Gilmore Girls is one of my all-time favorite shows, and I was so sad when it was cancelled! I first came across Gilmore Girls on ABC Family, where they show reruns every weekday, and unfortunately, I only managed to watch 7 season (the last season) in it’s entirety. I had only seen random episodes of the previous 5 season, and missed season 6 completely, so everything didn’t make sense. Thanks to the wonder that is TV on DVD, I managed to get all 7 seasons, and watched the entire show in it’s entirety.
Listening to the Gilmore Girls Re-watch podcast, I felt inspired and compelled to re-watch the series. I’ve seen each episode a few times, so I’m not confused or anything, but it’s a lot more fun listening to it when I’ve seen the episode right before listening.
It’s a great show, with a lot of great dialogue, witty banter, and pop culture references that go right over my head. Plus, the relationships between all of the characters is really interesing.
I suppose it would be a good idea to talk about what the show is actually about, right? It’s about Lorelei Gilmore and her daughter Lorelei (nickname: Rory) and their lives in fictional Stars Hollow. I like the relationship between Rory and her mom, and the very different relationships that both Lorelei’s have with Richard and Emily, who are Rory’s grandparents and Lorelei’s parents. The biggest thing, though, is the fact that Lorelei got pregnant at 16 and then left home some time after having Rory. I also love the very colorful people of Stars Hallow- Miss Patty, Babette, Kirk, Luke and Taylor, to name a few. And of course, Sookie, Lorelei’s best friend and Lane, who is Rory’s best friend. And Paris…I could go on listing the different characters.
Listening to the podcast has really helped me think about the show in a different way- one cohost (Arkle) is a fan of the show, and Angela (another cohost) is watching the series for the first time. It’s hilarious when Arkle brings something up, and it’s clear, it’s not trying to spoil anything for Angela. They’ve had a couple cohosts- Colleen, who was around for a while, and now someone else (I think her name is Nina) when Colleen had to leave. Both are fans of the show as well, and around the same age as Rory is in the 1st 3 seasons. It’s really interesting to hear Angela’s point of view since she sometime brings up things I never thought about. Rewatching the show, I definitely don’t like Dean and I’m glad it didn’t work out with Rory. If only they could combine Dean’s companionship with Jess’ reading a lot and Logan’s spontaneity…then you’d have a great guy for Rory!
Sometimes, Rory is a little Mary Sue-ish for me. I can relate to liking school and reading a lot, but sometimes…she’s a little too perfect. In contrast to her mom, who has made some mistakes. It’s definitely referenced several times throughout the first 3 seasons that Lorelei has let down her parents and severely disappointed them and that whole bit. I wonder if it’s done on purpose to show that while the hopes and dreams Richard and Emily had for Lorelei didn’t happen, it could happen with Rory, who is definitely the child they wanted to Lorelei to be.
It’s been pretty fun rewatching it, and I may have to start doing that with a few other shows I like…