TV Binge: Gilmore Girls (Season 7, 2007)

And we are in the final season of the normal run of Gilmore Girls! Of course, we still have the Netflix one and that is coming up very soon. I know I say it all the time

Gilmore Girls (Season 7, 2007)

Gilmore Girls Season 7

Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop, Melissa McCarthy, Edward Hermann, Sean Gunn, Liza Weil, David Sutcliffe, Todd Lowe, Danny Strong

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. – IMDB

The final normal season of Gilmore Girls has its good bit of drama as is expected. We ended Season 6 in somewhat of a bad moment with Lorelai making a decision she needed to do for herself but following up with something she pretty much knew she shouldn’t have done. As for Rory, she has to bid her temporary adieu to Logan as he gets shipped off to London to take on his responsibilities as directed by his father. Separation all around with the Gilmore Girls and its not an easy way to get back into Season 7.

Season 7 takes a turn for a mix of good and bad in my opinion. In one way, I think there were events that had to happen and they did. In other ways, we all knew in our minds who we wanted the Gilmore Girls to be with or where we wanted them to go. After seven seasons, we know these ladies well. We love them for their quirk and their relationship and of course all the crazy people they are friends with whether at Yale or in Stars Hollow. And at certain parts, Season 7 felt tedious. Some things overstayed their welcome and it was hard to not be frustrated at how things were going down. As we barreled towards the finale of this series, there was a lot of unfinished business. Luckily, the series did still have a lot of funny moments in between plus a lot of bonding experiences. At the same time, their crazy friends still managed to keep everything exactly the crazy level we loved to watch. Sure, things don’t always go the way we like, but life doesn’t either so its all good. The season ends and all is relatively right in the Gilmore Girls universe and I think that is what truly matters.

With that said, here’s a few highlights of things I liked:

Lorelai and Chris

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Look, I’m a fan of Lorelai and Luke all the way. But Lorelai and Chris had to happen eventually. She always ran back to  Chris even if he was the immature choice even in this season that he has suffered one failed marriage and is a father and even is loaded. It doesn’t change the fact that he is just a weak character who runs away from a lot of things instead of trying to work it out or talk it through. I have a love/hate relationship with this pairing to be honest. Its necessary because first loves are hard to get out of our systems as lots of TV series and movies like to do. However, they tried it and Chris Hayden is sweet and there was a decent portion here with a lot of lovely moments with them together but they just couldn’t get through the tough times and be it Chris’s character or that Lorelai jumped into this a little too quick, its hard to deny that it was meant to end eventually.

Lucy and Olivia

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Rory had to eventually make some new friends especially since her term was ending as Yale Daily News editor and here we are with Lucy and Olivia who pops up in the moments before that happens. Krysten Ritter pre-Jessica Jones days was quite the opposite character in the stuff she did. I do like her quite a bit and Lucy and Olivia had a lot of the artsy and creative indie vibes going on that added a little different to the show. They were unique and it matched well with  how Rory was unique also. They didn’t have to fit with everyone around them. Of course, Lucy’s character also brings in some of its own ghosts from the past in Rory’s life, aka Marty who is the mystery “Boyfriend” reference until things take a turn for the weird when he pretends to not know her and the secret just gets way out of hand. That arc was pretty good and I think it was meant to perhaps fulfill the love that some people had for Rory and Marty as a couple. I do think that Marty would make a good pair with Rory except he loses out on timing a lot and he feels like the nice and supportive best friend and never worked too hard to establish his feelings for her to start.

Lane and her Pregnancy

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My, how everyone has grown up since the first season! It seems the Kim women are known to get pregnant super efficiently. Lane comes back from her honeymoon and realizes she is pregnant and perhaps this is one of those really hilarious stories from this season as she goes from denial and not telling Zach to doubting him and then being scared and fighting her mom for how to raise the child, sorry..children because she’s having twins, then another freakout and of course, the baby shower debacle. The baby shower was probably one of my favorite episodes and moments in this season. It showed the Lorelai Gilmore importance here and the solid friendship between Rory and Lane despite not seeing them together so much. It also worked great to show how dedicated and supportive the town was. Plus, a part of me believes that Mrs. Kim saw a little way to modify her principles towards Lane a little. A love of character development to be seen in that one story throughout the season.

Mia & Emily Gilmore

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In terms of wrapping up some relationships back in the first two seasons, the three Gilmore Girls go on a road trip. As expected, it is quite hilarious as they bicker and have their snarky remarks and comments. Emily suddenly ends up being roped into attending Lorelai and Rory’s goal to attend Mia’s wedding. If you don’t remember, Mia was the owner of the Independence Inn and is almost like a second mother/grandmother to them. They owe a lot to her when Lorelai first left home. With that said, Emily has been struggling with feelings towards Mia, feeling perhaps her inadequacy and sadness about the things that she has missed with her daughter and granddaughter. There was a nice reconciliation here where they came to a good understanding about the importance of Emily in Lorelai and Rory’s lives and appreciation for each other.

Paris and Doyle

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The odd ball Paris and Doyle are definitely made for each other. Perhaps having some flashback behind the scenes from Paris, she ends up having the opposite of Rory as she approaches the end of university whereas Rory still didn’t have much. For her, she got accepted in everything and then made some decisions about the things she did and didn’t want to give up. Its Paris and she’s all abut business and success so can we really blame her? However, Paris is hard to shake after all the years and what Gilmore Girls season would be complete without some insensitive comment here and there by Paris while still feeling that she somehow does care about Rory and is one of the honest friends and Rory needs in her life.

Rory and Logan

Rory and Logan

One of the big moments of Season 7 had to be Logan’s proposal to Rory. I mean, for the first part of their season (and the past seasons), we’ve seen Logan in all kinds of behavior from jealousy to stupidity. There’s a lot of moments that I don’t like Logan (not surprising why I’m Team Jess). Sure, Logan has some redeeming moments like dropping everything to be with Rory when her grandfather has a heart attack. Then, he has a way with the grandparents and her father and such, but Logan’s also matured a lot in Season 7 because of work and then all the trouble he has gone through and pulled himself out of in some way or another. Is he worthy of Rory? Probably not but Rory sure seems to love him and well, I have to say that without knowing the revival series on Netflix, I would have agreed with her decision. At that point in time, it seemed that it was the Gilmore Girls trait to be strong and independent and Rory needed to have her path before subjecting herself to someone and following someone else’s plans for her. I guess what Paris says sometimes does stick, right?

 

Rory’s Farewell & Stars Hollow

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I honestly don’t talk about Stars Hollow enough in these TV binges and it took this final season to realize that if I didn’t talk about now then well, it would be hard to talk about it in the next one. Rory’s sudden farewell and departure from Stars Hollow definitely made an epic finale for the series in whole. It was a new stage for everyone. Perhaps it was at this time that we truly got to see Stars Hollow and how much this little community took care of each other and rooted for each other no matter how quirky or whacky or weird everyone was and just how much over the 7 seasons, its hard to not love each and everyone of them, long time citizens and new additions of course. What a wonderful way to end the Season 7. Sure, no one got a concrete ending to their future about what happens but do we really need to? I don’t think so. We got everything we needed to feel satisfied and we could give these characters a happily ever after in our minds even if Rory doesn’t choose any of the leading men that have gone through her lives but at least she’s able to finally do the thing she loves the most and leave with such a fond memory.

Overall

Season 7 had its ups and downs. Its not the best of the seven season during normal run season on TV however, it did pack in a lot of great moments, witty dialogue and gave all of its characters some form of conclusion and most importantly, development. It wrapped up the loose ends and even gave us something to think about. Seeing as this ended in 2007, no one knew what to expect. If the series were have ended then, I would have been okay with it. With that said, the Netflix revival mini series was a welcome thought.

TV Binge: Gilmore Girls (Season 2, 2001)

Jumping right after into Season 2 of Gilmore Girls was inevitable. As much as I would choose to wait and write up the TV Binge in between, the series just pushed me forward and I wanted to know what happened with its great characters and hope that Season 2 will absolutely extend and make it all better and wonder what other obstacles they have to face.

Let’s check it out!

Gilmore Girls (Season 2, 2001)

Gilmore Girls Season 2

Creator: Amy Sherman – Palladino

Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Jared Padelecki, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson, Melissa McCarthy, Milo Ventimiglia, Kelly Bishop, Edward Hermmann, David Sutcliffe

The second season starts on a pretty good note. Both Rory and Lorelai had come out Season 1 with great news to tell each other. Now its about building for Rory, in terms of a relationship with Dean and really embracing her feelings for him while Lorelai is preparing for her marriage to Max and ironing out thise details of loving together and whatnot. Dean is now a regular along with a few others from Stars Hollow. There isn’t ever quite a dull moment in Stars Hollow and its amazing the town that they have created for the show especially with all the silly festivities that the Gilmore Girls always become a part of. Plus this season marks the entrance of Jess played by Milo Ventimiglia who is a discussion in itself. We have Rory’s dad Christopher making a much more significant presence on the show as well.

Its taken me a few days to put this recap/binge review together and I realized that perhaps each season of Gilmore Girls attempts to show a certain area of growth. In Season 2, what we love is how the creators developed the various relationships, whether it be friends, family or love. Just saying that I still liked how Gilmore Girls progressed in Season 2 because after learning about our lovely ladies, it is time to move on and see their lives and the people they interact with and how they grow. I think one very important thing to learn about Gilmore Girls and we live through them in Stars Hollow the majority of the time and everyone who passes through their life or who they meet is not exactly about that other person but more about how these life experiences help them grow as a person, and in my opinion, reflects life in a pretty realistic way.

  • Lorelai & Rory: The obvious one to show here. Rory is a teen and she’s also growing up in a harsh environment and having to fight her own battles in a world that she’s pretty unfamiliar with but learning to adapt to. While they do have different views in everything from dating to friends and school even, their relationship is based on honesty. In here, we start seeing that Rory and Lorelai both want to be honest as much as they can but also sometimes, make decisions that they don’t approve but things usually work out between them because they have such a strong mother-daughter/best friend relationship

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  • Lorelai & Emily: Lorelai and Rory have something special between them and in many ways, Emily (Lorelai’s mother) craves the same involvement except there is a difference in view and opinions. It doesn’t help that the isolation and control over the years has left quite a gap between them. Season 2 starts having a lot more of Emily Gilmore and there is nothing quite as fun as watching them bicker and Lorelai’s desperate comebacks. While also seeing that they are growing closer and starting to confide in each other and putting their pride aside sometimes.
  • Christopher & Lorelai & Rory: Season 2 shows the increased involvement in Rory’s father, Christopher. From the first glance, even though he has a lovely lady friend that comes into the picture and they are in fact in love and he is settling down from his free-will bachelor ways, his eyes are for Lorelai. He can hide that by just trying to be there for Rory more and he does a good job at it. However, it eventually feels like the perfect time to rekindle those feelings because he is finally who Lorelai wants and needs but is it, right? Since he is with someone else… In many ways, that would make everyone around them happy as well as themselves. And man, Christopher’s eyes when he looks at Lorelai is so genuinely full of love sometimes and I have to say its what makes me love his character.

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  • Rory & Dean: At the end of Season 1, we saw Rory open up to Dean about her feelings and naturally, they got back together. The way to look at Rory and Dean is that they are really perfect for each other. Or perhaps, Dean is perfect for Rory because he tries to be understanding about and make time for each other. He holds back his anger or over-reacting as much as he can and he does put her first. He cares so much about her and wants to spend time together a lot. Isn’t that what a great first boyfriend is and what puppy love is?
  • Rory & Jess: Jess walks into Stars Hollow as the quiet, loner, introvert bad boy who also likes to read. He’s mysterious and rude and self-righteous, I guess. Except he reminds me of a second type of guy that I was intrigued by when I was younger. Except I’m sure they didn’t have a book with them everywhere they went and it was a short crush. Jess has a rough past and it doesn’t take long to realize that there is a genuine connection between them. Plus, they really work on that friendship of theirs while Jess isn’t afraid to show that he probably wants to use whatever way to spend more time with her, even if it means pissing off the towering Dean. Is it the right thing to do? Maybe not, but maybe this is the adventure that Rory needs to break out of the perfect and safe world she’s living in.

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There are obviously lots of other thing going on. We see Jess and Luke, Lorelai and Luke, Rory and Paris, Sookie and Jackson, etc. There’s a lot going on in the season and its hard to go through everything and those friendships and relationships are a ton of fun to talk about as well, especially Lorelai and Luke, except they are just growing and I’m sure I’ll be talking about them more.

Overall, Season 2 was pretty awesome. The best parts could be really in terms of giving Rory and Dean and Jess some friction. There’s some nice moments of Lorelai and Luke who, lets face it, is my couple to ship which I’m sure will, in time, get together. Their chemistry is just building up every single quiet moment they have together. This is a much slower episodes but feels very natural to watch. In many respects, we have a few things going on in the background but never does it feel like too much. The town is bustling as always. There’s always some fun festival going on in Stars Hollow. The relationship building is fantastic. Before I wrap this up, as I was talking about Dean and Jess and Rory, a thought came in my head about something that was i The Vampire Diaries which applies here which was mentioned about the love triangle there. If you think about it, the character design here is very similar. Dean is perfect and he’s safe which is a great thing but Jess challenges Rory and takes her out of her comfort zone and maybe thats a good thing also. Which one is right for her, well, we’ll see, right? I’m sure at the end of all the Gilmore Girls binging, I’ll have an extra post on the guys in the Gilmore Girls life.

Have you seen Gilmore Girls? Are you a fan?