Review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

M. Murphy '18

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stars-hollowAfter several months of waiting, the revival of the beloved show Gilmore Girls finally arrived on Netflix on November 25. An avid fan myself, I whipped through the four long episodes very quickly with high expectations. They did not fail to revive that wonderful Gilmore Girls feeling in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The original show follows the story of Lorelai Gilmore and her best friend/teenage daughter Rory Gilmore, whom Lorelai had when she was merely sixteen. It depicts Rory as she goes through high school and college and Lorelai opens her own inn in the small, lovable town of Stars Hollow. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life gives viewers an insight as to where their favorite mother-daughter duo have been since 2007 when the show ended, how they are doing presently, and their plans for the future.

One thing about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life that really jumped out at me was how perfectly they were able to keep everything basically the same while adding new twists. Stars Hollow looks very similar and has the same cozy and friendly vibe even though it has been almost ten years since fans have seen their favorite town. Almost all of the original cast return to the show, and even many minor characters make an appearance. Lots of the Stars Hollow regulars, including Mrs. Kim, Lane Kim, Gypsy, Babette Dell, Miss Patty, Lulu Kuschner, and (my personal favorite) Kirk Gleason are featured. However, fans miss the appearance of Richard Gilmore, Rory’s very strong yet kind grandfather. Unfortunately, Edward Herrmann died before the revival, but is certainly not forgotten in the show.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is also very enjoyable because it highlights and brings back some of the greatest moments from Gilmore Girls. One of my favorite moments from Season 2 of the original show is the short film made by the eccentric and lovable Kirk Gleason. Sure enough, another one premieres in the revival and features his new pet pig, Petal. The Life and Death Brigade is featured with same original glamor. This is a very extravagant and secret society that Rory found out about at Yale through her then friend Logan Huntzberger. With the slogan “In Omnia Paratus,” this group seeks the extreme and goes on insane adventures. Sensing that Rory is frustrated with her life, Logan and his friends decide to take her on one of these escapades to help her regain as sense of who she really is. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life likewise brings back, only for a couple of minutes, the high school drama that used to take over the lives of Rory and her friend Paris. When they go to back to Chilton (their high school) as alumnae, Paris sees her former crush Tristan and runs into the bathroom because it is too much for her to handle. Through all of these notable returns, the revival certainly keeps the overall integrity of the original show while also incorporating new developments.

Lastly, the seemingly largest question fans had hoped the revival would answer was who Rory Gilmore would end up with, as she has three main relationships throughout the original Gilmore Girls. Some fans wanted her to end up with her first love Dean Forester, who is very kind to her and was always extremely considerate. Others rooted for Jess Mariano, a more reckless and rebellious bad boy who manages to steal her heart in high school. Many likewise felt that she would be best with Logan Huntzberger, who was more of an impulsive playboy, but really does love Rory. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life addresses this issue, but the result is quite surprising for fans and maybe disappointing for some. Rory wasn’t in a committed relationship with any of them by the end, but she was still more connected to one in particular.

From the very exciting beginning to the shocking end (particularly the cliff-hanging four final words that have received lots of media attention), fans will be wishing that a revival of the revival would come out just so they can see more of the their favorite mother-daughter duo.

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