Wednesday, December 06, 2006
"Gilmore Girls" -- Why Do I Keep Watching?
It's hard to say goodbye to a show you've loved. But the current season of "Gilmore Girls" is beginning to spoil my entire appreciation of the series. The last two weeks have been especially annoying: Lorelai and Rory are now the least likable, most annoying characters on their own show! Lorelai and Christopher have been married for about two seconds and they already seem headed for divorce. So why get them married? So they could fight and turn their solid friendship after years of estrangement into something bitter and ugly? Thanks. Lorelai's mom used to be smart and together but very difficult and usually wrong or at least wrong-headed, with Lorelai's witty comments a nice rejoinder. Now Lorelai seems like a spoiled brat unable to spend two seconds in the company of her mother. Her mom pops up on Lorelai's doorstep, offers some heartfelt and well-intended (and good!) advice and you long for Lorelai to at least say, "Thanks Mom" or reach out to her in some way but she says nothing. And is Christopher an idiot? A guy we've grown to like is now a moron -- did he really think Lorelai would want to move away from Star's Hollow (where her business is located, I might add) and live in another town nearby? Why? And Rory has no friends. Her best pal -- Lane -- is pregnant with twins and I don't think we've seen Rory pay a visit to Star's Hollow to share in the joy. After years of working on the Yale newspaper, she doesn't even like any of her coworkers and can't be bothered to go for a drink with them after they give her a going-away gift. (Believe me, in college journalism circles, not going for a drink is supremely rude.) Who are her friends? Two idiots we barely know and don't care about. When Logan -- the man she's been pining for -- suddenly appears from London, does Rory drop everything to be with him? Nope, she insists she has to go to the birthday party of one of these two gals, whom she's known for all of 30 seconds. Does Logan say he'll join her right after his business dinner? Nope. But at least he's not behaving like a child; Logan refuses to lie to cover up the fact that Rory knew her gal pal's boyfriend for years, a fact Naked Guy inexplicably wanted to hide. And Luke! Luke was completely wrong in promising a 12 year old girl she'd spend all sorts of time and Thanksgiving and part of the summer with him before discussing it with her mom. And then he brutishly threatens all sorts of legal action against the mom. That could have been a last resort, but why couldn't he have made his case first with heartfelt affection for the daughter he never knew he had? In short, every relationship is poisoned: Rory and Logan, Lorelai and Luke, Lorelai and Christopher, Lorelai and her mom, Luke and the mother of his child, Rory and the people she spent years working with at the school newspaper, Rory's new best friends and on and on and on. Everyone is bitter and angry with everyone else and the two people most wrong in most cases are Lorelai and Rory, the women we fell in love with because they were so bright and together and fun. Now they're just pills and I'm tired of swallowing their behavior.