In exactly one week Gilmore Girls will return to the small screen, this time on Netflix. The revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, is something that us fast-talking, coffee-swilling fans have been hoping and dreaming for ever since the show went off the air almost 10 years ago. And I couldn’t be more anxious about the four new 90 minute movies that are coming at the fandom. Let me explain.
When the show first premiered in 2000, I was 10 years old and the daughter on the show, Rory Gilmore, was 15. So, naturally, I looked up to Rory. She was smart, pretty, funny, had a great family, a cute boyfriend, loved to read and wanted to go to a top college. This girl was exactly the kind of teenager I wanted to be when I grew up. (Fun fact: My initial interest in journalism started with Rory’s interest in journalism. I know, weird, right?)
Yes, I loved Rory’s story and I was sad to see her go when the show ended just before I turned 17. I just never felt like it ended right for Rory, mainly because the creators (Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino) left before the final season and we never got to see the ending they intended. So it was a real bummer to think we’d never get to see the real ending to such a beloved show.
But then, when Netflix acquired the streaming rights to the show a couple years ago, I started rewatching it from the beginning. And it was interesting to see that this time around I associated more with Rory’s mother, Lorelai. I had been through the high school drama (and even college drama) by then and was excited to look at the adult drama through new adult eyes.
Suddenly I got it. Gilmore. Girls. It wasn’t just about Rory. I know, I’m dense. But seriously, when you’re a young girl it’s easier to be fascinated by a 15-year-old girl’s first kiss than a 30-year-old woman’s career aspirations and toxic relationship with her mother.
So, naturally, once I found out there was going to be a revival, and new episodes to watch over and over again, I flipped. And over the past month I have been binge watching the ENTIRE series in preparation for next Friday. Oh, I will be ready my friends. But I am just so nervous that it isn’t going to be what we hoped for. That it isn’t go to fulfill what we wanted for Rory and Lorelai.
Though I think my doubts are unwarranted, as we have our creators back and responsible for everything that is going down this time around. And because of that we finally get the ending they always intended for us to have. And that means one big thing. Actually, four big things. The last four words of the show.
Apparently Amy came up with them way back when the show was first created. Just think, if there had never been a revival we may never have found out those magical words. Actually, don’t think about that. It’s too upsetting.
Anyways, I can’t wait. I just hope it’s amazing. And I’m sure Ethan hopes it sucks because that boy already has to hear the theme song on the regular. So if these episodes are any good at all you know I’ll be rewatching them for years to come.
Will you be watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?