First off, I would be talking about this week’s ER if I had anything to offer beyond “Doug and Carol!!! Squee!!!” and Volume 605 of my Carter/Noah Wyle rant. But I don’t.
I am, however, psyched to finally be getting Gossip Girl back on Monday. It looks like this week the St. Jude’s/Constance Billard kids are all in the school play. A play that has never been mentioned before.
And, okay, this might not be the best example, coming off of a six-week hiatus. But one thing GG has done consistently this season (besides the Dan/Serena Chuck/Blair make-up/break-up dance) is have giant chunks of story take place off-screen.
I can’t decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, it lends a little realism, as though these characters go on with their lives when we’re not around. But on the other, it cycles through story really quickly and I feel like we miss a lot. Which is not to say I want more time spent on characters like Ms. Carr, but it would be nice if we could stop getting whiplash, like, “Wait, where did she come from?”
Look at what’s already happened off-screen this season: Serena hanging out with Poppy Lifton, Eric’s relationship, break-up, and reconciliation with Jonathan, Nate and Vanessa’s entire relationship, whatever weirdness happened between Blair and Jack Bass, Serena’s BFF English teacher, the dumping of Aaron Rose…
There’s probably more; Those are just the ones that spring to mind. In one of the sneak peek clips of Monday night, Serena’s trying to get the attention of a guy we’ve never met. Is it too much to hope that Serena meets him in this episode, too? That he won’t be Nikki-and-Paolo’d in?