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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

A review without spoilers

By Michelle Lindsey
On November 26, 2016

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"Gilmore Girls" began as a television show about the relationship between a mother and daughter, but quickly developed into a genius exhibit of love, compassion and forgiveness. The show has never been without its emotional or comedic moments and is complete with a venti dose of quirkiness.  

Fans have been counting down the days until the new four-part reboot of the series, A Year in the Life, would be released. The 90-minute episodes titled, "Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall" were released as a Netflix Original Series on November 25th. Followers of the Gilmore's spent their Black Friday parked in front of the TV watching each episode while snacking on random treats, including red vines and donuts, in homage to Lorelai and Rory 

Before the first scene appearspopular quotes fly through the air in famously fast-talking Gilmore style, energizing the audience. Placed ever so carefully in the middle of this is one quote about the insurance business by Richard GilmoreLorelai's father, "People die, we pay. People crash cars, we pay. People lose a foot, we pay. 

The actor that in the original series, brought to life the part of the distinguished Gilmore, Edward Hermann, passed away from cancer on Dec. 31, 2014. His absence is felt throughout each of the four episodes. Instead of replacing the actor, the creator of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote the sudden death of Mr. Gilmore into the script. Emily Gilmore grieves along with the rest of the family, but after being married for 50 years, does so in the way that Mr. Gilmore said frequently in past episodes, "only Emily Gilmore can."  

The first of the episodes opens on Winter in Stars Hollow, the most magical time of year for Lorelai, and fans hear her famous line within the first few minutes, "I smell snow." This scene sets the stage for the reboot, while trying to catch up with a lot of characters very quickly  

Kirk has acquired a new pet that fans caught a glimpse of in the trailer for the new episodes. Petal the pig has joined the ranks of town members and spends much of the series running from him and exploring. A visit to the Black & White & Read Bookstore reveals that Petal also stars in, "A Second Film by Kirk."  

Luke has become a little bit more technologically accepting; while he still has his "No Cell Phones" sign hanging in the diner, he now has WiFi. Throughout the first couple episodes, Luke creates some confusion by giving out different passwords to diners wanting to access the WiFi while drinking coffee and only eating bagels split four ways. Luke's daughter, April does make one anti-climactic appearance, seemingly only to show there is no tension between her character and Lorelai or Rory.  

Rory's transient lifestyle that had repeat watchers of the trailer confused and curious is explained and laid out over the course of the showFans that are rooting for Rory to end up with a particular past boyfriend, may be disappointed, although each one does make an appearance through the whole of the sentimental series.  

There are many quick appearances by characters from the original episode, as well as some well-known actors that clearly are a part of the reboot exclusively to bring in more modern pop culture references and make product placement easier. While including these actors brings an element of surprise and at times some adventure, overall, the show leaves a lot to be desired.  

True Gilmore fans will be disappointed with the abundance of what seems like filler and the lack of connection that some characters seem to have with each other after being apart for years. In an ending that is fitting and arguably brilliant, but may leave some long-time devotees yelling at the TVSherman-Palladino is finally able to use her famous last four words.

Movie poster for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,
featuring Lauren Graham as Lorelai and Alexis Bledel as Rory.
Photo provided by: E! Online


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