Cue the nostalgia. If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls (which you must be if you are reading this), the introduction to “A Year in the Life” brings back all those fond memories and moments from this fantastic show. It’s a great way to start this experience off. I say experience, because it really is. You are brought back to the world of Stars Hollow, it’s like stepping back in time. Everything is still in its place and it feels like home. This episode is like a warm hug (or steaming cup of coffee) that brings joy to the heart.
The banter between Lorelai and Rory is on point like usual, even though life has changed so much for the two of them, some things will always be the same. The mother daughter duo do not disappoint, even though things are more hectic with Rory bouncing back and forth between Stars Hollow and London. She no longer has a place to call her own, instead she is free to travel whenever she wants, and her various boxes of things are stored at friends and families places. It’s a bright new world.
The old favourites are in the first episode too. Kirk is busy with a new business (which of course backfires on him). Taylor is trying to rally people for a new cause. Miss Patty is still teaching dance (and looks fantastic by the way). The Dragonfly Inn is alive and well, aside from the fact that they cannot find a replacement for Sookie (who is somewhere in the wilderness), Michel is still there and trying to keep Lorelai from losing her mind.
There is the sad fact that Richard is gone from their world now. It has impacted the family in a profound way. It’s hard to see them cope with the loss, especially Emily who has lost her beloved. His death was a huge shock to the family since it happened so sudden. He was a big part of their world. He was a husband of 50 years, a father and a grandfather. In the flashbacks, if you didn’t get misty eyed, what is wrong with you?
And then there is Luke. The dynamic between him and Lorelai has always been one of my favourites. It continues in this series too. They are struggling with the thought of maybe adding a new addition to the family. I like how Luke puts it. “You can’t get everything you want in life, but I came pretty close.” It’s one of those heart melting moments. There are a few of those in the first episode.
Lane and Zack are still together, they have two lovely boys and Hep Alien is still jamming together (blast from the past, right?). Paris has made quite the name for herself as well, changing the world one surrogate mother at a time.
Just like any other episode there is drama, laughs, tears and profound moments. I would divulge more, but that would cause way too many spoilers. There are some things you just really need to see for yourself and have your own “OH MY GOSH WHAT?!” moments.
The snow is falling. The town is alive with Christmas Spirit. And our beloved guitar guy is strumming away, filling the air with his melodic voice. It’s good to be home again with the girls. Spring is just around the corner, who knows what it will bring? I can’t wait to find out.