Gilmore Girls revival: Netflix, please don't f*ck it up
- Rebecca Monks
- 20 October 2015
Lorelai, Rory and Luke are back for four episodes, and here's what we don't want to happen
Yesterday, it was announced that Netflix is bringing the Gilmore Girls back for four 90-minute episodes, and lo, ever since the news broke, fans all over the world over have been celebrating by drinking copious amounts of coffee, speaking inordinately quickly and imagining some poignant 'la, las' in the background. But, oy, with the poodles already: is this really good news?
In some ways, yes it is. Creator and general Gilmore God Amy Sherman (who left GG prior to the 2007 final season amid a contract dispute) is back, and the internet is rife with rumours that this series will end the way she intended it: with the four words she had planned pretty much from the get go (no, we don't know what they are either).
The last series to air ended with Lorelai and Luke getting back together, Rory breaking up with her posh boyfriend Logan and going off to work as a reporter following Barack Obama on the presidential campaign trail. Spoiler alert: he wins.
By picking the series back up again, there are some fairly obvious plot pitfalls that the script could stumble upon. Here's everything we don't want to happen. Netflix, if you're reading, take note.
Rory settles down for the sake of it
When last we left Rory, her millionaire, baby-blonde boyfriend had proposed to her, and she said no. She wanted her life to remain wide open, to focus on her career, and more importantly, on herself. This was a powerful message to women the world over: that you don't have to be with a fella to be happy. Of course, if Rory's story arc naturally leads her to the right person at the right time, seeing her in a relationship would be wonderful. But please, Netflix: don't make her marry Dean, Jess or Logan just for the sake of romantic resolution. That would be crap.
Lorelai and Luke break up
While there is no obvious romantic contender in Rory's life, for Lorelai it's different. Viewers spent four seasons yelling at their TV screens that Lorelai and Luke should be together, and when it finally happened, it was excellent. Their break-up in series seven was infuriating, and when they did get back together in the end, it was the perfect resolution. They had overcome all possible obstacles in their relationship already, from commitment and honesty to background and social status, and honestly, anything else would feel like drama for the sake of drama. Just let them be happy. Couples can be happy, and that too is an important message. Nobody wants to see a poignant karaoke version of 'I Will Always Love You' on their screens ever again.
Rory gets a job at the New York Times
Rory is special, we get it. She can be anything she wants to be, yada yada. But the most interesting storylines with her are where she doesn't quite get what she wants. She wanted to go to Harvard, and instead she ended up at Yale. She wanted the James Reston Reporting Fellowship at the New York Times, and instead she ended up working for an online magazine. Rory's ambition is inspiring, but her character development is at its best when she adapts to life's obstacles, rather than simply getting everything that she wants. Her big goal is to work for the New York Times. We hope that she ends up working somewhere unexpected, but equally reputable and satisfying. Barack Obama's press agent, perhaps?
Edward Herrmann's contribution is overlooked
Edward Herrmann died at the end of last year. He is known for playing Richard Gilmore, father to Lorelai, grandfather to Rory, wife to Emily. His absence will be a notable one, and we hope that Netflix treats the issue delicately (which we are sure they will).
The Dragonfly burns down
If there's another fire at another inn, I will burn my television set.