Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gilmore Girls

*This post will probably make no sense to those that are not Gilmore Girl fans. It also contains a few spoilers so turn away if you are not a fan and/or haven't watched the newest episodes*

It has been almost ten years since Gilmore Girls ended its seven year run. I do remember catching glimpses of Lorelei and Rory on TV, but my love for them didn't start until my mom bought me the first season for Christmas a few years after the show ended. I was addicted from the start and luckily had an older friend who owned the rest of the seasons. I spent all my free time with the Gilmore Girls until I finished all seven seasons. Which was time well spent!

Lorelai will always be my favorite character, but it was Rory that I could relate with the most. At first Rory was older than me, eventually I caught up to her stages of life, which gave me a whole new perspective every time I would re-watch the show.  The show ended with Rory graduating from Yale, breaking up with her boyfriend, and beginning her career in journalism. I am graduating in a few months myself and the thought of entering a stage of life that I haven't seen Rory or Lorelai in bothered me more than it should have, but Netflix came to the rescue! They gave me another ten years, which fills the gap, because that makes Rory 32 and the show started with Lorelai being 32. It sounds dumb and not many people will relate, but even watching the previews for the new episodes made me giddy. I felt like I was about to see old friends/family for the first time in ten years. 

The new episodes were exactly what I needed in more ways than one. They were not perfect as evidence by that ridiculously long musical scene, but the story of Gilmore Girls has never been perfect. I mean it is about imperfect humans with messy lives, which makes me appreciate the not so great scenes at least a little, because that's life in general.

Rory's life is far from perfect and she does not have it all together. I ironically spent Thanksgiving talking with my friend Carolyn about how unsure I was about where I was heading in life. I normally have set plans and for once I don't have a set plan once I graduate. Rory just added to my conversation with Carolyn and showed me that it's okay not to have a plan, because life gets in the way of that plan any way. 

Lastly, I have been waiting to hear the last four words of the series since it ended. The creator of the show ended up leaving after season six, because of contract issues, so she didn't get to end the show how she wanted it. For years she has been talking about the last four words she intended to use, but never got the chance to do so, but would never tell anyone what they were! Well, we finally got them and I was pissed at first, but after thinking about it I think they made the story come full circle. Those last words allowed the show to close a chapter of the Gilmore Girls lives, which was the chapter that we have been watching all these years. Going back to the full circle idea, we already know the story of a single Gilmore girl raising a kid Also, while the show never does completely clear up Team Jess or Team Logan it made it seem like Jess is Rory's Luke and Logan is her Christopher and we know how that ends as well.

I'm content with the gift of these last four episodes, which is rarely the case when it comes to shows ending. As lame as it sounds I feel like I got to catch up with family and there's nothing better than that. I definitely felt like I got to come home again.

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