Last night's episode of Gilmore Girls
was a classic throw-back. Old fans should be pleased with the humor and small-town hi-jinks, but will likely continue to despise Lorelai's current life state. The masses have been resounding in their hatred towards the Christopher-Lorelai
marriage. It's out of character, some say. It's ruined the show, say others.
While I don't subscribe to these doomsday ranters, I can understand the feeling of betrayal a large population of fans have been burdened with. The departure of Amy Sherman-Palladino is the instigator in this fan backlash. To pretend otherwise is foolish. The show is in new hands, wholly free of the creative mind who alone spawned the beloved Gilmore Girls
universe. Yet, I'd be willing to venture that, had Palladino stayed on and written the same story line that new Head Writer David S. Rosenthal has spun, the fans wouldn't be so distraught.
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I know, I know. This presupposes that Palladino is capable of writing this year's story line. It seems that most all fans agree that Palladino would never have taken Gilmore Girls
in this direction. But, you don't know that, not for sure. Look at the way she ended last season. Few talk about that. If this season's story is a betrayal to the characters, then the way last season ended is to. Fans can't have it both ways.
I'm actually going to go against the grain here and support the direction that Gilmore Girls
, and specifically Lorelai, have gone this year. People change in real life, why can't we let them change on TV. The biggest complaints I've come across from fans is that Lorelai has been acting out of character. So? People act unlike themselves all the time. It's life.
Which brings me back to Christopher. Christopher does seem out of place in Stars Hollow, but I think that's kind of the point. Lorelai is acting different, but that's because she's with Christopher. What's so hard to swallow about that? If everyone stayed the same all the time, fans would complain even more.
David S. Rosenthal walked into a no-win situation, as far as I'm concerned. However, I think once we get to the second half of the season, fans will start to come around. This will be partly because of what I foresee as some fan-pleasing plot developments in the offing, as well as the simple fact that fans will start to come around and realize that Gilmore Girls
is still the show they love. Last night was only the start.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer