Finally, we laid witness to the much-hyped, much-discussed flashback episode of Gossip Girl, that serves as a potential pilot for a spin-off series. That was an exhausting sentence. Luckily, the actual episode was much more pleasurable.
First off, I loved the grainy, sepia-toned coloring for the flashback scenes. It was a nice touch and much preferred to zooming in on Lily's eyes. And I sort of want the soundtrack to this episode. It was like a mixtape for all of my fave songs. The one thing that did bother me was that while the music was fab the whole thing went a little overboard in the '80s references. Like did Owen really have to be playing with a Rubik's cube in the backseat of Carol's car? Although I will give them props for having CeCe working out to Jane Fonda's exercise video. True confession: I used to do that same routine with my mom. And yet she still had no idea I was gay.
I think if this ends up being an actual series, they need to dial down the '80s references a tad.
Also, I love that Andrew McCarthy is having this random resurgence on shows that I love. First it was Lipstick Jungle R.I.P. Now, it's Gossip Girl. It's like Andrew McCarthy is starring in my subconscious. BTW, that's a great name for a band: ''Please welcome, Andrew McCarthy is Starring in My Subconscious!'' Whoever steals that, just please credit me someday.
So we basically got a chance to see that Lily has pretty much always despised her mother and that CeCe was a pretty hein beyotch when Lily was younger. Although, the casting department deserves props for Cynthia Watros as the young CeCe; she looks just like Caroline Lagerfelt, the actress who plays older CeCe.
The story really picked up though when Lily ran away to find her sister, Carol. True confession #2: I was actually on set the day they filmed that No Doubt performance scene which was totally amazing. But it was great to see the entire scene all cut together.
We also got to meet Keith van der Woodsen who may or may not be Serena's father/uncle/something. Who knows? I've never been able to get any answers out of the producers. That party scene was a lot of fun, though. Very Less Than Zero. And I loooved the Rhodes girls' indignant reactions when that mean party chick told them to go back to the Valley.
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