Hello! I’m Meg, I usually recap Supernatural, Timeless, and Outlander, but I have loved Gilmore Girls since it first premiered on The WB. Words cannot express my excitement for the revival.
Lorelai & Rory
Summer starts off pretty well for our mother/daughter duo as they lounge by the pool with their child servants. Rory is definitely *not* back, which crushes the 30-something gang (ya know, the kids who left and boomeranged back bc the “real world” was too tough for them). When Rory hears at the town meeting that the Stars Hollow Gazette is closing, she volunteers to be editor. Yay! Her first action? Removing the seasonal poem that has literally been on the front page for decades. Come on. Rory and Lorelai are also the world’s worst paper girls, which is funny, but the culmination of Rory’s inability to move forward in her life comes in the form of Jess, who is finally here to give her the kick in the ass she needs. While she is STILL lamenting the loss of her underwear (it’s been like six months now) and forgetting to dump Paul, Jess pops in to say hey and do what Jess does: Give Rory direction. He tells her to write a book about her and Lorelai’s lives and relationship. Rory is super stoked to do it, but Lorelai is less than thrilled with the idea of the whole world learning everything about her, and they leave each other angry in the cemetery while helping inspect the fifth grave stone for Richard. Oy with the poodles already.
Luke and Lorelai
The tensions in Luke and Lorelai’s relationship continue to build since, for someone who jabbers on so much, Lorelai has a chronically hard time communicating with the most important people in her life. She still hasn’t told Luke about going to therapy, though to be fair, Luke hasn’t told her about looking at properties with her mother. There is some really cute, fun stuff with them, like Netflix jail and Luke in a lifeguard shirt, and being very concerned about the vandalized floaty shed. When April comes to visit and Luke shuts down Lorelai’s offer to help with the costs of April’s graduate school with a “She’s mine,” I get season six flashbacks to Luke shutting Lorelai out of his life. It’s strange that two people who seem to share a life live so separately. Neither seems to have made a conscious choice to do so, but there we are. On a lighter and funnier note: I really love seeing April (first time I have ever said THAT). Her verbal diarrhea to Rory about having never met Noam Chomsky and only smoking pot once (“I ate so much cheese!”) reminds me of an exaggerated version of people I know. The panic attack at thinking about life after school is all too real, too. And, frankly, I feel cheated that we didn’t get to see Rory and April stress-tap dancing. At the end of the episode, after her blowout with Rory, Lorelai tells Luke that she’s going to “do Wild.” Not to be confused with “Go wild.” Basically Lorelai is gonna go on a hike and camp and shit, which, HA! Because it’s “Never or now,” and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is easier than having an open and honest conversation with your partner. Sigh.
Rory and Logan:
Other than my annoyance and disappointment (though not surprise) that Rory and Logan are having a full fledged affair, there isn’t a whole lot new here. Unless you count it going off-again. Logan’s fiancee has moved in, so Rory has to stay in a hotel like a *gasp* mistress when she comes to London. Rory insists that the fact that she keeps calling Logan in her hour of need means nothing, because they’re nothing, and breaks it off with him. As much as I love Logan, I think this is the smartest move Rory has made this year.
Emily has, in my opinion, the most satisfying storyline throughout the revival. She’s floundering a little during the summer, though. She sleeps until noon and is vague and lethargic. She has a DAR meeting, but doesn’t seem to enjoy it, or doesn’t have the energy to pretend she cares quite so much. At least she is getting out there and dating again, much to Lorelai’s dismay.
Oh lord, Stars Hollow. We get a town meeting, in which we meet a group of puppy humans known as the 30-Something Gang (and later we meet their parents, who get together weekly to offer support and go over their kids’ resumes), and Taylor tells the town that he wants to put on a musical about Stars Hollow. It’s terrible, and ridiculous, and I honestly can’t get enough of Sutton Foster and her appearance as the lead (She WAS Kinky Boots, after all). The music and book are written by Taylor, and Lorelai is the only person on the advisory committee who has a problem with the show. No one else thinks the random rap part (which mentions Hamilton) is even a little derivative, and everyone seems completely enamored with the kick line and nine ABBA songs at the end. It may go on a little longer than necessary, but it’s great. The last song is actually touching and moves Lorelai. The first time I watched this… debacle, I hated it. It seemed ridiculous and over the top. But then I rewatched it. And remembered where I was, and rather than being annoyed, I actually enjoyed the camp and absurdity. Meanwhile, Michel is leaving the Dragonfly. This broke my heart almost as much as Lorelai’s, but she can’t afford him, and his husband wants a baby. Also the town has a secret bar and it’s the most Stars Hollow thing to ever Stars Hollow.
Yes, these are the same musical.
Summer was actually really packed with stuff happening, much like reality. It felt really busy and at the end I wanted to cry. The Gilmore girls are making me a little insane by the end of this episode. From Rory’s not foreseeing that there would be an outcry over the lack of Summer poem(not to mention being mad at Logan because his fiancee moved in) to Lorelai’s inability to look past her own fears and insecurities in order to see the amazing opportunity her daughter has, I was fed up. I liked this episode a lot, but there was about 5 episodes’ worth of frustration in there. Never have I been happier to see Jess. Hopefully his coming and talking to Rory will be what she needs to get her ass in gear.
What are the odds that Lorelai never gets on that trail? Or gets eaten by a bear?