Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inexplicable Gilmore Girls Revival Review: Spring (2 of 4)

Warning: Spoilers follow for the second episode of the Gilmore Girls revival. And, the image comes from The AV Club’s review of the episode.

Hey, Emily and Lorelai are in therapy! This seems like a great, adult place for them to be, and to work out their issues. Well, at least, it kind of did. Lorelai eventually gets something out of it, because the therapist makes her realize that things aren’t really OK with Luke.

However, Emily eventually leaves the sessions because she (rightly) thinks that Lorelai is just stonewalling the therapist. And while Lorelai does eventually seem to have a realization in her sessions, the portrayal of therapy isn’t great on the show, since Claudia the Therapist is later portrayed as a loon trying out for the Stars Hollow musical. It was frustrating to see the show treat the one person with training to deal with the tangled spider’s web of mother-daughter issues as a loon.

Anyway, Lorelai keeps her individual sessions private from Luke, who in turn keeps the money Richard left him to franchise his diner secret from Lorelai. As you can imagine, this whole “keeping secrets” business eventually bites them both on the ass, as Emily manages to spill the beans to them in separate, individual conversations.

At this point, let me speak for the deceased Richard Gilmore, because I don’t think the show did a good job of explaining his intentions – most likely because it was through the filter of Emily. I took the money that Richard left to Luke as a sign of confidence in the man, and I’m surprised it wasn’t portrayed like that. It wasn’t just that Richard wanted Luke to be able to provide for his daughter; it’s that he thought Luke *was the kind of man* who could.

This is a big friggin’ deal! But the show kind of glosses over this, and instead shades it as an issue of the Gilmores trying to get Luke to do something he doesn’t want to. While he doesn’t want to do it, I’d argue that because Luke is in such stasis at times, it wouldn’t be a horrible thing for him to stretch himself. His lack of growth is what causes some of the friction with Lorelai. And as Emily points out, what about people like Cesar? What about giving him an opportunity to stretch and grow too? And Zach or Lane (or both!) could be franchisees too… I just think the show too quickly dismisses this under the header of “Emily being too nosy,” instead of letting that plot thread develop.

In other business:

- Rory is still the fucking worst, in outlandish and realistic ways. You know, how she slept with (a) Chewbacca (cosplayer), and also completely bombs her interview with the online journalism outlet “beneath” her. Rory comes off as so inept in that job interview that it’s not surprising to me that she’s not getting other job opportunities. You can’t even BS a couple of story pitches? Almost any decent reporter has a couple good ideas bouncing around in their ole brainpan.

By the way, I’m guessing that the whole Chewbacca-bedding killed her drive for the Vanity Fair article, since we never hear about it again during the four-episode run. She was writing it without a contract, so that’s her choice, but even without that sleepin’ around incident, she seemed to have enough content to get something buyable to Conde Nast. Also…

- Rory rejects the headmaster’s offer to teach journalism or English at the school out-of-hand, which was depressing. This is another plot element that isn’t returned to in the show’s run, even though I ultimately found it a better idea than where they got to with Rory job prospects.

The return visit to Chilton does lead to what I’ve seen other blogs refer to as Peak Paris, which I agree with and enthusiastically embrace. Her bathroom meltdown with the empty briefcase is incredible, and the one time in the Revival that Paris / Liza Weil really just gets to let loose. Oddly, they didn’t get Chad Michael Murray to play Tristan, yet still had a brief shot of the new actor in the Revival. The scene would have been more effective if they had just started it in the bathroom, without the distracting, “Hey, that’s not really Tristan!” moment for the viewers.

- Speaking of the reunion at Chilton, the visit does cause the three most glaring omissions from the Revival, since the characters aren’t even mentioned: Louise, Madeleine and Max Medina. I hope it was simply a matter of the actors being unavailable, because all three of them could have been easily shoehorned into the reunion scenes. (I’ll have a “Top Ten” of missing characters in a future entry, since there are at least 10 noticeable ones missing for various reasons.)

- Rory’s book deal with The Crazy Lady falling through is probably the least surprising aspect of the first two episodes. Rory’s personality type never seemed suited to deal with her, although the scene with the Crazy Lady’s lawyer is fun times.

- Why didn’t Rory just ship all of her crap to one house? I forgot the explanation given for that, if there was any. It’s not like she knows a family member with a giant mansion that could accommodate all of her crap.

- Sneak peek: The third episode of the Revival is by far the worst. Karen and I were in agreement on that, although for completely different reasons.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Inexplicable Gilmore Girls Revival Review: Winter

Warning: Spoilers follow for the first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival, "Winter."

The biggest thing that the first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival, “Winter,” confirms is that Rory is still an awful person. She’s cheating on her boyfriend with Logan in an overseas bungalow, and by the way, he’s cheating on his heiress with her. Fun times! The end of the regular series featured their break-up, but it’s a bit distressing to imagine that they were both basically emotionally broken for the past eight years.

Also, by the way – Rory’s career is fucking ridiculous. I imagine it’s been dissected to death on the Internet already, but her jet-setting and “work” is a joke. There’s no way she can afford all of that travel without dipping into her trust fund, which I imagine is what’s happening, but the show never mentions it. It’s also shocking that she can’t find work, if she’s been published by the friggin’ New Yorker. Maybe the people interviewing her pick-up on what a prissy mess she is though, you know, the type of high-maintenance writer that turned down her one great job offer out of college.

However, I think it’s more likely that the show simply lacks someone with real-life journalism experience on the writing staff. (I’m available for consulting for the right price! :D ) I say this because the Huntzbergers seem to be doing completely fine. We see Huntzberger Senior in the same swanky restaurant Logan is in, after all, despite the fact that newspapers have gone from “really god damn bad” in 2007 when the show’s run ended to “ohmygod we might never hire anyone again” when the show resumed in 2016. It’s hard to imagine Huntzberger sticking in that same role, although maybe he just got a golden parachute that the show didn’t mention (because it would disrupt the Dream World they’ve created here).

Thankfully, Rory being awful is balanced by the better beef between Lorelai and Emily. The fact that they had a moment earlier in the day at Richard’s funeral only makes the blow-up later sting more. It’s classic “Lorelai in sabotage mode,” and as you can imagine, it takes the whole mini-series to unravel the tangles.

Other thoughts:

- Poor Paris. She basically gets shoehorned into this episode because of Lorelai and Luke’s ridiculous visit to her fertility clinic. It’s not lunacy that Paris is running a place like that, but it just felt all too convenient for purposes of the plot. Once you get past Lorelai, Rory, Emily and Luke, Paris is in the next tier of Important Gilmore Girls Characters, but she just gets a handful of scenes in the revival.

- When Lorelai asked Luke if he wanted a baby, I was trying to do the math in my head about that. Lorelai had Rory at 16 or 17, if I remember correctly. Rory is 22 or 23 at the end of the regular run, so she’s 31 or 32 during the reboot. That would put Lorelai at 46 to 50, tacking a year or two on to both ends of the range. So yeah, that would probably not be an especially fun pregnancy.

- Hep Alien reunites!  Well, kind of. No cameo from Dave; maybe Seth Cohen was busy shooting an O.C. revival. But it was great to see Gil. And hey, Zach and Lane, still the best and highest-functioning couple on Gilmore Girls! It was great to see them legitimately happy, since I was bracing myself for 20 minutes of “ohmygod their marriage is actually in deep trouble,” because it seems like nothing good can happen on this show and Zach was noticeably more grey / silver.

- Luke and Lorelai are clearly in an uncomfortable stasis / holding pattern, but it’s also clear that that’s going to be the meat of the future episodes, along with Rory being horrible and the Emily-Lorelai relationship.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

YPB: Episode 090 – PaRappa the Rapper (1997)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are rapping! From 1997, we’re playing PaRappa the Rapper by NanaOn-Sha for the Playstation.

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  • 0:00 – Intro! This week’s episode has strong language, and also, songs about using the bathroom.
  • 29:30 – It’s the return of a sometimes popular segment! Comments Concerns and Questions! (And they’re all from Pippenz this week!)
  • 37:50 – Emails! Could we possibly have a love reconnection?
  • 52:45 – Ask the Sweet Boys. Helping people in 2017.
  • 57:45 – Snifferoo. Hey, the music for next week’s game isn’t that memorable! Yikes!

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