Judge Ryan Keefer wonders if there really are hollow stars, but thanks his lucky stars for birthing Lauren Graham in the state of Virginia!
Our reviews of Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season (published May 17th, 2004), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Second Season (published February 2nd, 2005), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season (published December 13th, 2005), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Sixth Season (published September 25th, 2006), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season (published December 19th, 2007), and Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series (published November 28th, 2007) are also available.
Jason: "I have a bottle of vodka back at my place. A big bottle of
vodka. The world's biggest bottle."
By its third season, Gilmore Girls had moved from a breakout success on a still emerging network to a staple program on the Warner Brothers schedule, featuring a cavalcade of young stars. Its dialogue is rapid-fire and full of pop culture references, and any show that provides mild nods or tributes to the SLA, Akira Kurosawa, and Howard Stern, sometimes in the same episode, has got to have some kind of gravitas to it. So, how does the last season before the magic of syndication look?
Facts of the Case
Much like previous seasons of the show, twenty-two episodes span six discs with four episodes on each of the first five discs and two on the sixth. The episodes are:
• "Ballrooms & Biscotti"
• "The Lorelais' First Day at Yale"
• "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles"
• "Chicken or Beef?"
• "The Fundamental Things Apply"
• "An Affair to Remember"
• "The Festival of Living Art"
• "Die, Jerk"
• "Ted Koppel's Big Night Out"
• "The Nanny and the Professor"
• "In the Clamor and the Clangor"
• "A Family Matter"
• "Nag Hammadi is Where They Found the Gnostic
• "The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais"
• "Scene in a Mall"
• "The Reigning Lorelai"
• "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist"
• "Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom"
• "Luke Can See Her Face"
• "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights"
• "Raincoats and Recipes"
While Gilmore Girls does feature a lot of good performances by quality actors, sometimes the show immerses itself more in the pop culture references than actually advancing storylines. The B storylines feature characters that not many people can identify with or even tolerate. What makes this an even bigger problem is that these are given such little attention over the course of the season, that anything that doesn't involve a Gilmore is essentially an intrusion when one watches the show. And the reason why they are not discussed here is that they're not worth the eye strain to read, or the keystrokes to type. Does anyone want to hear about the emergence of Skid Row's Sebastian Bach as a television actor? OK.
The performances by the cast are still good, Graham plays a woman with conflicted feelings to two men kinda well, and Bledel's performances continue to improve, and this season provides her with the best lines and stories she's had to date. Patterson is still a little wooden and stoic, but the evolution of his character in season four is nice to see. Since they have always played a key part in the Gilmores' lives, it was great to finally see Bishop and Herrmann work in some scenes that had more teeth to them, and the characters were certainly hitting stride in the show, and the season is left with some interesting uncertainty.
All in all, fans of current events and humorous references will enjoy the dialogue, because that is what you're going to hear. It's certainly not as compelling as other sitcoms, but it's innocuous fun that spans a broad audience—and it's better than anything else on the WB right now.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Six discs of quality young adult television, and there's nothing to inspire any prospective new fans to the show, aside from the possibility of incestuous desires that folks like Seth McFarlane have suggested at. But seriously, here's hoping that Graham, Bledel, and company can give some more love back to those that have helped in their success by contributing more to these sets.
In the last year that the Gilmore Girls were still under one roof, a lot of events were going on and culminated with a huge event in one girl's life, providing the perfect transition to future seasons of the show. Fans of the show enjoyed this season, and for those who are curious, there are enough substantial connections with each part of the family to bask in the quality acting.
Lorelai, Rory, Richard, and Emily are free to go with reservations. Assuming they meet the conditions of their probation and correct the wrongs the current season has experienced, the charge will be expunged from their record.
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