The four new episodes have blessed us not only with some incredible television but also much to talk about, which is appropriate for Gilmore Girls. Every comment we receive on our posts seems to spawn a new conversation and is excitingly overwhelming. So where to start today? How about this from Autumn…
Rory: I’m five by five.
Rory: Oh… uh sorry it’s uh… I was watching a Buffy marathon and some things stick.
A few reasons why I love this:
1. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s universe, the rebellious character Faith often used the phrase ‘five by five’ to mean ‘everything’s fine’. However nothing in that particular universe was very fine for very long, which should ring some bells for Gilmore Girls fans. Although not the Stars Hollow church bells, obviously.
2. ‘Some Things Stick’. From wicked catch phrases to wry observations, Gilmore Girls has more earworms in a single episode than your regular primetime show has in its lifetime. While Rory and Lorelai can effortlessly paraphrase Kiefer Sutherland’s introduction to 24, more of us can easily quote Gilmore Girls. Don’t tell me you’ve never said ‘CoffeeCoffeeCoffee’ at some point in your life.
But what makes phrases stick? It helps if you’re a skilled writer with a great ear who doesn’t talk down to an audience. Amy Sherman-Palladino once said that ‘audiences are as smart as you will allow them to be’ which is one of many reasons why Gilmore Girls both stands out and stands the test of time. The Spring and Summer episodes have been criticised as being distinctly heavier with drama – but shouldn’t television challenge you and make you chuckle as much as cry or bite your fist while watching a musical segment? I’m pretty sure if there was no musical and the last four words were ‘lived happily ever after’, the internet would have generated its own tumbleweeds.
3. Paris references Buffy a second time, in the Winter episode. Rory and Paris know it, you should too.
Paris: Tell them you’ll pay them back for the semesters you studied Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s effect on the feminist agenda.
4. Just like Gilmore Girls, Buffy combined strong, whip-smart female heroines, a plethora of cultural references and laugh out loud dialogue. Admittedly, with more vampires and less Mallomars.
Trivia fact: Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon was an alumni of the legendary writers’ room for the 80’s sitcom Roseanne, as were Amy Sherman, Dan Palladino and Mike Gandolfi (Stars Hollow bookshop owner Andrew)
5. Watching Buffy will keep you occupied and entertained for its seven seasons, temporarily relieving the continued stress on the internet issuing from your complaints about the Summer musical, Rory’s life decisions and demands for more Gilmore Girls episodes.
6. Along with Amy Sherman-Palladino, Joss Whedon is one of a handful of writers who can knit comedy and drama so seamlessly you don’t know if you’re crying because you’re happy, sad or just desperately confused.
7. Like Gilmore Girls, Buffy was criminally snubbed by the Emmys and recently had its ten year birthday… I suspect it would also do blazing business from a kickstarted revival.
Whedon is well known for removing primary characters, often with no warning and with massive impact to the other characters. Which led me to wondering how different A Year In The Life would have been if our dear Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) had not passed away. Would Richard’s ailing health still have played a central part in the first and last episodes? Would it have been a very different story if he had been sitting on the bench next to Emily at the end, crystal whisky tumbler in one hand and Emily’s hand in the other?
Did you think the new episodes were as ‘sticky’ as the original shows?
Favourite new Gilmore quotes please.
Does Luke really know *the* Kiefer Sutherland?
Are you aware of any cross-over between Gilmore Girls and Buffy? Shared actors and such?
Wikipedia tells us that Mike Gandolfi is an Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe award-winning television writer and co-wrote Roseanne’s 100th episode, which was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. Yet he’s never credited in Gilmore Girls as anything other than playing Andrew. I wonder if he contributed in other ways?
Pics c/o Netflix