'Gossip Girl': Freshman orientation
The show attempted to quell our fears by bringing us back to some basics. College is about starting a clean slate and finding one's niche. As Dan, Blair and Vanessa usher in their freshman year at NYU, they confront the question that pops into every newbie's mind when stepping foot on campus: Where do I belong?
The question is pondered most obsessively by Blair. Determined to continue her Queen B status in college, she parades into the dorms with sushi, sake and gift bags, with hopes of buying her way into the hearts and psyches of her fellow freshmen. She ends up falling flat, mostly thanks to her roommate, the irrepressible Georgina Sparks. I admit, I like seeing Blair flail. Queen B is wickedly fun, but she's always so much better when her chips are down. We get to see another layer of B, one that feels empty and vulnerable without a headband-clad army to lead, and she's going to have to step up her game or expand her horizons if she wants to be liked.
I also was not a fan of Serena in this episode. Before she even gets there, she concludes that Brown (or college in general) isn't the place for her. Cue her downward trajectory. S is her usual hot mess as she ruins Chuck's business deal and blatantly uses Carter. Despite her missteps, the Golden Girl, of course, is forgiven. She's just lost and confused and needs angst to match her tousled hair. It was starting to get annoying. It did, however, provide a story as to what keeps Serena in the city.
As for Nate, who doesn't start Columbia for another week, he spends most of the episode in bed with Bree. She falls harder for him when she sees his sentimental side, thus further complicating relations with her family. This story line better pick up because it's beginning to be a yawner.
Time for your thoughts. How would you rate the gang's first week of college? Do you like Blair as an outcast or do you want her back on her throne?
— Enid Portuguez
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