After the debut of episode 1, the audience are sprung straight back into the world of Stars Hollow, during the wonderful season of Spring, a time of rebirth and regrowth. Though, for the Gilmore Girls, Spring doesn’t seem to bring its usual prospects.
Naturally we had a lot of expectations for the Gilmore Girls revival; we always do for those programmes we adored as teens. And whilst I’m loving the return of so many wacky characters, I’m unsure of the way things are going for mother and daughter.
When we delve back into Rory’s secret love affair, my anger grows, as we find out Logan is engaged. Not only is Rory stringing Paul along (such a forgetful character that he doesn’t even feature in this episode), but she’s deceitful, soon to become a mistress. Rory must have a thing for married men (we can’t forget the Dean and Lindsey incident), but you’d think after all the time that’s passed, Rory would have learnt what’s right and wrong. Yet here she is, still making the same mistakes she made 10 years ago.
Rory seems to be going through what I can only describe as an early middle-life crisis. Her work with Naomi Shropshire (a wild character played impressively by Alex Kingston, most likely recognised as River Song from Dr Who) has come to a rapid halt (there’s only so much you can write about martinis). So, when she’s grasping at straws for an innovative article, it instead results in an unusual one night stand with a Wookie. Then rejected from a job she was guaranteed; it appears Rory’s career has come to a standstill; so, cue the meltdown. This meltdown resembles the crisis that Mitchum Huntzberger caused 10 years prior (he’s offering a hand with her career this time round though), resulting in her stealing a boat, dropping out of Yale and moving in with her Grandparents. At least this time, the realisation of no career, and no apartment, leaves Rory to return home to Stars Hollow with her mother in a climactic end to the episode.
And it’s not just Rory’s life who is seeming rather repetitive. The Luke and Lorelai situation seems all too familiar, spiralling into past habits of keeping secrets. Rather than telling the truth and admitting that she’s continued going to therapy without her mother, Lorelai continues to lie about where she’s been. However, Luke is no angel, rather than confront Lorelai about the situation, he ignores this and is instead waiting for her to tell him and I can only predict that there are more problems to come. This withholding of information brings about the issue of whether these two are truly happy, and triggers the question of why is Lorelai still attending therapy? Of course, the show is made for entertainment and drama requires tension, but I guess I was just hoping for a too good to be true storyline, with Lorelai and Luke married and with a family.
Whilst I’m unsure of the way things are going for the Gilmore Girls themselves, the assisting characters are still as wacky and brilliant as they were in the original series. In this episode, we get to witness Mrs Kim as her usual brusque self, conducting a choir of terrified Koreans, and we finally have the privilege of meeting Mr Kim. However, a brief camera shot of the man hardly settles the mysteries that surround his character.
Meanwhile, Michelle and Paris are referred to as the Gilmore Girls angry friends, an element I found particularly amusing. Michelle hasn’t changed at all, full of the same passion and bitterness for petty matters, he is brilliant to watch. Paris has returned with a sophisticated short hairdo, and has proved that she has become the independent powerful business women she always wanted to be, whilst juggling family life (I can only hope that her and Doyle get back together; no two people complimented each other better). When Rory and Paris visit Chilton, we are transported back to the days of 2003 Chilton school life, where we witness petty arguments between old school enemies, and the presence of old school crush Tristan turning Paris into a blushing wreck.
During this episode, we see the return of the real Paul Anka in Lorelai’s bizarre dreams, and experience a range of moods at therapy resembling the Friday night dinners and witness an emotional monologue from Lorelai about Richard’s passing. And although Richard may have gone, he still holds a certain power over the lives of the Gilmore Girls. As well as observing their every move from the extreme height of his painting, it turns out, he left a sum of money to Luke to franchise the diner.
Rather than a rebirth of character, the Gilmore Girls instead seem to be going around in circles, making the same mistakes as before. So, whilst we aren’t witnessing storyline improvements and a sense of development, maybe Summer will be the season for change. After all, Summer should bring sunshine and with sunshine comes happiness and a bright future for the lives of the Gilmore Girls (they’re just lucky they live in America and not England).