“If you’re out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold, all you have to do is call my name and I’ll be there, on the next train…” Ah, the Gilmore Girls’ theme song. Ever since the show’s ending in 2007, fans have been calling the show’s name, wishing for more seasons. And now, thanks to Netflix, all the fans’ callings have worked, and the show took the next train back to the big screen. The series revival, called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was released on November 25, causing excitement amongst generations of girls and boys alike.
You see, I am kind of, totally, 100% obsessed with the show ever since I started watching it. According to my mom, I am way too obsessed. But with the Gilmores in question, is being too obsessed a thing? I mean, I literally learned how to obsess over things from Lorelai and Rory.
With my obsession in tow, I sat down on November 25, claiming the basement television in my home as my own, and warned my family about interrupting my binge: you just do not. As much as I tried not to, I had very high expectations for the revival. And as sad as I am to say it, the revival did not live up to as many expectations as I had hoped. Sure, it was the best show I have watched in awhile, but when comparing the revival to the original series, some things just do not add up.
The first episode, titled ‘Winter,’ mainly focuses on the sadness ensuing from Richard’s passing. You can see how much his passing affects each character, particularly Emily, and this theme of sadness is woven through each of the following episodes, and rightfully so. In so many ways, Richard was the glue holding the Gilmore clan together, and now that he is gone, the girls have to find another way to get along as a family.
While the acting in this episode is great, and there is still the classic Lorelai humor, Rory’s character has changed a lot since we last saw her. Everyday it seems she is jetsetting off to London and back, never in one place for long. She has no permanent home and is living out of boxes scattered between Lorelai’s, Emily’s, and Lane’s, and it seems she only had one good journalistic piece to her name. It is also in this episode where the first of Rory’s former boyfriends appears: Logan. However, they are not together. Not quite at least.
You see, Rory has this boyfriend named Paul who she had been dating for two years, yet she could never remember him, and neither could the people who met him. She would always forget about dinners with him, once even leaving him at the house because she forgot he had stayed the night. And it was because he was so forgettable that she kept forgetting to break up with the guy.
Their relationship was drawn out the entirety of the four episodes, and it did not have to be in my opinion. Rory both should have and could have ended things earlier, yet she did not, exhibiting a lot of how she had changed over the almost ten year long break in the show. Paris makes an appearance in the episode, too, and she is still just as spitfire and no-nonsense as ever. At least one person has not changed, right?
After ‘Winter’ came Spring, and, just like the ‘Winter’ episode, Sookie was still not in the show, which left the hole her character had filled. Per Lorelai’s suggestion, goes to grief counseling, and quickly ropes Lorelai into it, too. As you probably guessed, a lot of drama starts up because of this.
Not much else of importance comes out of this episode. Much of it resembles the old episodes: there is a town meeting, a new movie by Kirk, and other Stars Hollow antics. It brings you back to the original series, and to why the show was made in the first place.
Then came ‘Summer.’ This episode started with Rory moving back home, signifying how she had given up: on her career, on love, on a lot of her life. April, Luke’s daughter, makes an appearance, and it is announced that the Stars Hollow Gazette is closing down. Rory is enraged by this, volunteering to become the editor of the Gazette for free. For free, when she is 32, has just moved back home, has no job, a failed career, is living out of boxes scattered about, and has a degree from Yale. YALE. Nice one, Rory.
But then Jess comes back to town, and, like usual, talked some sense into Rory. Thankfully, she listens, and while she does not drop the Gazette, she starts another project. While in this episode it is nice to see Jess, Rory’s actions are very anxiety inducing. She throws her career away, and while I know not everyone can make it, especially in journalism, it seems she does not put up much of a fight. One thing goes wrong and she just ups and leaves. That is not the Rory I know from the original series. That Rory never gave up. This Rory, on the other hand, well giving up seems to be her thing.
In the fourth and final episode, ‘Fall,’ Jess appears again, as does Logan, but this time Logan has some special people in tow: the Life and Death Brigade. Lorelai gets overwhelmed and decides to go on a hike to find herself, something only Lorelai would do. But, instead of actually hiking to find herself, she finds what she is looking for in her motel room. Of course she does; it is Lorelai we are talking about. Sookie finally appears, too, as does Dean, and it seems things are finally right again in Stars Hollow. But of course, we know that can never last long.
‘Fall’ was by far my favorite episode. The twists and turns the episode took reminded me of the original series, and made me remember why I loved the series in the first place. While I wish I could give the series a more glowing review, alas, I cannot. Some pieces of the remake, particularly the actions Rory’s character takes, sullied the remake for me.
But, being the Gilmore loving fan I am, I recommend Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for all my fellow Gilmore Girls fans. It is a remake you do not want to miss, and it definitely leaves you wanting more.
While I wish some parts of the remake had been portrayed differently, and while I wish I could confidently give it a ten out of ten, I cannot for Rory’s sake. Take her out of the equation and yes! Ten out of ten! But even so, no matter how okay the revival was, I still will not spoil the last four words. And you, as a true Gilmore, should not either. Because the last four words lead to a whole other tale.