Tuesday, May 06, 2008

We Live in the Golden Age of TV (A Running Series)

Is there anything better on Monday nights than watching Gossip Girl? If there is, we sure don't want to know about it. The beautiful set, the amazing wardrobe, the unbelievable teen melo-drama crafted in to subtle social satire . . . it's all there, it's all there. If Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galacitca is the Shakespeare of our time, then Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Gossip Girl is like the Jane Austen and The Great Gatsby rolled into one - a beautifully crafted look at the nation's social elite from the inside out. You'd be hard-pressed to find a look at the American upper-class that is so satirical and outlandish on the one hand, and yet truthful and socially advanced on the other.

And maybe they outdid themselves on the last few episodes. We see everything from class warfare (one of the character's steals a dress to fit-in, also a great line: "Even you should know that jealousy clashes with L.L. Bean pants!"), political jokes (A nice throw away joke about Serena's mom inviting Spitzer to her wedding), homosexuality (Oh noes - a couple tetiary characters are found out to be gay), modern buildingsroman (the characters all have to - ahem - "study" for their SATs), inter-generational conflict, and lines that lay it on so thick that you have to wonder if the characters are really taking themselves serious and if you can *really* willingly suspend your disbelief, when you realize, oh yea - of course we can! E.g., after Jenny's boyfriend is revealed to be Gay - Isabel to Jenny: "To think, I almost asked you to wear a matching dress tonight." GOLD.

If you watched last night's episode, here's a good review[NY Mag]. And I also got the image of Jenny from there. Now time to learn us some evidence.

1 comment:

puja said...

eh, the last bit with serena killing someone...im skeptical they can keep that up. but maybe.

the vanessa/nate plotline was done better than i thought. if only they get rid of lily/rufus ...