The series finale of Gossip Girls aired last night and I must say it was sad to say goodbye to Chair, Dan’s self-sustaining hair, Serena’s glamorous ensembles, and the show’s expertly fabricated musical exposés where the perfect songs were pinpointed to the most perfect moments.
Even though it was high time for the show to end its 6 year run, I have to say that the finale lacked substance. I was looking forward to an episode of shock/horror/amazement/mental fireworks…but it never happened. So here I go philosophizing a show based on gossip, lust, wealth, fame, and killer good looks.
One of my favorite Chair scenes with the most perfect background song:
The revelation of Gossip Girl’s identity can only be described as anticlimactic. Okay so Dan is Gossip Girl. So what? The biggest secret of the show was revealed so subtly and passively that my only reaction was: “Oh.” Another factor for my lack of enthusiasm could have been that we were already fooled into thinking that Georgina held the high status of Gossip Girl last season. And then the weddings – Blair + Chuck, Serena + Dan – were so predictable that I was kind of glad the show was finally over (you know you’re out of story lines when…). It was a happy ending – I like happy endings and I’m not sadistic, I swear - but I just don’t like too much predictability, that’s all.
But I have to say that I actually liked how the whole show came together and what I understand to be the final message of the show. The Lonely Boy is an individual (yes, male or female) who is an outcast of society, mainly because of social stature. This individual wants to “fit in” but will always be a nobody – unless people start talking about them that is. Yes, the show proved that publicity, good or bad, is always good. It gets you noticed, which gets you talked about, which gets you popular. If you’re only goal in life is to be popular and can face multiple tsunamis of drama like the GG characters, then this is the way to go. If you look for something more meaningful in life, then exposing yourself in too many ways is obviously not the smartest move.
The show was highly relevant to today’s technological existence where social media has left us all without privacy. Even if you don’t use social media yourself, you run the risk of being exposed in ways you don’t want to be exposed. I personally find this to be more than just scary. It’s like Big Brother. You can be snapped, tweeted, facebooked, posted, blogged, status-ed, instagram-ed, googled – at anytime with a common weapon called the cellphone. Insert shock and horror. All one has to do is snap a quick photo of you picking your boogers, post it in the wonderful world of the Internet and that’s it, no more friends for you. Because the thing is, once it is online, it’s there FOREVER. It’s actually quite disturbing, the power that people walk around with these days. This is how the Lonely Boy transforms into the Deadly Boy.
Now that I have unleashed the dark side of the wonderful cyber world, I must shed some positive light to desist a total eclipse. Where we have the power to do bad, we have the greater power to do good. The Lonely Boy phenomenon also reveals the power of the pen. Here I am, typing away, and you reading. This is empowering me as I type the words you read (muhahaha). The Lonely Boy is also symbolic of the de-structuring of hierarchies and giving power to the common folk, through non-violent means (for the most part).
Let’s look at a real life example. It’s actually quite inspirational. A Deadly Boy with not-so-good intentions snapped and posted a photo of a Sikh girl with facial hair. However, it backfired when Balpreet Kaur found out about the post and decided to enlighten people through a positive message. Read her response:
In a world where the Lonely Boy wants to be lonely no more, all they have to do is get people talking. Fortunately (or unfortunately) that is not very difficult at present times and the Lonely Boy can turn into the Deadly Boy. There is nothing more empowering than the pen – it allows you do bend minds, not just bodies.
So there you go, I philosophised Gossip Girl, BAM.
Oh and the best part of the episode: Chuck Bass’s son. I died.
In other news, I have just created a twitter account which I will be using to empty out my mind. Feeling lonely there right now so… follow :D