Katrina Clarke/Nick Patch | November 25, 2016 | Toronto Star
After nine long, long years without its hyperspeed banter, Gilmore Girls is back — and it seems Lorelai and Rory missed each other as much as we missed them.
And oh, how we missed them: the two of us are bona fide Gilmore fanatics who never quite got over the fact that the show’s 154-episode run ended without mastermind creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and the final four words she supposedly had in mind for its conclusion.
So, with news that Sherman-Palladino was reviving the dramedy for four 90-minute instalments — out Friday, Nov. 25 on Netflix — it was clear we had to chug through the new episodes like a pot of Luke’s coffee and exchange our real-time reactions after each one.
Here is our first “binge dialogue.”
Nick Patch: For me, Gilmore Girls is always at its most winsome in winter, so it was fitting that the show ended its hibernation with shots of our beloved Stars Hollow in snow-globe mode. There was definitely a rush of giddy nostalgia as all those sorely missed town eccentrics strutted back onscreen, from Lane to Michel to my personal favourite, Taylor Doose.
Of course, nothing topped seeing the dynamic duo trade their first flurry of quips over coffee, with Rory eventually winking: “Haven’t done that in a while.”
Nice as it was to see them reunited, I’m ashamed to admit that not only did I take a while to readapt to the accelerated chatter, I even had to rewind a couple conversations.
How did you feel finally seeing Gilmore Girls back, Katrina?
Katrina Clarke: Dare I say it, this revival has completely won me over. I laughed, I cried, I actually jumped up and shouted “What?!” at one unexpected scene.
I was so worried Rory and Lorelai’s relationship and banter was going to feel forced and phony after all these years, but they seemed just as they always have been: warm, whip-smart and charming.
For me, Emily (Kelly Bishop) stole the show in this episode. She was so raw, grieving Richard’s death, and then so vicious, lashing out at Lorelai after she shared a rambling, heartless story about her father. The scene was hard to watch, but it injected a much-needed dose of pain into a show where real-life problems never seemed big enough.
What was your favourite part, Nick?
NP: I was also blown away by that argument between Emily and Lorelai, which spun believably off the rails from a relatively small incident, the same way intractable fights often do in real life.
But you keyed in on a wonderfully organic moment, so I’ll go broad: I loved seeing Paris, now the “Pablo Escobar of the fertility world,” cutting an acidic swath through the episode, even if her introduction seemed a little too convenient. It’s tempting to say she still gets all the best quips, but these 90 minutes were a one-liner wonderland, so how do you decide?
It seems like we both loved it, but was there anything you didn’t like?
KC: Indeed. Rory’s forgettable boyfriend, Paul? Come on. We’re supposed to believe Rory — oh, she of many boyfriends — would stay with a guy she doesn’t even like for two years? He’s the comic relief where comic relief isn’t needed. I was wondering if she was cheating on him.
This brings us to Logan. Seeing him prompted my scream of disbelief. I’ve never been a Logan fan and I’m still holding out for a Jess reunion.
Are there any plotlines you’re having trouble accepting?
NP: Aside from Emily Gilmore in jeans? As far as plot issues that are itching at me, I think Lane would be up to more than jamming with her high-school band; Doyle wouldn’t have found $200 jeans that fit and Lorelai would really love congee if she gave it a chance.
I don’t know about you, but I was worried the revival would be disappointing. After one episode, are you hooked again?
KC: The Gilmore magic is still there. I’m relieved and totally hooked!
- Neil Patrick Harris mentions: 8
- New rules posted at Luke’s diner: “No: texting while ordering, man buns, taking pictures of food, headphones. If I can hear your music through your headphones, WHY ARE YOU WEARING HEADPHONES?”
- Kirk’s new business: Ooober, not to be confused with Uber.
- Katrina’s rating: 4/4
- Nick’s rating: ¾