Disclaimer: if you don’t care about Gilmore Girls and/or didn’t watch the revival then this post will mean nothing to you. However, if you watched it then I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
Disclaimer #2: I realize this is sooo last month to even be talking about still, but I was behind the times so I’m just now getting around to sharing, ha!
Remember in early October when I went to the coffee shop that was doing Luke’s for a Day? Well to get myself in the Gilmore Girl spirit, I started watching the first couple of episodes of season one that week. But then I kept watching. And kept watching. And suddenly realized that I was only on season 5 by the time Thanksgiving week rolled around. At that point I was invested in finishing the whole original series before watching the revival. Luckily I managed to not hear any spoilers for a couple of weeks after the revival came on Netflix until I finally caught up.
But then I watched it. And my oh my did I have some thoughts. Amanda (The Lady Okie) wrote a blog post about her thoughts on the revival that I had book marked to come back to after I finally watched the show. So I did. And it turned out that as I responded to her post, my “comment” was nearly as long as her blog post, ha! So clearly I have LOTS of thoughts on all of this. We are going to go bulletin point style in an attempt to keep this as “short” as possible.
– The Exes (Christopher, Jason, Jess, & Dean) were fun to see again! I don’t know why, but I kept being surprised when a “new” old person would show up on screen. I was glad that Dean had found happiness in life! Though I did find Christopher’s role a little sad. I would have loved to see him happy. And Jess… oh Jess. I was sad that he was still hung up on a girl from a decade before. It would have been fine if they had ended up together at the end of the show, but since they didn’t, it just left a loose string that was kind of sad to see.
– Kirk was as strange and delightful as always.
– I nearly fell out of my seat when Mr. Kim actually showed up on screen. I have always wondered about him. And really, I still wonder about him. Where was he supposed to be the whole time Lane was growing up? And why is he in Stars Hollow now? So cool to actually see him, though! And I loved seeing Mrs. Kim being her same self! 🙂
– April surprised me. She was such a bright kid and clearly is still on the smart side academically, but what’s with being so weird? She was kind of a unique and quirky character in the original. But now she’s just strange? The drug comments surprised me.
– Paris was exactly as I expected. Her job suited her perfectly though I wouldn’t have predicted it for her. She made me laugh a lot. Though, I was sad about her relationship with Doyle. And sad for her when she made the comment about her kids liking the nanny better than her since she grew up with Nanny being more of a parent to her than her own parents. I would have loved to see her learn from her parents’ mistakes and be a more involved parent with her own kids. But this is the part of me that hopes for a Happily Ever After for every character.
– And then Lane. I wanted more for her. Maybe it’s just that there wasn’t enough time to devote to her character, but I wanted to see more of her life and know more about her kids. She had such a presence in the original series so it was strange to me to see her just as a supportive character to Rory. Her only real presence in the revival was just to be Rory’s friend when she was in town. And I wanted more for her band too. Either that they found semi-success somewhere or that it was just a fun memory from the past. It was almost sad to see all the 30-year-olds (plus Gil) still having band practice without any real change.
– I was bummed that Sookie wasn’t in it more. Especially not being at the wedding. It felt off that Michel would be there and Sookie wouldn’t. But then I guess in the revival, Michel was been around for the past two years while Sookie has been gone. I’m assuming the real life actor’s schedule made it difficult for her to be in more of the show, but that was definitely a bummer. I always loved her character in the original so I had hoped to see more of her in the revival.
– Michel was perfect. Of course. As if I could expect anything else.
– Emily was also perfection. Grief is such a terrible thing and there are good days and bad days and crazy days. And personally, I think she did a great job portraying a lot of that. I liked that not everything was magically fixed between her and Lorelai, but also that they were working on their relationship. When Lorelai called with the story about Richard in the mall, I cried. Absolutely cried. I love the development they did with Emily’s character. She might have been my favorite in the revival.
– I wish Luke & Lorelai had already been married. Or at least that they explained why they weren’t married. I find it weird that we ended the original series with them both wanting to marry each other… and yet somehow all these years later they still haven’t gotten married. But I did love the wedding scenes at the end so I didn’t mind that I got to witness their wedding. That was definitely sweet. And Luke’s passionate speech in the kitchen… love. So precious. 🙂 However, Lorelai’s “Wild Thing”… not a fan. It seemed really rude and unkind to just leave Luke without a decent explanation and just disappear. I was glad she got clarity and we got at least one happy ending from the show, but I didn’t love that her character did that. It feels like something a 20-something-year-old would do while they are trying to find themselves. Not a woman in her late 40’s. But who knows, I haven’t been 40 yet so maybe I’ll get it more when I’m that age. Either way, I think she should have communicated more with Luke before she just up and left.
– Oh Rory. This was most disappointing to me of all. Her goody-two-shoes self has always been very relatable to me because that was totally me as a teenager. I was absolutely shocked and appalled in the original series when she seemingly lost her mind and had an affair with Dean. But she eventually realized how terrible that was and stopped. So other than a few misguided moments here and there, she generally was a pretty decent person. And leaned more on the good-girl side of things… until this revival. What on Earth?! Who is this girl? What caused her to turn into this person who has a long term affair with an engaged man? Why is she cheating on her boyfriend and treating him like a non person? Why does she have so little direction in her life? I mean, I know we ended the original series with her saying that she loved that her future was so wide open, but that was 10 years ago. How has she not found a place to live or a steady job by this point? I did love that she ended up writing Gilmore Girls as a book, but I still would have expected her to have her life more together at 32.
– Rory & Jess vs Rory & Logan. Before seeing the show I was very torn about who I wanted her to be with. Jess always seemed to get her and they had so much in common. I loved that about them together. However, I didn’t like how Jess treated her in the original series. So I kept thinking “maybe if he’s grown up and matured, I would happily see them together.” Well, we didn’t get a lot of detail about Jess’s life currently, but he seems a lot more together than 10 years ago so I think I would have been perfectly happy had she ended up with him. I honestly would have been equally happy if she had ended up with Logan. I know a lot of people don’t like him and there are things about him that I didn’t love from the original series, but I liked that he and Rory were so compatible and that he nearly always treated her well (Vegas weekend being the exception) and that he was always faithful to her. As season 7 ended, I wanted her to say yes to his proposal. So I would’ve been happy to see them engaged in this revival. But nooooo… instead we have this Rory I don’t even recognize. And a Logan that I’m disappointed in (I would have hoped that his constant faithfulness to Rory in the original series would translate into him being a faithful partner to whomever he is with). *sigh* So much disappointment all around. It’s not that you need a man in order to be happy and complete in life, but so much of the show centers around these relationships so I wanted to know who her person would be. And I wanted her to not be such a completely different person with so little direction and such shaky morals. Her character was by far the most disappointing part of the revival for me.
– The Last Four Words. Horrible. So horrible. I hate cliff hangers. I need closure. Who’s kid is it? Random Wookie Guy? Logan’s? Probably not her boyfriend’s since she hardly saw him ever. Just weird.
Overall, it sounds like I was disappointed and disliked the whole revival. And really that’s not true. I loved so much of it. I loved being back in Star’s Hollow. I loved that the Dragonfly Inn was so successful. I loved seeing Luke & Lorelai happy together. I loved seeing the mother-daughter relationships between Rory & Lorelai and Lorelai & Emily again. I loved all the flashbacks to Richard. I loved the familiarity of so much of it. I think my biggest issues overall were I expected Happily Ever Afters for everyone and that just didn’t happen. I get that real life doesn’t work that way, but this is TV, not real life.
Okay, whew, I think I’m done now. 😉 I’m sure most of you don’t care this much about the show (and really I probably wouldn’t have either if I hadn’t JUST watched the entire 7 seasons of the original series right before watching it) and even if you did… it’s been like a month and a half so you are probably over it by now, haha! But I just finally got around to sharing all my thoughts so I figured I would post anyway.
So tell me, if you watched it, what did you think of the revival?