I admit it. I am a “Gilmore Girls-Aholic”. I couldn’t get enough of them when they were on and now that I’ve watched the 4 season revival greedily like an addict, wanting a fix, I am left wanting even more of it again. I’ve fallen off the proverbial wagon…or, was I ever on it to begin with? Likely not. My internet bandwidth is telling me that Netflix has eaten through it while watching re-run episodes of the series over the past couple of years. I even had to spring for unlimited net every month to do so.
Let me say that the 4 episodes of “A Year In The Life” was a thrill, a rush but, also quite disappointing and angering all at the same time. That’s only sharing part of the emotions that they tugged upon as I cried, laughed and yipped with joy at seeing old characters show up on screen, even if only for a few brief moments. What these 4 episodes didn’t do, was to “end” the series for me. As a matter of fact, it only opened the door for me as a fan, for more. It was like sticking a giant foot in the door and not allowing it to close. As a matter of fact, it has opened the door wider and left me thirsting for more. I have questions galore now that beg to be answered through a regular revival of the show.
The best part of this feeling is that I’m not alone in my emotions and sentiments. The net and social media have been going nuts, wanting more as well. A lot of us wished we had bought shares in tissue companies long ago and are left with an unsaturated feeling once again. What we thought we’d accepted over 9 years ago, we have had reawakened and are left with even more questions that would open the gate to more, more and more Gilmore Girls.
I won’t get into more of the specifics as blogs, television and entertainment articles have endlessly covered the fact that these 4 episodes have left old and new fans wanting more. What I will say is a couple of things that I’m sure pretty much all die-hard fans alike are thinking.
First, we’ve got to hand it to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for a brilliant series, set of characters as well as their coy, sharp-witted writing in these 4 episodes. I hope that I’m right but, it’s my consensus that these 4 episodes were written to cause fans to want more. I don’t believe for a moment that ASP or DP intended this as an “ending”. They had written the characters as unsettled within themselves, their relationships with each other, their lives and in a lot of instances, plainly strange. The entire 4 episodes built upon strangeness of character within the cast and kept building until it felt like while familiar faces showed up, they were so far out of character that it left us all questioning a lot that was left unanswered by The Palladinos.
In brief, Rory had become a lost soul. She certainly wasn’t the intelligent, caring young woman that not only Lorelai had raised but, the Golden Girl an entire town adored. She was actually rather secretive, lost, ill mannered, broken and following a lifestyle that we know Rory never would have followed. The worst was the affair chose to have with Logan while knowing he was engaged, sleeping with him and not telling Lorelai. The Rory we knew in the previous series never would have followed that along for longer than one time as a mistake. She was far too wise and family driven to cheat for that long. (Yes, we saw her cheat with Dean once he was married one time and take the wrath of Lorelai’s disgust but, later apologized to her mother, admitting it was wrong of her to have done.) Yes, we saw Rory be led astray and into legal hot water, serving Community Service by Logan and his entitlement, rich-boy attitude and taking Lorelai’s anger and disappointment for that as well. We could chalk that up to a teenager, being a teenager and learning lessons the hard way. As a 32 year old woman who had been out in the world and growing up, we found it hard to see Rory not only continuing on with stupid choices with Logan but, also a “quickie” with a complete stranger, a “Wookie” while waiting in a line-up. That wasn’t the Rory we came to expect as a “finale” for the show in these 4 episodes, let alone the fact that she is now pregnant and we can only guess as to who the father of the baby is as Lorelai is left with her mouth open, cut to credits to allegedly end the story line.
We were given quite the ride with Lorelai as well in not being herself. The inn in question, Sookie gone, Michel wanting to leave for bigger and better, Lorelai not settled within herself in spite of knowing that she and Luke, the man she’d wanted to be with, was with her. She was still in search of self and acting uncharacteristically with that silly need for a hike down a trail from a book and movie. She asks her mother for money to buy a new inn and looks at a place but, it’s left wide open as to whether she got it or how it would all turn out. That’s not to mention her relationship with her mother, Emily Gilmore. It was still rocky at best but, ice was melting between the mother-daughter pair. What happens next?
Next was Emily Gilmore who seemed to go a little crazy after husband, Richard Gilmore’s passing where she called “bullshit” several times during her much beloved DAR meeting and left the group, moving to Nantucket after buying up a piece of property there and working as a Shock-Gore Queen Tour Guide in the local whaling museum, doing it with delight at guest’s repulsion. What was Emily to do during winter months there? Would she stay? Would she get bored? Was that her forever home? And, what about her love life which might have just been beginning. The Palladinos didn’t introduce a new man into the plot line for no good reason. Even Lorelai was shocked at her mother having “a boyfriend”.
Last but, certainly not least, was Rory’s quizzical visit to Christopher, her father, to ask what he felt about Lorelai raising her on her own. We know now why she made that visit and asked that question. The final 4 words were both a shocker as well as the door opener for more Gilmore Girls to come. Not only are the doors open but, now that we know that Rory is pregnant, lost, broke and has no direction, it has put fans on bended knees in wanting to know what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen, who the father is and what will become of Lorelai and Emily in all ways. There’s far too much left open to future episodes that keep right up with the times and can rival all shows going in fan base, even surpassing it. Gilmore Girls is a “cult”. It’s got a grown fan base and is growing by the day, week, month and year as new fans come on board and old fans thirst for more Gilmore Girls.
About the only main character who seemed more or less settled in story line was, Luke Danes, Lorelai’s love and now, husband. Even there, there are questions about his character left.
From my little corner of life, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have played their cards well. This was not an ending. This was a beginning. Now to get the Powers That Be to recognize that fact and for Netflix or some other network to pick up the cues that have been left behind like bread crumbs like Hanzel and Gretel left behind. It’s all leading to “smash hit” again.
And, Alexis Bledel (Rory) the sole hold-out not too enthusiastic over more Gilmore Girls unless the right story line comes along, rest assured that you have enough fans that there will be a good story line for your character to follow. Rory has not ended her stint with fans. She’s only just begun again.
Give us your thoughts. Do YOU want to see more Gilmore Girls again now?