On January 29, 2016, the entertainment juggernaut that is Netflix announced to the world that after almost a decade of speculation and hope, Gilmore Girls was being revived to seek closure for its fans. On November 25 of that same year, the four-part mini series was released. While it did provide closure on some fronts-occasionally even to its detriment-, fans were ultimately left with new questions rather than the closure they had sought. The biggest question being: Will there eventually be more Gilmore?
For those not in the know, there is an explanation for why season seven, the show's long-time final season, feels markedly different than those which came before. As season six inched towards a close, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino petitioned the WB network with the reasonable request of more staff writers and a director who she could train to be familiar with the visual language of the series for the following season. She was denied and thus she made the personal decision to step down as showrunner. The WB-turned-CW network would end up having to hire the positions Amy had wanted anyway to maintain a seventh season without her.
Lorelai and Rory's passivity to the events that occur in their own lives is a subtle but pervasive weakness to this season. They both start off having made major decisions, but then go multiple episodes refusing to fight for or work towards what they truly want and allowing themselves to be pushed around by their significant other. This sadly is a pattern not unusual for Rory, but it is for Lorelai, and having both of them succumb to it simultaneously is enough to drive the viewer to frustrated depression in an otherwise lighthearted, warm blanket of a series. It may be realistic, but realism has never been what viewers of Gilmore Girls showed up for. It's disorienting to have the blanket ripped away.
New beginnings lead to unexpected endings in Gilmore Girls season 5.
In Pixar's film Inside Out, the embodiments of the emotions Joy and Sadness pull their human host in two opposite directions until they come to learn that a person's emotional outlook on a given event can be complex enough to include both feelings. Something about that just seems prescient when considering Gilmore Girls season 4.
You know when you're watching traffic go by, and you marvel at how well everything is going? All the cars are following the rules and paths that have been predetermined for them on the way to their ultimate destination. You don't know where they're going, but it's as if for a few fleeting moments you're along for the ride with them. Then, you notice that one particular car seems to be having more trouble than the rest. It swerves, but seems to correct itself so you relax. Nope. At the last minute before it leaves your field of vision, it crashes into several other cars before coming to a grinding stop. It hurts to watch, but you can't look away the whole time. That's the equivalent of what Gilmore Girls season 3 is for me.
Let us discuss the singular season of television that I would take with me if I was to be stranded upon a deserted island: Gilmore Girls season 2.
I'm proud that I possessed the restraint to wait this long before reviewing the entertainment franchise that has influenced, shaped, and delighted me the most over the past seven years: Gilmore Girls.
Right on the heels of reviving her hit series Gilmore Girls for Netflix, Palladino is back with another series, this time for Amazon, that manages to live up to its wildly successful predecessor. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.