“Gilmore Girls” returns to delight of fans

Imagine a charming, cozy town where wintry wonders speckle every corner, where each resident exudes a sense of small-town ease and the breeze gives off the effervescent scent of apple cider and cinnamon.

One such town is Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the fictional village-like town where the renowned and highly adored seasons of fan-favorite TV show “Gilmore Girls” played out for seven years. To viewers all over the world, Stars Hollow was and is, to this day, a second home full of memories, nostalgia and warmth. So, when news broke that “Gilmore Girls” would be creating a reunion series, something fans have begged for since the show ended its seventh and final season in 2007, devotees indulged themselves in full-fledged hysteria.

Although no confirmed date has been set for the reunion to stream on Netflix, viewers can expect that the crew will begin production sometime in the next year. Most of the show’s prior actors have not yet officially stated their participation, but have expressed interest in a potential reunion. Original writers and producers Amy and Dan Sherman-Palladino have already signed off on production. In addition, Milo Ventimiglia, who portrayed fan-favorite character Jess Mariano in seasons 2 and 3, confirmed his return via Facebook on Friday, October 30.

The stars seem to be thoroughly interested in a reunion, many having publicly addressed this sentiment since the show has been off the air. Although there are many possible options for the time frame of the new episodes, there is speculation that they will take place in the present rather than pick up where the last season left off, due to the amount of time that has passed. The reboot will air on Netflix in a series of four 90-minute episodes.
Murmurs of a reunion were first kindled when the cast of “Gilmore Girls” joined together at the Austin TV festival earlier this year. Seeing all the characters together again led fans to hope that a reboot of sorts might be in the works. At the panel, Palladino noted her dissatisfaction with the final season, which she did not produce or write due to contract disputes, at the panel.

“It’s always a bummer when you don’t get to end it,” Palladino said. “I had hoped maybe that there would have been a call, ‘Hey, it’s the last episode, do you want to come back?’ And there wasn’t. But that’s OK, that’s not the way it works in Hollywood where there are rules.”
When “Gilmore Girls” came to Netflix in 2014, it reminded fans of their longtime adoration for the show, which often flew under the radar and was mostly repudiated from award shows and high viewership. However, at the end of its final season, it was awarded with placement on Time magazine’s “All-TIME 100 TV Shows” list.

The premise of “Gilmore Girls” is a very simple one, and the uncomplicated but cherished plotline is the magic behind the show’s success. The show follows the adventures and mishaps of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), who are, in essence, the epitome of a perfect mother-daughter relationship. Lorelai and Rory are best friends; their chemistry is vivid and brilliant, and their fast-talking banter is a trademark of the show. In fact, one of the most notable aspects of “Gilmore Girls” is the sheer immensity of the dialogue, which is spoken quickly, always with gusto and peppered with pop-culture references and subtle allusions to prominent books.

For seven seasons, fans followed the show, triumphantly debating over the best of Rory and Lorelai’s love interests and wishing that they themselves could live within the magic that is Stars Hollow. Amy Sherman-Palladino was commended for her work on the show and served as its true champion throughout the first six seasons.

The show took a different turn following her departure, with many fans blaming the new producer David S. Rosenthal for what they saw as the worst season in the show’s history. While much of the program’s plotline prior to the last season followed Rory and Lorelai’s meandering love stories, neither one ended up with the expected counterpart, a twist that upset audiences. Palladino has also stated that she had the last four words of “Gilmore Girls” written down with an ending in mind, but was never able to put them on the air due to the fact that she was not able to participate in the writing of the final season.

Now that the news of a reboot has been, for the most part, confirmed, fans have already begun ranking what they want to see most in the new episodes, mostly including a romantic reunion between Lorelai and her love interest Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) as well as the return of all of Rory’s boyfriends throughout the show, only one of whom, Ventimiglia, has confirmed participation.

Many fans beg for their favorite show to recreated in some sort of way, or reminisce on the enthusiasm they felt about shows they loved, but for “Gilmore Girls,” it seems like a particular necessity. Not only was the show pulled off the air prematurely, there is too much left to say, too many loose ends and unread but dogeared pages. The stories of Rory, Lorelai, and the cast of characters that continuously made the series great deserve an honorable ending — maybe we will even get to hear those final four words that have always been destined for Rory and Lorelai.