It came and (unfortunately) went: Netflix's much anticipated return of "Gilmore Girls" debuted Friday. Four episodes representing each of the four seasons, each about an hour and a half long, brought us up to speed on Lorelai and Rory and Luke and Emily and all the characters in Stars Hollow we've missed since the series ended in 2007. But compared to how long we've been waiting, four episodes went by in the blink of an eye.
The "revival" wasn't perfect (dancing montages? anything with Taylor or Kirk?) but it was quirky and fun yet heartbreaking and real all at the same time. It brought our favorite characters closure in some areas and opened up new stories in others.
Here are my favorite parts. And obviously, this is full of spoilers so if you haven't watched yet go do that first.
1. Rory hit a rough patch. As much as I do find it hard to believe that a Rory Gilmore-type - an uber-motivated, super smart, doesn't take no for an answer, Ivy League grad - would not already have a solid career trajectory at 32, it was refreshing to see the girl struggle. Struggle builds character and it makes her more and more like Lorelai as she gets older.
2. Logan's still an insufferable dick. I'm glad they didn't try to make us believe he had changed. I was disappointed to see Rory sneaking around with him (ugh) but glad it was just a symptom of her "not-so-mid life crisis." And she did control her exit from him, which I loved.
3. It wasn't all hearts and flowers for Lorelai and Luke either. Although I think the "Wild" idea was a little bit of a distraction from the precious time we had with the episode, it was good to see Lorelai take some time for herself to figure out what was best for her. And a cameo from Peter Krause wasn't too shabby either.
4. Tons of cameos. In addition to series regulars we were hoping to see (Dean, Jess, Sookie, Christopher, Lane, Logan, Logan's dad, Finn etc, Digger, Babette, Gypsy, Kirk, Paris, Headmaster Charleston) we got Roy Choi, Rachael Ray, Mae Whitman, Sutton Foster, Paul Anka, Carol King, Ray Wise, Jason Ritter and of course, Peter Krause.
5. Jess may be Rory's soulmate (much to Lorelei's dismay). Will Jess help Rory raise her baby, even though it's either Logan's or a Wookie's? And even though they are now technically cousins? The way he looked at her longingly through the window makes us believe there's more to their story to come.
6. Emily Gilmore finally became human. She was a witch to Lorelai through much of the four episodes, but once she dealt with her grief and stopped putting on a show her heart grew a couple sizes. And she moved to Nantucket!
7. A Lorelai and Rory fight and subsequent silent treatment. Again, my favorite parts of this show are the rough bits and seeing scenes of Rory clashing with her mother - in a cemetery no less - are captivating. Having the Gilmore Girls butt heads from time to time makes the show more realistic.
8. Rory's conversation with Christopher. It was heartbreaking. And I honestly didn't get why she was grilling him until the end (I'm slow), but it was real and it was authentic in the midst of all the Stars Hollow silliness and that's what has always made me love this show.
9. The wedding. Although the sap in me believes Luke and Lorelai went through with the full Stars Hollow wedding, I loved that they got married in the middle of the night in private with just Rory (and a sleepy Lane) by their sides. It was just perfect.
10. The hint at new story lines. A new location for the Dragonfly? Will Michele stay? Will Suki come back? And for fuck's sake: Rory is prego?!? I'm happy they left the door open for more episodes, but we need to know when that will be! What happens next?!
Did you love it too? What were your favorite parts?