Gilmore Girls Revival: My Thoughts

By this point in time, I’m going to assume that you have already seen the Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life special episodes on Netflix. Or maybe you live under a rock. Or maybe you have no interest in Gilmore Girls, which in that case you need to make better life choices. Just kidding (kind of… it’s just so good!) BUT if you were going to watch it, then most likely you’ve seen the Netflix episodes at least once by now (they came out the day after Thanksgiving.)

As a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan, I had been waiting for these episodes for YEARS and was so excited when they were announced! I was visiting my parents when they came out after Thanksgiving, so I waited a few days to finally watch them and I definitely had… somewhat mixed feelings.

But, even though there were some parts that I REALLY REALLY REALLY did not like… I was so happy with it overall. I wrote down some of my thoughts while I was watching the 4 episodes and wanted to share them! (Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead!)

winter

Winter

  • The voice intro is kinda trippy… but I kinda really like it.
  • Yay! Hitting us with the “la la”s right away- this feels right.
  • Rory’s voice sounds different… but I can’t figure out how…
  • Rory didn’t tell Lane she was coming into town?!? Really?
  • Kirk has a pet pig. That makes sense.
  • What went wrong that the troubadour is STILL playing in Stars Hollow? (he still sounds great, tho!)
  • I was hoping the singing Rabbi would still be at their house!
  • Are we supposed to believe that Rory actually found success as a journalist? Really?
  • Rory tap dancing is probably the weirdest thing ever. Like, ever.
  • “And then I broke a hip.” Classic Lorelai wit – been missing that!
  • Emily looks amazing!
  • Richard’s painting is HUGE!!!
  • The funeral stuff was sad, but very well done, in my opinion.
  • Jason what whaaaaaaaat?!?! I love his little cameo!
  • Classic Emily and Lorelai fighting… oof that one was rough.
  • Paris is in NYC too??! Show us Paris, ASAP!
  • Oh Paris is SO very much “Paris” and this is amazing.
  • Wait… why is Rory kissing Logan?!?!?! Oh, that’s why…
  • So Rory is kinda terrible, huh…?
  • Rory got a HUGE cup for coffee and poured like ZERO coffee in there. Come on.
  • Taylor is still great!
  • Ooooh troubadour townie drama! This is what I’ve waited for!
  • No Paris and Doyle nooooo stay together forever!
  • Ummmmm why is Rory’s phone SO MASSIVE? Is that an actual phone? Why would anybody have that?
  • Emily in JEANS! I don’t know how to feel about this!
  • Oh good, therapy should be fun.

spring

Spring

  • Fashion note – I love Lorelai’s navy cardigan in therapy.. super cute.
  • I love the international food fest! Fits perfectly in with the town we know and love.
  • Basket bidding! But can I just say that having the basket maker standing up with their basket during the bidding goes against the ENTIRE PREMISE of the basket bidding event we first saw in season 2? But really. It’s against the rules, I’m sure of it.
  • WAIT MR. KIM WHAT WHO WHY? I would have loved it more if they just waved and DIDN’T show who it was – but I get it, they were going for a joke.
  • So… why was Mitchum just stopping by their lunch in London?
  • Oh wait, Logan is ENGAGED? Ok, so they’re both kinda terrible, huh…?
  • ANOTHER FILM BY KIRK IS EVERYTHING I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED!
  • Richard left all this money for Luke to franchise… did he leave anything for Lorelai?
  • It seems like Rory and Paris are the ONLY two alums at Chilton…right? And who is this fake Tristan? Why would they use a FAKE dude?
  • Go away Francie. We still don’t like you.
  • Jason Mantzoukas being on the show is GREAT! I don’t love him all the time, but he is a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan in real life, so this was a dream come true for him! (Seriously!)
  • I know that Sandy is the girl from Bunheads, but she also really reminds me of the RA from Rory’s first day at Yale… right?!?
  • Rory moves home!

summer

Summer

  • Umm why is Rory wearing long sleeves to a pool and how is she not dripping in sweat?
  • April talking about SCIENCE!
  • How has Rory’s room not changed at all? Didn’t they make her room into Gigi’s at one point?
  • The Thirty-Something Gang cracks me up. I’m glad we don’t see a lot of them, tho.
  • Game of Thrones reference – I’d been waiting for one.
  • Wow, that is so convenient that Rory is home just in time to take over the Stars Hollow Gazette…
  • Oh hi, Sutton Foster!
  • The secret bar is awesome – such teamwork! And I guess another way to give Lane 4 seconds of screen time.
  • Sad, Michele don’t leave! (Lorelai’s hair looks amazing, btw!)
  • Well this musical is… interesting… but Lorelai’s facial reactions are the star here.
  • “Look I’m rappin’, just like Hamilton!” Hahahahaha
  • OH HEY JESS I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU!
  • Uh oh fight in the cemetary.. Uh oh fight in the diner!
  • Lorelai crying will make me cry every single time. So yes, I cried here.
  • Lorelai going into nature is not super believable to me… but let’s see where it goes.

fall

Fall

  • So there is just never going to be a theme song, huh? You’d think it would be the Carole King song where she sings “Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall” but I guess not.
  • Yes, Lorelai at a motel eating her food is what I pictured her “camping” to look like.
  • Aww yay, it’s the guy from Parenthood!
  • YAY MORE JESS! ALWAYS HAVE MORE JESS!
  • Life and death brigade weird fever dream sequence is literally the worst thing I’ve forced my eyes to look at. All of it is bad. All of it. Rory’s terrible dancing. The steampunk outfits. THE FACT THAT THEY USED THE SONG FROM ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. You couldn’t find a different cover? Come on, ASP.
  • But Finn looks like a very convincing pirate. And I’m glad that Colin was there, too. And Robert, I guess.
  • Yeah, leave now Logan bye bye now.
  • Yay the other guy from Parenthood (aka Lauren Graham’s real life boyfriend!)
  • YES GET MARRIED ALREADY!
  • Of course Rory is going to write her book in Richard’s study! Perfect! (Until Emily sells the house… then what?)
  • Yay, glad they finally brought out some pop tarts.
  • MISS CELINE! She really was the best! And how is she still alive?
  • Again, why does Rory have the biggest phone known to man?
  • Rory doing a Jack Bauer voice is the BEST!
  • CHRISTOPHER! What a sad way to end it with him.
  • I love how Lorelai asking for money to expand the inn exactly matches how she asked for money in the pilot.
  • Oh there’s Dean – I wondered when we would see him. I like that you can tell they’ve kept in touch somewhat. That’s nice.
  • SOOKIE BACK WITH THE PIGTAILS!
  • Emily working at the museum and her whole new Nantucket life was just so wonderful – it’s making me a little emotional just thinking about it now!
  • YAY MORE JESS!
  • Sam Phillip’s “Reflecting Light” playing made me lose it – oh my goodness they couldn’t have picked a better song for that moment!
  • The ending…… the final four words… whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!? I get it. I don’t hate it. It would have had more of an impact if it happened when the show first ended, but now we know!

So what did you think of the revival? Did you have any of the same thoughts that I did? Again, I really liked it overall and was so happy to have a little more Gilmore in my life. I thought the acting was astounding, all the characters seemed to pick right back up seamlessly, and the cameos were all pretty fun. (But man there were a lot of them!) What was YOUR favorite or least favorite part?

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3 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls Revival: My Thoughts

  1. I had several of the same thoughts!! I was disappointed that we didn’t get more Lane but we got a FIFTEEN MINUTE MUSICAL?!? I also am on Team Logan and as an adult I wholly dislike Jess (I find that his constant pushing Rory comes off as “you should be better”, and that makes me sad) so that wasn’t great. I was so happy to be back in Star’s Hollow, though!! I thought Michele’s storyline was *fantastic*, and he definitely has had the most growth as a character. My thoughts might be on the long side but I wrote on it before Christmas: https://anhistorianabouttown.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/gilmore-girls-a-year-in-the-life-spoilers-ahead/! Copper boom!

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