Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review/ Whatever Happened to Rory Gilmore?

Yes, there are currently a mere nine pieces on this website, and yes, one of them has already been devoted to Gilmore Girls, but I have just finished the long-awaited Gilmore Girls comeback, and now I must vent.

I appreciate that a lot of effort went into the making of the four-part Netflix series. Long-lost cast members returning from relative obscurity, writers brushing off the old writing pens, once-abandoned sets being tended to once more. There was a lot of hype. I felt a lot of hype. This hype was misplaced.

Innocent Rory, in a purer time.

First of all, Rory. (Beware, spoilers). Rory was always a very nice person. She worked hard, she cared about people, she was driven, she had a sense of humour and a quick wit and a firm sense of what was good in the world. She was entertaining. She might have made a few bad decisions here and there (*cough* Jess *cough*)  but she was, in her very purest essence, well-intentioned. Why then, I ask the creators, has Rory become a cold-hearted, rude, and vaguely infuriating character? What has happened to Rory?! Rory doesn’t drag men along because she has apparently forgotten their very existence. Rory doesn’t look down on Thirty-Something-Club members, Rory doesn’t have affairs with men only to get angry that they’re (remarkably) marrying their fiancée. Rory has better things to do than perform in flash mobs with her slightly washed-up college friends. Rory doesn’t need a man to be her saving grace or come up with her ideas for her! She has things to write and people to meet and places to be! I know life has its ebbs and flows, and everyone has a slump every so often. But this Rory is a mere vacuous husk, a shell of the Rory that once was.

The same goes for Lorelai. She was still entertaining, but seemed to have developed a similar harshness. The old Lorelai was like a breath of fresh air entering a room. Brutally honest, perhaps, and ridiculous at times, but never cruel. Why has such a fate befallen two of the warmest, wittiest, sharpest female leads in television? This is not the Stars Hollow of yore.

The ending was good, I’ll give them that. I may or may not have cried. The poetic irony was clever. Stars Hollow felt refreshed whilst maintaining its timeless small-town charm. The Lorelai-does-Wild was slightly bizarre and slightly unnecessary, but it was memorable. The death of Richard and the growth of the character of Emily were very well done and deservedly heart-wrenching. But at least in my humble opinion, the thing that really kept people drawn to Gilmore Girls was always the Lorelais, and I miss them. I miss them very much.

Image credit: Netflix/ TenorGifs

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