I just finished the Gilmore Girls revival and I need to process a bit, so I’m blogging about it. I know that errrrrbody is blogging about it and you probably don’t care about my opinion, but I’m going to give it anyway! And I’m probably one of the last people to finish the four episodes, but in case I’m not, spoiler alerts below.
I discovered the original series a little later in the game. It had been on the air a few years already and ABC Family started airing reruns in the afternoons. I was working at the church then and had non-traditional work hours so I was home when it was on and decided to start watching it from the beginning. I was hooked almost right away. I loved the witty banter, the colorful characters, the charm of Stars Hollow. It took me a few months to catch up on the entire series and then I started watching the new episodes around season six. Told you it was pretty late into the game. And like many, I wasn’t thrilled with the direction things went in the last season, but I didn’t hate the way the series ended. I was satisfied by the series finale. Of course I wanted more, but if that’s where things were left, I was OK with it. And then the revival was announced. And I saw the trailer online. And my heart started racing with excitement. There was so much more of the story to tell!
The characters are exactly as we remember them, fast talking as always. Lorelai and Rory are both at a bit of a crossroads in their lives and each go through a journey to find themselves throughout the year that the episodes take place. Emily, Lorelai’s mother, also goes through a bit of a journey as well as she learns to live life without her husband of 50 years, Richard. I felt they did a wonderful job with honoring the character’s memory (the actor who played him in the original series passed away last year I believe). I loved how they brought in just about every person who was a part of the Gilmore’s lives over the years as well. From Paris to Lane to Michel to Jess to Dean and finally to Sookie. Everyone was there and they were all as we remember and loved them.
I loved the last episode, Fall, the best. I have heard complaints that in that episode it is almost more than halfway through before we get any interaction between Lorelai and Rory – well, there’s good reason for that. They were feuding at the end of the Summer episode. And it’s also at the beginning of Fall that they each kind of get to the pivotal place of finding themselves and what’s next for each of them – Lorelai marrying Luke and Rory sitting down to write her book. So for me, I was ok that their story lines didn’t really come together immediately. And as for the final four words – I think it’s kind of a full circle type situation. Rory will raise her child with her mother’s support and I could see her ending up with Jess in the end somehow. I’ve seen some things floating around the internet about how Logan is Rory’s Christopher and Jess is her Luke. That might be how it’s meant to go.
Finally I want to address a little something about Rory specifically. I’ve seen a lot of complaints about her in the revival. I will agree I don’t love everything about where she is in her life – having an affair with Logan when he’s engaged to someone else, yeah, not cool. But, she made questionable decisions in the original series as well. And yes, she’s in her 30s and maybe shouldn’t be floundering so much, but everyone goes through those types of life crisis’ at various points. I’m going to cut her some slack. Truth be told, she’s not my favorite Gilmore anyway. While I’m closer in age to her, I always was a Lorelai. I might not be quite as crazy and scattered as Lorelai, but I have always felt more of a connection to her. Heck if I won the lottery, I’d love to open my own B&B while Nate runs a diner (well ok it’d probably be a brewpub in our case) just down the street. I love her fashion sense, I love her heart and I’ll be the first to admit sometimes I speak my mind before I think (see the Winter episode for what I’m talking about here). So while I’m defending Rory, I kind of don’t care as much about her. I don’t know that I’d be friends with Rory. I’d definitely be friends with Lorelai!
Anyway, I loved the whole revival and if this is all we get, much like when the original series ended, I’d be ok with that. If we get more, I’d love to see how they explore the next steps, but it feels finished enough for me. I can imagine that Lorelai and Luke live happily ever after, support Rory as she has her child and as I said above, maybe someday she’ll find her way back to Jess and everyone will live happily ever after. Until they show us otherwise, that’s where it goes in my mind! (Side note, I hated Jess initially in the original series, until he got his act together and when he got in Rory’s head and convinced her to go back to Yale, he won my heart. Team Jess forever.)
Did you watch the revival? What did you think?