Story by Adrianna Triche, Reporter
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“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” aired Nov. 25, giving those who weren’t out Black Friday shopping something to binge-watch after family-filled fun at Thanksgiving dinner. There was a plethora of surprises to witness in each episode, bringing many ups and downs.
Instead of the closure fans needed, they only seemed to get more unanswered questions. The big reveal at the end made fans want more! The original series brought about a lot of witty banter between characters as well as such calculated cultural references that made watching the show feel real— like you were really among friends rather than in front of a TV screen. The basis of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” comes about when the Gilmore women have reached a point in their lives where they are not sure of what they want (Shocking, I know!). They find themselves at a crossroads and none know what direction they want to take in life.
Original fans of the series grew up to know and love the prestigious go-getter Rory Gilmore, and often aspired to be even near a fraction of motivated as she. However, in “A Year in the Life,” we don’t see the same Rory but instead are presented with a whiny brat who was chewed up and spit out by a cruel world. At the end of the short series, after Lorelai and Luke get married, Rory typical self-less natured is shattered when she announces she’s pregnant, ruining the occasion everyone (and I mean everyone) has been waiting for since the show first aired. As Lorelai says, everything has come “full fricken circle.”
The story of a single mother raising her child seems awfully close to a story we already know and have witnessed. Rory, the wise-for-her-years, smart and ambitious daughter, seems doomed to repeat her mother’s past by having a baby without any father figure in the picture. Hopefully Rory’s evident selfishness is put into check once she becomes a mother.
The other Gilmore girl, Lorelai, seems to be in a place where she wants to expand. The Inn is closing around her with no place to grow; she and Luke are living together, but have yet to take the next step in their relationship. Her father has just passed away, her best friend is nowhere to be found, and Rory is all grown up. It is finally time to focus on herself, and she begins to focus more on Luke, having a satellite Inn, and a more meaningful relationship with her mother. She realizes the past is in the past and it is now time to move forward, a lesson that has all fans thinking, “Finally!” Lorelai has grown the most out of all the characters, but still remains true to herself throughout the whole remake. Unlike others she has stood her ground, and remained the caffeine addict we all know and love.
In Emily Gilmore’s case, this new chapter holds a more sorrowful approach to life, having to find her identity without her husband and getting to the root of her problems with Lorelai. While watching the revival we see Emily take out the pain of losing a husband again and again on Lorelai. While an understanding is allotted for the passing of her husband she fails to understand that Lorelai has also lost her father, and is stuck in her selfish ways (sounds familiar, right? Maybe it’s where Rory got hers from). Instead of getting the help she needs through grief counseling, Emily ends up dragging Lorelai with her and uses this as another way to blame Lorelai for her unhappiness.
Overall, I felt that the revival lacked the true answers fans needed. Perhaps there are more answers to come. Although the revival may have been a bit of a downer for original fans, Lorelai Gilmore remained true to her character, giving fans some sense of familiarity and hope for a better end. But the most important question remains: was there ever a good way to wrap up “Gilmore Girls”?