So clearly the show seems to be selling the Luke/Jess and Christopher/Logan (and therefore the Lorelai/Rory) parallels pretty hard. Seriously, I felt like I was being smacked on the head. It was weird, because yeah, there are parallels there. But they were always hidden, tucked away, waiting to be found and explored. Dean and Jess both paralleled Christopher and Max as well, in different ways, as did Logan (and Dean) with Luke.
Nothing on Gilmore Girls was ever that simple. It was never just this person = this other person. The parallels were complex and layered and on some level, kind of subjective. Sometimes Rory and Lorelai seemed very similar. More often, Lorelai seemed very much like Emily, which caused so many problems, especially because neither of them could see it. And at one point, it became clear that Rory and Emily actually had quite a bit in common.
The show is digging itself into a rut here. I like parallels - actually I love them, but by making them seem so black and white, so definitive - it comes across as really heavy handed. Jess and Luke share a lot of similarities. Partly because they’re related, and partly because Luke had a huge influence on Jess’ formative years (yes, some of his most formative years were as a late teenager). But they are not literally the same person (in fact, they have some pretty key differences), and their lives shouldn’t follow the exact same trajectory. Same goes for Rory and Lorelai (and Logan and Christopher).
Honestly, this revival seems a bit like your favorite band going on hiatus for many years and making their comeback with a concept album. It’s like, okay, maybe it’s good objectively, or well-written, or well done - whatever. But it’s not why you fell in love with them in the first place. If you wanted a concept album you would have listened to a different band.
when did jess start thinking that the story of the gilmore girls would make for an excellent book?
did he first think about it all those years ago when he first got to know rory & lorelai and was taken aback by their unique dynamic? was he reading a book exploring familial relationships one day, which lead him to ponder a possible story about those fascinating ladies from stars hollow? did he always envision rory one day writing her own book? was it specifically a story about the gilmore girls that he thought would be perfect for her to write, or were there other genres/plots he believed she’d be great at writing? has he always felt like suggesting she write this book, but never wanted to feel like he was trying to steer her away from her journalism career path?
one headcannon: luke and lorelai have their wedding, jess is luke’s best man. after the ceremony jess invites rory to dance. they dance together, awkwardly at first but as time passes and the conversation deepens they slowly start to remember how they felt about each other when they were young. nothing happens but some of those old feelings resurface. that scene mirrors luke and lorelai’s dance in liz and tj’s wedding.