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!