Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Spoilers! And brace yourself, because this is gonna be a long and highly opinionated post… 

Girl PowWow and Gilmore Girls sums up my weekend perfectly and if you are reading this post, I am guessing yours too. In my post-Gilmore Girls revival moment, I finally after all these years feel like my all-time fav TV-show has come full circle. And I can only imagine that all of you diehard GG fans out there feel the same. So, let’s put in our two cents, shall we?

Before watching the Netflix reboot, I had only two questions on my mind. The first being what will those final four words be? And secondly, who will be the one true Gilmore Guy standing next to Rory? Like any serious GG fan, I put money down – or at least a McDonalds meal – on the outcome (the boy, not the words). And since the four words depend on the boy, let’s start there.

The question all lands on Dean, Jess, Logan or a Mr. New Guy. While I was not so secretly hoping for some new meat for the show, I couldn’t help but root for my childhood crush aka Huntzberger (with the McD meal, that is). It didn’t take long before I knew both my wishes would come true. However, I could not have been more devastated about the way it came to be so. When did Rory become the type of person to disregard others? Even if we are talking about forgettable Paul? I mean, that is just mean, right? And throughout all four episodes? Come on. And in regards to Logan, when did Rory decide to use boys for fun and pleasure instead of deep true love? And not just fun and pleasure, but to help a man cheat? I mean, double come on! I know she did it with Dean too, but this time it is different. There is not love here, no ‘but it is me he truly wants’, it is just for fun. Bad fun.

Honestly, I feel like this trip down this Gilmore’s love life has been a total letdown, because it felt so off for her character and where I hoped she would be in life. Perhaps that was why I got a little too excited when annoying Dean turned handsome Gilmore Guy prospect appeared in the show. For a mere 60 seconds, I truly hoped this would change the tragic story that had become Rory Gilmore’s love life. But no, it didn’t. In the end, though, it came to be solo Gilmore, which I though too be pretty great too. Better alone and happy then disregarding guys and helping them cheat. So, you do you, honey!

This leads me to the first question of those final four words – “Mom, I am pregnant”. While my BFF and I called those exact words before pressing Play on Netflix, I couldn’t be more in love with this ending. As I started the post saying, the show has now come full circle. Like her mother, Rory now gets to put on the superhero cape and make a brilliant life for herself and her kid. Like mother, like daughter. No man, no prescribed road ahead, just the feeling that it is right! While Rory is an adult when pregnant contrary to her mother, this does not change the magnitude of this for the overall storyline. And to lift up the essence of this was a real and killer scene between Rory and her father about Lorelai raising Rory alone. All in one, this scene connects the past, present and future and elevates the entire revival – and probably with Christopher not even understanding the meaning of the conversation. So, this scene brought it all home for me. Good job.

But with the revival’s major questions out of the way, let’s turn our focus towards Lorelai and her less than impressive storyline. To put it simple, her progress in life and how she was living was insignificant to the revival and disappointing to me. How can a woman with so much potential and tenacity stay stuck in life, in the same place as teen years ago? So, shame on you, writers! You can do better than that. She wanted kids, she wanted to get married, but she did neither? She was stuck in her work, but didn’t act? I feel like all the focus of the revival was placed on Richard Gilmore’s death (which just happened, I get that but what about the teen years before that?) and Rory’s lack of direction in life, which made anything concerning Lorelai’s place in life irrelevant. And how is that possible for the biggest Gilmore of the Gilmore Girls? It’s like the writers agreed that as long as Luke and Lorelai get married in the end, whatever happens with her is just filler. That’s right, Lorelai Gilmore became a filler script in this revival, which absolutely sucked!

In addition to calling the life of Lorelai Gilmore a filler script, I will even go so far as to call half of the reboot aka two whole episodes filler scripts (the in betweeners). All four episodes were packed with insignificant scenes – like a twenty minutes Stars Hollow reenactment musical unworthy of Broadway and certainly unworthy of the Gilmore Girls revival – in order to tell the story of the girls, which could and perhaps should have been reduced to the fourth and final episode. I know show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had a vision for the final before the TV show ended, that she didn’t get to finish and this was her opportunity. But when given time, do not let your hubby aka writer and director Daniel Palladino loose on the script and storyline simply to fill up time. Quality, people, quality! This point is even sharpened by the face-dropping throughout the show. Why is it necessary to bring back all the guest actors if they do nothing, but pop their head in, say hello, and go away again – April Nardini, Mitch Huntxberger, Jason Styles, Sookie St. James to name a few. This just seamed wrong somehow.

But having said all that, I do wanna say that with this revival, all the old banner, fast talk and fun jokes were back. What we loved about Gilmore Girls is back! Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel brought their A-game, and they are certainly not to blame that the script was soooooo poorly written. And the same goes for the wonderful Luke, Kirk, Taylor, Babette, Miss Patty and the rest of the gang. Especially our dear Emily, who goes through the biggest evolution of all. At least the writers managed to write something meaningful about her through the revival and not just shove it in between the line in the final episode.

All in all, I award Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life no less than four stars. Not five because the Spring and Summer episode did nothing for the story – as in AT ALL – and not three (or even two) because it was so bloody nice to connect with my favorite TV-characters once more to see where they ended up.

The trouble is now that more wants more, so Netflix, please don’t wait another teen years for a reboot!


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