Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life – My thoughts

First off, this post will contain spoilers so if you haven’t finished watching Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life then click away now, do not read this post! I would hate to ruin it for anyone so please, please don’t read this post unless you you’ve watched the four new episodes.

Who’s still with me?

Right, here we go, here are my thoughts on the most recent Gilmore Girls episodes. First off, it was so good being back in Stars Hollow, even if it was just for a few hours. Everyone has aged so well (if a little puffy faced..) and I felt like I wanted to clap every time one of the much loved characters came back on screen.. just me?

I must admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Spring and Summer and wasn’t surprised to find out that they were written and directed by Daniel Palladino and not Amy Sherman Palladino. They had a different feel to them for sure and what was up with the musical?! I want those minutes of my life back. I felt like it didn’t add anything to the storyline, apart from the scene with Lorelai and that one song. I’d love to know what you thought of it? I ended up skipping over most of it.

I’m so happy that Lorelai and Luke were together and that they ended up getting married. It was the perfect conclusion for them and brought a whole lot of closure and relief.

Let’s talk about Rory, I do feel like she got the rough end of the deal with these episodes. Gone was the focussed, ethical and sensible Rory we all knew. Instead she floundered and flip flopped throughout the series. Although the Paul storyline was funny, it was also rather cruel and not what we’d have expected from Rory. I guess she’s been so ‘together’ her whole life she was bound to have a season of ‘wandering’ at some point and instead of doing it in her early twenties she’s doing it in her thirties. I imagine lots of people can relate. I read an interesting interpretation that Rory has the tenacity of Lorelai but the entitlement of an elite trust fund kid, something that teen mum Lorelai eschewed. This led to Rory assuming she’d walk into top jobs and get the success she craved but didn’t prepare her for the ‘real world’. 

Jess and Logan

We didn’t see much of Jess did we? I get the feeling that Jess is in Rory’s future though. He seems in such a good place and when Rory settles I imagine he could be the Luke to her Lorelai. Did you see the clever similarities woven into the storyline? How Jess got rid of the wifi box for Luke, he gave Rory the listening ear and the boost she needed like Luke would so often do for Lorelai. Talking of character paralells, we have to mention Christopher and Logan. I can’t be the only one that spotted them in the scene where Rory visits her father. Christopher’s phrasings, mannerisms and words were so Logan! It was then that the cogs in my little brain started whirring and I started to figure out where we could be headed with those last four words.

The last four words

Did you see them coming? Or were they a bolt from the blue?

I hate to be ‘that person’ but I had an inkling of what they could be and wasn’t that surprised with how it ended. It seems that we’re doing a full circle. Rory – Lorelai, Logan – Christopher, Jess – Luke. Did you spot the parallels? Maybe you disagree? I know there are a lot of theories knocking around and if you have one I’d love to hear it.

Favourite bits

The Secret Bar – How funny were the shouts of “Five O” when Taylor was about to walk past? Honestly, I was in fits of giggles.

Kirk – Oh how I love Kirk! His short film, the pig, Ooober, it was all funny.

Lorelai trying to pack her camping back pack. In these scenes Lorelai is my spirit animal for sure. The way she keeps trying to stuff everything in and then waking up in the morning still surrounded by it all, so funny.

I have to talk about Emily, her storyline was hands down my favourite. To see her character develop and change in the wake of Richard’s death was perfect. I loved the scene with the DAR when she calls then all out and wanders off. To see her happy and settled doing her own thing in Nantucket just warmed my heart.

Least favourites

Rory – I get what they were doing with her character I really do, but man she was dull. It was like banging your head against a wall watching her at times.

The musical – so, so awful

The lack of Sookie! I know, I know, Melissa McCarthy is super busy and there was scheduling conflicts, and blah blah blah but it still wasn’t the same without her. The five minute scene she was in felt shoe horned and I’d have preferred her to have been at the wedding.

 

All in all I of course loved being back in Stars Hollow and have already watched through the series twice. Do you think they’ll bring in back so we can follow Rory and her pregnancy? They’ve certainly left it open for it haven’t they? I’d love it if they made more but on the other hand I wouldn’t be devastated if they ended it there. What do you think?

Now it’s over to you.. what did you think? What are your theories? I’d love to know!

 

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  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - December 7, 2016 reply

    This is pretty much the exact WhatsApp conversation I’ve had with my friends…except I really didn’t see the four words coming! In fact a day after watching it I suddenly had the light bulb moment, that’s why she went to see Christopher! I think Rory being all over the place is kind of meant to reflect that thirty somethings are the new twenty somethings, as in so many people end up back with their parents, without the same prospects and it throws them. I was so gutted Melissa McCarthy wasn’t in more, the reason for her being away was really odd but I get that isn’t their fault. The musical…no idea what that was about, I watched the whole thing thinking it would finish soon! Luke and Lorelai warmed my heart and Emily just rocked the whole thing. I loved it when she was in the whale museum. Part of me wants more and part of me doesn’t, it could go either way! Really tried not to write an essay here but basically I enjoyed it even with the weird bits 🙂
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    morgana - December 7, 2016 reply

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with Rory. I probably found it hard to relate with being the same age and in completely different places in life. I know she’s not real, but you get what I mean, I hope! I definitely would say that I too enjoyed it, even with the weird bits 😉 xx

  • Alexandra | Mrs Hodgson - December 7, 2016 reply

    I found the musical incredibly irritating but with my husband sat next to me watching and his odd sense of humour, it made it bearable. He was laughing his head off and him finding joy in it meant I could cope. Had he not been there, hmm, I think a fast forward would’ve definitely been on the cards. Yes to all the parallels you mentioned. I loved when the Life and Death Brigade showed up. I do really love Logan and Rory and wish they could’ve just been normal and stable and had a steady relationship. I love the adventure he brings out in her. I LOVE Jess more…. and not just because I love Milo Ventimiglia – he just makes me happy how much he loves her. Happy to support her to win at life even if he’s not the one by her side. I could ramble about so much but I’ll leave it there. Oh no wait, Emily, yes this was my favourite storyline. I love how she went from never keeping a maid, to keeping one she couldn’t understand and who came with all the cousins and children filling her home. She made me smile so much.

    morgana - December 7, 2016 reply

    Yes! Emily and the maid saga, I hadn’t really clocked the two extremes! That really shows her journey, doesn’t it?

  • Chloe (Sorry About The Mess) - December 7, 2016 reply

    I agree with pretty much everything you said. I think the one point I didn’t mind so much was the musical – controversial, I know! I guess it could have been a bit shorter, but I enjoyed it as part of the weird stars hollow town stuff that we know and love. Spring and summer were definitely weaker. Daniel has a different writing style, obviously, but I guess there’s the added challenge of writing the sandwich filler episodes – first and last episode are always going to feel more well-rounded as a story. Autumn was almost perfect, for me. And I guessed where things were heading during the Christopher conversation too.

    morgana - December 8, 2016 reply

    I think if the musical was in just a generic Gilmore Girls episode I wouldn’t have really batted an eye lid but with these we only had a few precious hours in Stars Hollow so I wanted to see the characters not people I didn’t know, if that makes sense? I’ve just read your very clever post on it all and I definitely feel like I missed out not knowing when there were cameo’s from other shows!

  • Kara - December 7, 2016 reply

    I swear you are in my head. This is exactly what I felt. I enjoyed her being with Logan but felt he would have so dumped the fiancé for her. But she should be with Jess.
    I really did not like the musical. So much so I fast forwarded.
    There must be more. Must be.

    The worst thing for me was Sookie. It just ruined it a little for me. There is no way living in the same town they would not have even seen her. It was not well played. But I forgive them as it was just the best thing ever. Xx
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    morgana - December 8, 2016 reply

    I completely agree, the whole Sookie thing, or should I say, lack of Sookie tainted it for me too. It wasn’t believable that she’d leave the Dragonfly and then when she came in at the end it just felt show horned in. xx

  • Crystal D - December 9, 2016 reply

    ( clapping )

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