"Gossip Girl" Goes Out on a Relative High Note Review

Attention Upper East Siders: Gossip Girl’s Sixth and Final Season is now available on DVD! It’s been a rollercoaster of a series, and the final season is no less exciting. With only 10 episodes, creators Stephen Schwartz and Stephanie Savage attempt to answer all your burning questions. Will Blair choose Chuck or Dan? Will Nate uncover who Gossip Girl is? Will Serena find love?

Speaking of that blonde bombshell, Serena (Blake Lively), last seen drugged out on a train ride out of the city, has been MIA for too long. So the gang teams up in true Gossip Girl fashion to track her down, while also dealing with their other issues. Blair (Leighton Meester) has made a pact with Chuck (Ed Westwick) that they cannot be together until she succeeds professionally (via her mother’s fashion label) and he succeeds in taking down his once-dead, now-malicious father Bart Bass (Robert John Burke). This allows only 10 episodes for Dan (Penn Badgley) to woo over Blair or switch back to obsessing over Serena. Not that he has much time for either as his new book is continuing to cause a stir with the help of Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Nate (Chace Crawford). Nate himself is a bit distracted as financial foibles threaten to ruin his beloved Spectator.

These final episodes are jam-packed with plot and callbacks to past Gossip Girl moments. But, like all seasons, it does miss its mark occasionally. The Sage (Sofia Black-D’Elia) drama is almost completely unnecessary. The fact that Ivy (Kaylee DeFer) is still running around plotting against everyone (and sleeping with everyone’s daddies) is extremely frustrating. And does anyone really think Serena is going to settle down with Steven (Barry Watson)?

But as the season—and series—reaches its end, the stories begin to converge beautifully. The final episode is one that fans both past and present of the show will truly appreciate. From exciting cameos of villains from the past to a happily-ever-after flash-forward, the final episode stays true to the heart of the show. And let’s not forget the controversial reveal of who Gossip Girl really is. While no seasons will be as good as the first and fourth were, this final season is the perfect “XOXO” for Gossip Girl.

DVD Bonus Features

The sadly limited special features include the customary deleted scenes and gag reel. The “Gossip Girl Series Retrospective” that aired before the series finale is included as well, with the cast and crew exploring past stories, locations, music, and fashion. “A Big Farewell to Our Upper East Siders” includes cast and crew interviews as they reminisce about their time on the show. And, like previous DVD releases, an audiobook download of one of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl novels is available (this one being the prequel novel It Had to Be You).

"Gossip Girl: The Complete Sixth and Final Season" is on sale February 12, 2013 and is not rated. Drama. Directed by Amy Heckerling, Andy Wolk, Anna Mastro, Bart Wenrich, Joe Lazarov, John Stephens, Mark Piznarski, Norman Buckley, Patrick R Norris. Written by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Annemarie Navar-Gill, Natalie Krinsky, Matt Whitney, Sara Goodman, Dan Steele, Jessica Queller, Jake Coburn. Starring Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kaylee Defer, Kelly Rutherford, Leighton Meester, Matthew Settle, Penn Badgley.

Feb
07
2013
John Keith • Staff Writer

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