So have you watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yet?
I watched it this weekend. I stretched it out over two afternoons, while Flea was out with her Dad. Then watched the whole thing again – with Flea.
Confession: I’ve loved Gilmore Girls for a long time.
I first picked up the Season one box-set on Amazon.com in 2002 when it was recommended by other people who’d bought another TV show I loved called Felicity.
For many years, it was a case of waiting for each box set to be released, and then a long 2-3 weeks for them to ship from the US, so I could play them on the special DVD player I’d bought on Tottenham Court Road.
Each series has been watched, over and over, front to back and start to end. Flea and I are somewhere in the middle of our second viewing of the Gilmore Girls box set, which we now own on iTunes, since the DVDs started to get a bit old and worn.
So to say we were excited by the news that Netflix would be reviving the show is something of an understatement. I’m in the Netflix Stream Team, which means I’m given free Netflix so I can share stuff like this with you, but I’d pay for Netflix JUST for this show. Twice over. At least.
And my verdict?
It was perfect.
OK – fair warning – if you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, stop reading.
So those four little words – the way the series had to end, according to its creator. Like most people I was fully, “WTAF??” when it happened. How could THAT be the ending?
But actually – how could it not?
The original end to Season 7 of Gilmore Girls saw Rory heading off on the Obama campaign trail, and Lorelei enjoying her happy ending with Luke. Rory ditched the useless but charming Logan, and was ready to set the world on fire.
When A Year in the Life kicked off, it seemed cruel that Rory’s life had stalled so badly. But it’s a situation common to lots of graduates – job falls through, crap relationship, moving back home…
And it gave Jess the opportunity to do what he’s done before – to provoke Rory into taking stock and changing direction (remember when she dropped out of Yale?)
As the show drew to a close, it seemed like we were being lined up for a lovely happy ending. Magical wedding in a gazebo? Check. Rory creatively fulfilled? Check. Emily kicking ass in Nantucket? Check.
All we needed was for Lorelei to announce she was pregnant, as each episode had teased as a possibility. But then… bombshell.
Rory: “I’m pregnant.”
It seems like a horrible end. Lorelei gave up everything to put Rory through school and college, working towards Rory’s dreams as though they were her own. And now Rory is single, pregnant and lost? Ugh.
Circle of Life
But when you think about it, wasn’t the show a perfect circle?
Emily and Lorelei are back in the place they started. Emily and Lorelei toasted their new arrangement as life turning full circle – and Rory’s ending is just another example.
Rory has defied all the high expectations of her family and ended up pregnant, just like Lorelei.
If you think about the confusing scene between Rory and Christopher, it makes total sense once you realise Rory is pregnant. She goes to see what her father felt about being a parent – and realises he’s unable to parent either of his children, or to escape family expectations. He’s charming, he loves Lorelei, but he’s weak.
He’s Logan. And Rory will raise her baby alone, just as Lorelei did.
It also makes total sense that the last we see of Jess is the longing/creepy look he throws Rory through the window. He’s Luke. The guy she’s supposed to be with, but isn’t quite ready for.
Like Lorelei said – circle of life.
Yes, it would be awesome to have more Gilmore Girls episodes – although if we can have a bit more Paris and a lot less Bunheads-suck-up-musical-scenes that’d be good. But really, we don’t NEED them. Because we’ve already seen exactly how the story ends.
What do you think, fellow GG fans?
— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) November 27, 2016