Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Inexplicable Gilmore Girls Review: Mending fences in season six with Lorelai and Jess(!)

During an icy time, although, bangin' bangs Rory.

Warning: Spoilers follow for episodes 5 through 10 for season six of Gilmore Girls.

My Gilmore Girls pace has slowed down a bit, because I had a couple of work and social engagements to attend to this past week. But, I was glad that I was able to at least see the glorious reconciliation between Rory and Lorelai before heading off into my weekend activities.  

Gilmore Girls just feels “off” when Rory and Lorelai are fighting. Like, the fundamental relationship of the show would be their bond, and the episodes where Rory is living in Emily’s poolhouse and feuding with Lorelai aren’t really all that entertaining or interesting. Unlike the Lorelai-Emily rift, you always got the feeling Lorelai and Rory would reconcile, and their issues seemed overblown and TV-constructed in the first place.

And hey, Jess came back! And he’s an AUTHOR now! Good for Jess. He seemed to be in a good place when we last saw him, and it’s nice that his appearance was able to snap Rory out of her funk. Unfortunately, it almost surely sets up a Jess-Rory-Logan triangle at some point, even if Rory is currently single, but still. Good for Jess.

So, as I’m writing this, most of the leads have their shit together. Christopher is back, but in a minimalist way, as he pays for Yale after inheriting a bunch of his grandfather’s money. Logan, Emily and Richard have all been put on the backburner. Rory has re-enrolled at Yale, and Paris is still straight-up baller. Lorelai and Luke are circling around a wedding date…

… And oh yeah, Luke now has a secret daughter. Like every character on this show, she’s impossibly cute and witty and blessed with luck. (Not that I’m wishing more misery on the characters in this show, but apparently Connecticut has the most robust social services ever, because every single parent successfully raises honor roll students.)

The main theme of Gilmore Girls is usually strife, sans gonads, so even though Rory and Lorelai reconciled I knew another shoe was going to drop. Obviously, Luke having a secret daughter is a Big Fucking Deal, but it also feels like something that actual grown-ups would be able to deal with, without their relationship dissolving. I’m not sure if that will be the case with Luke and Lorelai, who have both shown an inability to do Adulting.

Other things on my mind as I watch:

- Zach suddenly becoming a Rage Monster and Fame Whore kind of comes out of nowhere. He was clearly miffed that the Bass Player (I don’t even remember his name, Brian?) wrote a song about Lane, but from there, things escalated to a comical, unbelievable degree. In past episodes, he was kind of portrayed as dumb but sweet, instead of Dean 2.0.

- Logan, Emily and Richard have all been out of the picture in the episodes I’ve watched. I doubt that’s going to remain the case for the foreseeable future, since the cast for the show seems to be narrowing as we go along. (RIP Marty, Dean, Lulu, Jackson, Fake Lane, and many of the other guest stars and extras they clearly can’t afford on a regular basis.)

- The priest talking to Rory about sex was a grade A scene. Also, I might be in the minority on this, but Rory looks way better with bangs.

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