Review: Gilmore Girls, a Year in the Life

"Ding Ding Ding. No debating until I've had coffee." It's a quote from Gilmore Girls that describes the series very well! When I think of Gilmore Girls, I don't only think of Rory and Lorelei, but also of the importance of coffee in their lives. Rory and Lorelei have their own style. Their way of thinking and interacting with each other. That's what always stood out for me when I was watching Gilmore Girls. This series has a uniqueness. It's just fun to watch Lorelei and Rory. And of course also Luke! And all the others. I was psyched to hear that there were going to be new episodes op Gilmore Girls. So awesome! I watched it as soon as it was available on Netflix: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. There are 4 episodes of 90 minutes: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  

Gilmore Girls

Let's start at the very beginning: The series follows a mother (Lorelei Gilmore) and her teenage daughter (Rory). The show is completely about both of them and their relationship. General themes are love, work, education and social class. Gilmore Girls is a comedy/ drama series! It's funny, light and amusing. If you enjoy watching the mother-daughter relationship develop this is certainly a series for you! They have a unique relationship and it's fun to watch them go through life. It's all about, love family, education, work, daily life. I love the tagline. It's: "Life's short. Talk Fast". And that fits the series completely. Rory and Lorelei are unique, funny and great to watch. They're so enthusiastic, chaotic, sometimes clumsy and way more! You'll always be curious what they'll do next. They are each other's best friends and they always find a positive way to see things! So many have watched this series. I must say: A lot of women I know, used to watch this series all the time! 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

And now, years later, we get the chance to see them again! I bet we all have wondered how Rory's life would turn out. And I definitely wanted to know how Lorelei was doing, and Luke, Lane and everyone else. I loved the start of the first episode, Winter. Seeing Lorelei, it was like she had never left! Gilmore Girls had aired for 7 seasons. You get attached to these characters. And now they're back! But: It's hard to cope with change. I had this image in my mind of them. And where they would be now. 


 thought the revivaI was quite different from the original series. I loved seeing the original cast again. But I'm not very enthusiastic about the Lorelei/ Rory bound. I missed their fun and spontaneity. It just isn't the same as in the earlier series. They've obviously grown apart. I really wish they hadn't. It felt unreal and out of character. I thought they lacked chemistry. For me, it didn't feel like it did in the earlier series for one moment. Rory's storyline took a totally different direction than I had expected. I just didn't recognize Rory in these episodes at all. It made me re-watch the last episode of season 7. Rory was just so different. I don't like how these 4 episodes are focusing on Rory being a 'lost' thirty-something. She lacks the enthusiasm and chemistry with other actors. Alexis Bladel doesn't feel like Rory anymore. What's up with the tap dancing? I really thought that was weird. Rory felt too adult. Too much pretending. 

What did you think of the Lorelei & Rory bond? For me, that was really the reason to watch again. But I didn't get that 'Gilmore Girls' feeling I used to have. Maybe it's me. Maybe I've changed ;). 


Overall I thought the 4 episodes were ok. It was nice to know where Rory is now and How Luke and Lorelei was doing. I was however disappointed by the overall look and feel. It didn't feel like Gilmore Girls to me. And another point: I felt there were still too much 'loose ends'. It didn't answer all my questions. And sure not answer my hopes and wishes. 


There were things I liked, though: I like Luke! I've always liked Luke. He's funny, grumpy, hilarious! I really love the thing with the wifi password. It felt typically Luke and fits in quite well. I didn't like Luke's storyline. But I liked Luke! I think Scott Patterson was still able to capture the 'Luke feeling'. I didn't like everything his character did, but I liked the character in general. I still 'recognized' him. And I loved Paris! Liza Weil proves to be a great actress. She doesn't seem to have any trouble to bring Paris back to life. Instantly it felt the same as in the earlier series. I like the story line they chose for  Paris. She still has the same humor. She ambitious as ever. I loved the part where she admitted that she just carried her briefcase to look more interesting! I'm currently watching How to Get Away With Murder and I love seeing Liza in a series again. She's great as always. But I still love her the most as Paris. 


I won't spoil anything about the men/ man in Rory's life. But let me know in the comments: Who did/ do you want to be Rory's, boyfriend/ husband? And what did you think of the revival? I'm glad I watched it, but if there will be more episodes I really hope they change a few things!

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    Laveena Sengar (Friday, 24 February 2017 05:16)

    I love all the shows that are based on friendships and fashion. I think Gilmore girls is the only show I am yet to watch. Looking forward to it.