WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS; PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
So clearly I am late to the party, but after hearing all of the buzz surrounding Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I thought I should see what all the fuss was about. I never watched the original series in real time but had seen episodes here and there; I always enjoyed them and thought it would be a good show to start binge watching on Netflix, and I wasn’t wrong. I mean despite the fact that the ending of Rory and Logan gutted me (and felt moderately unbelievable), the series finale was sweet and very appropriate..it even elicited tears from me, which if you know me, is a big deal. Overall, the original series might be my favorite television show…well, ever.
So let’s move right along to the reboot that came to us via Netflix. Now let me start by saying that I’m 1000% #TeamLogan and probably wasn’t going to be fully happy if that wasn’t the endgame. I had already read reviews of the mini series before deciding to watch the original 7 seasons all the way through so I knew that things didn’t end the way I would have liked in regards to my favorite couple…but I still wanted to watch. I was hesitant but hopeful. I can tell you that after watching all 4 episodes of the mini series I didn’t like it…very much at all. Sure there were pieces (very few) that were okay, but the overarching feeling that I had while watching the 4 part series was disappointment. I felt like the character development that happened through the first 7 seasons of the show was thrown out the window, particularly for Rory and Logan (but for others as well). There is just no way that I believe Rory would have been THAT much of a mess both personally and professionally. I just don’t believe that.
Rory – While I do believe that Rory had a slightly selfish streak (don’t we all) in her during the show’s original run, overall she was a good-hearted girl who felt bad after hurting someone’s feelings in any capacity (IMO). The whole storyline with Paul, her boyfriend, in case you forgot (like she did) was unbelievable to me. I just can’t imagine Rory forgetting she had plans with him THAT many times. Or forgetting that he was sleeping at her house and her leaving him there to go have breakfast with Lorelai. I’m not sure I know a single person that has ever treated someone the way that Rory treated Paul (and that’s without the whole cheating on him thing), so I really have a hard time believing that the sweet little Rory Gilmore would do something like that.
Rory & Logan – I absolutely hated the way that Rory and Logan were written (both separately and together). I’m not surprised that they found their way back into each other’s lives; after all, I think they are meant to be together. However, I do have an issue with their relationship. ASP and the writers worked so hard to create a character that experienced a tremendous amount of growth throughout the original series and I feel like everything that they molded Logan to be was not who he was in the reboot. In some ways, that’s fine. He obviously has found his place in his “father’s world” (from a work perspective); he appears to love what he’s doing now and that’s a great thing. I’m glad he was able to rebound from that terrible business deal that took place in season 7, but on a personal level I don’t think he’s the guy that would cheat on Odette (consistently) with Rory. I could see him and Rory running into each other and maybe getting caught up in the heat of the moment, but I feel like it’s a one-time thing. They either stop seeing each other or they leave their respective relationships and make things work. The “arrangement” that they had was crap; Logan is in love with Rory, you can see it in his eyes (and no one will convince me otherwise). That’s why he always picks up the phone despite the time of day (or night) or who’s lying next to him in bed. That’s why he offered her the key to his family’s house in Maine to write her book, he wants to help her achieve all that he knows she can be…he can’t quit her because she’s the love of his life. I think Rory feels the same, when she asked him if he was really going to marry Odette and he responded with “that’s the dynastic plan” I feel like that was her opening; she should have told him how she felt. I feel like that answer shows that Odette is a part of his family obligation more than a legitimate fiancé. Now don’t get me wrong, Logan is an adult, he doesn’t have to stay in anything he doesn’t want to; I mean he’s told his family NO plenty of times before, I don’t understand why now has to be any different. I can’t imagine her being okay with just letting him walk away (FOR A SECOND TIME), old Rory would have said something…heck, old Logan would have said something. Ugh, so frustrating.
I’m sure I’m not through talking about Rory and Logan, but for now, let me turn my attention to Luke and Lorelai. While I’m happy that they finally ended up getting married, I’m still trying to figure out why they weren’t married to begin with. We left off the original series with them coming back together with the implication that they wanted to be married. So fast forward TEN years and the fact that they hadn’t said their vows is confusing to me. Maybe if they went into detail about why they hadn’t tied the knot I would have had a better grasp on that whole situation; but alas, they did not. Lorelai’s soul-searching bit was a stretch for me as well. It’s been 10 years, I thought she would have figured most of that out by now. That’s not to say that you can’t continue to find yourself and evolve after your 20s and 30s, but she seemed just as lost as she did at times in the original series. I mean come on, we all know that Lorelai isn’t hiking anyone’s coast, trail or mountain. In any case, I’m glad that she had her “a-ha moment” and married Luke, that’s how it was always meant to be and it made me exceedingly happy!
Emily – Despite the many things that left me disappointed in the reboot, there was one thing that I thought ASP did a great job of writing, and that was Emily’s storyline. I especially liked the way she handled the scenes surrounding Richard’s death. That was hands down one of my favorite parts of the reboot. You could see the emotion in all of the characters and I thought that moment was handled beautifully. Throughout the last half of the reboot Emily appeared to experience a great deal of personal growth, which was refreshing. I thought it was nice that she took in the maid and her family and allowed them to live with her. The way she treated her maids, chefs, butlers, etc., throughout the original series was sometimes downright shameful, so to see her open her home (and her heart) was a nice touch. I think she realized that she had a lot of love to give after Richard’s death and she chose to show it in a very non-Emily kind of way. Well done!
The. Last. Four. Words. Ugh. Of course. Again, I already knew that’s how the mini-series ended, but goodness. I get it. I feel like ASP wanted Rory to mirror Lorelai and Logan to mirror Christopher…so here we are. What I don’t understand is why. Why would you want to tell the same story all over again? Anyways, I think it’s Logan’s baby, not only because of the “mirroring Christopher” thing, but also because of the timing. The only 2 people that we know she slept with are the Wookie (one night stand) and Logan. Some people would assume that Paul should be included, but considering she couldn’t even remember him being at her house, I don’t think she was making babies with the guy. The Wookie misstep happened in the “Spring” episode and she didn’t tell her mom that she was pregnant until the “Fall” episode….if it was Wookie’s, I think she would have been showing by then, I mean come on, Rory is a small person, we would have seen something poking out. Now as for Logan, he’s the only person (that we know of) that she slept with in the “Fall” season (the Life & Death Brigade scene). I think she knows that it’s Logan’s baby and that’s part of the reason she went to talk to Christopher about his feelings regarding Lorelai raising her alone. Yes, I realize that she could have been asking for her book, but I also think she was asking because she knew she was pregnant with Mr. Huntzberger’s baby. The problem that I have with the whole “Logan is Rory’s Christopher” theory is that I just don’t think it’s ENTIRELY true. Sure, Logan and Christopher have some definite similarities, but I think Logan is THE ONE. I think it’s always been Rory as far as Logan is concerned. She was the first girl he ever wanted to be better for, and that says something. That’s not really how the relationship between Lorelai and Christopher went, for Lorelai, it was always Luke. I think if Rory went to Logan and said “I’m pregnant” he would without a doubt leave Odette. He simply wouldn’t run; so for that reason alone, I just don’t think Logan is Rory’s Christopher, not really.
The In Between Times – Between the Rory/Logan/Paul saga, Emily’s new life, and Luke and Lorelai, there were cameos from some of our Stars Hollow favorites. Jess made a couple of appearances and boy did he grow up…yaaassssss. Let me be clear, I’m still 1000% #TeamLogan, but Jess looked good! He seems to be happy and have himself together so that was nice to see! I love that he gave Rory the idea to write a book about her and Lorelai, what a great idea…DUH! I also enjoyed his interactions with Luke; I feel like things have come full circle for the two of them and that makes me happy! It was nice to see Lane and the band again but I was selfishly hoping for more. She was such a pivotal character in the original series and I was longing for a more in-depth update from her and Zack. I know the band was around so I can only assume they were still together and playing shows, but I wanted to know WHAT kind of shows; are we talking another church tour or were they hitting clubs up and down the tri-state area? The Paris & Doyle storyline made me a little sad. Paris was exactly how I imagined her to be; the job, the look, it was just what I pictured. However I hated that her and Doyle were going through a divorce, I always loved them together. It takes a special person to be able to put up with Paris and I thought he brought out the best in her (at least in the original series). If they do in fact bring Gilmore Girls back for another round, I hope that they are able to work things out.
So all in all, it was a little disappointing for me. That being said, if they bring it back for another run, I will definitely watch. I will close with this; I love that Luke and Lorelai finally tied the knot (swoon), I love Emily’s growth and I’m still holding out hope for Rory and Logan (and their potential baby). They’ve roped me in and made me angry enough that I need to see if my other endgames can be a reality.
What did you think of the reboot? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let me know your thoughts!