Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard that Netflix is releasing a four part "Gilmore Girls" revival series. Titled "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," each 90-minute part signifies a different season. Ever since the revival was confirmed on January 29, 2016, there's been a whirlwind of speculation surrounding just what exactly our girls have been up to in the 10 years since "Gilmore Girls" last aired.
WHO WOULD RORY END UP WITH?! (I'm staunchly Team Jess). Who could resist that bad boy smolder?
Would they acknowledge the fateful seventh season? The original creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Dan Palladino, were publicly not involved in the seventh season after failing to reach a contract agreement with the Warner Bros. (Television!) As a result, the seventh season lacked the heart and soul of the previous seasons, not to mention the addition of several out of character plot twists (Lorelei/Christopher's weird marriage, WTF?)
And while we've gotten some answers (we definitely know Rory isn't with Dean) we've been salivating to know more. And now we do!
On July 27 the first trailer for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" was released on YouTube. The 1.28 sec teaser has already been viewed almost 100,000 times and shows our favorite mother/daughter duo right where the Palladinos left them--sitting at the kitchen table playfully bantering. But now their high speed jokes reference John Oliver and Lorelei debating whether or not she could be friends with Amy Schumer (the answer: water sports).
For many people, the "Gilmore Girls" isn't just a TV show.
Lorelei and Rory felt like the cool older sisters you always wanted to have. And I was totally jealous of how much freedom Rory had as a teenager--but really how much trouble could you get into in Stars Hollow?
It does feel slightly weird to see my favorite characters holding smart phones and debating current pop culture, however, because the last time we saw them, the first iPhone had only just been released and Melissa McCarthy was still best known as Lorelei's sweet and funny BFF Sookie. But as soon as I heard the iconic theme song and the panning shots of Luke's and The Dragonfly, I burst into tears. I grew up watching the show and can honestly recite several episodes from memory. As a kid, I could escape to Stars Hollow and imagine drinking coffee at Luke's or as a teenager I lived vicariously through Rory's many romantic exploits. And as I got older, I could find myself more in the subtle nuances of jokes that once flew over my head or the complicated relationships between characters that kept you guessing if they would ever have a happy ending.
"Gilmore Girls" avoided the trope of the mysterious boy meets perfect girl, they fall in love, break up, tragic event brings them together and they live happily ever after. Instead, the characters were flawed, they made bad choices, didn't always sleep with the right people, and didn't always learn from their mistakes. But they were always lovable, and kept you rooting for them.
I already know the revival will feel too short and I'll wish they were doing four more seasons instead of episodes. But I also know that with Amy Sherman-Palladino back in the driver's seat, the "Gilmore Girls" are finally getting ending they truly deserve.