TV | Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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Netflix has given us the chance to return to Stars Hollow.

The four episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life were uploaded on Friday and we were able to catch up with Lorelai and Rory and all their friends.

The last season of Gilmore Girls ended almost ten years ago and since then fans have been wondering what everyone had been up to.

As it turns out, not a lot has changed in Stars Hollow.

The show starts with a dark screen and voice-overs of lines said by the characters in the original series. Then we are taken to Stars Hollow in Winter, Lorelai’s favourite season; mother and daughter are reunited in the town square.

At first, the dialogue between the two characters seemed a little forced, which is expected since they haven’t had a scene together in nearly a decade.

As the scenes rolled on we were reintroduced to some of our favourite characters such as Luke, Kirk, Lane, and Taylor.

[pullquote align=”right”]She has matured and written a piece for The New Yorker after all[/pullquote]With each character interaction, Lauren Graham (Lorelai) fit better into her character, Alexis Bledel (Rory) on the other hand took some more time to get back into Rory’s shoes, and at times it felt as though she didn’t really know who Rory was anymore.

Sure, Rory isn’t 22 anymore; she has matured and written a piece for The New Yorker after all, but it felt like she was missing the spark she once had.

One thing that makes no sense is how Rory comes and goes between Stars Hollow and London in minutes. One day she’s at her mother’s house and the next she flies off to London but seems to make it back in time for dinner with her grandmother the day after. Her trips to London happen weekly, if not every other day.

The best part of the show was Emily Gilmore.

Once Lorelai and Rory went to dinner with the newly-widowed meddler, their usual bickering started and it’s like no time had gone by at all.

Actor Edward Herrmann, who played Emily’s husband Richard, passed away in 2014, so his character was not able to come back.

Emily’s sorrow broke my heart and certainly left many others with tears rolling down their cheeks.

So, it’s 2016 in Stars Hollow and it feels strange to see the characters carrying iPhones and Luke giving a fake Wi-Fi password to his clients.

The high definition of the filming takes away the ‘homely’ feeling of the town – it almost seems artificial.

While the show was made for long-time fans to get some closure, those who have never seen the show before would be able to enjoy it too.

They would, however, miss out on jokes that relate back to the original series, such as Paris’s love for Tristan or the Life and Death Brigade. The revival will most certainly send some people back to the very first season.

The episodes are 90 minutes long and while I was excited to get five hours of my favourite family, some scenes felt like they were mostly just fillers.

I could have lived the rest of my life without watching 20 minutes of Stars Hollow: The Musical.

Every character that has ever impacted the girls’ lives made a comeback; even if it was just for a thirty-second dialogue.

[pullquote align=”right”]The revival will most certainly send some people over to the very first season[/pullquote]We get a glimpse of what they’ve been doing for the last ten years and we even get to see A Second Film By Kirk, although again this only makes sense if you’re a long-time fan of the show.

The show was certainly what I needed, but I must say that I will need a revival for the revival – some characters still didn’t quite get an ending.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but all I’m going to say is that the plot of the show makes a full circle.

I am already re-watching all four episodes.




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