***Warning – Hella Spoilers Ahead!***
Seriously, don't read on if you haven't watched it yet...
Okay, but don't go blaming us when we tell you how it ends because we warned you FOUR TIMES!
Wow. I have no other way to start off something as massive as this. This Netflix revival could not have come any sooner, whether it be for long-time fans or for those who stumbled across it one lazy Sunday evening and then binged all seven original seasons over a 2 week period. For me, it was a mixture of the two. I watched it as a cute pre-teen, not really understanding what was going on, and then re-watched it recently, as a now sexy twenty-something year old, in preparation for the revival. Some assessments may have fallen to the wayside, but can you blame me? It's Lorelai and Rory ffs.
Following the likes of Full House and Scream, Netflix teamed up with original Gilmore Girls writers Amy Sherman and Daniel Palladino to produce this reunion. Maybe it was a 10 year anniversary gift to fans, or perhaps a chance for retribution for the slightly askew seventh season, either way, the world has been blessed with four feature length episodes, each with its own purpose and the same Gilmore, quick wit charm.
Alas, I tried my hardest to not let my sheer excitement cloud my critical judgement for the most talked about TV event of this year, so I managed to take note of a few personal hiccups on my end. Here goes:
The series begins with Lorelai meeting Rory at the Town Centre, roughly 10 years from the finale episode. They launch into their classic 5x speed banter exchange, and afterwards, Rory is winded, saying ‘It’s been a long time.’ While a cute and sentimental way to begin, there was something missing. It wasn’t about being rusty or out of practice, it was sort of… gimmicky. The 54 pop culture references exchanges between the two, at the speed of light I should add, just felt kind of obvious and at times it got in the way of some of the important stuff they had to get through.
Bye Bye Gilmore
Edward Herrmann’s passing shook the cast and crew in 2014, and with it came an opportunity to say goodbye to both Edward and Richard properly on screen. They have done this beautifully, so this is more so a lamentation than a critique. If the series had been made sooner, we could have seen Richard’s character reconcile with Lorelai, to help rest the hearts of viewers who have also had a falling out, and were unable to say goodbye.
It’s not that spontaneous dance routines and musical numbers are unwelcome in my books, they just felt out of place for this traditionally un-theatrical franchise. While each number had its own humorous or metaphorical purpose, I felt it ate up a lot of time that could’ve been spent on a proper goodbye. Perhaps Amy’s style changed, or they wanted to Hamilton their emotions, but at times it was awkward and often unnecessary.
Those Last Four Words
I watched this not because I had to, but because I wanted to rest my own Gilmore Girl heart. I wanted to say goodbye and to let it go and let it marinate in my mind as a classic I would return to when I’m older and hopefully have beautiful daughters to share this with. I’m sure many others felt the same way. But those last four words threw a spanner in the works. Are we meant to be left with that for another 10 years, for when and if they decide to make a sequel? While I would welcome that with open arms, a line needs to be drawn. I read that an explanation could be given if this revival is met with an uproarious response. This could be through another short series. My bet is on a full-fledged feature film, where Jess and Rory reunite and Lorelai, by twist of fate, also becomes pregnant and the two are able to raise a pair of Gilmore Girls.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes full circle not only for Rory and Lorelai, but for the young viewers who are now well into their aware and confusing twenties. Binging this over the weekend threw me back to the breezy autumn Sunday afternoons where my family and I would watch new episodes on Channel 9. Back to when Alexis Bledel had the voice and demeanour of a Disney princess.
Everything was so familiar but unrecognisable, if that’s a thing. The set, the characters we knew and loved. They were there and accounted for and there was comfort in that. There is one thing that definitely hasn’t changed, and that is my inevitable boy crush on the stoic but kind hearted Luke Danes.
In true Gilmore style, this show is best watched with a smorgasbord of takeout, bucket-loads of chocolate, an unending amount of Kleenex, and last but least, coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Author’s Recommendations for Netflix Series to get through this post-revival waiting period:
Black Mirror: A chilling web series addressing the future of technology on and its consequences for humanity. No episode is the same.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A hilarious spin on the ‘Small Town Girl Moves To The City’ trope. A cult survivor with a middle school education strives towards a functioning adulthood.
Stranger Things: Set in a time of flare pants and box TV’s, a young boy goes missing. His loyal friends, alongside a kick-ass newcomer, try their hardest to rescue him.
Now watch the intro below and let your heart burst with happiness.
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