I’ve been a Gilmore Girls fan since I was in high school and they started playing it on ABC family every afternoon, so when I heard that there would be a revival on Netflix I was super excited. I found out about the revival months ago, so it’s been a long wait, but now that it’s finally happened I’m excited to share my feelings about it.
I’m definitely glad that the Palladinos have gotten the opportunity to create more Gilmore Girls, since they didn’t get to be a part of the final season of the original series. I was also excited to see what they would create in a revival. Of course, there’s an element of anxiety associated with revivals, since you don’t know if it will hold up to your expectations. Especially if you’re like me and you have a lot of nostalgia for the original series. That makes for very high expectations, and I’ll admit that I had pretty high expectations for this revival. It makes everything a bit better that it’s the original creators of the series who have created the revival, but there’s still always the chance that a revival just won’t be as good as the original series.
Now that I’ve rambled a bit about revivals in general, I want to say that overall, I was very happy with this revival. For the most part, it had the same feeling as the first six seasons of the original series, which was really lacking in season seven. The witty banter was back and was excellent, and made me so happy, because I felt like I was watching the original series all over again for the first time (full disclosure: I’ve seen the original series multiple times). It also helped that so much of the original cast was also in the revival.
But lets talk details now! Fair warning, spoilers to follow!
I think I was most happy with Emily’s story throughout the four episodes. Obviously hers was the saddest, since Edward Herrmann died, and so Richard has died as well. So Emily’s story is all about her coming to terms with being a widow, making a lot of changes in her life, and eventually selling her house and moving to Nantucket to become a docent at a whaling museum. She has a lot of great moments, including telling the DAR where to stick it and a foray into The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I had some mixed feelings about Lorelei’s story. I didn’t mind that it centered around her and Luke having relationship issues, because let’s face it, Luke was never that great of a communicator. So it doesn’t feel all that off base that they might have stalled out because they never really talked about what they wanted. I didn’t even mind that Lorelei started going to therapy (although that therapist didn’t do a great job). What did bother me was the whole I’m-going-to-hike-my-troubles-away-like-in-Wild interlude. Not that some of those scenes weren’t funny, but the whole thing felt so out of character for Lorelei to even want to do that I had a hard time believing it. That said, I like that she didn’t actually end up hiking at all, and couldn’t even get everything into her pack (that was very reminiscent of episodes past since none of the Gilmore girls are light packers). But what I don’t see is how that solved any of her problems with Luke. Sure, for whatever reason, she remembered a good story about Richard, but I don’t know what she really needed to figure out otherwise. Of course she wants to stay with Luke and get married. We kind of established that in the original show (even though it took seven whole seasons to figure it out). If anything, the problem should have been whether Luke was still sure about the relationship (since one of his character traits is annoyed). Which he was, but of course he couldn’t just tell Lorelei because where would the drama come from?
On a side note, I have this feeling a lot while watching tv and movies and reading books. So often, the main conflict could so much more easily be solved if the characters just communicated their feelings with each other. I just wish that writers would be a little bit more creative and not rely on such cliche conflicts.
But I still can’t help enjoying the scene where they finally do get married at the end. It was a really lovely montage, and the fact that they played the same song that they had their first dance to (“Reflecting Light” by Sam Philips) was such a great detail. I’m not going to lie, I totally cried during that scene.
Now, let’s get to Rory. Unfortunately, I have even more mixed feelings about Rory’s story line. On the one hand, I appreciated that Rory was struggling in her career. For so much of the original series, Rory didn’t really have too much difficulty with school or her journalism. Sure, there were moments here and there, but for her to really experience the kind of career difficulty that so many normal people do was a side that we haven’t really seen of Rory. Sometime we all just have to accept that what we thought we wanted to do with our lives isn’t going to work out, and we have to try something new. And Rory did that by starting to write a book (although I’ll point out that most people don’t have the luxury of not working for a year while we figure out what it is we’re supposed to do).
What I didn’t like so much about Rory’s story line was the romance. Rory needs to get her shit together and not leave a perfectly nice guy hanging while she forgets him and acts like a shitty girlfriend. She needs to not cheat on him (but let’s face it, this show has never had the best track record with relationship morality) with Logan (once a cheater, always a cheater, which means he was never meant to be the one). I’m not even going to mention her sleeping with a wookie at comic con, beyond saying WTF was up with that? Beyond out of character.
I would maybe have liked her to get a little more romantic resolution, if this is really supposed to be the end of the series (which I’m not so sure about). And maybe to end up with Jess, because I’ve always been team Jess. However, it’s not the end of the world that she didn’t. I know that the Palladinos wanted to focus on more than just Rory’s romantic life.
That being said, we now come to the last four words. Not only Rory being pregnant without being in a relationship a huge cliffhanger for something that is supposedly an end to the series, but it also takes her character in a completely different direction. If she keeps the baby, she now becomes more like Lorelei, who also had to work a baby into her life at a less than ideal time. And she’s most likely going to be a single mother, like Lorelei. I’ve heard people talk about this development as the whole story coming full circle, but I just can’t see this as a fitting ending to the series. If anything, this is the beginning of a story, not the end. So even though there were so many things about the revival that I liked, I can’t help but be disappointed with this development.
This post is already a lot longer than I’d originally planned, so I think I’ll end it here. Hopefully, you’ve read this far, and if you did, hopefully you enjoyed it.
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