Why Some People Are Going To Hate Me

The sixth season of Gilmore Girls was one of its best because of the season finale.  Let’s discuss my view of season 6 over the next several days, with the caveat that I do NOT tolerate the shippers’ profound misinterpretation of the show.  If you aren’t talking about how the show is about Lorelai and Rory, not Lorelai and Luke, then you’ve missed the point.  And we’ll have to talk about that. 

Oh, and by the way, I loved the sixth season of Buffy, too.

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7 Responses to “Why Some People Are Going To Hate Me”

  1. John Says:

    To contine our difference of opinion from the GG newsgroup, the season ending fight and break up with Luke was necessary and sleeping with Chris was in character, but it wasn’t necessary. And I don’t like Lorelai’s massive regression this represents.

    And while I am not an L/L shipper, the show has hinted they would be a couple from season one and the new showrunner also seems to agree. I don’t care if it happens or not, but I find it hard to believe it could still happen and it will take a lot of writing to justify.

    Sort of like Dawson’s Creek. I was a P/J shipper and was happy they ended up together, but by the end of the series it didn’t make any sense they would end up together (nor Joey with Dawson either). They had hurt each other too much too often.

  2. ShutUpRob Says:

    Hi, John! Thanks for writing. I’m very happy to hear that you’re one of the ones that get that Lorelai’s fight and breakup with Luke was totally necessary. A lot of the ‘shippers, unlike you and me, think that romance is the be alll and end all and overly romanticize Lor and Luke’s relationship, expecting them to act the way they, the shippers, would react in the same situation, but they’re Lorelai and Luke and they behave like themselves, ‘natch. Got any ideas on how we can get the ‘shippers to stop ‘shipping?

    On the subject of Lor and Christopher, though, I couldn’t disagree more. Lor and Chris clearly went hormonal for each other in exactly the same way and for the exact same reasons that Rory and Dean went hormonal for each other at Miss Patty’s in season 5, as Lindsay was on the brink of discovering their affair. I guess you could say that Lorelai and Christopher inherited their behavior from their daughter. 😉

    Bringing up Joey’s Creek was a good example of the bad writing that Amy and Dan never descended to. The writers were clearly floundering in season 6, not expecting to return after season 5 and the stars started doing movies. Even so, they lost the thread, plagiarizing the Vin Diesel movie Boiler Room, fer cryin’ out loud. But if you take the first two episodes with Dawson and Joey’s boink gone bad and then skip to Williamson’s finale, then Joey’s arc with Pacey becomes far more believable and a great five-season series comes out of it, IMO. Plus, Audrey stays a great character that way, too.

  3. ShutUpRob Says:

    I forgot one more thing to mention about Lor and Christopher’s tryst — I mean, besides “Like Daughter, Like Mother,” of course.

    The magic of the show is that they, Amy and Dan and the writers, realize that we sometimes make bad choices, totallly in-character bad choices. I think that Lor was wrong to sleep with Christopher even though technically she was broken up with Luke by that point. It’s just that she was escaping into fucking — and *that* I feel sad for her for. And Amy becomes all the more heroic in my book for writing a situation so tragically screwed up and posing the question that we really don’t know *why* we screw up like this or why we sometimes don’t listen to our common sense, as Lorelai clearly didn’t here. It was a courageous, beautiful choice by Amy to show Lorelai making this beautiful, heartbreaking mistake at the end.

    But at the same time, that ending isn’t nearly as important as it appears to be — yes, she and Christopher boinked, but that’s not the point. The scene bookends with the opening scene of the episode, showing Lorelai clearly suffering in a state of numbness, almost a fugue state. It’s in the context of its relationship with the opening teaser that Lor’s epilogue in Chris’s bed matters most. It didn’t matter that she boinked Christopher specificallly, she just needed a penis inside her just to feel *something* — for all we know, she could have boinked Taylor if he’d flitted his eyelashes at her. But Chris was there, he was a familiar face, someone to talk to, the father of her daughter. But even that means nothing in that moment because Lorelai is just an open wound there. She is purely and simply heartbroken.

  4. John Says:

    I have stated I agree that Lorelai sleeping with Chris was in character; he is her Linus’s blanket.

    And I don’t feel Lor cheated on Luke. Their relationship was dieing since April showed up (or to be more accurate, since Luke’s reaction to April) and Lor had formally ended the relationship – they were not on a break.

    However, I don’t like characters to undergo massive regressions – I feel I have been cheated. This can be a crutch to endless repeat the same story.

    And within the show it does make a difference that she slept with Chris, instead of say Jason. Lor and Chris have a long history and, being Rory’s parents, a future which is still entwined. And she does use Chris for comfort. By once more running to his bed for comfort, I think Luke would be unable to ever believe he will be as important to Lorelai as Chris is. Every time L&C met Luke would wonder and worry and with good reasons.

    As an aside, you said “But Chris was there…”. Actually he wasn’t. Lorelai had to drive quite a while to see him.

    I don’t really care if Luke and Lorelai get together or not. I do care if it is reasonable. The new showrunner hints that he sees L&L as the long-term couple, but I don’t see how they get there in even two more seasons.

  5. shutuprob Says:

    Just one point about massive regressions, John.

    Lorelai is emotionally only sixteen. She’s going to regress — it’s in her nature. One of the major themes of the show is IMO the very regressiion that many viewers haven’t found a way to accept yet. But the point of the show is *still* to at least *observe* why she regresses.

  6. shutuprob Says:

    Picky me, I’m going to revise this one:

    Just one point about massive regressions, John.

    Lorelai is still emotionally only sixteen, the age she was when she had Rory. Everyone else thinks her immaturity is a mask, but it’s not. It’s reallly her. She’s quite simply going to regress “fight-or-flight-fight-or-flight” as she puts it — because it’s in her nature and she knows that it’s in her nature and she knows that she doesn’t know how to overcome it. One of the major themes of the show is IMO the very regression that many viewers haven’t found a way to accept yet. But the point of the show is *still* to at least *observe* why and how she regresses, to celebrate the times that she succeeds in overcoming a regression and to metaphorically speaking, hold her heart when she’s so hurt that she retreats back into that mode of the sixteen-year old that she still is most of the time. The show is linear only in the sense of time — emotionally, it has its own logic, one that openly defies easy closure of *anything.* Lorelai knows this, and that’s why she has Rory appreciate the Big Moments, like graduating from Chilton, because those linear progressions don’t come along anywhere near as often as we’d all like ’em to.

  7. Alicia Jo Says:

    I loved the fact that Lorelia finally put her foot down with Luke.

    Also HELL YES Season 6 of Buffy should be loved.

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