Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fangirling: Gilmore Girls Revival

Can I just fangirl for a moment?

Months ago, I'd heard faint murmurs of a Gilmore Girls revival. At the time, all I felt was a moderate flicker of excitement. Like most people, I don't like getting my hopes up only to have them crushed when the truth comes out.

So anyway, I thought grudgingly, Probably just another rumor. Because as awesome as it sounded, it had been ages since the last season, and since then, Edward Herrmann had left us. So even if they did do a revival - how will the show ever be the same? No doubt not all of the actors would be available or even interested in coming back. So I hung onto the pessimistic idea, which had the effect I intended: it kept me from getting my hopes up.

Then in the last week or so, it was officially announced! Huzzah!

There is definitely a revival, and Netflix will be airing four movie-length episodes (90 minutes each). The episodes are titled by season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.

Now, of all the Stars Hallow regulars, I'm hoping they'll bring back Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester--deep sigh), the first of Rory's boyfriend's. What those two had was so innocent and amusingly adorable (well, you know...until Dean got married while he was still in love with Rory...juicy right?). Anyway, it all started out as all plots do: simple and then tumbling downhill hitting rocks, crevices, and shrubbery along the way. It was gut-wrenching. You wanted to root for them, but in the end they were headed in different directions. Rory's path would take her away from Stars Hallow, studying at Yale, and leading a budding career as a kick-ass journalist. But if you want more reasons as to why he's my fave, just read this list. (Hint: that last line, "He encouraged her dreams." **melts**)

Why all the fan-girling you ask? I don't know when it really clicked for me. As an older millennial, Gilmore Girls aired during my early teens. I could have watched it then but I didn't. Superhero shows were more my thing (remember Smallville?), and at the time, this series just screamed regular ol' drama.

But early last year, I was going through another heavy travel season for work. I was far away from California (again), spending consecutive nights at a hotel in the middle of winter, and I ached for the comforts of home. Gilmore Girls filled that bleak hole. The storyline was juicy, compounding in complexity, filled with mother and daughter love and triumph, neighborly compassion, and all of it happening in an intimate town that made you dream to live there. (The show is most renowned for its dialogue. It really is brilliantly written.)

The intro song, Where You Lead, comes to mind whenever I'm traveling. I equate the feeling this series gives me to a good book I want to return to time and time again.

Where you lead, I will follow 
Anywhere that you tell me to 
If you need, you need me to be with you

I will follow where you lead

If you're out on the road 

Feeling lonely, and so cold 
All you have to do is call my name 
And I'll be there on the next train 

And with that...I can't wait to jump back into Stars Hallow!

What about you? Do you have a favorite(s) TV series?

Love, love, and more love, ~A

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