Gossip Girl - The Age Of Dissonance

Awesome return to form! Sparkling dialogue, vibrant performances, convincing/insane wrap-ups to both the Eyes Wide Shut and To Die For storylines, and more overwhelmingly layer-on-layer metafictional tricks and glosses than Michel Gondry taping himself in reverse Charlie Kaufman and reading aloud from Charlie Kaufman's biography of Michel Gondry entitled The Autobiography Of Michel Gondry By Charlie Kaufman To Be Read While Fucking Charlie Kaufman Backwards, By Michel Gondry As Told To Kristen Bell.

The thing this show has always done really well -- reinterpreting classic romance works and tropes in an absolutely modern soap opera framework -- becomes the subject of the show: at its heart a parable about the construction and protection of social roles in a grossly oversurveilled culture that -- by virtue of the Gossip Girl blog -- puts them always already "onstage" anyway. So the first metafictive jump implicit in the story, then, has the characters interacting with the blog directly, in order to change the narrative flow of the story itself. That's the first thing you tell people so they'll watch the show, of course, but then comes this episode, which makes all that seem like child's play.

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