After Amy Sherman-Palladino stopped writing for Gilmore Girls after Season 6, a mediocre 7th season was released which concluded the popular series in May 2007 - or so fans thought. On Friday, November 25, 2016, the Gilmore Girls revival, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was released on Netflix. And even though fans had been clamoring for more Rory and Lorelai for years, it was ultimately pretty disappointing. Although there were some saving graces, here are some of the most disappointing things about the new Gilmore Girls.
The musical in "Summer" was truly disappointing compared to others in the past. The songs were subpar, and was it really even necessary? It also threw a big musical wrench in the plotline that didn't segue nearly as smoothly as the writers seemed to think it did. Plus, did it really need to be that long? The payoff did not warrant 15 minutes of overdone musical parody.
Rory is pretty awful in the Gilmore Girls revival. From the very first episode, we see Rory dating a guy named Paul while also casually sleeping with Logan behind Paul's back. We get it, it's the 21st century, monogamy is a choice, not a requirement, but if you want to have an open relationship, shouldn't you... you know, discuss it with your partner? Because when you don't, what you're doing looks an awful lot like cheating. Yikes.
Did it feel like something was missing in the beginning of the Gilmore Girls revival? For true Gilmore Girls fans, singing along to "Where You Lead" by Carole King is a crucial part of the show. But this was missing, which was a big disappointment to viewers. Sure, there were some familiar “la las,” but you can’t blame fans for feeling a little cheated. The theme song does eventually play at the end of the final episode “Fall,” but at that point, it's too little, too late.
Apparently, this is the ending Amy Sherman-Palladino planned for Rory, and Gilmore Girls as a whole, all along. This is what she waited so many years to execute, to see fully realized. This is what fans waited for, what they believed would deliver them from the inauthenticity of Season 7. And it wasn't worth it.
When Rory said, "I'm pregnant," and the screen cut to black, it didn't feel like an exciting cliffhanger - it felt cheap. It felt like a betrayal of the strong, goal-driven character we've gotten to know who never expressed even an inkling of interest in having children. Leaving her - and us - with questions over the paternity of her child overshadows the entire series, and not in a good way.