REVIEW: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – (Winter: Episode 1).
Snappy dialogue has always been the pinnacle of Gilmore Girls, so after 9 years from being off-air, an extended 90 minute reintroduction to Stars Hallow and slower pace provides a different, but just as enjoyable viewing experience.
Not much has changed in the world of Stars Hallow. Taylor still has absurd ideas for the town, Kirk is still a business entrepreneur, and Luke is still rocking his baseball cap.
It’s the actual girls of the Gilmore family where there’s a difference. Slowly we add up that Rory’s career in journalism is less successful than anticipated, Emily is dealing with becoming a widow and Lorerlai finally wants a baby with Luke.
The story so far isn’t truly gripping or life changing, but its a slow return establishing how the characters are at this point in their life.
Gilmore Girls as a whole could be considered as a ‘character show’. Whilst some may complain that Winter doesn’t immediately dive in to the speedy conversations which fans are accustomed to, the 90 minute episode allows various different characters to have their own part to play in the episode.
Winter switches between different plot lines depending on which character is on-screen. While some are minor, others really begin to dig into the Gilmore Girls drama we know and love.
Edward Herrmann‘s unfortunate death does not go unacknowledged and really catalyses this drama. His presence still thankfully exists within the show as Emily grieves Richard Gilmore’s death. It also provides a perfect opportunity for Emily and Lorelai to lash out at each other as their relationship pairing remains the most entertaining in the show.
Amidst the drama, Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s humour is still intact. Some references may seem outdated in 2016, but reflects how nothing really ages in Stars Hallow. It’s simple fan-service yet viewers who want a more realistic portrayal may not be as pleased with how nothing has really changed.
Nevertheless, Kirk running his taxi-service company “Ööö-ber” and Rory’s forgettable new boyfriend Paul is absolutely hilarious as I found myself howling with laughter.
As adult Rory juggles through boyfriends (similar to Lorelai in the original series) and Lorelai still somewhat considers marriage and Emily and Lorelai argues/reconciles, there is a foreshadowed sense of a “full-circle” as recalled by Lorelai.
Gilmore Girls is back and there’s still three more episodes to go.