Gilmore Girls Binging

Let me preface this by saying if you’re not a GG fan you won’t enjoy this post.

So it’s winter break and I think I speak for many when I say that catching up on shows and binge watching is the plans of  resting college students. I decided to spend countless hours seeing what all the fuss about Gilmore Girls was and let me say I was not disappointed. Although I will confess I started the original series while school was still in session so over winter break I really only had about a season and a half left and then of course the Gilmore Girls revival. Well as I continued to watch Rory and Lorelai and all the other characters I became attached, they were people I related to, people I understood and felt like my friends. I have to say that the last season of the original series had some high and low points for me with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino having left just before that season. The revival was their way of getting the last season that they hadn’t, it was supposed to be the way to end the story once and for all and give us a little vision on what our beloved Gilmore Girls had been up to for all these years. First of all let me say a lot of it was great, Stars Hollow and all of the beloved characters felt authentic because well they were. Most of the story lines felt like they meshed right in with the original seasons and at first I began to really love it. Yet as I kept watching I couldn’t help but feel disappointed who some of these characters had become like Lane…these writers never let her amount to anything other than a stay at home mom who plays with her pathetic band at a secret bar. She had so much drive and was such an integral and interesting character up until the last season of the original that I was expecting some redemption for her. Then the most important character I feel betrayed by is Rory, there are debates about if her storyline just short-handed her or if it just brought to light who she always was. Here’s my theory…this season was the Palladino’s story line for what their season seven of GG would have looked like and they tried to force it almost a decade later and it just doesn’t fit anymore. The life that Rory has being a somewhat successful but not really journalist, living her life out of boxes here there and everywhere, hooking up with an engaged Logan and snuffing her nose to job opportunities. That life sounds about right for a Rory in her early 20’s still figuring out the right way to do things, her and Logan still obviously in love with each other despite the fact that she said no to his proposal at her graduation and waiting for better job offers to strike. Except she’s 32 so instead of this scenario seeming like a little bit of a rut for our beloved Rory to get through she just seems like a disillusioned failure. So it’s not that I think Rory was turned into something she isn’t but I think the tale is being told much to late and the effect on her character is seemingly negative. Then can we move onto the her love life situation I find it hard to believe that this whimsical live wherever, go wherever Rory would have never had a one night stand until 32 sorry not buying it. There’s Logan who we I think Rory fits perfect with and I bet she’s cursing herself for not saying yes to dress with him years ago. She had to know that there’s no way a man like him would stay single especially the Logan who’s got it all together he’s a definite catch. I think viewers are quick to dislike Logan but that’s the point we saw him grow and change maybe not in his professional life or in his bank account but we saw him mature in his feelings for Rory. He’s always challenged her to be the best version of herself and has wanted nothing but the best for her. There’s Jess and here’s what I think Jess might’ve come in made Rory see some mistakes she was making thus giving her motivation to fix them but that’s it. He waltzes in asks a question or gives her some advice like “write a book” and just walks out again never seeing it through or being there for the long haul. So no Jess is not the equivalent to Lorelai’s Luke he might have some of his qualities being partially raised by him and all but I’m not that stare-eyed for him. There’s Dean who we learn got remarried and has a bunch of children with her, it’s good he got the the big loving family he deserved and that’s all we needed to see. Now let’s talk about that ending, the four words then the credits… “Mom” “Yes” “I’m pregnant”. This was supposed to symbolize everything coming full circle but here’s where it doesn’t for me… Rory is 32 her life is a mess and now she’s supposed to care for some baby and get it together like her mom did at half that age. I don’t think so like I said of this took place after Rory graduated college it would paint a much better picture she would then have the drive and will power to go get a job and figure it out and now she just seems like one of those washed up moms who will live with her parents while they help with everything. That’s not the Rory I want, that’s not the Rory I imagined yet, that’s the Rory ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ gave me.


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