Upon the recommendation of my friend Fiona, on 18th August I started watching Gilmore Girls. It took me a looooong time to get through all 7 seasons, but as of Monday I have officially finished the first run of the show.
A story about Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (short for Lorelai (she named her after herself (I know right?!))) Gilmore, the show follows the tale of mother and daughter through school, first love, college, college dropout, back to college and graduation. We are taken on a journey of ups and downs, highs and lows, that makes us fall in love with the small town of Stars Hollow, and its inhabitants.
I don’t know why I put off starting to watch this show for as long as I did. I think it probably stemmed from my dislike for Melissa McCarthy. Which is stupid because Sookie St James very quickly became my favourite character (and I love Melissa in the new Ghostbusters). Playing the kooky best-friend of Lorelai, Sookie is a top-class chef, and eventually top-class Mother. She shares some of the most heartwarming moments with Lorelai, helping her realise exactly what she wants, and most of the time needs.
Friendship is a theme that is woven throughout the series. Rory is one of the luckiest girls in the world, in the fact that all of her friends are fiercely loyal. When we first meet her she has one best friend; Lane (Keiko Agena). Lane is Stars Hollow’s #1 lover of music (but don’t tell her Mom!), and we see her blossom from this shy young girl, into a strong young woman. Rory’s other main friend is Paris Geller (Liza Weil). When we initially meet Paris, she is an incredibly stuck up, pretentious young girl, and probably more of an arch-nemesis to Rory than a friend. But over the years they realise their similarities far outweigh their differences, and they form a friendship that knows no bounds. But aside from the two, Rory has friends in handfuls. From Kirk, the town’s quirky ‘jack of all trades’, Miss Patty, the local dance instructor and musical theatre fanatic to Babette, their gravelly-voiced next door neighbour.
To me this show doesn’t have a supporting cast. Whilst there are hundreds of background characters, they are never in the background. Each and every character in this show helps to form the lives of Lorelai and Rory, and love the two as if they were flesh and blood. Without them all I truly believe they wouldn’t be who they are by the end.
Now, we can’t go anywhere without talking about love. One of the biggest debates of the whole series is; who is Rory’s true love? Is it Dean? Jess? Logan? (Personally I was rooting for Jess) But I’m going to stop you right there. Rory’s true love isn’t any of those boys. I believe that Rory’s truest love is her Mom. The Lorelai/Rory relationship really makes me think of my relationship with my own Mother. Whilst they have the traditional mother/daughter relationship; they make each other laugh, cry and, at times, bubble over with unbelievable anger, they’re also best friends. Without Lorelai, Rory wouldn’t be Rory. And vise versa, without Rory, Lorelai wouldn’t be Lorelai. And Lauren and Alexis are Lorelai and Rory. I believe that completely.
Lorelai herself has a number of male suitors throughout the show. From Rory’s school teacher, Max, her Father’s business partner, Jason, to Rory’s biological Father, Chris, Lorelai is almost never in a relationship throughout the 7 seasons. However, it is grumpy cafe-owner Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) that is the ultimate ‘ship’ of the show. From the first time we see them interact, right to the very end, the two play a very ‘will they, won’t they’ game that frustrates us as viewers to no end!
Finishing the show the other day, I turned off my TV, sat up, reached over to grab my phone and text Fiona two words; ‘It’s over…’ I have to admit that I felt a little bit lost without it! But that won’t last too long, with 4 brand new episodes to watch. I’ve already watched the first episode of ‘A Year in the Life’, but I’m not going to comment on it in this post, I’ll save that for it’s very own season roundup!
I’m going to leave you with this quote. A quote that perfectly sums up what Gilmore Girls really means:
My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.