Is The New Gilmore Girls Revival Worth Watching?
The scene starts. The opening credits roll as we hear iconic quotes from the original series. The dialog stops and the screen turns black. The last line you hear is Lorelai saying “I smell snow” Now if you know Lorelai, you know this is a good sign.
In October, 2000, the pilot episode of the soon to be hit show Gilmore Girls aired.The show was about a single mother raising her daughter in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
Sadly, the series ended in 2007, however Netflix recently created a four episode miniseries called Gilmore Girls, a year in the life. The series picks up ten years after the last episode of the original series ended, showing the audience what’s happened in the small town of Stars Hollow.
The scene opens again and we see Rory and Lorelai seeing each other for the first time in a few months. They talk about movies, music, and their usual mother daughter banter while walking through Stars Hollow.
Although time has passed, the town still looks the same. The grocery store still keeps cornstarch in the same place, Luke’s diner still has a hardware sign and Taylor is still trying to keep the town as pristine as possible.
However that’s about as far as the similarities go. Rory, Lorelai’s daughter and one of the main characters was startlingly different in the revival series.
In the original series, Rory was picture perfect. She was smart, kind, organized, and had the world at her fingertips. However, in the new miniseries, Rory’s character is anything but that.
In the first episode Winter, Rory is a drifter. She just moved out of her apartment in Brooklyn, all her belongings are spread about her friends and families various houses in boxes that aren’t even labeled.
But, as the series goes on, the differences mellowed and bits of the old Rory were put back into the play.
The differences in Rory’s character don’t stretch to the rest of the cast though. Throughout the revival, Lorelei is the same as ever. She still makes comments about movies and actors, still drinks 8 cups of coffee a day, and she still has her same way of life, meaning she still listens to her heart above everything else.
The mini series is definitely different from the original. It focuses nearly all its energy on the concepts of what it means to be a family and a community. It shows different sides of characters that we thought we had figured out and gives us a new viewpoint of the town of Stars Hollow.
Overall, the revival, although different from the original series, is worth watching.
It’s still the same Stars Hollow with town meetings, Luke’s reluctance to do anything festive with the diner, and the never ending cups of coffee.
The Gilmore Girls are back with a year that’s sure to relate to the past and create a new future for the town of Stars Hollow.