The “Gilmore Girls” revival trailer is finally here, and it gave us quite a few peeks into the oddities headed our way in November.
From Kirk (Sean Gunn) at Friday night dinner to a mystery musical involving Sutton Foster to Sookie’s (Melissa McCarthy) surprise appearance in the Dragonfly Inn kitchen, we’re more amped than ever to find out what the new episodes of “Gilmore Girls” will bring.
However, there’s one prevalent worry on our minds — will this revival feel like a much-needed trip to yesteryear or an awkward attempt at bringing back the glory days?
Nostalgia is a hard thing to pin down, which is why so many remakes end up getting trashed by fans of the original. As the premiere date for “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” draws near, we’re getting seriously worried that the most anticipated revival of the year is going to get ripped to shreds by diehard Gilmore fans who are unhappy with the new content.
Some moments in the trailer really stuck the landing, like Emily’s (Kelly Bishop) frantic clean-out of her house in the wake of Richard’s (Edward Herrmann) death, or Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) appalled reaction to the floor-to-ceiling painting of said beloved patriarch.
Others … not so much.
We couldn’t help but notice that the opening dialogue in the kitchen felt a little stilted — like it was perhaps trying a bit too hard to recapture the fast-paced Gilmore-isms of seasons past — and the not so subtle allusion to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” didn’t quite have the zing of Lorelai and Rory’s usual pop-culture references.
In all fairness, it’s incredibly hard to get a good feel for whether a scene has the right tone and pacing when it’s plopped in the middle of a trailer, but we’re admittedly nervous nonetheless.
If these not-so-hot snapshots outnumber the truly fabulous Gilmore conversations, then the show will have lost an important part of what made it special all those years ago: its sincerity and heart.
No matter how gabby the girls got, how outrageous the citizens of Stars Hollow acted, or how fashion-forward the show’s wardrobe became, at its heart, the show was always about providing genuine moments between actors with great chemistry. After all these years apart, we’d be devastated if it turned out Graham, Bishop and Bledel had lost that easy connection they had with one another that made their familial ties seem so realistic and relatable.
We’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best in the weeks leading up to the premiere — and maybe hope for a few more sneak peeks at scenes that aren’t so clunky.
“Gilmore Girls” premieres Nov. 25 at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT on Netflix.