I binge-watched the Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and although it was inevitable, since I’ve always loved Gilmore Girls, I kind of regret it.
I’ve never been able to explain or understand why I love Gilmore Girls. The plot is just about non-existent, and almost every episode is the same. I guess if I had to put my finger on it, I’d say that Lorelai’s wit combined with the pop culture references and Luke’s habits of telling it like it is in all situations are the biggest reasons why I’ve seen every episode of the show’s original run. I never really liked Rory’s character (she’s like the overachiever you went to high school with that looked down on everyone else).
When I first started watching the revival, I was surprised by Rory’s drifter-lifestyle; I know today’s job market sucks, but I had figured she’d be more successful (not to mention, her wardrobe was out of my price range, and I have a stable job, but I digress).
I don’t want to diss any of the cast, but I felt like they all looked exhausted in just about every scene, and I felt a little guilty knowing that ridiculous Gilmore Girls fans like myself were the reason why these poor actors were dragged away from whatever it is they normally do to film the revival of a show that we should’ve let die a long time ago.
While my overall opinion was that this revival did not need to happen and the show was probably better off without it, for the most part, I think this revival was executed almost exactly how fans would’ve wanted in that every significant character made an appearance of some sort, and all of their stories were, for lack of a better term, “wrapped up,” in some way. (Keep reading for spoilers)
What the hell was with that ending? Where do I even begin?
Okay, for starters, having a 32-year-old character who sleeps around admit they’re pregnant isn’t exactly jaw-dropping stuff. We’re not talking about the shock factor of a teen pregnancy (not that that’s something I believe should be glorified) when the character is almost old enough to run for president.
That being said, if Rory’s getting pregnant was always supposed to be the way the series ended, then there was almost no reason to do a revival at this point, as the unplanned pregnancy of a 32-year-old with nothing going on in her life isn’t really what audiences are going to get excited about– or at least not this audience member.
And I don’t know about the rest of the Year in the Life audience, but I think the entire concept of an open-ended finale really sucks. Are they going to do another revival? Who’s watching that? Just let it die.
Between Rory’s unplanned pregnancy and Luke and Lorelai tying the knot, it felt almost as if the show was trying to pick up right where it left off, without really acknowledging how much time has passed in both the characters’ lives (other than the fact that the actors have clearly aged, I’m not sure why the revival needed to take place in present-day if that’s how they were planning to do it). Why would Luke and Lorelai live together for 9 years before having THE fight and deciding to get married?
I normally don’t take this much time to discuss fictional characters in fictional worlds, but the fact that this reboot even took place tells me there are sufficient Gilmore Girls fans out there for me to justify (even if only in my head) writing this post.
I don’t normally watch reboots (I avoided the new Full House like the plague, since the first run of that show sucked enough in my book), so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I’ve learned now not to get excited for this sort of thing.
Live and learn.