Why the New Gossip Girl Doesn’t Work

At the beginning of HBO Max’s new Gossip Girl series, we zoom in on a woman riding a train into the city. If you watched the original, you can recognize the homage to the opening scene where it-girl Serena (Blake Lively rocking the trendiest hair of the late aughts) arrives back into town. However, the reboot is also sending a message as we’re not observing a rich high schooler…

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