To anyone who is just joining in, I'm live-blogging my re-watching of the Gilmore Girls Revival. In case you missed the introduction, you can read the full thing here.
Or, here are some key points:
1. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. Don't read if you don't want to know what happens. Obviously.
2. Lots of sarcasm ahead.
3. I have seen the entire series, & I have a lot of feelings.
4. This is my second time watching the revival, so some posts may hint about coming episodes too.
The cheat notes, for those who aren't fluent in Gilmore:
ASP = Amy Sherman-Palladino
GG = Gilmore Girls (or Gossip Girl, in some social contexts, but always Gilmore in this blog post)
Milo = Actor who plays Jess
Rorelai = Rory & Lorelai
So here is Summer, which I am watching with coffee ice cream, because it seems fitting.
To start, I'm confused as to why everyone is hanging out at the pool & laying out fully clothed. Except Pat, apparently. Do we even know who Pat is? & what is that hat Rory is wearing?
Speaking of hats... April's. No.
April's character confuses me. She was a pretty confident (although annoying) kid, right? Super intelligent, into science, kind of a loner, but knew what she was doing. Now she's in college & she dresses like a Rastafarian stoner from a bad 90s chick flick, has no idea what she's doing in life, & doesn't even seem to know what her own interests are. Yet another bookish girl in this series who was once smart & self-confident, then grew up & totally lost track of her life. I'm sensing a theme here... Did ASP have a bad experience when she was younger?
OKAY, WE GET IT, EVERYONE. RORY IS BACK. The joke stopped being funny after the second or third time. & on the subject of un-funny jokes... The 30-something gang. Over it.
More unneccesary new characters. Is the guy who plays Nat big in the theatre (Is it theater here?) community? Otherwise, I don't understand why he's here. The little boys shading Rorelai at the pool are just creepy. Not the boys themselves, but the fact that they're shading grown women. More evidence of the counselor's suckage: It's totally unethical for a counselor to flag down a client in public. & why is she going from her usual reserved, only-making-sour-faces self to this bubbly, annoying, phrasing-everything-as-a-question crazo? There are also two new randos working at the Gazette who are cute & old, though overall unmemorable as characters.
Two Game of Thrones references in less than five minutes? Is that the only pop culture thing they knew would still be relevant by the time this came out? Rory is a Khaleesi, Nat looks (nothing) like a White Walker...
Every time Michel talks, it's like my French male voice comes out of his mouth. Or something. Like Michel & April Ludgate had a baby & here I am.
Poor Lorelai. That break-up dinner with Michel was so awkward. But the Secret Bar was a cute idea. I love the idea of Stars Hollow having this huge, collective secret from Taylor that's so glaringly obvious, but he somehow doesn't find out.
I feel like they missed a big opportunity by not having Kirk work at the Stars Hollow Gazette. But I also love Kirk, so maybe I'm biased. Rory is (again) a bit disappointing in this job, by being rude to Esther & changing up the poem. Didn't she join the Gazette because she didn't want to lose it - because of the tradition & history it had? & then she got rid of its big tradition in her very first issue?
Although I would also be Rory thinking west is east because of Dr. Eastside. So misleading.
I was so sad for Emily throughout most of this episode. Seeing her sleep in until noon, getting a TV tray, consistently snipping at everyone, & constantly correcting the gravestone - This was probably one of the most realistic episodes of her grief.
The musical. I'm sure all four of you have been wondering what I was going to say about the musical.
I love Sutton Foster. More than most people, probably. I watch Younger. I even gave Bunheads a shot. I was actually excited when I heard there was a Sutton Foster cameo, & even more excited when they mentioned there was a Stars Hollow musical featuring Sutton Foster. Because how can you have a Sutton Foster cameo without musical theater? Have I said her name enough? Sutton Foster, Sutton Foster, Sutton Foster.
But then the musical started. & then it kept going. & going. & going. & then I found myself thinking, "I'm bored." & then it kept going. & then I was annoyed. & then it finally ended. & then everyone kept talking about it. & then THERE WAS NO REAL POINT TO ANY OF IT. & that was even more annoying.
& so I am skipping that scene in my re-watch & moving on to the critiques.
Starting out with giving Violet a weird black eye? Is that some kind of domestic violence thing? That's not okay. The rapping being compared to Hamilton is insulting to Hamilton. Babette had nothing negative to say? Neither did Gypsy? Taylor makes my head hurt. Patty isn't on the advisory board of a musical? That's probably the most unbelievable part. Then Lorelai throws out the "I'm an island" line. Remember when Taylor said that in the last episode? Is that from something? Am I not caught up on pop culture references? Or is ASP just obsessed with that phrase for some reason?
Positives: Sutton Foster as Violet saying, "Thanks for the doubts," after Lorelai's harsh critiques. ha. Also just seeing Sutton Foster & Lauren Graham together. & everyone saying, "She was Kinky Boots!" a million times. & although it was weird having a spotlight on Lorelai crying, I did enjoy Violet's last song at the end of the episode. I also found it funny that there was this dramatic moment that was supposed to be very emotional (& when we actually had time to enjoy Sutton Foster), & as soon as it ended, Gypsy was like, "nope, scrap that crap." Not in those exact words, but basically pretty close. I'm probably supposed to say something here about Sophie (Carole King)'s song, but I honestly don't know much about her except that she's a singer/songwriter & did the GG theme & a million soundtracks. So I'll move on.
Finally! Milo. Er, Jess. The moment we've all been waiting for, if we're being honest. He gives great career advice, is consistently sweet to Rory even when she's terrible, & has actually grown up throughout the series (unlike a lot of other characters). Plus, did you see that cute interaction with Luke through the window?
On a side note, if you're not already watching This Is Us, you should be. I don't even care who you are or what you like. If you think Milo was charming as Jess, you'll love him even more as Jack. If you (for some reason) hated him as Jess, you'll love him as Jack. & there are so many other great characters in it. & you will cry in every episode. We're up to the fall finale, so this is a good point to catch up! I think all the full episodes are on NBC's website (they're not even paying me to say this. It's that good).
I didn't notice this the first time, but Rory wrote, "Break up with Pete," not "Break up with Paul." Ugh. Rory. Stop.
Lorelai goes to visit Emily, & Jack is there. Lorelai is obviously a little annoyed & flustered with the flirting. I can't say that I blame her. Did Rory say Jack is short for John? That's not a thing is it? But then of course Emily turns the situation around & says Lorelai is somehow trying to get rid of her, & then attacks Lorelai & Luke's relationship again. We're back to the early seasons of Lorelai & Emily. Also, why did Jack come to the cemetery if he wasn't going to get out of the car?
Stanley the Cemetery Guy played one of Rory's professors. Fun fact. I also feel like he taught like 6 Yale subjects because he was always talking about different stuff in his classes.
The scene with Rorelai & the book is a little weird. Rory doesn't really need permission to write anything she wants, but also, wouldn't it be almost the same story but shifted to Rory's perspective if Lorelai's perspective was left out? So both of them are kind of being selfish, & also kind of dumb. I also feel like after so many years of having such a close relationship, they'd be past a lot of this discussion of who is allowed to know what & what needs to stay private. Plus, Lorelai is still freaking out about Jess? He & Rory dated when she was 16. Let's move on from the Scary Jess stage, Lorelai. He's also Luke's nephew, so she needs to just accept that he's a part of their lives. & on that note... How have he & Rory not seen each other for four years? He seems to have a steady job, & a good relationship with Luke. You'd think he would visit, & even if Rory isn't around much, they're bound to run into each other at holidays or something. Also... aren't Jess & Rory basically like step-cousins? But now we're wandering into weird & irrelevant territory.
Luke & Lorelai have this awkward argument in front of the whole diner. Everyone's mad at everyone else for lying. Then Luke leaves to get breakfast ready at the inn. Because he can leave the diner un-staffed to get stuff ready at the inn. Where he also works now. In addition to lifeguarding at the pool. Is Luke the new Kirk?
Rory has kind of been a sucky friend to Lane for a good portion of their friendship. Does Lane ever get to vent about her life? Someone please explain to me why/how Rory is just calling Logan over & over? Never have I ever done that. Especially while looking at the phone that was in my hand.
On the subject of Rory... Rory's outfits throughout the series are completely confusing, but this episode is particularly so. We've got professional outfits for her lunches & meetings, some sort of ballet outfit for her line story, a 70s-ish suit at the Gazette, a cute 90s-style outfit for her visit to Emily, & a teenager-y tribal headband at the beginning of this episode. The rest of the time, she looks like she's sponsored by Kohl's.
Lorelai announces that she's leaving to do Wild. Luke reminds her what all "nature" entails. Which would have been cute, but this revelation from Lorelai honestly just made me mad the first time I watched it. Knowing what comes next, I just feel kind of "meh" about it. But I guess that will come in the next post.