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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life “Winter” – Review

by on November 25, 2016

1 hour, 30 minutes


This post WILL have spoilers! You have been warned.

While everyone else was waiting in line outside for Black Friday, me and thousands of other people were curled up on their couches waiting for the clock to strike midnight and Netlix to update with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I will be reviewing each episode over the next four days so let’s get started with the first episode, “Winter”!

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I got into the Gilmore Girl fandom fairly recently. But once I started watching it, I fell hard for it. I started watching it at the perfect time, too! Fortunately I didn’t have to wait 10 years for a revival to happen. But the last episode of the original series left a lot open so I can’t wait to see how they wrap things up with the revival. I’m sure these four new episodes felt like good closure for a lot of the cast members. When I saw the promo posters for the episodes, I have to admit, they looked awfully awkward. In fact, a lot of people thought they were. After watching the trailer, it looked a lot more promising.

In this episode, my first thought was, “Wow, they still can talk so fast.” Lorelai and Rory were once again talking a mile a minute, throwing in as many pop culture references as they could. Which was strange for me because while I was watching the original series I only understood a third of the references (look, I’m only 24 so give me a break!). To have current references that I could actually understand felt refreshing but also strange. The episode reminded me so much of the original series but with new references and new technology, which made me feel like they time traveled 10 years into the future. Which I actually didn’t mind at all. I loved how it felt that nothing had really changed, as far as the writing and acting went.

I’d like to say off the bat that I’m on Team Dean. I’m not saying the Rory should end up with him, I just really like Jared Padalecki (he’s actually the reason why I had started watching Gilmore Girls). That being said, I got way too excited when Rory went into Doose’s Market in the first scene. Unfortunately Dean wasn’t there, but Lane was! And an awfully lot of Bagel Bites. In fact, Dean wasn’t in this episode at all, so I will be waiting for that moment and be squealing once it happens. However, we were introduced to a guy that Rory is dating. What was his name? Oh yeah, Paul! The fact that Lorelai, Luke and even Rory could not remember the guy that she’d been dating for two years had me dying. It cracked me up every single time. I could only imagine it was a joke about how Dean, Jess and Logan were the only guys in Rory’s life that matter and any other guy she dates obviously isn’t the one she’s supposed to be with.

I’d like to take a moment to point out how hilarious Kirk was in this episode. Once again he started a new “business,” this time called “Oober.” Because why wouldn’t you want Kirk to drive you around? Lorelai ends up having to call Kirk for a ride, but fortunately for us he gets to join in on Friday night dinner at Emily’s house. I just loved all the Kirk scenes. So much.

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I’m glad that this episode talked about Richard’s funeral. I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to go about it, but it was beautifully done. I was holding back my tears throughout the whole scene, which happened to be a flashback to only four months in the past. Emily and Lorelai seemed to be getting along at the wake, but as things usually go with those two, they got into one of the biggest fights they have ever gotten into. It got to the point that Emily accused Lorelai of not even caring about Richard’s passing. I couldn’t even imagine how much that would’ve hurt.

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I have to give Team Logan the win for this episode. I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to the guys. Like I mentioned before, I’m waiting for Dean to have his scene and *fingers crossed* redeems himself. But Logan was the one that we see first that Rory is giving kisses to. Paul who?

Overall I am completely satisfied with the first episode of the revival. I can’t wait to watch the next one, so join me again for the review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life “Spring.”

If you want more Kirk-y goodness, check out this interview we did with Sean Gunn!


The cast got back into their characters perfectly.
Richard's funeral was beautifully done.


Timeline of the episode was strange.
Hard to tell what some people had been up to in the last 10 years.

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It was great. You will cry tears of joy and sadness so make sure to bring your tissues.

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