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  • BamaEd
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    I didn’t see a thread for the revival, shockingly. If there is one, please link to it and I can bump it and delete this one.

    I loved it. Was it perfect? No. It did get a bit too cute and overstuffed at times. But the direction was great and the performances were stellar. You expect Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop to be Emmy worthy and of course they were. Scott Patterson brought even more shades to Luke and Alexis Bledel was better than ever as Rory looks for her place in the world. The guest performances were great. I loved Alex Kingston in her small role, Liza Weil was pitch perfect as Paris, and Yanic Truesdale brought Michel more fully to life. Thankfully there was just a little bit of April. The comedy was high and full and the tears and emotions were well earned. And that ending..THE FINAL FOUR WORDS! OMGWOWWTF

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    Hieu Vo
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    I just finished this and I have to say I am still at a loss for words. This was nostalgia served in the best possible way. By no means was this a perfect effort, but this is something us fans really needed and I am so glad it happened. The performances were beyond amazing: Lauren Graham deserves an Emmy nom for this, include Kelly Bishop in this as well (as expected). I’m truly impressed by Alexis Bledel and Scott Patterson, and certainly always pleased with the rest of the ensemble; although I do wish there was a bit more of Miss Patty.

    Also- that last four words. Dead. On. The. Floor.

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    I’m two episodes (or “movies”) in. It’s pretty much what I expected. It’s sometimes too cutesy for its own good. Amy has lost a bit of her touch as far as making something adorable and quirky without making it unbearable. And the extended format simply doesn’t work. 6-8 45 minute episodes would have been ideal. But it’s good enough thus far, certainly the best we’ve seen from these types of revivals. Lauren Graham and especially Kelly Bishop have been special.

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    24fanatic
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    This was absolutely great for the nostalgia! Loved every second of this miniseries. Felt a bit weird at times, and I get what they mean when some critics say that it isn’t perfect, but for the most part, this reunion captured the wonderful essence of the original series.

    I know everyone is going to say this, but THOSE FINAL WORDS!!!!! …they were everything and make sense to conclude the series (But also completely make me want to see more!!!).

    I really hope that Gilmore Girls gets its awards due. It doesn’t need it, because the series has already cemented its self in TV history as one of the best, however, it would be nice to see.

    Golden Globes are up first… Would love to see nominations for the miniseries, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and a surprise one for Kelly Bishop (who kills it with her performance!). The show’s best shot is probably just a single nod for Lauren, but a fan can dream, right???

    Kelly Bishop probably stands a greater shot at scoring an Emmy nomination, where I would also like to see Amy nominated for writing (finally!), Lauren nominated (finally!) and some surprise noms, like for Original Song for “Unbreakable,” that final Stars Hollow Broadway number sung by Sutton Foster!

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    I’m on episode 2. Aren’t these the same people who agreed to extremely long episodes of Arrested Development and why didn’t they learn their lesson? These haven’t problematic like AD, they have gone over well, both episodes. I think they have filler, but they’ve been very, very good. But I can’t pretend like 8 episodes with the normal running time wouldn’t have been better. Why couldn’t they have been 2 for each season? Nobody would’ve complained or noticed or said anything.

    Can’t get over Liza Weil. Spring has been amazing for her. So classically over the top like Paris has always been. And Francie showing up was great too. Is Chad Michael Murray really this busy? (of course he’s not).

    Bishop and Graham are still the same Emmy worthy actresses they’ve always been and they still deserve those nominations that never happened. I think that if we consider people like Ashley Judd, Sigourney Weaver and Laura Linney (who actually managed to win as she usually does) were Emmy nominated for cancelled shows and not really a Miniseries but labeled as such, then these two definitely have a shot. Of course there will be huge stars and huge projects nominated, but this time around, this can’t be that impossible, specially with the good reviews they’re getting and Netflix being involved.

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    My God, is there anyway Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop can win 10 Emmys for this? Having the actress who plays Gypsy also play Emily’s maid was stupid and I couldn’t care less about Rory’s career, but the Lorelai/ Emily scenes were gold. The funeral fight from Winter and phone call from Fall were just gorgeously acted. I’m sure bigger stars will win their respective categories, but here’s hoping Graham and Bishop finally get their long overdue 1st nominations now that they’re on Netflix instead of the WB/CW.

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    Graham’s scene on the hill would have gotten my Emmy vote. I’m sure she already won the gold derby tv award for it.

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    My favorite show!

    I really loved the revival, but hated the 4 final words. So much.

    The best scene was Lorelai’s phone call to Emily on the mountain. Lauren deserves to win for that scene. So beautiful.

    There is some stuff I would take out and some storylines I really didn’t like or think were necessary (Logan/Rory) but I am so happy it came back.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Finished the whole thing today.

    First of all, what’s the deal with FOUR words anyway? The whole thing is “I’m Pregnant”, two words, nobody cares about “Mom” and “Yeah”. And it was becoming more and more obvious that Rory was actually pregnant, it’s not the craziest idea since she was running around with Logan and the minute his girl gets back into his life, Jess appears in front of Rory. Then while Logan is still with the other girl, then shows up, then goes away…Jess pops up again. Obviously Dean plays no role here, that was for cuteness purposes. So the whole Rory Gilmore’s Baby angle was expected and made a lot of sense.

    Anyway, Summer was my least favorite episode, I think they wasted a lot of time. Having seen it all, Rory’s whole carreer storyline could’ve been handled better too. Not sure what to think of Emily not being that present in Summer and Fall.

    The whole revival was great. And some people really, really did a fantastic job. I mentioned Graham and Bishop before, but Scott Patterson IS Luke. He did not miss a beat in 8 years. It was as if he never left this character. I think Ventimiglia and Czuchry did a great job too, and everybody in the town was also very much the same. I don’t know what to think about Liz Torres, I haven’t looked her up to see what’s going on there, is she sick? I mean between the weight loss and the hair and how fragile she looked, it’s no wonder she didn’t end up directing the musical. It was also sad to see Mrs Kim get only one scene with the girls, by far one of my favorite and funniest characters the show had.

    Surprised Rose Abdoo got this huge promotion. From a little recurring character (Gypsy), to possibly fifth or sixth cast member to show up the most in the whole revival.

    Also surprised at how much Michelle was in these episodes. David Sutcliffe looks exactly the same. Why isn’t he in more stuff?

    Didn’t know the Palladino’s were such a huge Parenthood fans with cameos from Krause, Ritter and Whitman.

    The Melissa McCarthy scene was also very sweet and very classic, although I think she used her normal Melissa McCarthy voice (like on Mike & Molly), and not the deeper voice she usually acts with, which was more in line with Sookie.

    I’m very happy with the result, yes there was a lot of wasted time, or maybe 8 episodes would’ve been better, but this town, these people, they’re very special, very well written and performed characters, so it was also very sweet to get them back for a little bit.

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    I ended up marathoning this whole thing yesterday and, while hardly without its missteps, I found the revival mostly satisfying. I could watch Bishop, Graham and Patterson forever – all were fantastic here and I’m hopeful Bishop in particular will garner some recognition (I suspect Globe/SAG nods are in the bag for Graham, at least). The bookends, “Winter” and “Fall,” were certainly the strongest of the four, though I probably would’ve chopped off the entire dreadful Logan and friends sequence from the latter. “Spring” was OK (again, too much Logan) but “Summer” was a tad underwhelming. Wasn’t enamored with the Stars Hollow Musical subplot at all. Still, I think the good very much outweighed the bad overall. I’d place the revival on-par with Season 5.

    Oh, and the last four words? I think I kinda preferred the original series finale?

    B+ overall.

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    I watched the first two episodes in December, wasn’t really interested, stopped watching and started over a few days ago.

    It’s a mild disappointment for me. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece. I wasn’t even expecting it to remind me of the original series at its peak. But from a storytelling perspective it was just too much of a mess. The pacing was consistently off and so was the tone at least half of the time. Scenes went on forever, even ones that added no value. And it was overall just too cutesy for its own good. The town quirkiness lost most of its charm by the original’s final few seasons, so to put so much emphasis on that was a mistake. “Fall” and “Winter” had some of the best moments from either version of the show and “Spring” was overall the most entertaining, but they were muddled by hapless, dull scenes and undeveloped plotting. Going the 8 episodes, 45 minutes a piece route would have definitely been a better approach and would have done way more justice to the supporting players.

    I didn’t mind Rory’s story arc or her ending. And Bledel’s acting was okay, certainly an improvement over much of what we saw from her in the show’s latter few years. Rory still just isn’t all that interesting, and the writers still weren’t brave enough to truly explore her shortcomings.

    Graham and Bishop would certainly be worthy of Emmy nods. But this needed to receive an overwhelming amount of approval from critics and fans in order for there to be a chance of that happening. Though considering how good Netflix is with campaigning I wouldn’t be shocked if at least one of them snuck in there.

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