Gilmore Girls Revival
I watched Gilmore Girls as a kid and teenager and it was my absolute favorite show for years and years. I had a deep connection to Rory and Lorelai because they had a mother daughter relationship just like one I always yearned for. They were best friends and almost sisters, yet Lorelai was always there to offer her wise insight and to guide her daughter the best she could.
I remember when Rory and Lorelai did not speak for months after Rory stole a boat with Logan or when Rory missed Lorelai’s graduation from business school because she went to visit Jesse. I cried when Lorelai and Luke broke up and when Rory graduated from Yale. It felt like Stars Hollow was my home, just as much as it was the home of the Gilmore girls.
This show has held nostalgic memories for me ever since the series finale almost ten years ago. Every time I watch it, it has the ability to put me in a good mood and take me back to a different time. This is why I, just like many others who loved the Gilmore Girls, were so excited when Netflix announced a Gilmore Girls revival.
The revival has been hyped for over a year and when trailers were first released I felt like a kid again. I felt like the show had never even ended and Stars Hallow was moving along for the last ten years, there just had not been cameras there to catch all of the action.
The closer and closer the premiere date became, the more and more excited many viewers also became, and soon the familiar phrase of “the last four words” surfaced again. Before watching I had no idea what the last four words could possibly be, but I was dying to find out! I will not spoil the final four words, but I will say that in my opinion they absolutely sucked!
As I began watching the revival and actually seeing many of the characters that were in the original series, my heart was so full. It was incredible to see all of these actors come together, almost ten years later, just to finish out a show the way it was always supposed to be (according to Palladino).
Kirk, Taylor, Mrs. Patty, Sookie, Michelle, Dean, Jesse, Logan, Lane…. Everyone was there! Spoiler, you finally see a shot of Lane’s dad.
However, I soon realized that a lot had to change in order for the show to make sense. Everyone was much older, Rory now 32! There are also things like wifi and social media and smart phones too, which changed certain aspects of the show.
The original Gilmore Girls was made in a much simpler time. It was a wholesome and happy show most of the time, with simple plot twists and characters that were rather predictable, but that was the lure of the show. It always made you laugh and feel good.
The revival tried to be wholesome and predictable too, but there were things missing… Rory was 32, therefore no longer a child and no longer needing approval from her mother. She is now sleeping with Logan, a man who is engaged. She has no real job, which means no real income, yet never seems to worry about money.
Rory has changed. Lorelai has changed. Luke has changed. Everyone has changed! Which is the problem with a revival that takes place 10 years after the final season aired. Viewers want to see the show at the same place where it left off, but that is not possible.
This revival was a disappointment! It was great to see all of the characters again and to be transported back to Stars Hallow, but the 4 episodes were scattered and seemed incomplete. The last four words were garbage and offered no closure. I almost wish a revival was never even created because it only tainted my Gilmore Girls nostalgia.
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