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Dawson’s Creek

Lorraine and Sweeney originally introduced Dawson’s Creek to Traumaland as part of a special “Back To School Week” in the fall of 2012. With only its pilot episode recapped, The story of stupid Dawson and his more awesome friends languished in the Traumaland archives until Kirsti and The Democracy Diva decided to resurrect it.

This show has no Snow recappers, but as always, keep the comments spoiler-free to protect innocent Traumateers.

Dawson’s Creek S01 E01 – PUBERTY.

by Marines September 13, 2012 Dawson's Creek
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Dawson’s Creek S01 E02 – Dude, no.

by Kirsti July 4, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Remember that time like two years ago that Lor and Sweeney covered a bunch of pilot episodes and one of them was Dawson’s Creek? SURPRISE! We’re going to cover the rest of it. I was a Dawson’s Creek fan from basically the minute it aired in Australia, although I stopped watching sometime around the point where they all went off to college because it was the contrivance-iest contrivance ever that they would all end up in Boston. But whatever. I revisited the series a couple of years ago, and re-established the fact that I will always and forever be on Team Pacey.

Democracy Diva: I wasn’t particularly interested in Dawson’s Creek when it was new, but I developed a mid-aughts interest in it and have seen the first few seasons.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E04 – Secret sexy times

by Kirsti July 11, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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We open in Dawson’s Shrine o’ Spielberg. He’s watching his footage back (read: creepily talking about how perfect Jen is) while Joey sasses about how Jen’s future is sooooooooo predictable – she’ll go to a small liberal arts college, major in art history, move back to Manhattan, marry a stockbroker, move to the suburbs and raise neurotically perfect children. Dawson changes the subject to what he should get his parents for their wedding anniversary, and um, NOTHING??? Unless buying your parents an anniversary present is a thing in America and I’m not aware of it?!

Democracy Diva: Yeah, definitely have never done that. I think maybe I gave them a card when we had a big dinner for their 30th anniversary, but in general, this is not a thing in my circles.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E05 – Genetic doucheface tendencies

by DemocracyDiva July 15, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine O’Spielberg. Dawson and Joey are having a disaster movie marathon because there’s a hurricane a-blowin’. Gail and her not-so-secret lover Bob are covering the storm on TV, and are overtly flirting with each other during the broadcast because they’re bad at secrets. Dawson’s parents still don’t know that he knows about the affair, and he’s too tired to deal with feelings, so he asks Joey, “You mind if I sack?” Is this an actual thing that humans say? (K: Maybe it was in the 90s??) Anyway, Joey basically tells him to deal with his shit instead of hiding out in the storm. Instead, he broods and watches his mother and her mastress (man-mistress? Guys, it’s so sexist that there isn’t a word for this!) on the news.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E06 – Longest. Day. Ever.

by Kirsti July 18, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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We open in Dawson’s Shrine o’ Spielberg. A black and white movie comes to an end on the TV, and Joey’s all “Cool, BYE.” She claims it’s because her sister’s baby is due like NOW and she needs to help out. Dawson whines that they never watch just one movie on movie night, and she replies that there’s a first time for everything. Like, for instance, Third Wheel Jen being there. Poor Jen – the actual girlfriend – looks hella awkward and is perched on a chair next to the bed, further proving that Dawson Leery is a douchebag. DUDE. Make some room on the bed for her.
Democracy Diva: I am so glad the seating arrangements bothered you as much as they bothered me. If any two people are sharing the bed, shouldn’t it be the people actually dating?

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E07 – Like Breakfast Club, but worse

by DemocracyDiva July 22, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine O’Spielberg. Dawson and Joey are watching yet another movie together, but he gets frustrated with it and shuts it off just before the end. He finds it unbelievable that a girl would decide which guy she wants to be with based on a drag race. Joey wisely points out that someone whose favorite movie is E.T. should not have such a problem with unrealistic films, but like everything else on this show, this is really about SEX.

Kirsti: Also, whose favourite movie is E.T.?! I was terrified of it when I was six, and I’m still terrified of it. Don’t let that thing in your house, Elliott.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E08 – Old habits die hard

by Kirsti July 25, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine o’ Spielberg. Dawson talks to himself as he flips through the TV stations. He pauses briefly on scrambled porn before settling on classic movies. Convenient, really, because it means that when Joey climbs in the window a second later, she doesn’t find him bonding with Little Dawson. (D: Except Joey would call it “walking his dog,” because she’s the worst.) (K: TRUE.) Joey, who’s borrowed Faith’s coma make up complains about sleep deprivation courtesy of her shiny new nephew and says her GPA is dropping as a result.

Dawson tells her to just stay over, which she rapidly agrees to. She judges him for his choice of movies and he starts to defend Gary Cooper, pining for the days when the nerd could easily get the girl.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E09 – Moping to Savage Garden

by DemocracyDiva July 29, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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The episode begins with the opening chords to Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply,” so I am already entirely incapable of taking any of this seriously.

Kirsti: Riiiiiiiiiiiiight there with you. Also, I have had that fucking song stuck in my head for DAYS thanks to this episode. Even reading my “Bahahaha, Dawson’s moping to Savage Garden!” notes was enough to get it stuck in my head again.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E10 – Worst plan ever

by Kirsti August 1, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine o’ Spielberg. Dawson mopes about the fact that Jen doesn’t want to hang out any more now that they’re exes and all. Because apparently when you dump someone, you should hang out with them all the time? IDEK. Joey “Voice of Reason” Potter informs him that it sounds like he doesn’t want to admit it’s over. She tells him there are three main areas to focus on in getting over Jen: 1. Public perception, 2. Prepare himself for Jen to date other people, 3. Having the inevitable “can we still be friends?” conversation with Jen. She asks what he’ll say in regards to #3, and he has no idea. He wants to be friends, but he also doesn’t because “how could you simply be friends with someone when every time you look at them, all you think about is how much more you really want them.” Joey, inner pain poked with a stick, says that she thinks it can be done.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E11 – Stranger danger

by DemocracyDiva August 5, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine O’Spielberg Horror Movie Marathon. Dawson and Joey are watching I Know What You Did Last Summer (except I totally thought that it was Scream until Kirsti corrected me, because all these movies are the same) and it’s the scene with Sarah Michelle Gellar, so I’m counting this as Buffy crossover magic.

Kirsti: Totally counts. Except that Buffy would never run away screaming.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E12 – Pretty Woman Lite

by Kirsti August 8, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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It’s finally here!! The episode that every Dawson’s Creek viewer – casual or devoted – remembers from season 1. NGL, I *may* have bribed Diva to let me do the first recap solely so that this episode fell to me…

Democracy Diva: And I may have agreed begrudgingly because THIS EPISODE, YOU GUYS. IT IS THE BEST/WORST/EVERYTHING-EST.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 E13 – Leave the forehead.

by DemocracyDiva August 11, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine O’Spielberg. Joey is climbing in the window, as per their usual movie-watching routine, but Dawson didn’t expect her to show up after their awkward post-beauty-pageant encounter. He didn’t even rent any movies! For shame. Now that she knows Dawson’s being weird about this, she decides to also be weird, saying that she came by to say she … can’t come by. Then she word-vomits about how the television metaphor for their relationship is getting old, and every night they just do the same old things in Dawson’s “Spielberg-ized bedroom.” Dawson broods in response, and turns on the television. Joey rants about cliffhangers and how manipulative they are; Dawson thinks they keep people guessing, but Joey says they’re just proof that nothing ever really changes.

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Dawson’s Creek S01 Wrap-Up

by Kirsti August 18, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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I feel a bit weird in celebrating the end of season 1, because it feels like we literally just started it and now it’s over. Still, at the very least we should celebrate getting past Joey’s awful rendition of On My Own, so let’s have a dance party!

Yeah yeah, I know that’s technically a spoiler because it’s from season 2. But I feel like that’s exactly how Dawson, Joey and Pacey would react to our celebratory dance, so it seemed appropriate to use it.

Democracy Diva: Totally appropriate. I approve.

K: ANYWAY. On with the rankings!

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Dawson’s Creek S02 E01 – Bad decisions and bad hair

by Kirsti August 21, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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We pick up exactly where we left off last season, with Dawson and Joey eating each other’s faces in the Shrine o’ Spielberg. Shit gets monumentally awkward when the kiss ends and Dawson wonders aloud what this means for them now. Joey says they should sleep on it, and Dawson stares at his bed in terror. But no, Joey means they should sleep in their respective beds. Dawson says with a smile that it’ll be a like a dream when he wakes up. Joey interprets this as him wishing it had never happened, and glares at him before heading for the window. He stops her and says that’s the exact opposite of what he wants. They face-nom some more.

Democracy Diva: So much miscommunication! So much face nomming! I’m already exhausted.

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Dawson’s Creek S02 E02 – Worst friend ever.

by DemocracyDiva August 25, 2014 Dawson's Creek
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Shrine O’Spiel-BLERG THEY’RE MAKING OUT EW EW EW. Will I ever be able to watch Dawson and Joey kiss without recoiling in disgust? Probs not. Anyway, the bedroom door opens and a hand very creepily reaches inside to shut off the television.

Kirsti: SO CREEPY OMG. And also, no. You will never be able to watch Dawson kiss ANYONE without recoiling in disgust. Or maybe that’s just my experience…

Diva: This is shot to look sort of like a horror movie, because Kevin Williamson is the worst, but it’s actually just Dawson’s parents catching him in a horizontal tonsil-hockey tournament with the girl who’s been sleeping in his bed for the last fifteen years.

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