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Review of Gossip Girl’s Season 4 premiere

Sorry the site hasn’t been updated that often, last month was kind of a soft launch.  I’ll be posting reviews for most Chuck and Gossip Girl Season 4 episodes.  Last night Gossip Girl premiered, here are some random thoughts.

-The baby storyline, as contrived as it is, actually made Dan watchable again after I fast forwarded most of his scenes last year with Vanessa.  I hope Georgina doesn’t leave for good and that her letter in the end wasn’t the end of her this season.  How stupid is Rufus to not force Dan to have his own paternity test?  Shouldn’t they have learned from the whole Chuck/Mom paternity debacle?  The storyline is dumb but it is better than the dumb shit they did in Season 3.  I think there’s a chance it might be Scott’s (Dan and Serena’s illegitimate brother).  Didn’t they insinuate him and Georgina were fucking last year?

-I liked Katie Cassidy’s character, she and Nate actually had chemistry and the ending with her seemingly being obsessed with Gossip Girl was intriguing.  I hope she actually becomes somewhat of a normal character and not just a villain because she could really help this show as a regular.

-Blair’s bullshit is getting old.  She is so hard to like, why should I care about her being jealous about Serena getting into her same college?  Wanting to rule the school?  Please.  This bullshit is why I can’t tell anybody I watch this show.  Blair is still acting like she’s in high school with her petty bullshit.  Also Serena is a total slut.  One of Gossip Girl’s major flaws over the last 2 years has been making just about every character more unlikable.

-This episode was severely lacking Chuck and Jenny, my two favorite characters on this show.  I know Jenny is going to miss a lot of time in the first half of Season 4 and that really sucks.  At least Chuck showed up at the end I guess.  I found his whole thing at the end really soapy.  So what, does he have amnesia or does he want to be a new person?  Whatever the answer is, Josh and Stephanie are running out of ideas.  Also is it just me or does his new girlfriend look like a man/transvestite.  It just felt weird to look at her.

Overall, the episode was alright.  It’s clear the show is running out of ideas, but this episode was more entertaining than most dreary Season 3 episodes.

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Top Ten Worst Josh Schwartz show characters

Over the years Josh Schwartz has created classic characters like Ryan Atwood, Seth Cohen, Chuck Bartowski, John Casey, Chuck Bass, and many others (Yes I know Chuck Bass is from the Gossip Girl books but he was changed drastically for the TV series) but he has also had his fair share of dud characters on his shows.  Here is my list:

10. Emmet from Chuck (2008-2010)

Chuck has probably had the least amount of annoying recurring/guest characters out of all of Josh Schwartz’s shows, and I know putting Emmet on this list may be unpopular, but to me the character was way too cheesy and over the top.  Josh”s humor is at its best when it is tongue in cheek, and to me the Emmet character was just annoying.  Tony Hale was great on Arrested Development, but this character just didn’t work for me.

9. D.J. from The O.C. (2004)

As Season 2 of The O.C. began Josh decided to incorporate some new characters into the show.  For the most part it worked, Alex, Zach, and Lindsay brought a new vibe to the show and had great chemistry with the core characters.  Then there was DJ.  DJ wasn’t really that dislikable, he was just, there.  We never really found out anything without him, he was basically an archetypal character.  The yard guy who frequently had his shirt off, a plot device for Marissa to piss off Julie.  Did we ever even find out what DJ. stood for?  He left after only a handful of episodes, and his character was so dull he managed to turn Marissa into a lesbian.

8. Teresa from The O.C. (2003-2006)

Teresa was introduced in Season 1 as one of Ryan’s past love interests.  After the Oliver storyline, she became somewhat of a regular for the rest of the season.  Teresa was simply dull always seemed depressed, she came off as just a plot device to keep Ryan and Marissa apart.  Oliver was this too, but at least he was evil and it was actually interesting.

7. Damien from Gossip Girl (2009-2010)

Damien was Jenny’s creepy looking drug dealing love interest in Season 3.  The whole storyline came off as contrived and Damien just wasn’t terribly interesting.

6. Kevin Volchok from The O.C. (2005-2006)

During the first half of Season 3 Volchok appeared in a couple episodes as some beach bum asshole who Ryan punched.  He then randomly reappeared later in the season to begin a relationship with Marissa, and then in the finale he hit Ryan and Marissa’s car leading to Marissa’s death.  Volchok was a boring villain.  Luke, Julie, Caleb, Oliver, and Trey were all unique villains, you loved to hate them.  Volchok was not entertaining, I did not want to see him on my television.  Also why couldn’t Oliver be the one to off Marissa if Josh was so dead set on it?

5. Aaron Rose from Gossip Girl (2008)

Aaron Rose is one of the many love interests Serena has had on Gossip Girl.  Like most of them, he was about as entertaining as watching paint dry.  Aaron was an artist I think, and he and Serena broke up after a few episodes.  I started to fast forward most of his scenes when watching on DVR so that’s honestly all I remember.

4. Rebecca Bloom from The O.C. (2005)

She sucked.  Nuff said.

3. Vanessa from Gossip Girl (2007-Present)

Basically the Teresa of Gossip Girl, except Vanessa is a full time cast member and even more annoying.  She also had the worst relationship in television history with Dan Humphrey.

2. Sadie from The O.C. (2006)

Oh Sadie, the self proclaimed “brunette beauty.”  The actress who portrayed her, Nikki Reed, felt above The O.C. and claimed she only did it because her agency pressured her to.  She began dating Ryan late in Season 3.  At this point there had been enough wrenches thrown in the Ryan/Marissa relationship, they either should have been single or together after all that had happened.

1. Johnny Harper from The O.C. (2005-2006)

The man, the myth, the legend.  Johnny Harper.  The character that Josh Schwartz thought fans would fall in love with and would divide fans between Johnny/Marissa and Ryan/Marissa.  Johnny and another annoying character Chilli were introduced when Marissa started going to public school.  Johnny immediately fell for Marissa but just like with Oliver, Marissa didn’t notice.  Johnny was a surfer, he wasn’t a dick, he was just always depressed and self centered.  Johnny was infamously killed off on The Cliffhanger, when he literally fell off a cliff to his death.  Many fans saw this as The O.C.’s jumping the shark and getting far too melodramatic.

So who are your least favorites?