By Alex Doria
With the revival of Gilmore Girls underway (SQUEAL) and the happily reunited cast toying with us every week with small hints and sneak peaks on the set, now is the perfect time to have a Gilmore Girls refresher. It won’t be long before we are welcomed back to the Gilmore Girls’ favorite haunts—the Gilmore residence and Luke’s Diner being my top two—so grab a cup of coffee and queue up all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, because we’re taking a memory trip to Star’s Hollow.
First, the girls. What really makes this show such a rare feat is that it centers around the relationship between a mother and daughter. Unlike any other show that I’ve seen, Gilmore Girls strives to explore and portray a realistic mother-daughter bond that is equal parts loving and caring, as well as messy and conflicting.
What I especially love seeing is the true friendship that exists between Lorelai and Rory. They confide in each other and are almost more like sisters than mother and daughter, but that is what makes their bond so unique. The roles of mother and daughter are still respected but they treat each other like best friends. One minute they will stay up all night eating candy and watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, then the next they are fighting in the way that all mothers and daughters know too well.
When Gilmore Girls aired in 2000 (I know, crazy right?!) I was a shy, bookworm of a girl just trying to do well in school. While I wasn’t quite as a stellar of a student as Rory (but who is?) it was so reassuring to see a girl who was very similar to myself on screen and being praised for who she was.
Rory’s quiet demeanor and “nice girl” reputation did not make her the goody-two-shoes that others have a tendency to mock, but a girl who was resilient in spite of the world’s efforts to change her. This isn’t to say she didn’t trip up from time to time (did you have to steal that yacht, Rory?) or make the wrong choices (affairs with married men, even if they are your ex-boyfriend, is a definite no) she is still the girl that we all love and root for because she is, as we all are, human.
And of course, Lorelai Gilmore is the quirky, but hilarious, single mom of the century. When I was younger I would watch her and think she was just the most amazing one-woman show. Her dialogue alone could carry a scene, and it could be sad and funny all at once. As I’ve grown older, I’ve really grown to appreciate Lorelai in a different light.
While I still see her funny, quirky character, I also see a woman who truly had to forge her own life. She dared to want a different life for herself than the one that was laid before her, and despite the obstacle of becoming a teen mom, she worked hard to be able to sustain herself and her child. She went off the prescribed path and found her own. If that’s not heroism, I don’t know what is.
With the finale of season 7 seeing Rory walk off into the future of her new job and new opportunities, it will be so interesting to see where her life has lead her when she returns. Will she be the same girl that we knew? Will she be different? And of course, who will she be with? Since we know that all of Rory’s leading men will be back for the revival, I can already hear those old catfights resuming… And if the world is well and good, Luke and Lorelai will still be together in all of their snarky and sarcastic glory.