Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season

Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season
Spotted: Reigning Upper East Side bitch Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) handed her high school leadership off to the younger, angst-ridden Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) before going off to live with the commoners in NYU student residence. And like Annette Bening, she bagged the whale. Notorious playboy Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) is loyal to only her now, much to the surprise of Blair's recently single best friend Serena (Blake Lively). We all know that the single life isn't meant for a girl with that many absent daddy issues and with vacuous pretty boy Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) on the market, anything can happen. However — gasp — maybe Serena wants his older, married, congressman brother Trip (Aaron Tveit) instead. The heart wants what the heart wants — just ask Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), who beds the evil Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) before moving on to international movie star Olivia Wilde (Hilary Duff), who he decides to involve in a threesome with his best friend Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). Now, come on, Dan, that's just playing with fire, and my, does he get burned. This is the world of Gossip Girl, a series where characters are defined more so by their wardrobe than their actions, with Blair's vintage outfits and Jenny's bleached-out, Debby Harry circa 1979 shtick. In fact, the main two supplements on the DVD discuss costuming and set design above all else, with an interactive viewing experience coming along with "The Empire Strikes Jack" episode, and "A Gossip Girl Fabulous Affair" describing fancy parties and design as their version of an elaborate car chase or explosion. It is interesting how the characters all manage to co-ordinate their outfits for every event, wearing brows and burgundy wines for the wedding of Rufus and Lily, and sticking with beige and grey for the teary finale, where we say goodbye to one of the main cast members. They randomly reference literature and film, quoting Candide, Great Expectations and Anna Karenina, occasionally recreating scenes from 9 ½ Weeks and Rear Window, which makes watching the show somewhat amusing for an audience keen on something beyond bed-hopping antics. But, for the most part, this is pure soap opera trash for people that love pretty dresses and illogical histrionics, which is fine, because it does just that better than any other network show currently airing. Also included are a gag reel and a Lady Gaga music video. Joy. (Warner)