Okay, I just have to vent here for a few minutes. I know I’m behind the times, but I finally had time to sit down and watch the new Gilmore Girls revival with my mom and … I wish I could un-watch it.
I have to know: Did anyone out there like this revival?
Okay, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, you should click away because the rest of this post is going to be full of SPOILERS (and probably more than a little bit ranty)
Were Rory and Lorelai always such horrible people and I just didn’t notice before? How did I not notice this? For those of you who remember better than I do or who re-watched the original series, please remind me if Rory and Lorelai were always like this:
- Right from the very start, I was a bit … concerned. The whole running gag with the fact that no one could remember Paul (Rory’s boyfriend of TWO YEARS). It seemed just sort of mean. The poor guy obviously paid plenty of attention to them, since he brought them specific gifts that had to do with conversations they’d had in the past. He seemed incredibly sweet and charming. But apparently, our leads were all too wrapped up in their own lives to pay any attention to Paul—or even remember he existed. It became a running gag for Rory to say she needed to break up with him, but I couldn’t quote see any humor in it. Finally, he broke up with her at the very end. Yay for him, I guess?
- Lorelai’s drunken meanness at her father’s funeral—Yeah, I was kind of on Emily’s side with that one.
- Lorelai and Rory make fun of people at the pool—both people who they think are overweight and people whose suits they think are too skimpy. (Thinking back, maybe they were always like this? I honestly can’t remember for sure.)
- Rory seemed to think she was so above everyone else because of her fancy education and her one highly esteemed published article. But she was a total mess career-wise with no goals and no direction. And she just sort of wallowed in it and looked down on people who wanted to work with her. Oh, and disdaining other thirty-somethings who were in her same boat and living at home with their parents—because she’s so much better than them. Um, okay.
- Then there was Logan. Don’t even get me started on the whole thing with Logan. They had an “arrangement” where they slept with each other but then left all attachments out of it (supposedly)—too bad neither of their significant others were in on this arrangement. I guess we were supposed to think this was messed up because the whole point was that Rory’s life was out of control, but … I just couldn’t help but feel sort of horrified at the sort of person that Rory had become. Maybe I was supposed to be happy that she finally broke it off by the end, but it was really too little too late. Plus, I couldn’t help but think it was pretty much selfishness driving that decision, not any real sense of wrongdoing. (This was established further by the fact that she never did break things off with Paul.)
- And then it ended. Palladino has said that she always planned to have the show end with Rory getting pregnant because she wanted to show how history repeats itself. Because obviously college-educated Rory, at 32, wouldn’t make any better decisions than a teenage Lorelai had. Of course she’d get pregnant (with no father in the picture) because it was destined to be that way since that’s how she was raised. Huh??? I don’t think so.
But, I guess I’m not the show’s creator, so I don’t get a vote. And reading interviews with Sherman-Palladino has confirmed for me that she has a pretty bleak view of the world and she thinks the revival fits that world perfectly. I guess that’s true. I just sort of wish that Rory had had some sort of redeeming qualities so I wasn’t left disliking her so much. Or maybe I actually just wish I’d left my memories of the show alone … but that’s on me.