I’m still mulling over the fantastic Palladino-less season premiere of Gilmore Girls, which to me exceeded expectations immensely and proved that Amy was right, the show can not just survive, but thrive without her. But before I do an in-depth analysis (give me a day or three — I have four pages of notes), here are my initial ratings post from alt.tv.gilmore-girls and then my email to Hercules at AICN for her massively wrongheaded review of the episode.
First, my ratings post to atgg:
5 out of 5, a perfect episode.
These are just my initial reactions as I’m still decompressing it in my head, but here’s a few of my initial thoughts:
1) I read Ausiello’s misreading of the finer points of the episode at http://community.tvguide.com/thread.jspa?threadID=800005298#comments absolutely correctly. Lauren was deliberately and marvelously underplaying. Lorelai’s in a post-breakup depression, after all.
2) Any accusations that the show has lost its zip are false. The
show is still zippy. Lorelai is not in a zippy place. The zip comes
elsewhere until she has a zipless fuck one of these days.
3) Loved that the crash wasn’t really Kirk’s fault, it was Taylor’s. (PS: Damn fool didn’t know that these cameras normally don’t come with flashbulbs for this very reason.)
4) The car crashed into the very spot where Lor and Rory usually ate. Had Lor and Luke not broken up and Lor just watched from the Diner, she would have died. Also, way to make the metaphor about their breakup blatant.
5) At the end, Luke learns the lesson of “Too little, too late.” It’s totally his fault.
Waaaaaaay more to come. Blog-long.
And then there was Herc’s insulting, totally off-base post at AICN http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30198 . Totally pissed me off.
Subject: Gilmore Girls and the Geek (Herc) Who Cried Shark
Herc — you blew it.
Gilmore Girls is *far* from over. In fact, EW, Michael Ausiello, Kristin Veitch, a begrudging Matt Roush, and others got it right. The show has sounded more like itself in the season premiere than it has in a couple of years. The problem is that Lorelai is in a major depression after breaking up with the person she thought was the love of her life. Lorelai justifiably has no zip. Yes, she’s *supposed* to be the source of most of the zip of the show most of the time, but this was clearly, deliberately, NOT one of those times where she could be zippy and funny and Ambush Bug in drag. Because of the nature of her story, she couldn’t possibly be the clown and Lauren played her part brilliantly and with profound, moving and very necessary sadness. But Lorelai’s depression should not be mistaken for the show having no zip or verve, as so many critics who baldly misread the show have done in their terrible, nonsensical, even misleading reviews.
The zip — all of the amount of zip and life that the show normally has and the show has normally embodied in Lorelai, was indeed still in the show tonight — just elsewhere. In Rory, with Bledel more energized than she’s been since the last time she understood her part in the show — which was season 3 — in Kirk and Babette, Luke whining that he can’t handle pressure. It was an hilarious, bittersweet episode that was *better* than most episodes the Palladinos wrote last year (except for their sublime Partings and I Get a Sidekick Out of You), but that should be no surprise to anyone who actually watched season 6’s instant classic, Super Cool Party People, which was also written by tonight’s writer and the show’s new showrunner, David Rosenthal. He has the patter down pat.
And how about that hole in the side of the Diner being the metaphorical hole of Lor and Luke’s smashed relationship? Shades of the structure of last season’s hole in the side of the Crap Shack. Rosenthal has his sense of Gilmore structure, too — especially if one considers that if Lorelai had been watching the proceedings of the traffic light from her normal spot in the Diner because she was too busy making googly eyes with Luke, she would have *died.* So breaking up with him saved her, metaphorically and literally. Rosenthal *is* the show now, every bit as much and every bit as good at it as the Palladinos.
Herc, you’re the Geek Who Cried Shark — not to be believed on this subject. You’re wrong about the continuing state of the best show on television and you owe the show a deep apology for bailing on it after just *one* episode that you clearly didn’t give a snowball’s chance in hell.
Straight Guy Who Loves Gilmore Girls
(Also, I’m the shutuprob in Kristin’s E! Chats, but please don’t hold that against me. 😉 )