By: Brittany Dempsey
In an article titled “The Gilmore Girls reboot’s central flaw has nothing to do with the show itself,” (vox.com) Todd VanDerr Werf says, “the greatest enemy turns out to be time.” Time is the culprit when it comes to the reboot of the “Gilmore Girls” series. “Gilmore Girls” started in 2000 as an American comedy and drama featuring a bond between a mother and her daughter. Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, is a single mother who had her daughter when she was just a teenager. Alexis Bledel plays Lorelai’s daughter, who goes by the nickname “Rory”. Lorelai is a social butterfly, while Rory tends to keep to herself. Despite their differences, this mother and daughter duo are known for talking unbelievably fast and coming up with crazy phrases off the top of their heads. They both find comfort and friendship within each other. Between their excessive coffee drinking, love for junk food, and excessive rambling, they are a perfect match.
So why is it that after seven seasons, did viewers feel the need to bring this mother daughter duo back to life? In the article “Why are we obsessed with ‘Gilmore Girls’ (https://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/why-are-we-so-obsessed-with-gilmore-girls/) Emily Yahr at The Washington Post says, “Something about the whip-smart writing, obscure pop culture references and dynamic characters — with the ability to expertly mix both outlandish and quiet scenes together — made it feel like you were watching something special, something that doesn’t come along too often on TV.” Netflix decided to do a four part special of the “Gilmore Girls” called “A Year in the Life” to catch up on their lives since we have last seen them.
There are many reasons why fans feel drawn to “Gilmore Girls” from the everlasting friendships to the feminine power shown throughout the show.
Laura Fries from Variety says (https://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/why-are-we-so-obsessed-with-gilmore-girls/) “Lorelai was not alone in raising Rory. It took a village — Stars Hollow, criticized by some for its idyllic character. “On one hand, ‘Gilmore Girls’ creates a Pottery Barn catalog kind of world, where everything is clean and beautiful.” There is something so refreshing about a town where everyone cares so much about one another. Without Stars Hollow, Lorelai and Rory would not have the support of this “alternative family” the town provides them. Friendships are deeply integrated into the show. Lorelai’s best friends are Sookie and Michel. They both work with Lorelai at The Independence Inn and The Dragonfly Inn. Sookie is a cook with an outrageous personality. Michel is the uptight French man working at the front desk. Between these three characters, their friendship feels real. The most special relationship of all, is Lorelai and Lukes. Luke owns Luke’s Diner, the town’s favorite place. Since Lorelai and Rory do not know how to cook, they are at Luke’s 24/7. Luke is a quiet man, who can be found wearing a flannel and a backwards hat. They show their secret love for each other by always helping and being there for each other. There’s also something to be said about Lorelai’s relationship with her parents, especially her mom. Since they bicker 90% of the time, it is heart warming when they do get along.
In an article titled “The new Gilmore Girls is weirdly hostile toward fans, women, and storytelling in general” (http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/28/13765088/gilmore-girls-year-in-the-life-review-netflix) Kaitlyn Tiffany says, “When it first came out, “Gilmore Girls” was the best thing we’d ever seen about mothers and daughters, and about girls who want to grow up to be not just successful, but important.” Lorelai’s parents, Emily and Richard, are wealthy individuals who live the life of luxury. Emily spends her time going to exclusive Daughters of the American Revolution meetings. Lorelai eventually opens her own inn called the Dragonfly Inn and becomes the manager there. Rory decides at a young age that she wants to go to Harvard, which leads to her constantly reading and studying. This show resembles the phrase “girls rule” by showing that women can do whatever they put their mind too.
The whole four part series was a mix of sadness and hope. The once so powerful feminist show turns out to be a real bust in this revival. All female power has turned weak, at least in the beginning. Lorelai ran away from her marriage in a rush to fix it. She flees to the mountains to live out the book “Wild” in which a woman is able to find herself again by hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. Rory returned to a town that has abandoned her. She spent more time chasing the guy than her journalistic dream. Emily sold Richard and her’s house in an escape to Nantucket after his death.
Overall, we can all agree that we are just happy that Lorelai and Luke finally had a happy ending. It is also satisfying in a way to see the weaker side of tough Emily. She is weak after Richard died. Though, she is able to regain her strength by starting over a new life for herself at the end. Rory had to be the biggest disappointment though. She spends her time working at the Stars Hollow paper while chasing Logan. This is especially pathetic considering Rory has a boyfriend named Paul whom she always seems to forget about.
The end of the revival ends in a plot twist. The creator of “Gilmore Girls” Amy Sherman-Palladino says, (http://www.eonline.com/news/818652/netflix-trolls-gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life-fans-with-cliffhanger-question) “We just sort of felt like we wanted to leave it in that way because it was really less about who the father was and more about Rory repeating her mother’s history.” In case you did not know, Rory tells Lorelai she is pregnant and the show goes full circle. The theme song “Where you lead” finally makes sense because Rory has seemed destined to follow Lorelais path. In Rory’s Valedictorian speech at Chilton, she had said how much she had envied her mother for all that she did.
Now, it is Rory’s turn to take over that role for her child. Nobody knows who the father is yet but I am sure that viewers can all agree that they have a strong sense of who it may be. This mystery man leads us to assuming that more episodes will come out. For the sake of all fan’s sanity, I sure hope that they do.