After 8 years and a new fan base thanks to Netflix, one of our favorite stories was brought back into our lives. Lorelai, Rory and the rest of the Stars Hollow family return with a new chapter in the story of their lives in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Despite the show ending in 2007, no one skipped a beat in being the characters that we grew to know and love. It would be wonderful to see this as an ongoing series in this format, especially with the streaming program providing a home and following for other original shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black & Fuller House.
This new chapter begins with Rory returning home from London while achieving her dreams as a writer in the form of a freelance journalist who has reached a crossroads in her life. The beauty of this part in her journey of life is that she is not alone; she has her mother & BFF Lorelai in her corner. Like most of us that have experienced the ups and downs of embarking on the defining years which are the 30’s, we can certainly relate to Rory. Trying to find ones place in this world is an experience in itself; it would have been nice to have a Stars Hollow to go to. The overall wonder of A Year in the Life is that everyone was at attendance to portray the characters we enjoyed watching for 7 seasons; almost everyone. The following of some of this writer’s highlight moments of the 4-part event:
The Loss of a Family Member On & Off ScreenThe loss of the show’s patriarch Richard Gilmore who was wonderfully portrayed by Edward Herrmann was greatly felt by not only the viewers but also the cast. With the first segment – Winter – we see in a flashback the funeral services for Richard and how the grand loss made an impact on Lorelai, Rory and especially his wife Emily.
The Band Still Plays OnLane, Zack (Todd Lowe aka Terry Bellefleur from True Blood), Brian and Gil (Skid Row’s lead singer Sebastian Bach) returned to the show and are till rockin on like they always have. Zack is still Zack and it’s beautiful to see that he & Lane’s love is still so strong. Their kids Kwan & Steve are mentioned but not seen unfortunately. Even Miss Kim shows her face and of course she hasn’t changed. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Loves of Rory’s LifeLogan, Jess & Dean – Oh my! These three guys have each contribute the defining character that is Rory. Each of them brought something out in Rory that combined the person she is today. As it shows in this four parter; Logan has played a big part in her life as of late. While working in London, Rory was staying with Logan and as much as we would like to have seen them as the it couple that wasn’t the case. They are just very close friends. Jess – to me – really got to the heart of who Rory is; he truly understood her vulnerability and embraced it. It seems that his character Jake from the new NBC hit show This Is Us rubbed off a little on Jesse. Dean & Rory run into each other at the local market and it seems like things are going well for him and hi family; they even share an inside joke – corn starch.
Lorelai Runs Into A few Familiar FacesA few years after the ending of Gilmore Girls, Lauren Graham went on to being one of the stars of another hit show on NBC called Parenthood. On this show her character Sarah Braverman was part of a big family where we saw another great mother/daughter relationship she shared with Mae Whitman (Amber). Mae made a cameo on the show as a passerby in NYC as Marcy while Lorelai was visiting Rory who was working on an article: she shared a bagel with Marcy. The next cameos were as awesome as they were Jason Ritter & Peter Krause who were her boyfriend Mark Cyr & brother Adam Braverman on Parenthood respectively. They played park rangers who Lorelai encountered while participating in a hike reminiscent of The Wild; she was doing the book version. Fun trivia: Peter (Park Ranger #2) is Lauren’s boyfriend in real life. In my opinion she enjoyed sharing a scene with him as shown in her flirtatious dialogue. It was wonderful to see these three key actors working with her again. Showed a true testament to her as a good friend & colleague.
Paris & Doyle Reunited – Not So MuchWhile on hiatus from ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Liza Weil returned to the character that made her a household name – the one and only Paris Geller. She did become the doctor a lot of us expected her to be; she is however still a success. Paris runs a fertility clinic called Dynasty Makers in New York and she does see Rory every now and then as her place is one of Rory’s places to crash. If you remember, Paris was in a relationship with the editor of Yale’s newspaper Yale Daily News – one Doyle McMaster portrayed by Danny Strong. Doyle is now a successful screenwriter in Hollywood (possible nod to Strong’s work on Game Change, The Butler & Empire) and they have children; a boy & girl. Paris was like a pair of shoes Liza slipped into and it was still a perfect fit; like no time passed. She and Doyle are still as opinionated as ever – of each other these days.
The Brigade ReturnsLogan, Colin, Robert & Finn come to Rory’s rescue for it seems to be for another fun filled adventure with the Life & Death Brigade. They provided the right amount of wanting distractions that Rory needed as she was trying to figure out her next writing project. Colin was so much in the spirit of the festivities that he bought not only the table club they went to but also the quaint bed & breakfast they slept at afterwards. This writer likes Finn out of Logan’s friends; he’s such a sweetheart.
Carole King’s Presence is Greatly Felt
Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King reprises her role of Sophie, Star Hollow’s music store owner. She not only co-wrote the theme song to this loving show Where You Lead (it was a 1971 hit that was revamped for the show), she also sang the song with her daughter Louise Goffin for the show. During her appearance on the revival, she performed a few bars of one of her many hit songs I Feel the Earth Move on the piano. To which Taylor objects to as an addition to their town’s musical event. What does Taylor know about what good music is right?
Fun Trivia: The title of each episode – Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall – is a line taken from another one of Carole’s hit songs You’ve Got a Friend.
From the Authority to the D.A.R.
Carolyn Hennesy, who was also on the HBO series True Blood as Authority member Rosalyn Harris, showed up on the revival as Toni – a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) alongside Emily Gilmore. She looked like she took Rosalyn’s wardrobe and made it her own. Even Emily was annoyed by her. Now that is a moment worth seeing.
The Dragonfly Inn has It’s Team Back
The Dragonfly Inn is still a successful business in Stars Hollow with Michele as the ever-blunt concierge there is never a dull moment at the B&B. There is that missing piece which is Jackson’s wife Sookie who at the beginning of the revival is at a retreat keeping her culinary skills on A-List level. We do get a wonderful surprise in the end in seeing Sookie come back to be there for her best friend.
Sometimes Father Doesn’t Know Best
Rory goes to visit her father, Christopher, before beginning a book project wanted to get some clarification as to why he wasn’t a significant presence in her life; leaving Lorelai to be a single mother. To put it as plainly as he could – they agreed it was in Rory’s best interest. That’s it unfortunately. Nothing more…nothing less. Many can empathize with her reaction to that.
Emily’s Mourning Period
Those of us that have felt the loss of a loved one can understand the many emotions that Emily Gilmore was going through after losing her husband Richard. But what we didn’t expect was to see the family matriarch in jeans – ever. You knew then that Emily was at a loss; Lorelai expressed our shock & surprise at the sight of Emily in her jeans.
Mother & Daughter Make a Breakthrough
After the funeral services, a few of Richard’s friends shared stories with Emily about her husband. However, when it got the Lorelai she was at a loss for words. While on her trip, Lorelai had a moment of clarity and called her mother and shared a heartfelt moment she had as a teenager with her father. This was a major step in their relationship for sure and this writer could be happier.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this Stars Hallow resident…
Kirk is still at it being the eccentric yet loveable guy that is continuously trying to create a business for himself and he’s still running the town’s movie theater.
These moments and so much more were wonderful to see and it was just as great to revisit. Gilmore Girls: A Year in The Life gave those that followed the show some closure & answers to many inquiries of what everyone is up to since Rory left to be a commentator for the Barack Obama campaign. To see this installment to the series showed that they were more than a group consisting of a cast, crew, writer, producers, songwriters, music supervisors and directors; they were a family. A beautiful family from a small & quaint Connecticut town where the best cup of coffee is served by a man name Luke.
And those last 4 words – OMG!! You must see it for yourself to find out…if you haven’t already.
That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.
T. S. Jones