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Psst! DON’T READ THIS UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED THE REVIVAL! Spoilers are EVERYWHERE.
It’s only been a few days since Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life launched on Netflix and while I’d love to wait til everyone has a chance to catch up, I need to unload all these GG thoughts and I have an inkling a few of you need to debrief, too.
This is basically a brain dump, so don’t expect anything of that fancy stuff like flow, good grammar, and correct punctuation. This is basically just a look inside my messy brain that is messier still after being Gilmored all last weekend.
Did I Like It?
Yes. A strong yes. I found all four episodes downright delightful. It was so nice to get the FEEL of Stars Hollow and the original series pre-season 7 when all the fun fell out of the show. Kirk has a pig! Taylor’s still up to his old OCD tricks! Luke’s diner is still Luke’s diner—but now man buns are added to the list of forbidden items! It was really everything I dreamed it would be.
I honestly don’t love either Gilmore Girl. But I adore anything with lovable townspeople (Cranford, Larkrise to Candleford, Home Fires) and so GG fits the bill and there was plenty of Star Hollows best in the new season.
What I Hated
Rory and Logan. Not how they were written, just WHO THEY ARE. Logan has been a smug, privileged rake since the dawn of time, no surprise there. I was slightly surprised that Rory would still be romantically involved with him, until I remembered how much I don’t like Rory and that this IS typical Rory. She has no self-awareness. She considers herself to be an independent, down-to-earth, together kinda girl but she’s allowing herself to be strung along by an engaged man while living off his money and connections. Is this feminism? If so, I’m confused about what feminism is.
Why is Rory so entitled and selfish? She really is the worst.
But I think it does follow from the original seasons. I’ve been watching season 2 (probably my favorite) to prep for AYITL and remember that whole situation with Rory dropping her friendship bracelet that Dean made her and Jess hiding it for awhile so she thought it was lost? Lorelai is FREAKING OUT about this bracelet. LET ME CHECK EVERYWHERE FOR YOU, RORY. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL. POOR RORY! I mean, c’mon. Either she’ll find the ol’ bracelet or she won’t. And maybe she’d learn a lesson in keeping better track of her things? It’s just not the end of the world or anything that a parent should lose their mind over.
I digress, but what I’m trying to say is that everyone has dropped everything for Rory and made her the center of their universe. Are we surprised that she struggles to take responsibility for her life and consider how her actions affect other people……Logan’s FIANCEE for instance?! (And really, didn’t she learn her lesson when she ruined Dean’s marriage? Grow up, Rory.)
What Did I Love?
Emily. Emily Gilmore. I loved her story arch. Her character developed SO MUCH during these four episodes. She completely fell apart which is so NOT an Emily Gilmore thing to do. (The Konmari scene?! I die!) And she became less superficial and far more compassionate. Berta? A maid that stays employed month after month? Who seems to have brought her entire extended family to stay with Emily? Emily loves her and seems to care about her. Progress.
And she finally gives the DAR the boot and sees all that nonsense for what it is: artificial garbage. She does something no one expects her to do (buying a house in Nantucket and becoming a volunteer at the Whaling Museum) and loves it. Emily is fantastic in this episode. She’s become the person I wish she’d been all along, and I think the person Lorelai wishes she’d been, too. I think there’s a lot of hope for Emily and Lorelai’s messy mother-daughter relationship from the final episode: Fall.
Speaking of Lorelai…
I actually really liked Lorelai’s story arch, too. She doesn’t have faithful Sookie to boss around and have at her side at all times (don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Sookie, I just don’t think Lorelei treats her very well all the time or deserves Sookie’s devotion). Michel is leaving. Rory has been living away from Stars Hollow and Richard has died. Lorelai can’t keep it together.
But instead of doing something really horrible and rash like breaking up with Luke (as she would have done in the past) she does something just kinda stupid and rash that doesn’t hurt anyone else—travels to hike the Pacific Coastal Trail or whatever it’s called. OF COURSE she doesn’t even make it on the trail (but huge props for putting Parenthood co-stars in for a cameo as the park rangers) but she lets herself take some time to think and realize that it’s her father’s death that is really throwing her for a loop. She reaches out to Emily. That’s huge!
While I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to grow up as Emily Gilmore’s daughter, Lorelai has been downright CRUEL to her so many times. I love this resolution of the phone call from CA. As if to not only make right what she royally screwed up after Richard’s funeral, but to show Emily that she saw value in how her parents raised her. That sometimes they did things RIGHT and that she treasures those moments. I really think that while things will always be difficult between Emily and Lorelai’s strong personalities, they have a chance to heal.
And then that scene in the kitchen when Lorelai gets back and Luke thinks she’s leaving him? It was over the top and sappy but I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Go, Luke for laying it all out of the table and going after the woman he loves. Go, Lorelei for wising up and knowing what she should have known from the first day of the series: she and Luke need to be man and wife like yesterday. Luke is the best!!! And I actually really liked the trippy-night-before-the-wedding wedding.
C’mon, People! We Need More Jess!
Now while Rory totally doesn’t deserve him, it was great to have a few scenes with Jess. He’s got his isn together now and is all grown up (unlike Logan for whom time seems to have stood still—not just because his perfect smug face hasn’t aged an iota, but because he has not grown or developed on bit in 10 years). Jess is funny and brilliant and super handsome. WHO CAN THINK ABOUT LOGAN WHEN JESS IS AROUND?! Rory, you idiot. He knows Rory so well, giving her the idea for her book. It reminded me of Jo March and Mr. Bhaer. So thank you for the Jess, AYINTL, please send more Jess.
I get why Sookie needed to be out of Lorelai’s life for awhile in order for Lorelai’s story arch to get where it needed to go. But wow, The Dragonfly is a dull place without her! Sookie is my favorite GG character. I wish she was my sister. Or a young aunt. Somehow related to me so that we had to be friends forever and every family gathering would involve her gusto and her food. She continues to be THE BEST.
Almost No Dean Was Perfect.
Oh Dean. You tall, dumb man. Thank goodness we only had to deal with 2 minutes of you in Doose’s market. 2 pleasant minutes, even! He’s got kids, he seems pretty happy. La de da. So glad he’s not with Rory and that she’s not ruining whatever happiness he’s gained since the last time she torpedoed into his life.
Why the Fat Shaming?
I really could have done without the fat shaming at the beginning of Summer at the pool. Was that really necessary? Unless the purpose of the scene was to remind everyone who horrible Rory and Lorelai are, then that was a fail.
The Town Musical!
Ok, so I’ve heard a lot of people are down on the town musical. I happened to LOVE IT. But that’s because I have a background in musical theatre, and I love Sutton Foster (and Bunheads). And I can’t get “We’re working on building (working on building) Stars (Stars!) Hollow!” out of my head.
The Last Four Words
This was on my radar since I’d heard a few people guess (like Tsh on the GG episode of The Simple Show) that the last four words would be “I’m pregnant.” “Me, too.” (Wouldn’t that have been a riot?) But I kinda forgot about it since that didn’t SEEM to be where the plot line was going.
I didn’t even realize when Rory went to see Christopher that HER pregnancy was what she was needing advice about. I think the last four words actually offer a little hope for Rory (despite the fact that Logan’s the father. You’re garbage, Logan).
Welcome to adulthood, Rory! Now there’s someone in your life more important than you and your desires. Congrats! But seriously, I think this baby will help Rory gain compassion, selflessness, and maturity. And I’m glad all the lovable townspeople will be along for the ride. I’m just wondering if there’s any hope for Jess in the picture….because really what the show needs is just a lot more Jess.
What did you think?