The Return of “Gilmore Girls:” Netflix’s Latest Mini-Series

Gilmore Girls chatting with creator Amy Sherman Palladino, who talks about fans expressing their feelings about the final few words of this new series. Photo by Eric Charbonneau/AP.

Gilmore Girls chatting with creator Amy Sherman Palladino, who talks about fans expressing their feelings about the final few words of this new series. Photo by Eric Charbonneau/AP.

By Jordan Norkus

Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

After almost 10 years since the final episode aired, the “Gilmore Girls” are back.

On Friday, Nov. 25 Netflix released a new mini-series titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the comedy-drama is a continuation of the original series and follows the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.

Students have been anticipating the show since the revival was officially confirmed by Netflix and Warner Bros, on Jan. 29, 2016.

“‘Gilmore Girls’ is one of my favorite shows. It’s relatable and real so everyone can connect to it,” said junior Manuela Contreras. “I have been waiting for the revival for months.”

Most of the original cast members returned for the revival including Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop.

Whether the cast members had a main role, recurring role, or appeared as a guest star, fans were pleased to see familiar faces.

“It was as great as I expected, they showed all of the characters we loved,” said Contreras. “I really hope they continue with another season.”

However, some students had low expectations to begin with and were not as impressed with the show.

“It wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was gonna be,” said senior Alexandra Kostis. “Parts of it were very clever and funny but other parts they just tried way too hard and it came off cheesy. It grew on me as I kept watching, but sometimes they definitely dragged it on.”

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is made up of four, 88 to 102 minute episodes all named after one of the four seasons. Netflix released them all at once, allowing subscribers to watch them right away or to take their time with it.

Other students think that the mini-series wasn’t as good as the original series.

“So far the revival isn’t exactly what I expected. I’m only on the third episode but so far I feel like the original episodes are better,” said sophomore Julie Palumberi. “There’s way too much confusing drama in the revival and the hour and a half long episodes make it hard to focus the entire time.”

The last episode,“Fall,” concludes with a cliffhanger leaving some fans disappointed and eagerly anticipating what could happen next.

“I was upset by the ending. I never enjoy cliffhangers so it made me want to watch more, in the sense that I wanted to know what would happen next,” said Kostis.

Students also said how the end of the season gave them mixed feelings.

“The ending was such a twist and it left me so emotional. I was happy, sad and confused all at the same time,” said junior Megan Power.

Although there were mixed reviews from both fans and critics, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” left fans wanting more and hopeful that it would not be the end for Lorelai and Rory.

“I pray that this ending means that there will be another season,” said Power. “I’d be a happy girl.”

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