You call THAT a finale?
Boring season. Boring plots. Next to no tension. The last character we care about (Blair) cheated on her man AGAIN. Chuck and Blair are such pervs. They did it at some stranger’s Bar Mitzvah. There was a time when we would have forgiven her because it was Chuck, but now we don’t even care about Chuck and Blair being together anymore. The show is right: He did bring out the darkness and depression in her. And then he had to go and get violent near her, on a window. Was he aiming for her? We’ve watched that several times and we aren’t sure. But we are officially over that couple.
And that’s bad, because that couple is what carried the show through many a rough, Vanessa-filled time. The relationship between Blair and her prince is bland and unbelievable. That was an opportunity for the show to give Blair a beau we could really root for. Put her in a triangle where we feel for both guys! And what happened to Dan/Blair? We loved that a lot more than anything else this season. In fact, the Dan and Blair romance was the highlight of season four.
The finale tried to pull out all the stops for the finale. Russell threatened Blair’s life! And then that fizzled. Georgina showed up! And she was boring. Looking good though. Raina is going back to Chicago and Russell is going to jail. Well, they were a complete waste of time. Serena had to talk her fake cousin off of a ledge. Meh. Chuck and Nate are single, so they decided to travel around the world during the summer. Either Blair or Serena is preggers. It’s probably Blair since she slept with Chuck. That’s gonna ruin her wedding to the prince. Watching Blair and Chuck try to raise a child together might be entertaining…. Serena got what looks like the beginning of a career in making movies out of books. Nice. Our dream career.
One thing we DID like was Vanessa finding Dan’s manuscript tell-all about the Upper East Side, getting it anonymously published, and then taking off to Spain. Vanessa is gone!!! Gone Gone Gone. Because this show can’t write a lame character so that she’s interesting enough to save. The actress is appealing. Why can’t the show write a woman that other women can relate to? Why are all the show’s “good” characters so boring? The bad ones are getting boring too.
Also, we know that everyone hated Jenny. We hated Jenny. But the seasons where Jenny was on the show and the episodes where she came back were the best of the show’s history. We think the show needs her. We love to hate her. We NEED to hate her. We don’t care if Taylor Momsen is a brat on set, dumping her as a series regular was a mistake.
After the finales of years’ past, we were expecting some action. Even the season three finale had us on the edge of our seats! The season four finale didn’t end with a bang, but it set up a lot of interesting-looking plots for next year (like fake cousin Charlie/Ivy and Georgina conspiring). Too bad we probably won’t be watching. Plus, this show has proven that it knows how to dangle good plots in front of our eyes, get us interested, and then completely fail to deliver and come through on its promise to make things exciting. The show is not the emotional, fast-paced, addictive fun it used to be. It’s Boring with a capital B. We aren’t emotionally invested in a single character or couple anymore. They could all die in a fiery mess and we wouldn’t care.
Episode Grade: B
Season Grade: D+
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