By Ryann Casey
Thanksgiving weekend was overshadowed by impatience for the new season of Gilmore Girls that came out exclusively for Netflix on Black Friday. While spending time with the family, eating massive amounts of food, and sorting through the unbelievable slew of Black Friday Sales, there was an impatient aggravation nagging at so many of us awaiting the moment when Gilmore Girls would be available to stream. Thanksgiving is great, family is great, food is great, shopping is great, but nothing is better than Gilmore Girls, and we’ve been waiting ten years for this.
The show has a huge and vast range of fans from people who watched the show in it’s original airing (which ended ten years ago) and others, like myself, who watched the series over and over again in reruns after school. Gilmore Girls is probably the smartest thing Netflix has ever done. This season of Gilmore Girls is separated into four episodes by season, starting with winter and ending with fall. All four episodes, an hour and a half each, were released at once so of course the whole world binge watched the entire thing in six hours.
If you are a fan of the show then you have already watched the season, but while I’m not going to recap the entire season I will give a SPOILER ALERT, in case you plan on watching and haven’t had the chance yet.
Gilmore Girls as a series has drawn such a cult of fans for good reason. The depth of characters and raw relatability of their lives is unrivaled by mostly any other show. Gilmore Girls is a story of a teenage mother and her daughters bond that is more of best friend than the typical mother daughter relationship. We see these two grow together, Lorelai maturing alongside Rory, and see how their bond is stronger than anything life throws at them. That being said, these characters are far from perfect, which is why they are so relatable. Their flaws and mistakes are just as enticing and enchanting as their success. Their flawed relationships, struggles with money and complex complicated minds are captivating.
Centered around the complexity of characters and their complicated relationships, the show as a whole can be whittled down to a few main important dynamics.
- Rory and Lorelai
- Luke and Lorelai
- Lorelai and her parents
- Lorelai and her independence
- Rory and her life (career/relationships)
All of these are touched on and strengthened in this season. Rory and Lorelai have a disagreement as we’ve seen before and it is more apparent than ever that they are two very different people, but regardless their relationship is strong as ever. Luke and Lorelai take us through a whirlwind of emotions, per usual, but ultimately end up together and married! Lorelai’s relationship with her parents is interesting because we see her mourn the loss of her father in unexpected ways, and deal with her mother in traditional fashion. Her father’s death has had an extreme impact on her and ushers her into a weird stage of searching and longing for the independence that she’s always longed for but just hasn’t been able to fully grasp. After a little soul searching and alone time, Lorelai returns to Luke where she belongs.
Rory, who has always been so head strong with school and her career, is now struggling to make it in the world and ends up back home in Stars Hollow. She’s basically a mess, and while many fans find her part in this season to be lacking, Rory has never been perfect, and showing those flaws is true to character and to real life. She’s made editor of the Stars Hollow Gazette, and ends up writing the first few chapters of a book entitled Gilmore Girls.
In this season there are a few key parts that are relatable, emotional and meaningful to the story line. There are also, however, many other story lines that are unimportant and shallow to a point we’ve never seen on this show before. First, Rory has a meaningless boyfriend so irrelevant that nobody remembers his name or existence. This boyfriend is mentioned and strung along through until the last episode, even though this entire time Rory is sleeping with her ex Logan. One of the last things to happen in this season is Logan and his other rich friends from the Life and Death Brigade come to Stars Hollow to have a wild night with Rory which turns into almost a musical and is extremely unimportant and corny. There’s also an actual Stars Hollow musical that is equally unimportant and boring. There is way too much Kirk, and not not enough Jess and Sookie.
Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life was great because of the final episode, and the entire rest of the season was useless aside from it. But the last episode, complete with Luke confessing his undying love for Lorelai and how his world will always revolve around her and he wouldn’t have it any other way, makes all the nonsense worth it. With the cliffhanger it ends on, I’m hopeful there will be more Gilmore Girls to come. Until then, the final words of the season sit in the back of the minds of Gilmore Girls fans everywhere…”I’m pregnant.”