Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why Gilmore Girls: 'A Year In The Life' Was A Big Disappointment

 **Warning: this post contains spoilers**

This past weekend was all about hunting down sales, but it was also the perfect opportunity to binge watch the Gilmore Girls revival, A Year In The Life. If you haven’t seen it yet – what are you waiting for?!! Get on it!!! I’ve been a fan of the show since its inception so needless to say, I was thrilled to hear they were coming out with a reboot. Sadly, my devotion to the show left me feeling underwhelmed with the new reboot.

Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty I DID like. The zippy dialogue was on point. The town’s people are as quirky and annoyingly lovable as we remember. It was great to see Luke and Lorelai still together as a couple, and I absolutely loved the first episode: Winter. My problem with the revival all stemmed from the 3 generations of Gilmore Girls, but mostly Rory.

Ah, Rory. I was SO disappointed in Rory.

Where do I begin? I find it ridiculous that someone as prepared, skilled, and with as much drive as Rory would be homeless and out of job, and actually be ok with it. Let me remind you that Rory is 32 and not just a lost twenty-something returning after college and struggling to become a writer. She’s also perfectly fine being the “other woman” stuck in a dead-end love affair with Logan. Seriously? You would think growing up with a strong single-mother like Lorelai she would have more respect for herself, or at least have learned her lesson about sleeping with a man in a relationship from the Dean situation. But it seems that Little Miss Rory still has plenty of growing up to do, even after all these years. In fact, I think she’s regressed. She’s a stubborn nomad who is jobless, homeless, single and pregnant.

That’s right. Rory is pregnant.

From what I gather, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show’s writer and creator, had this in the cards for a really long time and always meant for the show to end with Rory being young and pregnant, just like her mother. Except if Rory would've been pregnant at 23 fresh out of Yale and eager to start her professional career it might have been similar set back, but at 32, Rory just needs to get her sh*t together. She’s too old to be making these kinds of mistakes. Especially since she was a product of accidental pregnancy herself.

Let’s not even talk about the fact she probably doesn’t even KNOW who the father is, (even though my money is on Logan). It can very well be the Wookie she had a one-night stand with, or her boyfriend Paul whom she treated like a lost dog.

My theory is that it’s a cycle. Logan is her Christopher. And Jess is her Luke. In the end, Jess is her true love who will always be there when she needs him, but it will take her years to realize that he’s the one.

There were other things that bothered me about the reboot too.

Lorelai needing to walk out and go find herself in a valley in the middle of nowhere? Really? That’s just not how normal people deal with turmoil in their life. We all have to put on our big girl panties and actually deal with our problems head on. Not run away every chance we get.

At least, I can understand Emily’s storyline and her need to uproot her whole life and move to Nantucket. It was clear to see that she was lost without Richard and needed a fresh start, even though the whole maid moving in her family was weird.

But not as weird as the musical play and montage sequences. Am I the only one who thought it was completely bizarre? I mean, what’s up with the whole Life and Death Brigade scene? It felt like it was one big fever dream. At one point I thought for sure, it’s was a joke, or Rory was having her own version of Lorelai’s strange Paul Anka dream. I also didn’t care for the Stars Hallow musical. I know it was supposed to be funny and terrible on purpose, but I also didn’t see a need for it. It dragged on and on, and never came to fruition. As well as the cheesy bridal montage at the end. Which brings me to my last and final gripe.


Yes, they gave us the midnight vowel exchange the night before, but they showed everything leading up to it and teased us with everything but the damn wedding!!! Why wouldn’t they give fans the opportunity to see Lorelai walk down the aisle in a wedding dress and see the town folks rejoicing in wedding festivities? Fans have been waiting for YEARS to see Luke and Lorelai get hitched, but we got gypped and gobsmacked with pregnancy news instead!

Sigh. As much as I enjoyed seeing the girls back on screen I couldn’t help but feel let down. What are your thoughts?


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