Gossip Girl’s Pacey and Joey moment

Watching this week’s installment of Gossip Girl (which was so bland that it didn’t warrant a recap), I was struck by how the Blair Dan love drama is reminiscent of another wildly popular and controversial teen soap.

I’m talking, of course, of Dawson’s Creek. Now on the face it, the exploits of the Capeside crew have little in common with those of the glamorous Upper East Siders we so dearly love to Gossip about.

The former were unfashionable, the high school pecking order’s outsiders. They were poor – not in the “I live in Brooklyn” mould of Dan and Jenni, but poor enough to have to waitress and put themselves through college.

They talked in long, luxurious sentences with the vocabulary of the Bard, and their dramas were invariably internal rather than the results of some convoluted plot or scheme.

And yet. When Dawson’s Creek began, the clear premise was that this was a love story about the boy and girl next door. The clue was in the title, this was about Dawson and Joey, about the obstacles they would face – but ultimately surmount – in their quest for happily ever after.

Yet from early on it was clear that the verbal sparring between Pacey – the intended “supporting actor” character – and Joey, was no match for her rapport with Dawson.

When they sailed off into the sunset a few series later, theirs was the romance we were rooting for.

I’m not sure if we’re yet at the cheerleading stage of Blair and Dan, but looking at it now, Dan’s relationship with Serena seems like the prologue.

Blair has always been the more engaging of the two girls, particularly in her days of scheming on the Met steps against the presumptuous Little J – but Serena’s character has barely developed from the flighty, whiny blonde we met at Grand Central. Her romances are fleeting and repetitive, whereas Blair’s are all great loves, marked by tragedy and anguish.

Perhaps that was what the Gossip Girl team was gunning for all along; the other happily ever after, the one you wouldn’t have predicted in the first place. I doubt it, just as I doubt that Pacey and Joey were anything other than a product of the writers seeing good screen chemistry that fans responded to.

But, as Gossip Girl moves to the twilight days of its fifth series (the point when Dawson’s Creek, too, was obviously doomed) it’s interesting to note just how pointless the majority of the supporting cast have become and how vapid the other plot threads are.

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Gossip Girl recap: Crazy, Cupid, Love

Charlie Rhodes, meet the girl who has spent the last year pretending to be you, living your life, wearing your dresses, sipping your champers, smooching your men.

Twas Valentine’s Day on Gossip Girl and time for Ivy Dickens to meet her match.

Obviously, this had to happen at a party with everyone in attendance (except for Chuck, who was occupied getting acquainted with Dan’s “desperate single female on Valentine stereotype” literary agent.

Fake Charlie was in town, it emerged, because grandma CeeCee is on her deathbed. While I’d like to think FC has grown to care about her pretend grandmother, it’s a fair assumption that FC has been sitting around with dollar signs on her pupils looking at the will.

Anyway, she bumps into cater water Real Charlie, who is there because Nate has stalked her into working for him. If he wasn’t worth gazillions, the whole “buying off her boss and planning a party just to waitress” thing might be a little creepy, reminiscent of Juliette’s behaviour last season (the good-ish old days of Gossip Girl, before the writers got Kate Middletoned).

But it’s Nate, and she’s blonde, so meh. She’s his shiny toy of the moment. Resistance is futile to the dimpled one.

FC and RC meet and don’t give the game away, but it won’t be long (there’s a Facebook friend request and everything). I’m looking forward to the Carole-Lily showdown that will inevitably take place, particularly given how watered-down Blair and Serena’s latest frenemies tiff was.

The tiff was because, having gone to elaborate lengths (planting fake old marrieds to go “aaaw” at the sibling-lovers) to reunite Serena and Dan, Blair and Dan ended up locking lips in a manner that was decidedly not reminiscent of the high school days they were reliving at Nate’s bribe-a-date do.

Georgina, nasty, Machiavellian  Georgina, has the whole thing on camera, but she’s got more dirt up her sleeves; namely the pre-nup that states Blair will lose everything if the royal romance implodes.

While Georgina’s return has been enjoyable – finally, some actual old-school scheming – she’s sort of sleepwalking through the deviousness.

Let’s hope a tragic divorce is enough to bring back the bitchy Blair of high school days.