I'm not a fan of the montage style but in this case it works because of the water theme in Blake's scenes.but the teenage rock music and the intercuts with Blake make the scene less focused and less crucial
This! The catfights on the 80's soaps felt like full scale battle scenes whereas the cutting between scenes on nuDynasty and other recent shows causes a loss of momentum. It was all downhill after the 80's. The 90's catfights on shows like Melrose Place were always too short and then from the 00's onwards, they were often played for comic effect (see Julie and Hailey in the pool in The O.C).They fight more violently and their hate is even more obvious but the teenage rock music and the intercuts with Blake make the scene less focused and less crucial.