‘Gilmore Girls’ return home, and it’s hollow

¨Gilmore Girls¨ fans’ long awaited reboot of the series, ¨Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,¨ was finally released November 25th on Netflix after years of speculation.

In 2007, when what was to be the eventual final episode was released, creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn’t sure if it was the end. Alas, ¨Gilmore Girls¨ was canceled when the TV network and producers could not compromise on contracts.

The final episode left us with endless possibilities as main character Rory Gilmore was graduating from Yale, rejecting a marriage proposal, and being sent off by her beloved town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, on an exciting new career opportunity in journalism.

The abrupt end of the story of the lives of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore left viewers with many questions. When old fans and new fans heard of the revival, they were thrilled. Favorite cast members were to be reunited, and the story was to continue.

Split into four 90-minute parts entitled ¨Winter,¨ ¨Spring,¨ ¨Summer,¨ and ¨Fall,¨ ¨A Year in the Life,¨ revisits Stars Hollow nine years later. As I began watching, I was excited, and with every familiar face, I was reminded of my love for the original series.

It began with Rory coming off of a career high and going back to her home town, where we see that Lorelai is reunited with Luke and everything is pretty much the same in Stars Hollow. As she explores new opportunities and old relationships, Rory gets caught in a funk, and moves back home, while Emily Gilmore learns to cope with the loss of her husband, Richard.

In “Winter,¨ the main focus is reintroducing the characters and what had happened between the original series and the reboot. It is, in part, about the Gilmore Girls´ beloved grandfather, Richard, passing away, and Emily, Lorelai, and Rory coming to terms with it.

¨Spring,¨ showcases Rory’s confusion over her career and her love life, Lorelai’s uncertainty over her inn, as well as Kirk’s short film ¨A Second Film by Kirk.¨ In this episode, we are also reintroduced to old friends, Paris and Doyle.

In ¨Summer,¨ Rory finds a new job in Stars Hollow, which seems unfulfilling. She is encouraged by ex-boyfriend Jess to write a book about her and her mother, while Emily changes her habits to everyone’s surprise, and countless days are spent at the Stars Hollow Municipal Pool.

¨Fall,¨ brings about change for all three of the Gilmore Girls. Emily finally finds her niche in Nantucket. Rory takes a last ride with the Life and Death Brigade, and Lorelai makes huge life decisions in both her personal and business life, when we are finally left at a huge cliffhanger.

One criticism I had was that there were some questionable character decisions, like Rory having an affair with engaged ex-boyfriend Logan Huntzberger, or Lorelai randomly running off to California to take a hike based on the novel WILD. People change, but the Rory Gilmore we built up as our champion over the years had totally abandoned her morals and values. She was created to be a strong, young woman, and yet much of ¨Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,¨ was about her love life, rather her independence and success.

The plot of the mini-series was interesting enough, but unfortunately it became seriously bogged down by pointless scenes and uninteresting dialogue. For a good twenty minutes, we see the Stars Hollow town musical, perhaps meant as comic relief, but it became long winded and painful to watch, as the mediocre singers and dancers perform. Not to mention the lengthy town meetings, family therapy, and a Rachael Ray cameo.

¨Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,¨ was a nice look back on our favorite characters, despite the fact that it did not provide the closure I had been looking for. Although ¨Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,¨ can’t compare to the original series, shamelessly promoted Apple products, and was a bit slow and disappointing, it is a must-see for fans, if only to find out what happened next.