Although I’ve been rather unsatisfied with Gilmore Girls in the past few years, Tuesday night’s (May 15) series finale pushed my buttons in a sentimental but thankfully not overly maudlin way. It was all a little too quick, but seven years is difficult to wrap up adequately in just one episode.
The following contains spoilers. If for some reason you’re a fan of the show and still haven’t watched the finale, then shame on you. Oh, and skip this post.
Let me just say, I was never a Logan fan, so I’m glad that Rory didn’t accept his proposal. It feels to me that she still has to make something of herself alone and on her own merit, and linking herself to Logan’s fate just would have held her back.
It was good to see her take charge again too, thanks to an inspiring meeting with her idol Christiane Amanpour. What a bittersweet cameo that was. Cheers to the writers for giving Rory the Barack Obama campaign coverage gig. How perfect is that?
Making her have to cut her summer short and start the job in only three days created a situation much like the one the show experienced. Lorelai and the townspeople of Stars Hollow are like the show’s fans, not ready to say goodbye yet, but forced to do so abruptly.
Luke coming to the rescue by masterminding an impromptu going-away bash made sense, not only because of his residual feelings for Lorelai ("I just wanted to see you happy." Awwww.) but also because he’s been like a surrogate dad to Rory since her childhood. And yeah, we always knew Luke and Lorelai belonged together (Max who? Chris who?), but it just was a matter of timing.
Lorelai’s acceptance by her dad Richard felt a little too contrived, although it was appreciated. Emily’s awkward attempt at trying to maintain their congenial relationship sans Rory’s presence rang more true because of her brisk, indirect style. I must note, however, that that last Friday night dinner was the least contentious ever. Rather disappointing.
Finally, Rory and Lane’s final best friend talk together felt seriously lacking. In general, Lane’s character has been drifting from the indie-loving drummer girl we first knew and loved. The marriage and pregnancy never felt right, and perhaps that’s why this conclusion didn’t feel right either. It was nice to hear a shout out to Dave Rygalski though. I always thought that he was Lane’s soulmate.
It was a curiously reflective but not necessarily sad mood that overtook me as I watched Lorelai and Rory have their last breakfast together at Luke’s diner as the camera pulled away to the sound of the "la la la’s" on the soundtrack.
Were you satisfied by the finale? Which character will you miss the most?