Welcome to the first of many ranty posts you will see in the future from yours truly. Let me begin by saying that I am in a life slump. It mostly consists of: work slump, book slump, writing slump, blogging slump, music slump, gaming slump and even food slump. Food slump. With Christmas coming up, how could I possibly be in a food slump? That’s the best part of Christmas!
Why am I telling you about my slump? When I’m at my most slumpiest, I have a lot of time to think. Thinking, it turns out, is not a great thing. First, the headaches and then comes the accidental destruction of all my favorite things.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start again.
Since I was nine years old, I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls. It used to air in Italy in the evenings, at that great hour just after dinner, and just before I was due to go to bed, and my mother and father loved it as much as us kiddies did. So you may be able to imagine how excited I was when the revival was announced, and all the seasons were uploaded on Netflix. Suffice it to say, I haven’t used Netflix this much since I watched Stranger Things earlier this year.
But I have issues. Now, before I start rambling, disclaimer: HERE BE SPOILERS. They’re not huge spoilers, but you have been warned.
Let’s Talk About the Revival
In short: I ain’t no fan of this. Now hear me out! The reason I dislike the revival is mainly because of Rory. Rory, who used to bug me endlessly in the main series but I adored nevertheless, has been transmuted into something even worse. The Rory from the revival is a monstrous Rory, sex-thirsty, power-hungry and very, very, very up her own arse. If you thought Rory in the last season of Gilmore Girls was bad, then you obviously haven’t watched the revival because ohmylordy, she was awful.
I spoke about this in length with several friends of mine. They all agreed that the revival wasn’t what they expected, and it leaned heavily on the ‘not-so-Gilmore’ side of the spectrum. Most of the cast was perfect: Lorelei, Luke, Kirk and Michel especially. But everything else? It sucked, guys. It sucked so bad. And my ‘everything else’ I mean, of course, Rory and her stupid decisions and her holier-than-thou attitude that made me want to throttle her.
Once upon a time, I prided myself in understanding Rory and her commitment to school and the future. I used to be like that, too, and since you can always find me with my head buried in a book, I still pride myself in that. However, Revival Rory (from hereon known as ‘RR’) defeated everything Original Rory (‘OR’) worked so hard for.
Her relationship with Logan, although welcome, wasn’t something OR would’ve agreed to.
By this, I mean OR broke up with Logan, originally, because she couldn’t see herself having a no strings attached relationship with Yale’s most renown bachelor. Why, then, did RR feel the need to throw all of that away to give herself to a man who wasn’t even available? Logan’s engagement to Odette seemed almost like a plot ploy. Why make things easy for the girl who has always had it easy? I get that. I get the need to spice things up and give Rory new challenges to face and overcome. However, the challenges she faced with her career was more than enough ‘spice’ for a revival that could’ve concentrated on so much more than just Rory’s life.
Let’s not forget that attitude.
OR was always known for being stubborn and tackling life like the angriest rugby player in the universe. It’s what gave her character, and showed the audience that you really can do anything if you set your mind to it. However, RR dumped all of that down the drain when her attitude went from ‘stubborn mule’ to ‘spoilt brat’ in a split second. Rory’s anger at life developed into hatred for anything good. When offered an interview at a website (very similar to BuzzFeed), Rory scoffs at the idea of ever working for a ‘gossip magazine’ and then is shocked when at the interview, after not even giving it her all, she is rejected. “I’m Rory Gilmore!” Well, Rory Gilmore, you’re not 2016’s hot stuff, I’m afraid.
And of all the Wookies in the world…
In one of the episodes (Winter?) Rory, after standing in line for hours for something or other, ends up sleeping with someone dressed like a Wookie. Now, not only does she sleep with a Wookie, but it then leads to that disastrous ending, that cliffhanger of a bugger, where all I could think of was a furry, clawed baby crawling around the Gilmore household. EW. Friends have speculated for hours on the Wookie vs Logan Baby conundrum, and I think it would serve Rory right if she were pregnant with a mini Wookie, and not the love of her life.
I’m so mean, I know, but Rory really got on my nerves in the revival.
The ending to end all endings ever ended.
To top off an incredibly off-putting, four episode revival, the ending was screen-punching-worthy. I loved every aspect of it except for the gazebo scene, where Rory drops a bomb so large I’m surprised Stars Hollow is still fictionally standing. WHY. WOULD. YOU. DO. THAT? It was a bad ending, hinting at a new series or another spin-off, with no actual proof that either is going to happen. Some speculate that it rounds the series off nicely, but I think otherwise: way to piss me off even more, creators and producers. ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO YOU.
Overall, I was not a happy bunny with the revival. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I want to eat cake and grumble to myself with a mouth covered in frosting. Which doesn’t sound all bad, I’ll admit. But still. I expected more, and I suppose that was a rookie mistake to make. My dad always says: “Go into a situation expecting nothing at all, and you will never be disappointed.” I really should learn to listen to him.
Wonderlings! What did you think of the revival? Have you watched all of Gilmore Girls? Have I gone mad in my findings? Let me know in the comments below!