Yes, I’ve been a bad little blogger. I’ve neglected Shoes & Starships in favor of post-election malaise (I’m #StillWithHer just so you know), family stuff, general busy real-life stuff, job-hunting stuff, and in favor of blogging for Legion of Leia. I was very excited for the release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, and you know I binged watched that whole thing in a single day. I was able to happily recap and react on behalf of Legion of Leia. Here are the links to all four 90-minute episodes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
(Warning: This post contains spoilers.)
We finally return to Stars Hollow after much waiting, theorizing, and anticipatory coffee-drinking. I wasn’t disappointed – Winter was great! We caught up with so many of our faves, we got to see Paris being her in-charge girlboss self, I cried at Richard’s funeral flashback, and I rejoiced in being back at Luke’s diner and seeing the girls, the Dragonfly, Hep Alien, and Luke himself. Love (and war and snow) all around.
Rory and Paris returned to Chilton to talk about their careers (or in Rory’s case, her faltering career…), and Emily and Lorelai hit the couch at a therapist’s office. We get an International Food Festial in the town square, we see Lane’s mythical dad ever so briefly, and we see Rory return to poor choices in men with her nonrelationship with Logan. Basically, she flies in to London, stays at his place (when his fiance isn’t in town, that is) and flies back out again. Rory also has her delayed Conde Nast interview (facilitated by Mitchum, ugh) and blows another interview with an online news source. Frustrated, she moves back home to Stars Hollow.
I won’t lie, this was my least-favorite episode of the four. Rory did take over the failing Stars Hollow Gazette, but was just whiny and unpleasant to be around. Lorelai got some bad news with Michel threatening to leave the Dragonfly Inn for greener pastures, and the Stars Hollow Musical was just a dreadful waste of time as was the ’30-something club’. Jess bounced back into town and told Rory she should write a book, which is of course a great idea. I just wish Rory had been allowed to have this idea. We see Luke’s daughter April briefly, and Carole King gets to play the piano and sing just a little bit. At the end, after a fight with Rory at Richard’s grave, Lorelai enters a crisis of confidence and tells Luke that she is leaving to have her ‘Wild’ moment and hike the Pacific Crest Trail. We are all bewildered.
I really loved the finale of this little revival, I must say. Lorelai goes out to the Pacific Northwest only to discover that the truth has been inside her all along, and she tearfully calls Emily to recount her favorite memory of the dear departed Richard. She comes home to Luke, who was increasingly worried about her leaving him, to propose they get married – again. Rory has a close encounter with the Life & Death Brigade and she and Logan sleep together one last time. The wedding is planned and Rory and Lorelai ‘make up’ as Rory shares the first three chapters of ‘The Gilmore Girls’ with her mom, which she wrote in Richard’s study. Lorelai persuades Emily to let her use the money that Richard left for Luke to franchise the diner to instead expand the Dragonfly to a second location. Sookie returns to bake Lorelai’s wedding cake as Michel decides to stay at the Inn. Rory has a rather sad meeting with her dad as she tries to figure out why Christopher let Lorelai raise Rory alone. After a hilarious fed up moment with the DAR ladies, Emily decides to sell the house and move to Nantucket.
Luke and Lorelei tie the knot…the night before they are supposed to tie the knot in front of everyone. We see their private ceremony in the gazebo, and at dawn we end with Rory and Lorelai on the steps once more. Our final four words? “Mom?” “Yeah?” “I’m pregnant.” Then it cut to black. Just FYI, I was very displeased with the last 10 seconds but I will be writing more about that in the future.
What did you all think of A Year in the Life? What was your favorite part? I quite liked Kirk’s pet pig, Emily in jeans and a t-shirt, and Luke’s revolving wi-fi passwords. Sound off below or on Twitter! I’ll hopefully have an opinion piece on the feminist (or anti-feminist?) aspects of this miniseries. Til then, may your coffee be strong and your pop culture references be on point!