New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.
One of the great television tragedies of our age was the final season of Gilmore Girls, in which creator/showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino was ditched and the show ran off the rails. Everything in that last, Amy- less season was wrong; it made me think of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, when the little boy insists that the woman who looks and speaks like his mom just isn't her.
I gave up a few episodes in, heartbroken that the GG story arc had gone off a cliff. To this day I have no idea how life turned out for those Gilmore Snatchers.
From the beginning, A Year in the Life feels like the true Gilmore Girls. The characters speak and act as they're supposed to. At the same time, the first episode is not *great* Gilmore Girls. It's just nice to see them again.
The second episode is better, but it's not until the third episode that the mini-series truly becomes the show I always loved. That episode is wildly funny, particularly a brilliantly terrible musical that I loved from beginning to end (I disagree with those who feel it should have been shortened).
Like the original, AYITL is very funny and very touching, and I care about its characters, who are the same lovable but deeply flawed (yes, Rory was always deeply flawed, so quit acting like her not being a saint is a betrayal of the series) people I remember. And Emily's journey as she deals with the changes in her life is glorious.
Were there flaws and oddities? Sure. I found Rory's encounter with the rich kids a silly overreach and some characters seem to be there just because they were in the original rather than because they added something to the plot.
So yeah, I could pick at the loose threads of this mini-series, but I won't, in the same way I never picked at the loose threads of the original series. It was Sherman-Palladino's vision, and as far as I'm concerned, whatever she does with those characters is the right thing to do with them. I love them all, and I am thrilled to have a chance to reenter their lives. Here's hoping they return yet again.
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