Best described as a British version of Wolf Of Wall Street meets the breaking fourth wall technique of House Of Cards mixed with the “boys club” mentality of Mad Men. Basically just like the movie Blow if Blow was about selling plastic and windows. Chuck Bass will always be close to our heart so it is hard to see him play anyone else. The good news is that he is still just as charming and sassy as Chuck Bass but a little more daring and bad ass as Vincent Swan. Mainly because he is using his charm and wit to earn of fortune instead of just running around spending it.
Our favorite part of White Gold is that it is a period piece, set in the 1980’s. Yes the 1980’s are now considered a period piece. How old does that make you feel? The other best part of the show is Vincent Swan’s wife, British Mandy Moore. British Mandy Moore is sassy, beautiful and fabulous much like the real Mandy Moore. Although after This Is Us, Mandy Moore is in a league of her own and cannot be replicated.
White Gold uses the breaking the fourth wall technique to have Chuck Bass speak directly to the audience during dialogue, just like Kevin Spacey’s character in House Of Cards. This technique is effective in House Of Cards which makes White Gold seems like a cheap knock off but somehow it remains intriguing enough to keep watching.
Some of the humor is VERY British and tongue and cheek. There is only 1 season out on Netflix and it only consists of 6 episodes. Each episode is only 30 minutes long so the series is extremely short lived and possibly the easiest show to binge on Netflix to date. We imagine the 6 episodes are a trial run to test the waters for this unconventional show.
Chuck Bass plays a plastic windows salesman who uses his guile, charm and wit to sell people cheap windows for an outrageous up charge. He claims he can sell anyone anything and does well convincing just about any type of person to buy into anything he sells. The only thing he can’t do is convince the government to get off his case about back taxes he owes from the last year.
Vincent Swan, aka Chuck Bass, is a womanizing, arrogant, silver tongued cheeky bastard to say the least. He is great at what he does and he does it with an level of elegance and grace that it heavily reminded us of Jordan Belfort the Wolf Of Wall Street. There is something so tragic and alluring about a character focused on dominating their career field while their lives crumble around the empire they have come to build.
We liked the show better than we originally thought we would. That being said we were never in love with the show as a whole. We did not hate it but we were also super let down. Chuck Bass is such a presence, such a force to be reckoned with that we expected great things from his next venture into TV. Sadly White Gold did not live up to half the glory that is Gossip Girl but it was worth a quick 6 episode binge.
All in all we do recommend you watch it because it is such a short binge that it ends up being worth the trouble. We just want you all to know that it is not the best show out there so don’t go in expecting Stranger Things or 13 Reasons Why level amazing. A step above shows like Fuller House and Girlboss but below shows like Gypsy or The OA.
If anything the return of Chuck Bass to our television screen was more than enough reason to at least give this show a solid chance. Everyone deserves a second chance, even the Chuck Bass characters of the world. If you watch the first episode or two and still hate it, it will not get too much better so keep that in mind.
There is no serious drama or drug pushing to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is much more of a dark comedy than it is a drama. To be honest the show does get more interesting as it goes on and by the finale we found ourselves wanting more than just a mere 6 episodes. The show could have used 10 episodes but maybe 6 was the perfect amount to keep us interested but not bored.
3/5 stars for this show and a 9/10 rating for binge worthy success
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