Reflecting on ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life’

I need to preface this by saying that I have only watched the revival once, a second viewing will be happening soon. CAUTION SPOILERS BELOW.

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A lot of people have been saying how different these 4 episodes were to the original series. Whilst I do see their point, I’m glad that these 4 were different. It was a bigger scope and the stakes were higher. I didn’t want to see something exactly the same. I wanted to see 4 mini movies and that’s what we got. Did some scenes go too long, yes, but at the heart it was still the Gilmore Girls I know and love.

From the beginning Lorelai and Rory had their witty banter going all while coffee in hand.

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The Gilmore Girls were back at it and the Emily Gilmore was hilarious and poignant all at the same time. The scene of Richards funeral was gut-wrenching. Could not stop crying. Edward Hermann’s death was handled so beautifully and he was definitely missed, his death certainly took the script in a great direction. I really thought Emily and some of the funniest scenes. Her purging all her belongings, letting her maids family move in, going to therapy with Lorelai then dropping out of therapy, so Emily. Her ending I don’t know if I was fully on board with. I thought it was great that she moved away to have a soimpler life but I really didn’t get the whale expert part at the museum. Yes it was funny and of course she had to be in control but I’m a little unsure. All in all thought Emily was great, would have just loved to see her at the end. But I loved that her terms are back. Bullshit!

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Lorelai and Luke were together (thank goodness) but still not married!! C’mon guys! They were both dealing with their relationships next step in their own way. I wanted to see a resolution to the baby surrogacy storyline. I felt like Luke just stomped on it. Lorelai’s WILD adventure was funny to begin with but then the scene where she calls Emily had me in tears. It was nice to see that Luke and Lorelai finally decided to get the show on the road and get married already. Man Lorelai likes to elope, it was a beautiful wedding I just wish that Jess, Emily and Sookie were there. Why wasn’t Jess there?

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Paris Gellar, such a blast to watch. I loved that she became all the things she wanted to and more. She also became what seems to be a great mother. Sad to see her and Doyle seperated but loved that he was famous screenwriter. She can still invoke terror in the Headmaster though which was pretty funny. I just wish we saw more of her. And a resolution to her and Doyle.

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Jess, where to begin. I will start with him helping out Luke. These 2 are so cute I cannot stand it. Jess has turned into the man Rory (and every Jess fan) thought he could be. I never truly saw the character as a truly bad boy. In fact I think he was one of the nicer guys on the show. He was smart and kind, but he didn’t know how to channel it. His upbringing always made him think that he wasn’t worthy of people yet Luke and Rory saw something in him. They believed in him and it was in part thanks to them that he got his life together. It was great seeing him interact with Luke again. These 2 crack me up.

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Rory is now 32, the same age as what Lorelai was when the show first began. Rory has been off being a freelance journalist, she wrote a successful piece that was published in The New York Times. She is now feeling a little lost as she doesn’t know what direction her work will take her. She has a few offers but nothing she can really sink her teeth into. Amongst all this she has a boyfriend she keeps forgetting, all while she is fooling around with Logan in London who has a fiance in another country. I just can’t even with that. It is clear that they have love for each other, but he will not change., He is on the track of his father and her father. Rory deserves better than that and frankly so does Logan. The Life and Death Brigade scene was awesome! I don”t care what anyone says, that was fun to watch. It was sad to see them part but it was for the best. Rory trying to figure out her life takes over the Stars Hollow Gazette. Still feeling lost Jess shows up to save the day as always. He points her in the direction of writing a book about her and her mother. Sorry did anyone else swoon when he did this and offered her money, what a sweetie. She takes his advice and goes ahead with the book. Lorelai isn’t pleased at first but it’s what she needs to do. As I am the same age as Rory and I also dabble in writing I totally understood her struggle with work and life. It was kind of hard to watch at times as it was serving up some truths.

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Now for those final four words. Not exactly what I thought they’d be but also I’m not shocked. I’m shocked that for now there isn’t more because I need to see what happens. Right now theories are going crazy in my head.

“Mom”,

“Yeah”,

“I’m Pregnant”.

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Holy crap! Ok first of all totally saw it coming when Rory went and spoke to Christopher. That wasn’t book research. Second, it’s a no brainer that it is Logan’s baby. Not the wookie. And thirdly, Jess totally still loves Rory. I mean that’s a big D’UH but when Luke asked him and then he looked in the window, my heart kind of broke for him. He has done so well and he deserves to be happy, as does she. So we have now come full circle. Rory is following Lorelai’s path just in a different way. Logan is quite clearly the Christopher of the situation and Jess is clearly the Luke in Rory’s life. This makes me totally happy. I would just like to see what happens now that this bombshell has been dropped.

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Supporting cast:

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Lane and Zack – would have been great to see more of them, especially Lane. She was a main character and we hardly saw her.  She is still totally bad ass though.

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Michele – one of my favourite Gilmore Girls characters. I love his dry sense of humour and his ability to snap so easily. I love him! I lobe that finally revealed that he was gay, and married. I thought him and Lorelai together was so sweet. The bar scene, grab tissues.

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Logan – again while I love Matt Czurchy and I sometimes love Logan, I am firmly Team Jess. Ok well Team Rory but c’mon i’m picking Jess too.  He was successful but didn’t seem really happy. Hello Christopher. The goodbye between he and Rory was lovely and it was time.

Sookie’s scene was way too short and I didn’t find it was enough of a reunion for best friends who haven’t seen each other in 2 years.

Christopher was as always cute and annoying. You love to hate but love the guy.

Paul, who? This was funny. Well done.

Kirk was amazing as always in all his Kirkness. His wedding redecorations were beautiful. Well done Kirk.

Taylor, Babette and Miss Patty are always good value. Funny funny people. Not much has changed here apart from Miss Patty looking amazing!

Dean’s scene I have to say was a nice proper ending for the character. He started the series as such a nice guy then about mid way through season 1 he turned into a douche bag. I think he was finally given some redemption. And thanks to Supernatural (and age) he looked great too.

Now let’s all pray to the Gilmore Girls gods that are Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Plladino and now Netflix, for just 1 more episode to wrap everything up. That’s all I need, 1 more. I know life doesn’t wrap in a bow but it would be so nice to see if Luke and Lorelai have a baby, If Emily moves back to help with Rory’s baby, If Jess and Rory get together, if Hep Alien finally make it big and seeing Rory’s book get published, most likely at Jess’s publishing house.

Also a side note, the cameos were awesome!!!

All in all I loved the revival and can’t wait to watch it again.

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Must Watch TV Dramas

Shameless – This US adaptation by John Wells (E.R., Third Watch, The West Wing, Animal Kingdom) of the popular UK version is superb viewing. The writing, the acting, the direction, this is family drama at it’s best. The Gallagher clan are trying to survive and stay together, their parents are addicts and the kids are in charge. Think Party of Five in a poorer neighbourhood and on crack,  their sense of family is inspiring. Funny and dramatic, this show certainly delivers entertainment. With a cast featuring Emmy Rossum and William H Macy who won a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance of the drunk patriarch Frank and Joan Cusak who has won an Emmy for her guest starring role as the lovable agoraphobic Sheila, Shameless is a must watch. As a side note it also has one of my all time favourite TV couples nicknamed Gallavich, and Noel Fisher is incredible in this show.

Mr.Robot – The brainchild of Sam Esmail (who just so happens to be engaged to Emmy Rossum of Shameless), is about a young man’s Elliot’s struggles with himself and the struggle to keep our live private from big corporations. Elliot and his band of hackers try to take down Evil Corp, yet it’s all the pieces in the middle of the puzzle that make this show one of the most intriguing on television. Rami Malek and Christian Slater are phenomenal in their roles with Malek scoring an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Slater nabbing the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television at the Golden Globes. The Show also won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday are also stand outs with Chaikin’s character of Darlene as one of my favourites on the show. Who is Mr Robot ?

The Affair – A story focusing on two couples marriages and The Affair between two respective parties, this show is chock-full of drama, suspense and mystery. This was so much more than what I thought it was going to be and it never disappoints. I love the split parts in each episode. It’s great to see the different perspective each character has, I haven’t seen this since the show Boomtown. Golden Globe  wins for Ruth Wilson , Maura Tierney and the show as a whole, this a must watch for Drama fans. I may be a little biased as I’ve been a fan of his since I saw him in The Mighty Ducks but Joshua Jackson is amazing in his role of Cole Lockhart.

The Walking Dead – If you don’t know what this cult show is, where the hell have you been?! This doesn’t need too much explanation but I’ll do a quick synopsis anyway. Former sheriff wakes up to a world gone to hell. There are zombies (walkers) roaming everywhere, he has to find his family and then try to survive in this post apocalyptic world where the humans are actually more terrifying than the zombies. Robert Kirkman created the Graphic Novels and this intricate universe where nobody is safe and humanity is tested, do yourself a favour and check out The Walking Dead however if you are squeamish, be cautious as it is quite violent. Wins for Special effects and makeup.

Kingdom – Created by Bryan Balasco, this riveting drama follows former MMA fighter Alvey Kulina (played remarkably by Frank Grillo who is a fighter in his own right) and his sons who are now the MMA stars on the rise. This has fast become one of my all time favourite dramas. Jonathan Tucker does an insanely superb job of playing the seemingly misguided Jay Kulina, but beneath the rough exterior is a man who wants to help his family anyway he can. Jonathan Tucker deserves more recognition for this role, he deserves nominations for SAG, Critics Choice, Emmy and Golden Globes. As does the show as a whole. If you love drama do yourself a favour, run to find http://kingdom.directv.com/ and start watching it now!! Also Kiele Sanchez had one of the best performances and storyline in season 2, I wont give it away but it was extremely personal to her and she was a complete and utter superstar for how she handled it, that performance alone deserves an Emmy nomination.

This Is Us – A new show that has only just begun is This Is Us. It is hard to describe this show without giving away spoilers. Family drama, interweaving storylines, you will need tissues pretty much every episode. That’s all I will say. I am a huge Milo Ventimiglia fan as I am a Mandy Moore fan and their work in this show blows me away. This show really does deserve all the praise it gets. I also am loving that Sterlinh K Brown is in this, yes everyone loves him from The People v. O.J. Simopson: American Crime Story  but I am a Supernatural girl and he was great as bad guy Gordon Walker. http://www.nbc.com/this-is-us?nbc=1

On my list of shows to watch:

Bloodline – This family drama looks intense. It’s a bit hard to figure out from the trailer but it has the one I live in a family drama, mystery. With a cast including Ben Mendhelsohn and Linda Cardellini I am all in for this. Made for Netflix.

Animal Kingdom  – Based on the  extremely successful Australian movie of the same name this show follows the drama of a family involved in crime. Again a stellar cast with Ellen Barkin, Scottt Speedman and Shawn Hatosy, this is going to be excellent viewing. Made for Netflix.

 

Shameless – A Love Story

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One of my favourite couples to ever grace my television screen. I hope one day they have a happy ending together. Fantastic job done by both actors! Everyone deserves someone who looks at them the way Mickey looks at Ian.  Gallavich 💖 

Re-watching: Third Watch

I was 15 when Third Watch premièred in 1999 and my love for it hasn’t wavered.

Who wouldn’t love a show about FDNY and NYPD on the same block patrolling together. The 55 precinct and Firehouse 55. Camelot as it was dubbed. Police, Fire and Paramedics, patrolling the streets of New York between 3pm and 11pm – the “Third Watch”.

Created by Christopher Chulack and John Wells of E.R., Southland and Shameless game, the show ran for 6 seasons and I am currently in the middle of season 3 of my re-watch. There were crossover episodes with E.R. and some amazing guest stars.What’s not to love.

My favourite characters have not changed. Whilst I do love all the characters (some a little less than others) my all time favourites would have to be Faith Yokas and Maurice Boscorelli. The guy was a former Army Ranger before joining the police force, so cool!

I was and still am and will forever be a Faith & Bosco shipper. They had such good chemistry. It was a weird mix of brother and sister annoyance/love that I believe turned into just plain good old fashioned love. However neither of them really admitted it in a romantic way but you could see it was there. 100% and nobody can convince me otherwise.

On a side note, I’ve figured out these two are the reason I love Daryl and Carol so much on The Walking Dead. It’s that same kind of chemistry. I love it!!!

Carlos was another character that I just loved. The dude was so damn weird and full of himself but deep down he was so sweet. Fun to watch.

Honestly I pretty much loved every character so I won’t go describing them all. I’d be here forever. Seriously the cast was amazing!!! From beginning to end the characters who came and went. They were all fantastic.

The episodes they did regarding 9/11 were so tastefully done. A very hard subject matter to do but when you’re focusing on first responders in the city where this happened it’s kind of hard not to include it.

If you haven’t already watched thisshow I really do recommend it. It has drama, comedy, action and heart.

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My favourites: Faith and Bosco 🙂 ❤

Buffy Appreciation Day 

  
Just some Buffy appreciation coming at you for the 19 Year anniversary of the pilot episode. Wow 19 years! I was 13 when it premiered and still remember sitting down to watch it all excited. I even remember watching the movie when I was younger than that. 

I love this show so much, it is my all time favourite TV show.  It taught me so much. Such a great role model. So much I could write about this show, that is for another day and another post. For now let’s just enjoy some cool pics.

   
    
    
    
   
And let’s give it for Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar

  
And we mustn’t forget where it all started, the original Buffy, Kristy Swanson

  
Joss Whedon created Magic with this story 💖