Gilmore glory

Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows because of how the directors portray the “dreams come true” aspect without overdoing it. The series left off in 2007 with Rory leaving her hometown for a chance to make a career. Nine years later, with the revival, we finally get to see what happened. There will be four episodes for each season to cover the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore for a year.

This series illustrates the unique relationship between mother and daughter Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). The story of the Gilmore Girls started when Lorelai, hailing from a reputable family, gets pregnant with Rory and decides to move away to Stars Hollow away from her judgmental family. There, Lorelai manages to find a life as an employee at the local inn and raises Rory to avoid repeating the mistakes she did. Together, they work to fulfill Rory’s goal, to attend Harvard and become a well-known journalist. Throughout the show, we see how they both handle obstacles in becoming independent and successful women.

I’d like to start off with how impressed I was with all the actors in the show and how they managed stay in character even though it has been nearly a decade since they last played them. At times, it was also hard for me to picture the whole show happening without Richard (Edward Herman) to spectate and sometimes fuel the tension within the family. Even then, just watching all of the characters grow up was enough for me. Or so I thought.

The beginning of the four-part series was just as I hoped, the familiar Stars Hollow community all together as if nothing changed. But as we progressed further into the plot, the serene, charming environment gradually evolved into a chaotic one. All of the episodes seemed more rushed than usual and it gave me a feeling of doubts like, “Did I miss a couple of episodes, maybe even a season?”

Many fans, including myself, were surprised by how the plot of the revival changed. The original story was about a unique mother-daughter relationship, which provided encouragement in the face of obstacles, but here, the relationship, along with the plot of the show, is a cliche. Now, Rory and Lorelai keep important information from each other as if it was no big deal, while it used to be considered a “crime” in the actual show.

Along with the environment in the revival feeling rushed, it also felt like not much time was put into the making of this series. Some of the characters who really contributed in the original series only had short scenes. Also, a lot of the scenes were irrelevant to the show. During the revival some episodes consisted of a town musical that had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on with Rory, Lorelai or the other characters, a component which was clearly lacking in the show.

This can be seen most clearly in how the revival ended. The last couple of words in the show came out of nowhere and then the credits filled the screen, leaving me confused. These four words completely destroyed everything the show built, everything that the fans loved about this show and Rory’s wisdom. Instead of making an effort to subtly lead up to the last scene and making it less of a surprise, all of the time was invested into irrelevant things. That’s probably what made me as well as other fans, as you could see on the Gilmore Girls hashtag, pretty disappointed in this revival.

If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, of course I’d recommend watching the revival just to see how the characters have grown. Sadly, I don’t promise that it’s as good as the original show, and I warn everyone not to have high expectations for it.