My sister and I finished up the Gilmore Girls revival tonight—er, last night?—with “Summer” and “Fall.” While the first half of the revival was göööd, the second half was… lacking. The following review is mostly spoiler-free, and contains some complaining from the perspective of a storyteller and longtime fan.
When “Summer” started, there was still no sign of Jess or Dean, and Rory was still really lost. Lorelai and Emily were working through some things. During a town meeting, Taylor announced that they’d be putting on a musical. This musical took up entirely too much time. It was awful. We got it already, okay? Everyone else seemed to enjoy it, except Lorelai. The musical didn’t really seem to fulfill any purpose other than filler. I actually considered fast-forwarding, which I’ve never done while watching Gilmore Girls. Ever.
There were still funny parts, of course, but the whole thing just seemed to lose direction. I didn’t even mind that all three generations weren’t on the best of terms, because that’s been a theme throughout this show. What bothered me was the long segments that did nothing to move the story forward. Between the never-ending musical and the caricature of a dream sequence that was actually the return of the Life and Death Brigade, I was bored and frustrated. Lauren said she felt the same. We actually paused during the musical to make some tea. I wish I’d just let it keep playing, because literally nothing new happened.
In “Fall,” things finally started coming together in the second half. But they seemed rushed. It was almost as if ASP really didn’t know which direction she wanted to go in. I know the cast members all have other commitments, so it’s not that I’m bummed Dean had two minutes of screen time and Jess had only a few more. Both Rory and Lorelai felt very out of character to me. The things Rory was doing just weren’t her. And Lorelai’s quest in “Fall” was so bizarre. That’s not how Lorelai handles things.
It all just seemed like filler.
And, without giving anything away, the ending felt very anticlimactic and left me with no closure. That’s what this whole thing was supposed to be about. There were three things I was left wanting after the abrupt end of the original series:
- a Luke and Lorelai wedding
- to know that Rory had her life together
- a real match for Rory
I didn’t feel like I got any of those things. If they’d canned the 30-minute musical, we could’ve had more than an elopement montage and a thrown-together ending with zero resolution.
Even more frustrating, the ending left us with more questions than answers. I was very disappointed and, like Lauren said, almost wish they hadn’t even bothered. Though I will say I’m glad things were finally resolved between Lorelai and Emily. Even that felt rushed, though.
The four words—I won’t give them away, I promise—were pretty much what I suspected. But they just left another cliffhanger for dedicated fans to tumble off of.
In a nutshell, the first half was great and the second half was rushed. I’m deeply disappointed. If by some chance they do more, I won’t be watching. I feel punk’d.
Have you seen the Gilmore Girls revival? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
PS: I’m thinking of doing a live stream in Romance Readers Anonymous where we can talk about our feels. First I’ll survey the group and find out how many of us have seen it, that way I don’t accidentally spoil anything!