I Watched All 154 Episodes of Gilmore Girls (And the New Revival) For The First Time And This Is What I Thought

“Paige where have you been? I thought you wanted to blog more?”

I’ve been busy, folks.  The past month and a half I have been consumed with the phenomenon that is Gilmore Girls. It has taken over my life.

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I was so young when the show aired that I never watched it, and the years that followed I never got to binge-watching it on Netflix.  To say I was missing out is an understatement, this show is absolutely incredible. Witty banter, amazing writing, cute boys, talking extremely fast, and lots (and LOTS) of coffee.  Also, I never thought I’d find television characters that talk as fast as I do.

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I can now officially say that I am a fan, and I will be watching the show for years to come. Thank you, Gilmore Girls for making me laugh, cry, drink more coffee, and getting “Where You Lead” stuck in my head on repeat.

Check out all of my thoughts on the series & revival below! Warning: There are spoilers and my thoughts are jumbled and blunt. “Life’s short, talk fast.”

Season 1: 

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: The first season is where it all began. From the beginning, I was hooked.  I became in love with this adorable town and the epic, dynamic, talkative duo that is Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.  Rory started Chilton and entered her first relationship with Dean.  Luke and Lorelai begin their tango and you are already praying for them to get together.  Sorry Max.

Favorite Episode:  Episode 1.22 “Love, Daisies and Troubadours.”

Favorite Quote: Lorelai: This is a jumbo coffee morning. I need coffee in an I.V.

Season 2:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: Where my #TeamJess obsession begins…Sorry Dean, you’re boring. Rory and Lorelai explore Harvard.  Christopher comes and messes stuff up, per usual. Jackson + Sookie Forever.

Favorite Episode:  Episode 2.19 “Teach Me Tonight”

Favorite Quote:  Lorelai: In fact, if you put oy and poodle together in the same sentence, you’d have a great new catch phrase, you know? Like, oy with the poodles already. So from now on, when the perfect circumstances arise, we will use our favorite new catch phrase.

Rory: Oy with the poodles already.

Season 3:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: This season had the drama, the stress, and the laughs.  Rory begins her senior year at Chilton.  Rory and Dean break up and she starts dating Jess.  Dean then gets engaged (WTF).   After much decision making, Rory decides to go to Yale University.  Paris has a fit because she didn’t get in to Harvard, but Rory does.  Lane joins a band.  Rock on Lane.  I really enjoyed this season, but it stressed me out.  It broke my heart when Jess left and I hated that Milo didn’t become a series regular.  Oy! And how could I forget all the Christopher baby mama drama?

Favorite Episode:  Episode 3.22 “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio.”

Favorite Quote: Rory: My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her…

Season 4:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: Rory begins Yale! Rory goes spring breakin’ with Paris. Jess tells Rory he loves her…and then leaves.  Lorelai and Luke finally get together! Rory has sex for the first time with…Dean (WHO IS MARRIED)?

Favorite Episode: 4.22 “Raincoats and Recipes.”

Favorite Quote: Lane: You told me the Cookie Monster was one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Mrs. Kim: Gluttony.

Season 5:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: Rory and Logan casually date, her and Dean break it off (Thank God, bro is married). Logan needs to commit. Mitchum Huntzberger is an asshole.  Luke and Lorelai have problems (figure it out!).  The Dragonfly is up and running. Sookie has another baby…Rory wants to drop out of Yale?!  Okay fine, Logan is cute, but he has some serious daddy issues. Also, seeing Lorelai heartbroken killed me and then I was floored when she proposed to Luke.

Favorite Episode:  Episode 5.7 “You Jump, I Jump, Jack”

Favorite Quote: Logan: It’s your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it’s one less minute you haven’t lived.

Season 6:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: This season was so overwhelming and jam packed.  I hate when Lorelai and Rory were fighting and not talking, it made me not want to watch the show. I cried when they talked about her 21st birthday plans. Thank god, they reconciled. Jess comes back (YEAH!) and gives Rory a hard time for dropping out of Yale and he writes a book.  Logan, Rory, Luke, and Lorelai go to Martha’s Vineyard.  Logan is an idiot and gets seriously injured with the Life and Death Brigade. Luke discovers he has a daughter, April. Oh and Lorelai adopts Paul Anka, the dog.

Favorite Episode:  Episode 6.18  “The Real Paul Anka.”

Favorite Quote: Logan: You should send me a copy.

Jess: Sure. Where do I send it? The blond dick at Yale?

Season 7:

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: If I had thought season six was full of emotions, season seven was even more of a rollercoaster.  The final season had many cringe-worthy moments IMO.  I don’t like Christopher much so all parts of the season Lorelai was with him drove me nuts.  Lane had her babies! Presh.  Also, when Logan proposed in front of all of Rory’s fam before her graduation from Yale had me peeking one eye out from behind my pillow, hiding the other to try to pretend it wasn’t really happening.  Rory experiences the struggles of job hunting in journalism (a problem that I’m still currently experiencing, and this is 9 years later in the digital age, fml).  I’m glad the season ended with an independent Rory going to work on the Obama campaign.  Most of all, I’m glad the series ended with Rory and Luke getting back together and the town throwing Rory a “Bon Voyage” party.  Safe to say, I cried.

Favorite Episode:  7.22 “Bon Voyage”

Favorite Quote: 

Lorelai: Hey you got to be careful when you drink coffee on the bus. It’s bumpy.

Rory: I can handle it.

Lorelai: I should have gotten you a sippy cup.

Rory: Maybe I should get a flask.

Lorelai: Do they make flasks for hot beverages?

Rory: Yeah, they’re called thermoses.

Lorelai: Right. I’ll get you a thermos that says “World’s Greatest Reporter,” to match your cap.

Rory: Oh yeah, about that. I meant to tell you that I left that cap at home.

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Random Thoughts/Highlights: Netflix (and the entire world tbh) hyped up this revival so much that I had such high expectations. Many of my friends texted me mixed reviews before I watched it “Paige the revival is so good OMG!”, “You have to watch it!”, “Paige the revival is so terrible, it ruined the show…” So when I went in to watch the four part event, I was nervous and excited.  I binge-watched all six hours with my boyfriend’s mom, an OG Gilmore Girl fan, to have the company and ultimate fan perspective.

Overall, I enjoyed the revival, in particular the last episode.  I thought the idea and concepts of a revival series was a good idea and I had a feeling that some things would seem “forced.”  I mean it had been almost a decade since the cast was together.  The problem I had with the revival was that it went had many random tangents that were ridiculous. Yes, I’m talking about the 30 minute terrible musical number. Each episode contained parts I loved, the witty Gilmore banter and emotions that the original series always had, but the weird stuff is the only thing that bothered me.  Bring in the last episode, Fall.  I thought it was incredible.  It wasn’t cheesy, I cried, and I laughed.  I loved the Wild segment with Lorelai, that Rory had a great goodbye with the Life & Death Brigade, and that Emily has a purpose and a life beyond Richard to take care of the maid’s children and talk about whales.  I love that Rory discovered her purpose to write a book about the amazing relationship with her mother.  Most of all, my heart melted at their Luke and Lorelai’s pre-wedding ceremony.  I also those last four words of Rory telling her mom that she is pregnant make a little sense, since she will probably now be a young, single mom just like her mother. Unless she ends up with Jess, who obviously isn’t over her. That look through the window? I died. But I think we deserve a few more episodes to know who the father is.

Favorite Episode:  Episode 4.  “Fall”

Favorite Quote: Lorelai: Just one note: drop the “the”. Just “Gilmore Girls”. It’s cleaner.

Final Thoughts: 

Kirk cracks me up. Babette & Miss Patty are my faves.  I love Jess’ (Milo Ventimigilia) slightly crooked mouth.  I think it’s adorable that Logan called Rory Ace. And I meant to talk more about Emily Gilmore.  Although she was crude and often harsh, I loved her character. Sookie should have been more in the revival, I love her.   Logan’s friends Colin, Robert, and Finn are my favorite part of Logan and Rory’s relationship.  Also, I totally agree with the theory that Jess is Rory’s Luke and Logan is her Christopher. Aka JESS IS THE CORRECT CHOICE.

*Mic drop.* Or in this case, *mug drop.*

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This show definitely will go down as one of my favorites of all time, along the midst with Friends, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.  I will be watching it for as long as coffee plants are being planted.

“Life’s Short. Talk Fast.”

Always been my motto.

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