I was so excited, but being this show, it couldn’t be that easy. Poor Blair was licking her wounds at a bar, genuinely feeling bad about how she treats people, when skeevy jerk walks in (I can’t remember his name, but we met him before last season). Speaking of skeevy jerk guy, the actor who plays him is Leighton Meester’s real-life boyfriend. Anyways, Blair is just vulnerable enough right now to fall prey to the loser, which is just gross … and heartbreaking, as Chuck is waiting at home for her. Sigh. The previews do not offer much immediate hope, and there is even a hint at a Blair-Nate hook-up. Yuck. I just don’t really like Nate (despite his final scene of this episode, which actually kind of sweet). He has no personality, and wears too much makeup. Chuck better come up with a plan …

On a side note, I am watching Melrose Place, season 5 on Netflix right now (what? I need my mindless entertainment to balance reading Augustine’s CD, etc.), and Kelly Rutherford (Lily) is on! She plays a prostitute whom Michael falls in love with and eventually marries. She is so gorgeous and young! Not that she is not currently drop-dead amazing–she’s definitely in my top 3 characters (Blair, Dorota, and Lily)–but wow.  The girl they cast as the young Lily in the spin-off (Brittany Snow) does not hold a candle to her.



“It was one of the great livery-stableman’s most masterly intuitions to have discovered that Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly than they want to get to it.” ~ Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence


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