(A quick aside before our irregularly scheduled post: Last week, I contacted my local government representatives to express my concerns over Stephen Bannon and the rumors of a Muslim registry. I typed up some scripts to follow, cobbled together from bits of other people’s scripts I had found online. When I called, I was able to reach live staffers, and I felt like they were recording my concerns. So if you have any concerns over Trump Administration appointments or rumored legislation, I encourage you to do the same. With a little bit of prep beforehand, you can get these calls done in a half hour and have your voice heard. If you would like me to link to some of the scripts I looked at, let me know, and I’ll do so. Ok? Ok.)
Gilmore Girls Spoilers Below!
Coffee and pop culture references are things I have on hand at any given moment, and I think it might be Gilmore Girls’ fault. My sister and I have come to the conclusion that we can probably blame the show for our tendencies to talk fast and over each other, all while quoting movie and TV lines we both know. Watching the show was a family affair, something my sister, mom, and I did after my sister and I got home from school. Eventually, I grew to love the show. I wanted to write a very structured post all about it before the new episodes are released, but I honestly think I would rather babble about what I like and dislike about it. So please indulge my babbling.
Some opinions of mine:*
- The show needs more diversity: Wow, this show is very white and straight, especially in its main cast. I’m hoping Netflix did better with this in their episodes.
- Paris is amazing: I didn’t like Paris when I first watched the show. It is only now, with age and cynicism, that I have realized that Paris has some of the best, if not the most cutting and sarcastic lines on the show, (second only to Emily.) I really can’t wait to see what she’s been up to.
- I’m #TeamJess all the way: Jess went through character development throughout the show! He’s the one who gets Rory to question why she left school, damn it! If he had continued to be the little shit he had been in high school, then of course I would agree he sucks. But he grows and learns more than Dean and Logan ever do.
- Dean sucks: Sorry Dean, but as we left him in Season 5, he has the personality of a wet dishrag. (Not Jared Padalecki though! He’s great.) I think I saw a clip of a happy-looking Dean in the new promos though? Here’s hoping your life has gotten better, buddy.
- Logan: Eh. Handsome and charismatic? Yes. Understanding of Rory’s focus and goals? Not so much. He’s an ok guy, but Jess is better. (Have I mentioned that I really enjoy the Jess-Logan exchange in season 6?)
- Marty: I still don’t understand what was up with him.
- Luke: Grumpy and sarcastic Luke is my favorite Luke.
- Favorite season? Season 3: Seasons 3 and 4 often blend together in my mind, and I could argue that seasons 3-5 are the “sweet spot” of Gilmore Girls. But upon looking at the episode list, season 3 has some of the best episodes of the series!
- “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” – The 24 hour dance-a-thon where Dean breaks up with Rory and Jess swoops in apologetically.
- “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” – Tofurky! So many dinners! Drunk Sookie! A viewing is required at this time of year.
- “Lorelei Out Of Water” – Lorelei dates the actor who goes on to play Charlie in Twilight! But here, he is a coffee guy who loves to fish. So Luke tries to teach Lorelei how to fish! And coffee guy isn’t fooled and accommodates for Lorelei’s lack of outdoorsy skills. Wonderful.
- “A Tale of Poes and Fire” The inn Lorelei manages catches on fire, requiring her to find housing for a bunch of Edgar Allen Poe fanatics. Hello accurate depictions of what English majors can look like to other people.
- Worst Season: I know the typical answer is season 7, but I would like to say seasons 6 and 7 are very close for worst in my book. I have trouble believing the “Rory goes on a boating joyride” storyline. And the subsequent Lorelei- Rory fighting is just terrible;(though I concede that all parents and kids fight.) And then there is April, and how Luke handles April. Ugh, Seasons 6 and 7 are the pits.
- Worst Episode: I don’t have one, though I might be inclined to pick something from season 1. I don’t think season 1 is bad, but everyone is so young, and it makes me cringe. I don’t watch it often.
- Christopher: He’s awful thanks to season 7. He was ok in other seasons. I feel no shame in hoping he and Lorelei got a divorce.
- This show has some of the most accurate hospital scenes,from the point of view of the patient’s loved ones, I’ve seen on non-medical TV shows: Richard has two medical emergencies, and both are treated as serious but not too overdramatic. All the people who care about him, or who care about the people who care about him, come to the hospital and have awkward waiting room times. Lorelei comes even when she’s on bad terms with him. We never see any medical things, but feelings of fear, concern, and waiting are well depicted. Richard and Emily even have a sweet, and now heartbreaking, talk one time, where she demands to die first. (I expect it to be brought up in the new show if the trailers are any indication of what’s to come.) But the show even goes as far to show a contrast to the dysfunctional but ultimately loving Gilmore crew when Logan gets hurt and hospitalized, and Rory is the only loved one who shows up at first. Maybe I’m a bit hung up on this plot device because of my personal experiences, but I just really appreciate how Gilmore Girls uses “the hospital emergency”.
- If the the writers were looking to mess with us: They should bring back Tristan, the bad boy from season 1, and make him Rory’s final love interest. (I don’t really want this to happen, except for the chaos it would bring to the fans.)
One thing I happened to think about in the last year or so, was that I was going to be older than Rory. Season 7 ended with her graduating from college and going off into the world to write.(Let’s not get started on unrealistic job expectations! ) I was a little sad that I would begin to age out of relating to the character. But somehow, Netflix had my back and decided to give us 4 more episodes, so Rory will be older than me once more! I’m excited that it seems like we’re going to get to see her grappling with the job market and coming home to figure out her plans. I’m glad to be able to have a Gilmore Girl’s lead to follow again.
* I’m writing these opinions assuming you know who’s who. If not, leave a comment and I’ll explain, or use wikipedia.
11/21 11:33AM – I edited a couple things for grammar and clarity.