'Gossip' groan: 'Gossip Girl' Season 4 premiere adrift in Dullsville
When we last left our teenaged Upper East Siders, Georgina had just shown up on Dan’s doorstep pregnant with what she claims is Dan’s baby; Serena and Blair were fleeing to Paris to escape heartbreak; Chuck was lying in a ditch in Prague after being shot in a mugging; and Nate was preparing to spend a summer going through Chuck’s little black book. Just another average day for “Gossip Girl.”
And doesn’t that sound really soapy and exciting on paper? Unfortunately, the Season 4 premiere, which picks up right where Season 3 left off, is just kind of dull. We check in with the players, who are spread all around globe, and perfunctorily follow up on plot points left dangling last season: Dan’s adjusting to the surprise of fatherhood, Serena and Blair gallivanting all over Paris, Chuck — well, this is the one story line we don’t want to spoil.
The show is at its best when the kids are brought together by some juicy caper, so it suffers from the multiple, unrelated threads. Actually, the show is at its best when Chuck and Blair are on the screen — they are by far the best-written characters — and there is too little screen time devoted them.
And then there are the parents. Throughout the series, the adult characters always have been kind of useless (though Kelly Rutherford is charming as multiple divorcee Lily van der Woodsen-Bass-Humphrey).
In Monday’s episode the adults are appropriately backgrounded — “Gossip Girl” isn’t about old-person drama.
Devoted fans will want to see it through. The action all happens in the last two minutes. Things pick up even more next week. But if you’re not already into it, Monday’s premiere probably won’t change your mind.
Season 4 of “Gossip Girl” premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on The CW.