Created by the genius that is Amy Sherman-Palladino, Gilmore Girls originally began in 2000 and ran for seven successful years until it came to a bittersweet end in 2007. Loved by all for its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and dry humour, the next nine years saw countless rumours surface telling of reunions and revivals but it was on November 25th 2016 that this dream came true.
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life – a series of four feature-length episodes – has come to Netflix and brought all the comedy, drama, and heartbreak of Stars Hollow with it. This new limited season chronicles, funnily enough, a year in the life of mother and daughter duo Lorelai and Rory, with each episode focused on a different season.
The first of the long-awaited new episodes takes place in the winter, so we’re not the only ones feeling the temperature drop and the air grow cold – the residents of Stars Hollow are also digging out their good coats and thick scarves.
Winter in Gilmore Girls was always a time during which Stars Hollow was blanketed in thick white snow, characters shuffled about in their thickest hats and gloves, and the Gilmore girls were constantly clutching piping hot coffee from Luke’s. The perfect winter wonderland.
The episode starts with a collection of audio clips from the original series played over the title credits. Famous scenes could be heard as we were reintroduced to Stars Hollow and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). I was a little disappointed to not be greeted with the original theme song ‘Where You Lead’, but including dialogue I can still recall now from when I was 9 or 10 was a clever way to bring back the series. For fans of the original series, the nostalgia is rife
Rory, the little bookworm who was 16 when the show first started, is now a 32 year old career woman who barely has time to see her mother as she’s busy flying to and from London for work and other shenanigans.
One such shenanigan being called Logan (Matt Czuchry), her ex-boyfriend with whom she appears to accidentally be having an affair with. I say accidentally as she is constantly forgetting that she’s in a long-term relationship with a very unspectacular man named Paul. Poor Paul.
There may not have been the original theme song and Rory may now be an accidental cheat, but some things thankfully stayed the same; Lorelai is still with her soul mate Luke (Scott Patterson), the Town Troubadour is still highlighting important scenes with his convenient busking moments, and Lorelai and her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) still have emotionally charged arguments in the kitchen.
This specific scene featuring Lorelai arguing with her mother about her recently passed father Richard (Edward Herrmann) was made all the more heartbreaking as Herrmann himself passed away almost two years ago. Something the actors on Gilmore Girls were always good at was the ability to switch from comedy one moment to heart-wrenching dialogue the next. And this scene will be added to the list of ‘scenes I won’t forget.’
The first episode in this revival series was true to the core essence of the original; it was full of particularly quotable dialogue and perfectly utilised pop culture references, to scenes made up of intricately woven moments of hilarity and misery. I have yet to watch the whole season – each episode is 90 minutes long, okay – but I doubt I’ll be disappointed.