New GILMORE GIRLS: winter, spring, summer, fall
Netlix's Gilmore Girls has landed and it's as beautifully made, as it is unsatisfactory. Let me try to explain these two conflicted ideas.
On one hand, the show is beautifully made in the sense of staying faithful to what it was - dreamy and suffocating Star Hollows, excessive zeitgeisty references, oddball local characters and logorrhoea -, but on the other hand, something gets lost in the blending of a television show and a mini series. Perhaps it's neither long or short enough. However, both these two things should be reasons enough to watch the new Gilmore Girls if you were a fan back when the show first premiered. The script is clean, the direction is on point most of the times and the warmth of the mother-daughter-granddaughter interaction will keep you warm at the beginning of winter.
It's been nine years since we last saw Lorelai (Lauren Graham) say goodbye to her then 23-year-old daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), a young, adventure-seeking journalist setting off to join Barack Obama’s campaign trail. Almost ten years later, the mothers, daughters and grandmother return to make each others lives whole and miserable at the same time.
For those of you who get to the end of the four one-and-a-half hour long episodes, things get intriguing enough to allow a new season to come our way, and I, for one, am looking forward to more.
Check out the trailer, if you haven't already:
As you can imagine, the reactions were fast. Here are a few.
"The girls of Gilmore Girls are terrific, of course, but a Daniel Palladino-penned episode reminds us that Stars Hollow is a magnificent creation in its own right. Lots of TV series have brought us beloved offices, hospitals, or radio stations, but I don’t think we’ve seen a fully fleshed town like this since Mayberry (give or take a Pawnee). It’s why the international food festival is one of my favorite scenes in this revival so far, with Kirk and Taylor quarreling over missing countries (“Singapore’s just being a dick. Other than that, 137 countries never got back to me”), a "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" throwback, and various resident cameos (Jackson! The previously never-seen Mr. Kim!). That brief glimpse of Mrs. Kim is just not enough. This exchange made me laugh so hard I rewound it at least three times immediately: “Mama, the tambourine is scaring them!” “They’ll get used to it, just like electricity at night.” (A.V. Club)
"It had flaws, sure — even the most adoring Gilmore Girls fan will concede that Rory was a little spoiled, and her mother Lorelai was a little immature, and that it’s weird as heck that they never bothered to fill the prop coffee cups with some kind of liquid. But it’s a cultural touchstone for millions of women for a reason: When it first came out, Gilmore Girls was the best thing we’d ever seen about mothers and daughters, and about girls who want to grow up to be not just successful, but important." (The Verge)
"From the get-go, it is evident that these episodes are a love letter written by Sherman-Palladino and her husband and co-creator, Dan Palladino, to those who have been waiting nearly a decade to see this thing done right. While the script contains enough explanatory dialogue to prop up a new viewer, there are too many in-jokes and oddities for them to really get it. Newbies would surely find fault with some improbable aspects – from Rory’s ludicrously long commute that seems to defy income and time zones, to the inability of either lead to hold a supposedly full coffee cup convincingly." (The Guardian)
"Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino manage to create a story that feels both fittingly current and just like the good ol’ days. Part of the former may come from an onslaught of pop culture references that feel completist in covering the years between seasons, but that’s an established element of the series, making each quick jab at Marvel movies and nod to David Cronenberg a nostalgic rush as much as a means to ground these new stories in the present. The transition is also aided by the fact the original seasons were captured in today’s preferred shooting style (single camera), and the characters had plenty of life left to live when Season 7 came to a close." (Indiewire)
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