Awkward and not the least bit organic reference to Dan and Serena once being in love is indeed awkward. Yup, watching the clusterf**k that is Gossip Girl. Please keep your thoughts with me as I carry on.
So not only do I torture myself by playing the Dan and Blair scenes from 4.17 after finding the episode still on my DVR drive today, I come here and discover the most disheartening Dan and Blair spoilers since the season five finale details were leaked. Sometimes I think I just need to formally break-up with Dan and Blair and Gossip Girl, but them I catch glimpses of their glory days and I feel overjoyed and pained all in the same passing. I can’t break from who these characters previously were and what they could have been. It may hurt, but I will always love Dan and Blair - just like all the other pairings that I shipped that came and went without a happy ending. I just wish the writers did these characters, respectively, better justice than what they have. Because at this point I don’t even recognize them.
P.S. These are some of the least progressive female characters I have ever seen in prime-time television and in soap operas. To literally know that Blair believes Dan sleeping with Serena is worse than being traded for the Empire by Chuck is outright disturbing.
* Please excuse my re-use of this photo, but it’s too perfect. Side-Note: Freaks and Geeks was indeed nearly perfect.
"… That’s part of the challenge of TV. But the cast still shows up every day and gives it their all. …"
[Well they do show up everyday.]
"… There’s not a scene that Leighton Meester is not showing up for and crushing. …"
[Is he watching the same show we are? I love Leighton, but the woman, nor the cast as of now, could win more than a television Razzie (if there was such a thing)]
"… Their excitement about the show ending is the same way you felt about college ending: You loved it, it was a blast, it changed your life, and the excitement is about what’s coming next. …"
[All in the past tense man. And Penn pretty much explained to Vulture I believe it was, that he only took the part for the money considering he was near broke at the time. And I’m sure it was a blast working together (the cast and crew) and all that comes with that. But take a good long, hard, look at their interviews and performances as of late. Love is not a word I would use to describe their feelings.]
Blair is the worst. I’d like to add more. Maybe write some well intention essay, but this just sums it up so nicely. It’s like I’m watching that Blair from 4.16 I believe it is when she’s going on about thinking that if she had excelled at W she would have been closer to getting back with Chuck. Except this time she doesn’t open up to Dan about it, she doesn’t have any moment of clarity. And she frets about her future with Chuck hinging on how she succeeds with her mother’s company every single episode, like she has zero faith in herself or her relationship Chuck. I’d like to think that even some Chuck and Blair fans don’t want this bull. I’m just about ready to fast-forward through all her scenes when I finally get around to the latest episode.
So basically Dan is playing her (rather transparently I might add) and Blair is too dense to pick up on it. So much for the intuitive Blair Dan once knew.