I can’t get over how insulted and betrayed I feel by the Gilmore Girls Revival.
The ENTIRE FUCKING SHOW was ALWAYS about how Lorelai didn’t want Rory to end up like her and how Rory did everything she could NOT to because she ALWAYS wanted MORE FROM HER LIFE THAN THIS. ALWAYS. And now come to find out ending up EXACTLY LIKE HER MOM WAS ALWAYS ASP’S PLAN SINCE THE PILOT?! SO WHAT THE FUCK WAS THE POINT OF THE ENTIRE FUCKING SHOW THEN?!?! OH, THERE WASN’T ONE!
God I just…. I grew up watching this show in reruns on ABCFamily from when I was 14 and then on The WB and CW when it was live… I bawled my way through the finale when I was 17 because everything ended perfectly and everyone was as I loved them… and then to find out that BEING DOOMED TO REPEAT LORELAI’S LIFE WAS ALWAYS HOW RORY WAS GOING TO END UP?!
I can’t even be HAPPY about the fact that this means Literati will eventually be endgame because LOGAN AND RORY WERE POD PEOPLE WHO NEVER EVER EVER WOULD’VE DONE THAT IN THE ORIGINAL SHOW AND HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANYONE HAPPY?!
Also the implication that Jess is just going to help Rory raise a baby by a man that she had an affair with who he HATED and didn’t like Rory with and would NOT be ok with her having an affair with after how Logan treated her in s6 the last time Literati saw each other????? WHAT??????????
Like… jfc I’ve always hated Logan. I’ve always thought he brought out the worst in Rory and never fit in her world and she in his, but this?! THAT WAS NOT WHAT LOGAN HUNTZBERGER OR RORY GILMORE WOULD DO!!!
Rory gave him an ultimatum in s4 and he took it, he defied his family for her in s5/s6, because he loved her. This was not love! It was two selfish, entitled, CRUEL PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS TO BREAK UP WITH THEM AND CLEARLY DIDN’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT EACH OTHER ENOUGH TO actually BE TOGETHER AND COMMIT!
And you can’t even say that Logan felt like he had no choice with the dynasty comment or whatever it was BECAUSE HE ALREADY PROVED ONCE THAT HE DID CARE ENOUGH TO DEFY HIS FATHER. HE JUST DIDN’T THIS TIME BECAUSE NEITHER OF THEM CARED TO. IT’S SO INSULTING TO THEIR MEMORY.
And Rory remembers how she felt so guilty and terrible after cheating on Lindsay with Dean (and how the fuck did HE come out of there with the warmest scene and best life!?) and she just fucking does it again and doesn’t even care, and Lorelai flipped her fucking shit about it then, but this time she literally doesn’t give a shit that Rory’s been carrying on an AFFAIR with Logan for over a year when he’s engaged?! Are you fucking kidding me!?
NONE OF THEM WOULD’VE ACTUALLY DONE THAT OR BEHAVED THIS WAY AT ALL!!!! It was so VILELY OUT OF CHARACTER AND ASP DESTROYED THEM BOTH. HOW CAN ANYONE BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT?!
Like holy fuck man, she could’ve had them just be FWB who couldn’t commit because of Logan’s plans for his life, HE DIDN’T NEED TO BE ENGAGED TO SOMEONE ELSE WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING!!!! THAT’S NOT ROMANTIC THAT’S BEING CHEATING PIECES OF SHIT!!! And giving her the keys to the Maine house while STILL INTENDING TO GET ENGAGED?? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!
So now she ends the show pregnant with an ENGAGED/MARRIED MAN’S BABY WHO IS CLEARLY NEVER GOING TO COMMIT TO HER BECAUSE HE’S HER CHRISTOPHER, AND THE WORST MISTAKE OF HER LIFE WILL FOLLOW HER AROUND FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE, AND HOW DOES THAT MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY?!
I’m just… so angry that it ended this way.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that THE FUCKING POINTLESS FIFTEEN MINUTE MUSICAL COULD’VE BEEN LUKE AND LORELAI’S WEDDING INSTEAD OR LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE AT ALL!!!!! THE FUCKING PIG GOT MORE SCREEN TIME THAN LUKE AND LORELAI’S WEDDING (WHICH THEY SHOULD’VE HAD UNDERNEATH THE HOPA)!!!!!!!
And also how Lane and Rory got TWO scenes and they were BEST FRIENDS?!
And Paris was SO OTT and WHAT was that ending freakout about Tristan?! AND WHY DID THEY TORPEDO PARIS AND DOYLE?!
And the Rory and Christopher scene - which was just foreshadowing the final 4 words - was so awkward and stilted and they both (and Alexis and David) deserved better!
And don’t even get me started on Luke and Lorelai FIGHTING ABOUT THE SAME SHIT THEY DID ELEVEN FUCKING YEARS AGO WHICH BROKE THEM UP IN SEASON 6!!! YOU’RE TELLING ME IN 9 YEARS THEY DIDN’T GROW /AT ALL/?! IT’S LIKE THEY WERE STUCK IN AMBER FOR ALL THIS TIME! IT WAS SO INSULTING!!!
And was the Wookie scene supposed to be funny??? And everyone forgetting Paul after 5 seconds every time was NOT funny it was CRUEL and stupid. And all the fat shaming at the pool and the kids carrying everything for them??? How was that funny???? It was just mean and OOC!
And what the fuck with SandeeSays?! Rory just came off SO entitled and horrible!
The ONLY good scenes were Taylor and Kirk (who were the most in character, how did THAT happen?!) and Luke’s speech at the end and Lorelai’s best birthday ever and the Literati scenes (because once again Jess inspired her to get her life together).
I don’t know what the fuck I watched last night but that was NOT THE SHOW ANYONE OF US LOVED!!!
There’s no way that all the glowing reviewers weren’t made to do that with a gun to all their heads under threat of death because there was almost nothing to love about that revival and NO ONE was as we loved them for fifteen years.
I’m so disappointed.
I watched A Year in the Life last week and, like many, have mixed opinions on storylines. While I was mostly satisfied with Lorelai’s and Emily’s arcs, I found Rory’s more frustrating.
A Year in the Life finds Rory ‘rootless’ and losing her foundation. Unable to find work, she stays with friends or flies to be with Logan in a ‘Vegas’ arrangement. When Rory can’t even get a job about somewhere which wanted her specifically she gives up and moves home, takes over the Stars Hollow Gazette and pretends she’s fine with Logan being engaged to someone else. For most of the episodes Rory flounders until she discovers she wants to do in Fall, which is tempered by the shock of the final four words - she is pregnant.
The catch-22 (pun intended) of this storyline is that it was initially intended for when Rory left college. It makes more sense for a confused 22-year-old to be sleeping off and on with an ex-boyfriend and being unable to get started in work than it does for a 32-year-old. It would, however, have been doubly as devastating for Rory to discover she is pregnant so young. While abortion is acknowledged as an option by Amy Sherman-Palladino, it still leaves a pessimistic touch to Rory’s storyline.
My main problem with the new episodes is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of balance. I like that Rory’s flawed. I like that she makes stupid mistakes. I certainly wouldn’t want the myth that at 32, you have it all figured out. I’m somewhat close to Rory’s age and I definitely don’t. Equally, however, Rory needs moments where she does make the right call, or has lightheartedness. Lorelai and Emily’s storylines are sad, but they also have humour and happiness and Rory’s happiness is mainly counting on Logan, who is presumably financing most of her flights for their affair. I find it frustrating that ASP criticises fans for focusing on Rory’s boyfriends when the majority of her storylines and character development are reflected through them. The bulk of Rory’s plot in the revival is being with Logan, which I’ll discuss below.
The ‘no strings’ sex is more believable for Rory and Logan when they are younger. Logan is most likely in an arranged engagement, and while I don’t condone cheating on partners, it’s more sympathetic to imagine someone in their young twenties being talked into marrying someone they don’t love. Odette likely doesn’t return any feeling and besides, like Paul, she is largely a plot device to show Rory and Logan’s ill-advised affair. It also disappointing as it seems that Rory hasn’t learnt anything from being with Dean. Once more, it makes more sense for this to have taken place in the seventh season, which would have been a continuation of Rory losing her footing in life. Here, it feels more that Rory has regressed and hasn’t used her experience to learn.
Rory also struggles with being a journalist. ASP claims that this is due to the job market, but it comes across as Rory not knowing how to be one. She’s very half-hearted and falls asleep and utterly fails the ‘easy job’ interview. I don’t believe for a second that Rory Gilmore, who always needs to be prepared, would walk in without any thought. We’re supposed to think she’s had a reasonable run before this but it doesn’t feel very real.
An argument put forward is that Rory’s decisions are fueled by her grandfather’s death, and that she feels lost. I can see this, but would have liked it being acknowledged onscreen. While I have always appreciated that Gilmore Girls generally shows choices and communications more through actions than syrupy conversation, this seems more that something the audience has to actively imagine. Rory’s grief is mainly untouched and there is no moment where we see how sad she is, for losing someone who meant so much to her. I did enjoy the small moments of seeing Rory’s love for her grandparents, by kissing the portrait and checking on Emily, but there’s no scene where we see her own, raw grief. Having said that, I was immensely moved by Rory writing in her grandfather’s study and seeing the ghosts of her past.
In Summer and Fall, Rory starts to turn things around. She gets inspiration after a visit from Jess and knows what she really wants to do - write the story of her and her mother. Jess’s scenes, while wonderful, were incredibly few which saddened me. Another thing I disliked was that while Jess has grown up into a happy, mature adult, Rory seems so much younger. Rory and Jess work as each other’s mirrors. They both crash and burn but are able to grow up and learn. With this storyline, intended for years ago, Rory seems more left behind. I did, however, adore that it’s Jess who’s able to give her the push. He knows her perfectly and how Rory can orient herself when she’s totally lost. A favourite moment, next to the scotch, was when Rory, having written the first three chapters, runs out to see Jess. She jumps and down, squealing with joy and grabs his jacket. There aren’t enough dorky, fun moments with Rory and I loved that Jess brought it out. It’s also heavily implied that Rory and Jess will find each other again. At the end of Fall, Jess stares through the window and sees Rory looking after Kirk and it’s clear feelings still linger. With Logan so clearly framed as Christopher, Jess is shown as Luke in comparison. He is Rory’s true love. They are different to Luke and Lorelai but are each other’s people - they have a whole history together and no matter how time has passed, are always there for each other. I would have loved more scenes between them.
In Summer, Lorelai and Rory have a fight at Richard’s gravestone. Rory excitedly spills out her plans for her book and Lorelai simply says no. No, she knows how much it means but she won’t have her life put out like that. It doesn’t matter how much Rory begs, she’s not giving her this one, and mother and daughter part ways for weeks. It’s a great scene for showing the contrast with Lorelai and Rory, much like the funeral scene with Emily and Lorelai. Neither of them can make it better and they walk away. The scene shows Rory’s passion as well as her entitlement, and Lorelai’s love for her daughter but fears of being vulnerable.
Towards the end of Fall, things are picking up. After one last night with the Life and Death Brigade, Rory essentially grows up. She knows it’s time to say goodbye and, finally, she initiates a breakup. She turns down Logan’s offer of a house and, presumably, a continuation of an affair, and tells him ‘all rides have to end.’ It is also the night she gets pregnant. Rory goes home and puts pen to paper and starts the story Jess knows she can write. Later, she goes to see Lorelai, and the two hug and make up. Lorelai gives her blessing and the title of her book - Gilmore Girls, without the the. It’s cleaner. After an unexplained phonecall, Rory goes to see Christopher. After insisting on why he wasn’t around, why he didn’t try harder to be her father, Christopher tells her it was always going to be her and Lorelai, and that’s the way it needed to be. Rory nods, mulling things in her mind, and says goodbye. It’s a beautiful scene.
In the very last scene, Lorelai and Rory sit on the gazebo. Lorelai is ecstatic but Rory is quiet and when asked why, she says she wants to remember ‘every last detail’. And then, suddenly, she tells her mother she is pregnant. It is the end and we are left to imagine what happens next. I veer towards disliking the ending for several reasons. Firstly, I hate that pregnancy seems to be automatic for women in fiction. One of the things I liked so much about the original series is that Rory never had a pregnancy scare. She had a Planned Parenthood poster and she had safe sex. Getting pregnant at the end seems to tie to the sex as punishment trope. Rory can break up with Logan and learn from it, but she’s still pregnant. ASP said that Rory may not necessarily carry on the pregnancy, which is slightly better than abortion never existing in fiction, or that she has to have the baby in order to become an entire adult, but it’s still an infuriating ending.
I read Gilmore Girls as saying that you will always be involved with your family, but you don’t have to become them. Jess has a terrible father but is able to move on and become his own person. Lorelai leaves her parents’ world and, although forced to come back to it through Chilton, doesn’t give up her new life. Rory has always balanced the worlds, and I hate the idea that she’s repeating Lorelai’s mistakes. Of course, her new life with or without the baby will still be her own, but it gives the message that she’s essentially her mother. If she’d got pregnant at 22, what would have been the point of her working so hard and going to Yale? ASP has said that it’s more about the idea of life throwing you curveballs, and that life doesn’t really care about your plans. I don’t dislike this concept, as it’s largely true, but it still feels unfair. Rory deserves a reward and payoff. Instead, she has to negotiate an unplanned pregnancy.
I don’t think Rory’s storyline is intended as tragic. I’m positive that, whichever path she chooses, Rory will make it work. I’m intrigued for new episodes so we can see what she does next and possibly become a mother. The focus of these episodes for Rory is to see her be utterly lost and when she finds a map, there’s a detour. I wish Rory had been given an easier way, but I know she can get there. I’d like to see it. She has always had strength.
I wish Rory had had at least one episode being completely single
I didn’t find the Wookie storyline that gross. Maybe it’s because I have a dirty sense of humour but I found it funny
Rory’s wardrobe was incredible
Rory needed to read a book. Where were the conversations about her boxes of books?
I could watch an entire episode of Rory and Paris at Chilton
Not Rory related, but I am so happy that Lorelai and Jess are on good terms. I adored the family scene in the living room where Lorelai and Rory are teasing Luke and Jess, and Lorelai and Jess both joke about Luke being ‘Rande Gerber hot’. And then Lorelai says Jess can stay and blows him a kiss! Jess looked so relaxed in their home, too. He totally belonged there. And now I’m getting on a Literati ramble so I’ll stop