I might be the only girl my age who’s ever said this, but I did not watch Gilmore Girls when it was originally on the air. I know I know, but to be fair I was five years old when the pilot premiered, I had no older siblings who watched it, and my parents were on the stricter side about what I would watch (although I’m sure at five years old I was watching Blue Clue’s and had no interest in more complex shows anyways). I didn’t really seem to be missing anything through the years of elementary school and middle school while it was on air as none of my friends were watching it anyways.
Fast forward to college and many of the people in my life were obsessed with the show. My Big, my housemate, it seemed like everyone had Luke’s Diner mugs and aspirations of being as witty as Lorelai. I tried to start the show a few years ago but the fast dialogue made it really hard to follow and the only thing I found myself relating to was the insane amounts of coffee that they drink. I assumed that everyone around me was just nostalgic for the show, but since I had never seen it I had nothing to be nostalgic about. Once everyone finally realized that I was not getting into it, they left me alone and the topic was not really brought up again.
That is, of course, until this past fall, when Gilmore Girls mania took over social media following the announcement of A Year in the Life. I could not escape the frenzy anywhere I turned, and honestly I think I may have seen more Gilmore girls posts than political posts during the fall and early winter. When the reboot premiered, it was all that was showing up in my social feeds, between Instagram photos of groups of girls eating like Gilmores or think pieces from online companies debating what the last four words really mean. This is also the point in time where I quit my retail job in favor of an office internship and with my newfound free time decided, if I can’t beat ’em I might as well join ’em. I plopped down in front of the tv with a bag of chips, picked up the remote, and searched for it on Netflix.
I took about a month to binge the original 7 seasons (each season has about 22 episodes and each episode is roughly 45 minutes — that’s a lot of time spent watching one show!) and I finished the revival 3 days later. I had a rough time getting into the show at the beginning, but I made the decision to stick with it through the first season and if I still didn’t like it, I would stop. But about halfway through the first season I was captivated. I found my high school self relating to Rory’s character in the early seasons, my young adult self relating to Lorelai’s ambition, and I was drawn in by Emily’s snarky comments. So I kept watching, and I became so invested in the characters and their relationships.I was not totally thrilled with the seventh season of the show, as this is when a different network and different writers came on to the show, but was hoping for redemption through the revival.
And sure, I got my redemption. I got a lot out of Emily’s character in the revival, with her struggling after Richard’s passing. Lorelai ended up with Luke, which was predictable but very satisfying after their tumultuous relationship through the last few seasons of the show. I have so many problems with Rory though. She doesn’t seem to have learned anything from her past relationships, she is still a cheater, she is still the other woman. She drags a seemingly nice guy along throughout the entire course of the revival because she keeps forgetting about him (which was a funny joke at the beginning of the first episode and then got old really quickly. Poor Paul). And then the show ends with her telling Lorelai that she is pregnant. Granted, she is in her 30s at this point and definitely old enough to make her own decisions, but as someone who wanted to be a journalist and travel the world (and these aspirations were still going strong in the revival), it doesn’t seem to be the most practical thing for her at this point in her life. We also don’t know who the father is, even if we have our guesses, but all of the men who could possibly be the father are not people I would want her to end up with.
Regardless of the countless problems with Rory, there are also just cultural problematic topics. Some things I ignored in the original series because of the time, but for a show that was made in 2016 some topics were terrible to continue bringing up. There’s the body shaming that happens at the Stars Hollow pool, which Lorelai and Rory honestly shouldn’t have anything to say about with the way that the two of them eat. The fact that the town can’t have a gay pride parade because they don’t have enough gay residents, so they are looking to send interested people to the next town over to participate in their parade. The show could have still kept its wit and true style without bringing these topics in, and a lot of the content that is shown through the rest of the show is proof of that. With the state of the world we live in now, and the audience of the show being much older now, these topics seemed completely unnecessary to bring up at all, and are usually not brought up in this context in modern tv and film. I was honestly disappointed in the writing of the show. And even after hearing all of the negative reviews of the show after it was first released, I was still hopeful. But after watching, I would honestly have rather had the show end after the 7th season and not have the revival exist at all, even with the aspects that I loved so much. I might have a skewed view after being a first time viewer and watching the entirety through lol in a row, but I think my opinions are shared by many viewers. I am curious to see what will happen with the show and if there will be another spinoff to give us even more answers, but I think that if it does happen I will stick to reading about it online rather than viewing it myself.