It’s not that I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it was airing, just that it wasn’t “must-see-TV” for me at the time. THANK GOD for Netflix and the ability to watch all 7 seasons online! I especially love all of the things I notice watching the episodes in huge chunks instead of spread out over the course of the season. For example, I never realized how little emphasis was placed on romantic relationships on this show, especially during season 4. Sure, they were there. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) dated her father’s business partner, Jason/Digger and Rory (Alexis Bledel) dealt with the aftermath of Jess and another ramp up with Dean, but for the most part, season 4 was all about ladies doing it for themselves.
Watching Rory struggle through her first year at Yale was so entirely relatable to me, but even more relatable, now that I’m older, is watching Lorelai and Sookie struggle to make The Dragonfly Inn happen. This show is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to falsify drama in order to keep things interesting. Sure, watching The Dragonfly’s renovations wasn’t exactly riveting, but getting a peak at Lorelai’s struggles to come up with the money sort of was. It felt real and honest. She may make things harder for herself by not asking her parents to invest and help her with the money, but it is also in keeping with her stubborn character and that’s what keeps the show interesting. That and the immense amount of junk food Lorelai and Rory eat and the fast paced pop-culture bon mots they drop at every turn.
I have 2 episodes left in the 4th season and I sort of remember what happens and I am pretty much NOT looking forward to the Rory side of things, but still, this show holds up for me in a way that a lot of those old WB shows just don’t – even with the outdated pop-culture references. The relationship between a mother and daughter is complex and fascinating and the fact that there are so many echoes of that relationship sprinkled throughout the series – Lorelai and Emily, Emily and Trix (Richard’s mother), Lane & Mrs. Kim etc. – is what keeps me coming back for more.