Tonight, sadly, will be our last visit to Stars Hollow, which ranks with Cicely, Alaska and Stuckeyville, Ohio among the top quirky fictional towns to live in. After seven years, Gilmore Girls will have its final episode tonight. There is some irony in having the show end as the Republicans debate. While I’ve had previous posts on the show, and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s amazing dialog, on blogs before Liberal Values, my first post on the show here was in August. The Washington Post had run a story on the declining support for Republicans in the Northeast. I used Stars Hollow as an example of a Northeast town where George Bush is disliked, quoting from Lorelei Gilmore:
Lorelei has been blunt about her feelings about George Bush. “I hate President Bush! He’s stupid, and his face is too small for his head. I just want to toss him out.” She also shares our fears over the erosion of civil liberties. She saw an analogy to contemporary American when putting a leash on her dog (Friday Night Is All Right For Fighting):
- Oh, he’s perfectly fine with having his personal freedoms slowly stripped away, as long as he’s completely unaware that it’s happening. Just like a true American.
Lorelai’s parents identify more with the Bush Administration (Fight Face):
- Richard: I should tell Scooter Libby about this. I keep forgetting I know a man on the inside. I’ll give him a call.
- Emily: Before an indictment comes down.
Lorelai rejects her rich parents, and identifies George Bush with them. When she came into some money (Happy Birthday, Baby) her views were apparent. “Seventy-five thousand dollars. I feel so rich. And suddenly in complete agreement with everything Bush has to say.”
Lorelei has also influenced the way in which her daughter Rory sees Republicans (One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes):
- Lorelai: So, I think I’m in touch with the other side.
- Rory: The other side of. . .
- Lorelai: The other side.
- Rory: With Republicans?
The final season, without Amy Sherman-Palladino, was disappointing at times, but it was far better than not being able to vist Stars Hollow at all. The post discussed above also included previous posts on Gilmore Girls from earlier blogs. Under the fold I’ll repost one of these–an article from Esquire on why Gilmore Girls is the best show on television for men.
Update: The Finale
Gilmore girls is the best show on TV for men
Esquire; 10/1/2005; Jacobs, A.J.
I KNOW THAT professing my love for Gilmore Girls is a bit like saying that I just went to a really super scrapbooking workshop. It’s just not something straight adult males are supposed to say. I mean, the show has a Carole King theme song, for God’s sake. Sally Struthers plays a recurring character. Doesn’t matter. I love it, and you should, too.
I first tried Gilmore Girls a year ago, late at night, my wife asleep, The Daily Show over. I faced the dregs of her TiVo selections, and Gilmore Girls looked slightly more promising than Big Brother.
I was smitten from the first moment–or at least from the first moment after the Carole King theme song. The show, about a single mom, Lorelai, and her daughter, Rory (both of whom, incidentally, are quite hot), takes place in a small Connecticut town, a quirky Northern Exposure–like village free from homelessness and cops searching bags in the subway. The dialogue is clever, clipped, allusion-heavy–Billy Wilder meets Us Weekly.
And the characters speak fast, really fast, like FedEx-commercial-from-the-’80s fast. You have to pay attention; this is no time to work on your scrapbook, or else you’ll miss the best writing on TV. Here’s Lorelai, played by Lauren Graham: “My mother–she was here. I can feel it. Smell that? The room smells like guilt and Chanel No. 5.” And here’s Rory complaining about being held captive at a soul-deadening dinner: “This is Iran in ‘79 and you are Jimmy Carter. What do we do?” Or Lorelai and her contractor: “Tom, I’m lovin’ you like a two-dollar whore.” Tom: “Terrific. I’ll tell the wife.”
And, men–in case I didn’t make the hot-actress point sufficiently clear: This is a show worth watching even if the sound is muted, especially now that Rory–played by the stunning Alexis Bledel–is out of high school and you can leer at her without feeling like you should be chemically castrated.