Oy With the Poodles Already

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was FINALLY released on Netflix. And spoiler alert: it was great. That was a joke spoiler alert, but there really will be some spoilers in this blog, so please note you may want to come back to this one later.

 

The first scene was great, with the little nod by the girls to the extended absence from our screens in the very first scene when Lorelai says ‘haven’t done that in a while’ after Rory loses her breath from talking so fast. Not going to lie, this made me tear up from extreme excitement for the forthcoming episodes.

It was a little rocky to begin with, it seemed to take a little while for the actors to take an Oooober and find themselves back in their roles, but I think it really came together well. The return cameos of the supporting cast, and luckily Melissa McCarthy was able to make it.

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One of my favourite aspects of Gilmore Girls, as a pop culture nerd are the Gilmoreisms. These are a few of my favourites from the revival series:

  1. “Admit it, you’ve been GOOP’d.” – Who doesn’t love a cheeky reference to our favourite pretentious lifestyle blog?
  2. “I thought there’d be something good in there, like a treasure map or the prequel to Huckleberry Finn where Huck is a Klan leader and terrified of water.” -CoughGoSetAWatchmanCough
  3. “Give him a crystal sword, he’s a White Walker” – Game of Thrones references in Gilmore Girls? Life complete.
  4. The rap portion of the town musical in order to capitalise on the success of Hamilton is awesome, I expect nothing else of Taylor Doose.

 

There have been two controversial thoughts in relation to the revival that I have seen. Firstly is the body shaming committed by Rory and Lorelai at the summer pool. It did strike me as maybe a tiny bit out of character, especially seeing as Lorelai’s best friend is Sookie who is also overweight. I attribute this to the flawed nature of these characters.

Rory, you ignorant slut. This is the second controversy surrounding the series that I have seen. Rory is sleeping with Logan, even though he is engaged to another woman and she is in a relationship with Pete.. PAUL, no I mean Paul. Sorry.. Is this really a surprise though? She arguably acted immorally with Jess when she was Dean’s girlfriend in the original series, and helped Dean cheat on Lindsay. I loved Rory in the early seasons, she was kind and smart and driven. She is still smart and driven, but no longer do I find her kind, and this is not just in the revival, but also in the later seasons of the original show.

Will there be another season? Who knows. I’m happy with the way it ended. Lorelai and Emily’s storylines ended cleanly. Rory’s was left open ended, but that’s how life works, it’s not all clean and perfect. And besides, will it be based in Queens? Will Gilmore Girls really be the same if it’s not based in Stars Hollow?

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