I love Gilmore Girls. It has become one of my top favorite shows ever. I was first introduced to it back in… 2011 I think. Obviously at that point, it wasn’t on air anymore and all the seasons were available on DVD. I bought the first season on sale and binge watched it and fell in love. I ended up buying the rest of the seasons and the rest is history! I have probably watched the entire series at least 3 or 4 times in the last 5 years. When I heard that Gilmore Girls was going to be on Netflix last year I was thrilled. It made it so much easier to binge watch! Then, when it was announced that there was going to be a revival I was so pumped.
Well, the revival is here and I’m going to share my thoughts!
Going into the revival I had a few things that I hoped would happen and things I wanted answers to.
#teamJess | I am definitely #teamJess so I was hoping that he would be back and would play an important role. I was also hoping in the same vein that Rory’s love life wouldn’t really be a focal point. The entire series always focused more on her relationship with her mom than her love life which I always appreciated.
Lorelai and Luke | I always wanted them to end up together and the end of the original series left it so open. I was worried! Lorelai was always all over the place with her relationships so I was hoping this one would stick.
Lane | I loved Lane in the original series and I so hoped she would be a total rockstar in the revival and fulfill all her dreams.
Richard | Richard was my favorite part of Richard and Emily. When the actor who played him passed away, I was curious how they would address it in the series. Would they just pretend he was traveling the whole time? Would they have the character pass in the show?
I ended up watching the revival over two days. At an hour and a half each, over Black Friday weekend (I work retail), I’m surprised I was able to watch it so quickly! The first three episodes were alright, but Fall (number four) was seriously my favorite. Instead of recapping or reviewing each one separately (it’s been too long and the lines between them are blurry), I’m just going to share my thoughts on things in general! If you haven’t watched the series, there will be spoilers from here!
Rory | I’m not going to lie and say that I loved Rory in this revival. I feel like her story wasn’t quite what I wanted or really could expect from her. She was also so sure of what she wanted and her morals and her plans and herself. It was odd seeing her so adrift. Seeing as how I am at a similar age, I can definitely understand the feeling lost and unsure. I just didn’t quite expect it from Rory. I also really did not like how she treated Paul. I feel like he was just there to create humor and that whole story line didn’t add to anything. It just made me not like her a bit. It did seem she was a bit stronger on her feet by the end, but it took so long to get her there it was just annoying… I just had such higher hopes for her character. I also didn’t like the easy way out of her writing a book called Gilmore Girls. It just seemed to cliche and something we’ve seen before in other shows (Gossip Girl anyone?)
Lorelai | I really liked where Lorelai’s story went. I loved that she was still with Luke (yay!) and I loved that they kind of poked fun at how she does focus on herself and not really on others. I think she was able to grow a bit leading into this revival and during it. It was also nice seeing how much she really did like Michel and how much she did not want to lose him. I also kind of liked seeing her in therapy. In a way, I feel like it’s just one of the ways that Hollywood can show that mental care is important and not something that should be so hush, hush. The one think with her journey I didn’t like was the whole silly Wild moment. I feel like it didn’t really add to the story and it was dragged out way too long.
Lane | We got so little of Lane in this revival it was seriously upsetting! She’s still just being a mom and supporting Zach versus going out and conquering the music world like I envisioned. I did appreciate that Hep Alien was still together and making music. I just had such high hopes for Lane and I feel like her life didn’t really change which makes me really sad.
Sookie | I loved Sookie and when I first heard of the revival, there weren’t plans for her character to be in it (boo!). Luckily, they were able to make schedules align and she was able to make an appearance (yay!). Her appearance did leave a lot to be desired though. I think it could have gone better if the reason why she was absent made more sense. To have her off in nature on a farm and whatnot seemed odd. I feel like that was more fitting to be Jackson. Sookie could have been off being a chef somewhere far away and fancy or something.
Logan | Ugh. I was never a fan of Logan and I am still not a fan. It’s not that I dislike him as a person, but I just don’t like him with Rory. Their whole arrangement while Rory is in London was so odd. It wasn’t like Rory and I feel like if Logan really cared for her, he wouldn’t be encouraging something like this. I know the whole things is supposed to be reminiscent of Lorelai and Christopher, but just nope, not a fan.
The Life & Death Brigade | This whole montage set to ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ (the Across the Universe version) was probably my favorite part of this whole revival. Did it make sense? Nope. Was it kind of out there? Yup! I just absolutely love the Beatles and this montage was so true to the aesthetic of the Life and Death Brigade. I felt it was really well done.
Emily | Emily was never my favorite character, but I think she was one of them in this revival. She really showed growth and it was really nice seeing her path from being married to someone for 50 years to being alone for the first time in even longer. All the stuff with Berta was a bit much, but it kind of showed her adopting a new family (so to speak).
Paris | I didn’t understand how she ended up being in charge of a fertility clinic. That was such a random place for her to show up and for her path to take her. I still don’t get it. I liked that she was the same old Paris, full of sass and attitude, but it was just in weird context. I really hope her and Doyle get back together. They were seriously meant to be!
Jess | Jess was perfect. I really liked that he was able to have a voice of reason for Rory. He’s changed so much from when we first met him and I still believe he would be so perfect for Rory. They have that spark when they’re with each other and it is so meant to be and it just needs to happen already!
the last four words | I honestly guessed what the last four words would probably be. I thought of what could be one of the most frustrating ways for the show to end and thought to myself that it’s probably how it would end. I guessed Rory would be pregnant and the show would end and we would live with that silly cliffhanger. I really hope they decided there’s more story to tell because it would just be amazing to see them go through this journey and I think it would really bring it full circle (excuse the run on). I doubt they’ll do more of the show, but we can dream!
So there you go. Here are my thoughts for the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival. There were some good moments and some pretty bad moments, but I still really liked it. I really, really hope they do make more, but I doubt they will.
If you’ve watched it, what did you think?