This year, I had one big reason to be thankful- the return of Gilmore Girls. After many teasers and marketing ploys by Netflix the much anticipated Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life premiered on Netflix this Friday. I decided to bravely not venture from my couch and binge watch all of the four (ninety minute) episodes which start off ten years after the ending of the original TV show.
The episodes are cut up to highlight the four seasons. Winter begins with picking up where all of the characters left off. Rory is a writer going back and forth between London, NYC and Stars Hollow. She’s still trying to figure out her life and career. Lorelai and Luke are still together and managing their respective businesses. A lot of the series, especially for Emily Gilmore is focused on the main characters dealing with the death of Richard (Edward Herrmann). The main characters deal with their grief in many different ways, though Emily takes it the hardest trying. Lorelai is dealing with the loss of Suki at the Inn and restlessness on what to do with the rest of her life. Throughout the four episodes many of the original Stars Hallow characters make an appearance from Kirk, to Taylor, and even the troubadour . All of Rory’s boyfriends of past and present show up, especially Logan who Rory is still continuing a secret relationship with.
Every episode was written and directed by original show-runner and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her partner Daniel Palladino. The pair left the show in the last few seasons so it’s nice to see that the writing and dialogue reflects that of the beginning of the show. The ninety minute episodes allow for a more cinematic feel to the storyline. Which is also seen in the cinematography. The swooping arial shots and dreamlike sequences are able to highlight the story on a much larger scale than in its original format. While the dialogue remains the regular repartee the major plot points are very loosely filled out and a bit frustrating. This made the episodes feel very long (especially when watching them in succession) and they could have been cut down to hour long episodes. The end encapsulates this frustration where the viewer is left with more questions than answers.
The season is a nice return to Stars Hallow and all of its inhabitants. Though it could have been a bit shorter and the plots left much to be desired, in many ways it feels like returning to visit an old friend.
Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life is available to stream on Netflix with subscription