My Take on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

I know I’m a little late in posting this since it’s been two weeks since the show was released, but I wanted to wait until I was sure most people had finished watching all four episodes and I wanted to have some time to stew it all over. WARNING: Spoilers below!

 

PARIS

I can truly never get enough of Paris and I was just as much of  a fan of her in the new episodes. She was like a neurotic version of Clair Underwood and I loved every second that she was on screen. That bathroom scene? Perfection!

My Take on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

RORY 

It seems most people were really upset with Rory’s storyline, but honestly, I liked it. I liked that Rory has grown up, that she makes adult mistakes, and that she isn’t the perfect little goody two-shoes that she was in the original series (with the exception of the whole sleeping with a married Dean).  I like that she’s a bit tarnished and has a darker, sometimes cruel side. Liking the character development and liking what she does are two different things though. I was really disappointed and actually angered by the body shaming Rory and Lorelei engaged in by the pool in Summer. It was cruel how she treated Paul, and she yet again slept with a guy who was with another woman, except this time it was a full fledged trans-atlantic affair. All the bashing of the millennial generation also got old for me. And really, could she not just go buy new underwear after 6 months of not being able to find the box?!

My Take on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

 

THE LAST 4 WORDS

I liked the last four words. They bring the story full circle, even if they don’t bring closure. I hate to think that the baby could be Logan’s because I wish Rory would be done with him once and for all. I think the theory that Rory became a surrogate and that it’s actually Luke and Lorelei’s baby is a bit far fetched, but I’d be ok with it. Mostly I hope her a Jess snuck away and had some time together and that it’s his, though it’s unlikely and part of me even thinks she doesn’t deserve him with the type of person she has become. If it’s true that the Shermna-Palladinos used the cliffhanger to try and hold Netflix and other networks hostage to get more episodes episodes or an entire season picked up, then it’s shitty. They’d be playing with the integrity of the story and the fans in a ploy to make a deal, and I’m not cool with that.

 

EMILY

Seeing Emily, Lorelei, and Rory all together for that first Friday dinner in Winter made my heart swell. I could watch an entire episode of just the 3 of them and be content. Watching Emily cope with losing Richard was simultaneously heart wrenching and funny. I was so happy with Emily’s ending. I’m so glad she found new meaning in life, said fuck you to the DAR snobs and is doing something she enjoys. I’m glad she got a fresh start. I’m also amazed she kept a maid for so long.

My Take on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

 

KIRK

I love Kirk, almost as much as I love Paris and I was delighted he had so many scenes in the new episodes. Even if Uuuuber got old, I still think every town needs a Kirk. I was so happy to see he and Lulu are still together and that he retained his entrepreneurial sprit as well as his love for filmmaking. Plus we learned he really loves soccer.

 

Overall I really enjoyed the new episodes. Seeing everyone back together again in Stars Hollow after all this time made me giddy. The magic was still there for me, despite any shortcomings. I also think Amy Sherman-Palladino made some bold statements, many of which just came across as overly salty and somewhat bitter to me.

My Take on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

 

What did you think of the new episodes? Do you want more?

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    • OH AND EMILY. i loved emily’s character development after richard’s death. i was very proud of her ❤️

      • Seeing Emily with a lantern, drinking wine outside in her cozy, comfortable clothes, and seeing her giving the whaling speech with all that enthusiasm and truly seeming to have found happiness made me so happy.

    • Ok if they were going to have a fake Tristan, NONE of his face should have been visible. It should have been just his back instead of the side view they did. I was so confused at first because I had no idea who it was until Paris went on her rant. And yes, Rory should have known the 30 something group because she would have gone to school up to 9th grade with them and lets be honest, everyone in Stars Hollow knows everyone else. It seemed like they tried to make it seem bigger than it was in these episodes. The set seemed more cosmopolitan and less quaint than it used to.

  • I didn’t mind the revival so much, other people seemed to hate it! I never liked Rory so I didn’t go into this thinking I would. I still don’t, she made terrible choices as a teen/college kid, she makes terrible choices now. Not too surprised by that.
    I like what they did with Paris but I don’t like her breaking up with Doyle! I don’t see how Doyle would have ended up a screen writer, that doesn’t seem likely. I hope he gets over that and comes back to Paris.

    • I agree with you about Rory. I couldn’t stand the show when it was on the air because she annoyed me so much and I couldn’t identify with her. Now I enjoy the show because I’m older and can relate to Lorelei.
      I was so sad about Paris and Doyle and I didn’t like that there wasn’t any follow up to their story and whether they did go forward with the divorce. I’m just telling myself they reconciled and moved to a house with less stairs.

  • I watched all 4 the day they came out, so I’m definitely craving more! It’s so weird to compare Rory at 32 to who Lorelai was at that age. Kinda wish that Rory was less defined by her jobs and boys. I think Emily actually had the most interesting character development out of anyone. I adored the return of the LDB (even though I’m not team Logan. Probably biased bc guy who plays Robert is my buddy.)