Monday on TV

1. Last night’s Gossip Girl was promising, but also sloppy and repetitive. We’ve definitely seen this one before, regarding Serena and Dan, Chuck and Blair, and Rufus and Lily. What I liked about this episode were the small humorous asides (such as Chuck ventriloquizing his father: “Why do you wear so much purple?”) and the illustration of how a small online network like Gossip Girl can so easily make public what Lily and her mother endeavored so hard to cover up. Gossip Girl (the RSS feed) works so fast, that I’m growing attached to the idea that there’s no one at the helm–everyone is Gossip Girl.I also like the way that Serena’s initial fear becomes reality by the end of the episode, and how Nate’s words to Dan about friendship will become relevant to Chuck.

Complaints: If we can see through Chuck’s uncle so easily, why can’t he? Granted he’s sort-of mourning, but he’s far more cynical and distrustful than most of the show’s audience. Will Jenny ever stop being annoying? And if Rufus and Lily’s kid didn’t die, who was in the cut-out newspaper story?

Next week: an actual plot about school?

2. How I Met Your Mother was a marvel of construction last night. Did not care for the B plot, but the gang managed to turn a lackluster A (exes start sleeping together) into a workshop. I particularly love the sequence of cuts in the middle of the episode that go straight from Ted and Robin in bed, to Marshall discovering them (again) to the bar, to Barney picking out another tv and smashing it. Ted seemed to process what he learned about Barney pretty easily–we’ll have to wait to see if he actually approves of the idea.


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