Wednesday, May 02, 2007

"I know, you bought Yale and named it Rory"- Gilmore Girls

Something of a biggie this week, as indicated by show-runner David S. Rosenthal taking sole writing credit; although I’m pretty sure ‘Lorelai? Lorelai?’ is going to pale in comparison on the biggie-meter to season seven’s final two episodes (and possibly the final two episodes of Gilmore Girls ever). One notable thing Rosenthal accomplished was giving every cast member (apart from Michel) something to do, rectifying at least for a week what has been one of season seven’s main faults: wasting great characters such as Emily, Richard, Paris and Lane (poor Keiko Agena can’t feel like she’s earning her salary).

The episode opened with an amusing dream sequence reflecting Rory’s growing fears about her future, or lack thereof. For long-time Gilmore viewers such as myself this sequence had great nostalgia value, with Rory donning her Chilton threads once more and Headmaster Charleston making a fleeting re-appearance. Sigh…things were so much simpler back then, weren’t they? They certainly ain't back in present day Gilmore land, where matters are growing increasingly serious. After being denied her coveted New York Times fellowship and missing out on a couple of other opportunities, Rory begins to sense her future crumbling around her and has a minor meltdown. Thankfully she doesn’t mope for the whole episode and instead Rosenthal takes full advantage of all his characters being in Stars Hollow – an increasingly rare event on Gilmore these days – by gathering everyone at a karaoke night.

The karaoke night itself was a mixed bag. Neither Babette and Miss Patty’s double act nor Kirk’s performance were nearly as funny as Rosenthal seemed to think, but Lorelai’s number paid off the set-up with her choice of song (“I Will Always Love You”) taking on a whole new meaning upon Luke’s entrance. Through a neat little sequence of shots and Graham’s pitch-perfect (sorry) performance, a considerable amount was conveyed. While it certainly wasn’t up there with Gilmore’s most powerful moments, I liked it very much.

More powerful (for me anyway) was an earlier scene in the episode that, while undramatic, still had a quiet impact. It involved Lorelai coming into Luke’s, ordering a coffee, sitting at the counter and talking to Luke for a while before leaving. A jarring but extremely welcome return to the Gilmore format of old, the scene was short but probably among the best season seven has had to offer. It’s hard to believe we’ve gone the whole season without these scenes which used to be such an integral part of the show. It is also evident how much Rosenthal has missed these simple little things – what a shame that by fully committing to resolving the mess left behind for him by the Palladinos, Rosenthal felt the need to wait this long before beginning to restore the norm.

The final scene of the episode both frustrated and enthralled me in equal regard. I was irritated by Lorelai’s naïveté – surely she would have worked out straight away why Logan wanted to talk to her? Her expression in the final shot was also seemed a tad overdramatic. Still, Logan’s pending proposal should make for some very dramatic stuff next week. I look forward to it.


Todd VanDerWerff said...

I KNEW David wasn't this prompt!

Joey said...

This is the beginning of my evil plan to steal all of David's shows, one by one. Sooner or later you'll forget he ever existed.

Todd VanDerWerff said...

Good luck on Heroes, Joey, m'boy.

David Sims said...

Expect a House review from me around Saturday.

Anonymous said...

What episode is the above picture from? Thanks