5 Problems I had with the Gilmore Girls Revival

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Warning: this post contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you’ve not watched all 4 episodes yet, maybe give this post a miss!

So on the 25th November 2016, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel graced our screens once again as the Gilmore Girls, and transported us all right back to 2007. As a lifelong Gilmore Girls fan, the 4-episode revival filled my heart with joy and nostalgia, and my face with a lot of tears.

Whilst on many levels I adored the revival – mainly for nostalgic reasons – and whilst I’m definitely hoping for another season (erm, hello, can we just talk about that cliff-hanger ending?!), there were a lot of problems I had with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and so today I thought I’d share five of them with you.

1. What’s with the fatphoboia?

So ‘Summer’ saw Lorelai and Rory lounging by the pool, drinks in hand, mercilessly mocking the residents of Stars Hollow for daring to be overweight and in public – which was not only gross and unnecessary, but also totally out of character.

Given Lorelai’s best friend, Sookie, is overweight and proud, this felt like an absolute slap in the face. Where were the Gilmores who lit the feminist fire inside me as a kid? Where was the ‘it’s okay to be different’ message I had loved in the original seasons? In short, what the absolute fuck was the point of this fat-shaming nonsense?

2. More Lane Kim please!

Remember Lane? Rory’s best friend from Stars Hollow? That rebellious, fearless, fantastic woman that called Rory out on her bullshit? Who defied stereotypes and was just generally a fantastic asset to the show?

Yeah, where the fuck was she?

Other than a few mentions here and there, and a terrible scene where Rory crashed Lane’s house just to look for a (frankly hideous) dress, Lane barely got a look in. Which I could understand if the reason was that Lane had finally got tired of her so-called best friend treating her like absolute shit; or because she had finally moved away from Stars Hollow as was touring the world with her band, kids in tow.

But no, Lane seemed to be absent because she in no way enhanced the ‘Poor Rory, why won’t any high profile newspapers or magazines hire her, even though she wrote one piece for the New Yorker?’ storyline. I was disappointed, to say the least.

3. One piece in the New Yorker does not make you a freelancer!

Speaking or Rory’s abysmal writing career, can we talk about how entitled (okay, more so than usual) Rory was throughout this entire series?

Like cool, you got published in the New Yorker one time. That’s brilliant. But that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to walk into the top publications in the country and demand a job.

And what’s more, if Rory’s freelancing career was going so terribly, how was it that she was able to fly back and forth between the US and London every five minutes? Did she secretly win the lottery? Was Logan funding her entire lifestyle? Does freelancing miraculously pay much better in America than it does over here? EXPLAIN YOURSELF WOMAN!

4. What happened to Lorelai’s therapist?

So Spring and Summer saw Lorelai enter into the world of therapy, at first with her mother, and then on her own. Which I thought was great. Nothing better than normalising and de-stigmatising mental health on telly.

But why was it that as soon as Lorelai saw her therapist audition for the (frankly dull and atrocious) musical, she ended her treatment immediately? Are therapists not allowed to be interested in musical theatre? Are psychology and singing somehow mutually exclusive?

It just seemed that as soon as therapy stopped being an amusing plot point for Emily and Lorelai, it was dropped like a hot potato. Which was a shame, because Lorelai could really do with some therapy.

5. Why were all of Rory’s boyfriends still pining after her?

First we had the Logan-Rory affair; then Jess turned up, demanded she wrote a book, then started at her creepily through a window; and then Dean walked into the convenience store, spoke to Rory, and left without buying anything.

As much as I love the Gilmore Girls, Rory was a terrible girlfriend, and there’s no way her high school and college boyfriends would still be lusting after her after 10+ years. In fact, I’m sure Dean at least had probably forgotten who the fuck Rory was at all.

So there you have it: 5 of the many problems I had with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Have you watched the Gilmore Girls revival? What did you think? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Are you dying for a new season? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. February 5, 2017 / 13:37

    You seriously hit so many nails on the head in this post! I watched the revival over Christmas, after finally finishing the full GG series, and the longer the series wore on, the more problematic it seemed to become. If I had a penny for every time someone was slut-shamed…eugh. I mostly liked Rory throughout the original series – I didn’t always pick up on her entitlement issues and mostly saw her as a really studious, hard-working person with a lot of pressure on her to succeed academically. I loved when she went “off the rails” a bit and quit uni. But then, in the revival, she seemed to expect everything to come to her on a silver platter, and the way she treated people made her out to be selfish and mean. I agree, Lorelai could reaaaaally benefit from therapy, so it was a shame to see that dropped when it had served it’s comedic purpose. I also thought it was bizarre when the therapist approached Lorelai during the musical auditions – from my experience and understanding, therapists should maintain their distance and only engage if their clients approach them. So the whole thing was just weird.

    One of the most problematic things for me – this is more to do with the main series, so probably a subject of the time – was the fact that several unwanted pregnancies came up as storylines, and abortion was not mentioned once. Lane didn’t feel ready to become a mother, but there was no question of other options. Lorelai at one point worried that she was pregnant. Suki forced Jackson into having a vasectomy instead of just discussing the fact that she didn’t want anymore kids with him, but instead of going through with it he lied to her and she ended up getting pregnant again, which she clearly hadn’t wanted to happen. And now, of course, there’s Rory’s pregnancy…we’ll see how that pans out.

    Sorry for the long-ass comment, I just have a lot of feelings on this that I couldn’t really express while I was watching 😀

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    • Liv Woodward
      February 7, 2017 / 10:16

      YES OG Rory was so good. Of course she wasn’t perfect, but she felt normal and relatable. Revival Rory just felt like this really spoiled and bitter woman who couldn’t cope with the fact that being clever at school doesn’t necessarily mean you deserve success in adulthood!

      Yeah the therapy/musical thing was so weird. I hated the musical entirely tbh. It was amusing for maybe 5 minutes, but I didn’t understand why it took up SO much time. I was just so bored!

      Omg I’m so with you on the abortion thing. Tbh it’s something I’ve noticed in SO many TV shows and it bothers me so much. Like I’m not even saying every unexpected pregnancy on TV should lead to abortion, but it’s NEVER even raised as an issue. That’s why I love Grey’s Anatomy and Christina’s storyline so much. Time and time again the men she loves tries to pressure into having babies and she remains steadfast entirely. Its so refreshing.

      (And don’t apologise for the long comment! I love reading people’s comments – the longer the better haha!)

  2. March 9, 2017 / 00:29

    I didn’t watch the whole original series until just before the revival, so didn’t have the nostalgia and honestly? Rory and Lorelai were always awful people! The way they not only treated men but their friends aswell was horrendous.

    Also totally agree with the boyfriends thing, Are we supposed to believe she was Logan’s mistress for 10 years? And none of these guys moved on? Also poor Paul! I really wanted Max Medina to come back!

    • Liv Woodward
      March 11, 2017 / 11:07

      Yeah objectively I know that OG Rory & Lorelai were still terrible – but it’s one of those things that felt very of it’s time. I’d hoped they would have evolved for the revival!

      The whole boy stuff just felt totally unnecessary. Especially Jess coming back cos he was just so fucking terrible but we’re supposed to be like ‘Oh no he’s such a misunderstood man who needs to be fixed by a woman’. But omg YES Max Medina should have come back.

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