Gilmore Girls, ‘A Year in the Life’ is 370 minutes worth of punishment. It opens lacking its characteristic “Where You Lead” theme, instead we launch stright into ‘winter’. Discovering the beloved character Richard Gilmore, (The late Edward Herrmann), head patriarch and glue to the family has died, foreshadowing the entire revival.
The four episodes follow Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), once a stand-out character, now a shell, and her daughter Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and granddaughter, Rory (Alex Bledel), from winter through to fall. In longer than before, 90 minute intervals. We see a car crash story arch for one of television’s most beloved characters ever- Rory, with her love for reading, such promise; the revival juxtaposes, and she’s just a grade-A bitch.
Lorelai and Luke, (Scott Patterson) are still unmarried and arguing about the same issues, same old-same old. We do however, enjoy fleeting cameos from favorites like; Dean (Jared Padaleki), Sookie (Melissa Mccarthy) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). All seem to have grown in the last decade, but still make up Stars Hollow. Rory- however has unfortunately just gotten bitter with age, something that taints all four episodes.
This six hours felt brutal. Our three heroines, all muddle through a year of grief, dismay and struggle to find their places in the new world, carved out by Richard’s death. It’s full of the usual comedy gold, movie and pop-culture references a-plenty, blatantly empty coffee cups even with a budget of millions, Lane Kim (Keiko Agena) is once again deserving more from life, and the local townsfolk producing strange events like there’s no tomorrow.
For all intents and purposes, the Gilmore Girls are back, and like you’ve never seen them before. But it’s not the Gilmore girls fans really want. It’s been almost a decade since season 7, and all the writers (Amy and Dan Palladino) have really done, is left fans wanting more. The cliffhanger is just salt in the wounds.