We're Back in Stars Hollow. How Do You Feel?

Image via Netflix.
Image via Netflix.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is here. Apparently there’s such concern about spoilers for the mini-series—or whatever they’re calling it—that Netflix has created a whole campaign around not revealing the end of the show. But things still need to be discussed. Will Luke’s commitment to plaid age like a fine wine he likely does not enjoy drinking? Will Emily Gilmore remain the realest bitch in Connecticut? Does it ever rain there?

Here is your space to talk talk talk it out. Enter all who dare.

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Just finished. I enjoyed it, in that it passed the time while I worked. But man did it remind me of all the things that annoyed me about GG originally.

Actually, no. Lorelai drove me crazy in the original, and I actually think that the character redeemed herself quite a bit in the Netflix series. I wasn’t even bothered by the two ridiculously selfish things she does (running off to “do the ‘Wild’ thing” and telling Rory she can’t write the book) because it felt earned — there was an emotional arc for both that made it understandable that her character would do them. And then she grows and learns from both situations and corrects course in a good way.

It was also really satisfying to watch Emily adjust to life on her own and build something that felt authentically like her but also demonstrate character growth. Again, strong arc.

But Rory. AAAAAAAARGH. It would have been really exciting to see Rory actual learn something from the professional and personal floundering she experiences. But no, why would we do that? Rory is about weird wish fulfillment, so every time she close to actually evolving as a person, someone or something swoops in to fix shit for her. Throughout the four episodes, everyone from Logan to Emily to Jess to Lorelai rushes to help Rory when, frankly, she is responsible for all the fucked up things in her life — she’s cheating on her boyfriend, who she doesn’t even like, with Logan, who is engaged, while using his London apartment as a safe haven from the fact that she’s not working. She blows off generous job offers and then whines about failing. She acts like it is beneath her to move back to Stars Hollow and treats others in the same boat as ridiculous fools (the show treats them this way, too, so). She is literally handed the keys to an amazing opportunity — becoming EIC of her hometown newspaper, which becomes some pointless gag that doesn’t even seem to matter by the end.

Rory Gilmore is an insufferable, privileged, arrogant child. STILL.