Like all good things “Gilmore Girls” had to come to an end back in 2007, when Rory (Alexis Bledel) graduated college, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson) finally ended up together, and the girls’ coming of age tale came to a natural conclusion. That, and the fact that most people agree the seventh and final season was an utter mess, best not spoken of.
Now that Netflix has revived the series for a four-part run, fans were understandably nervous about the girls returning to the small screen — this time sans their patriarch, Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann).
We’re here to reassure you; this revival is everything you’ve been missing about Stars Hollow and those adorable Gilmore girls, even if the first episode, titled “Winter,” starts off a little clunky.
Jumping back into this fast-talking, pop-culture obsessed world should probably have been eased into, but “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” chose to go for the cannonball approach. The first 20 minutes or so might turn you off the revival by committing the simple crime of giving you 100 percent Gilmore 100 percent of the time.
Push through that, Gilmore fans. Seriously, it’s worth it.
Like a good cup of coffee, if you can get over the initial shock to your system, you’ll end up loving every bit of the first episode. So much, in fact, that we predict any intentions of prolonging the experience will pretty quickly give way to binging all four episodes in the same day.
Amateur bingers be warned: Bring blankets, coffee, red vines, and be sure to schedule your bathroom breaks accordingly.
“Winter” hits on all the classic Gilmore gags, whether it’s Kirk’s (Sean Gunn) latest business model, Hep Alien rocking out, or blowout mother-daughter fights. There are a few new things mixed in with the old, however, like the infamous pig seen in the trailer (trust us, you don’t want that particular joke spoiled for you), or Emily’s first time in jeans.
Another wacky addition is the ever-present acknowledgment of new technology. That’s right, folks; “Gilmore Girls” has gone digital. With endless references to tweeting, wifi passwords, DVR, Uber, and work phones vs. cell phones, the tech obsessed joke begins to wear thin, but at the same time, it’s a joke that had to be made. Ignoring the leaps and bounds technology has taken since “Gilmore Girls” left the air — and how ever-present it is in the daily lives of just about everyone — would have felt strange.
All in all, we’re completely, blissfully happy with the first installment of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” and we can’t wait to see the explosions of feelings on Twitter when fans finally get to watch these episodes for themselves.
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” premieres Friday (Nov. 25) at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT on Netflix.