Sunday, July 7, 2013

Gilmore Girls Mondays: Week 4

Gilmore Girls Mondays is a semi-regular feature hosted by me, Molli and Jessica as we do a rewatch-along of Gilmore Girls that we started on June 1st. Each of us has a different approach, but for my posts I'll be talking about the episodes I watched each week, sharing my thoughts plus favourite quotes, scenes, etc. If you want to join in, you can tweet with us using the hashtag #GilmoreGirls, and if you want to join in the discussions, feel free to grab the graphic (please link back to our blogs) and create posts of your own, or just comment with your thoughts. Warning: if you haven't watched the show before, there will be spoilers.

Episode 12: Double Date
Episode 13: Concert Interruptus
Episode 14: That Damn Donna Reed
Episode 15: Christopher Returns
Episode 16: Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
Episode 17: The Breakup, Part II

I love that we’re getting to see more of Luke, and also learning a bit about his past. I also love that Lorelai is jealous when Rachel returns, and it occurs to her for the first time - after all these years - that maybe, just maybe, Luke might be something other than the guy who feeds her and keeps her in coffee.

I also like that we’re seeing more to Paris than just the villain. She’s still evil and horrible, but she’s also hilarious in a completely unintentional way, which I love. She’s becoming more human, more three-dimensional, and I’m starting to remember that I do eventually end up really liking her (it’s been kind of hard remembering that in these early episodes). When Lorelai and Sookie took Rory, Paris, Madeline, and Louis to the Bangles concert and all that crap went down, watching Paris just being totally chill was possibly my favourite part. When she said, all blissfully, “You know what? I think this is the best night I've ever had” I seriously cracked up. Classic.

And then there’s Christopher. Ahh, Christopher. My mother despises Christopher. She’s been semi-watching with me (she pretends to read but I see her watching the TV half the time, and she’ll chime in or laugh once in awhile), and when Christopher arrived, she groaned. I can kind of understand her feelings toward him, but there’s a part of me that’s always had a soft spot for Christopher. He doesn’t mean to be a screw-up. He and Lorelai have decades of history - he wasn’t just some one-night stand or even a fling. They’ve known each other since they were SIX. That's a lot of history, a lot of baggage, a lot of things shared - including a child.

And finally, there’s Dean. And Dean and Rory’s three-month anniversary. And Dean and Rory’s break up. And Rory’s “I’m ready to wallow now” which makes me cry every time.  *sigh* And I just love how Emily has to point out to Lorelai: “Tonight your daughter is celebrating her three-month anniversary. When was the last relationship you had that lasted that long?” Argh. You can tell Lorelai had already thought of that - she didn’t need her mother pointing it out/rubbing it in. But Emily wouldn't be Emily if she didn't do just that, right? Lorelai's going through a lot - watching people in love (which, when you're not and want to be is the most frustrating thing ever), splitting from Max, realizing she might have feelings for Luke just as his ex comes back to town, Christopher showing up and all the drama that comes with that…I really felt for her these last few episodes. She’s all over the place, but she still manages to stay strong, and be a good friend and a kick-ass mother.

Also? I seriously love Luke. That's nothing new, but really...*sighs and swoons*

Lane: “How do I look?”
Rory: “You look too good for him.”
Lane: “Just what I was going for.”

Lorelai to Rory: “I have to know where you are at all times, especially when you have my shoes on.”


Lorelai: “You know, it doesn't always work to just lock a kid up and throw away the key.”
Mrs. Kim: “I didn’t throw away the key, it's in the kitchen.”

Lorelai: “In this parade of stupid and dumb I'm the one twirling the flaming baton.”

Rory: “She likes washing dishes, too. She’s multi-faceted abnormal.”

Lorelai: “Um, can I make one more suggestion?”
Luke: “No.”
Lorelai: “Curtains?”
Luke: “No.”
Lorelai: “Manly curtains.”
Luke: “Oxymoron.”
Lorelai: “What did you call me?”

Dean: “You are very odd, you know that?”
Rory: “Thank you.”

What did you think of these  six episodes? Are there any that particularly stand out to you? How did you feel about Rory and Dean's breakup? Do you think Dean acted fairly or overreacted? What do you think of Lorelai finally realizing she might have feelings for Luke but then sleeping with not only Christopher but also Max?

Monday, July 1, 2013

An update

Another Monday without a Gilmore Girls Monday post. Oops! When Molli and I first decided to do the rewatch, I was so excited I didn’t think I’d be able to wait for June. Then June arrived and I got so busy I hardly had time to watch any. I haven’t watched a single episode of Gilmore Girls in about two weeks because I’ve been so bogged down with work and other stuff. I’m hoping to catch up this week and be back to regular GG watching - and blogging - next week.

I’ve realized recently that I’ve taken on too much. Between trying to write my next book, keep up with two blogs, designing a cover for a friend, doing beta reading/editing for that same friend, and just regular life stuff, I’m going crazy. I’ve hardly had any time to myself, and it’s really starting to take a toll on my mental health. Add to that the fact that I’m getting extremely restless and want to just get the hell away from my life for awhile…yeah. Going crazy. Everyone I know either seems to be in love or traveling or in love AND traveling and I’m stuck here, as always, doing the same thing every single day, looking at the same four walls.

Jeeze, I sound so bitter. And I kind of am, which I hate. I don't want to be that person. I don’t begrudge anyone their happiness - especially the few people I love like crazy and I’m HAPPY for them and they deserve the happiness they've found, but...I wish I were happy too.

And now after this thoroughly negative and depressing post, I promise there will be better things to come in July. And actual posts instead of silence like June.