Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review

Story by Danielle Worthalter, Staff Writer

On Friday, November 25th, Netflix introduced Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a spin off of the popular TV series, Gilmore Girls.

Gilmore Girls followed the everyday life of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory. The show, familiar to all with its iconic theme song by Carole King, broke the hearts of all viewers when the series ended. Lorelai and Luke seemed to finally find their way to each other, and Rory had the opportunity of a lifetime as a reporter. Although the story seemed to end, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino, give us one more year with the Gilmore family.

Gilmore Girls showed viewers the many real life struggles of growing up, being a single mother, and life itself. The original series was filled with seven years worth of fighting between Lorelai and her mother, Emily, love interests for young Rory, and Kirk always doing some sort of odd job. Gilmore Girls was a place where mothers and daughters alike could watch and translate the experiences into their own relationships.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life gives us one more chance to see the Gilmore family. The series revival is comprised of four 90 minute episodes, twice as long as of the former episodes. Each episode represents a season of the year, beginning with winter and ending in fall.

In the opening credits of the first episode, “Winter,” the echoing voices of many cast members bring us back to the familiar lives of Rory and Lorelai. When “Winter” begins, it seems as if the town hasn’t changed at all, but as the episodes continue we see the advancements that have occurred over the past decade. Small changes have been made because the set had to be rebuilt and readjusted. Even so, Stars Hollow seems to be just the same as it was in 2007.

The revival series tries to mirror the original with witty, fast paced banter and scenes that bring viewers to tears.  At times the revival may seem slower paced to the original series, as more storylines are being developed in only a few episodes. Another defining change in the series is the loss of actor Edward Herrmann. Herrmann’s passing in 2014 heavily influenced the the storyline of the miniseries and challenged the creators of the show. Nevertheless, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino were able to build a unique storyline that reintroduces many characters, like Paris, Luke, and Michel, that viewers love so much.

There has been a lot of conversation about the last four words of the miniseries. These words, although secret to those who haven’t watched, seem to bring viewers full circle. The words leave us on edge, and the creators finally get the cliffhanger they longed for. The revival series brings closure to many loyal viewers, but also opens many doors in the lives of the Gilmore Girls.

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