If you follow me at all on Twitter you’ll have noticed I’ve not talked pretty much non-stop about Gilmore Girls, and my unadulterated love for Jess Mariano. Growing up this was my all time favourite Tv programme to watch during the summer holidays. I even introduced my Grandma to it, although I don’t know if she loved it quite as much as I did, she happily put up with me constantly putting it on her TV for us to watch together.
You can probably guess I’m pretty excited for season 8 airing on Netflix next month. In preparation of the new season starting, I’ve been binge watching all previous 7 seasons from start to finish as I don’t think I’ve ever actually watched them all in order before. Re-watching 153 hours worth of the goings on of Lorelai and Rory has reminded me of how much I adore this show and the theme tune is now forever embedded in my brain. But its also reminded me of all the things about the show I originally fell in love with.
Stars Hollow. Yeah, I’m 100% obsessed with the little town of Stars Hollow and would do anything to live somewhere like that. There’s just something so romantic and nostalgic about a little town where everybody knows each other. Full of little independent shops, restaurants and cafe’s and local businesses ran by people you know. I admit maybe at times having your neighbours know everything about like might grate a little, like when Dean dumps Rory and the news travels around like lightning. But the idea of living in a small town that hosts events throughout the year holds town meetings so everybody has an input in what goes on, and generally just having your neighbours there to support you whenever you need it, is really appealing to me.
Rory Gilmore. I’m probably not alone in this, but Rory is my favourite character on the show. This is probably due to the fact we were a similar age when I started watching this, so always found it easy to relate to her. I love her character and have always felt she is somebody I could easily be friends with. She is a huge book lover and has so much drive and passion to succeed in what she wants to do, so growing up she was a huge inspiration. Similarly to her, I spent my teenage years focusing on a particular career that I felt I was good at, and then took a knockback when somebody made me feel like I didn’t have what it takes. I can really relate to what its like to be on a course and suddenly wanting to quit due to a certain adult. I’m glad a persevered to the end even though I’ve not ended up doing what I originally planned to do.
Jess Mariano. If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan you’ll be aware of the whole #teamdean #teamjess #teamlogan debate, and if not there are articles all over the web about who was the best and worst boyfriend of Rory. Watching the show when I was younger I naively liked them all and didn’t really have a favourite. I think that was probably down to being quite young and never dated myself. But watching it now as an adult my favourite out of the three is Jess. I know a lot of people would disagree but you’ve got to hear me out. I found Dean annoying and whiney. At first, I found him okay, and I think he was the best first boyfriend Rory could have had, he was caring, he was sweet and he loved her. However, he never seemed interested in the things she liked. Like when they were at the book fair and he just kept complaining how bored he was. If you love somebody there’s something amazing about seeing them passionate about something that makes them ridiculously happy, even if you don’t understand yourself. Not to mention the fact he cheated on his wife with her and then seemed angry at her that the marriage fell apart because of it. Logan was too full of himself and I always found him too cocky. He didn’t seem right for Rory. I felt Rory changed a lot whilst with Logan, like joining the DAR, dropping out of Yale or even the way she started dressing. It just didn’t seem like Rory. For me Jess will always be number one, they had interests in common, when he was caring he really was caring. He sucked sometimes at expressing his feelings and did have a few moments where he acted like an ass, but giving his upbringing I’m not all that surprised he acted that way.
Kirk. When I first watched Gilmore Girls I didn’t really pay that much attention to Kirk, he was just that weird character that always seemed to pop up. But watching the show for the second time I’ve realised how much I under-appreciated Kirk the first time around. I’ve never known any character has so many different jobs in such a short space of time. From working in a video store to a beauty shop, a town dog walker, even an assistant manager in Doose’s mart. I’ve looked it up online and in total Kirk has had 62 jobs in the 7 seasons of the show. His quirks and one-liners are some of my favourite parts of the show – he is just so damn adorable!
The theme tune. It’s as simple as that. Whats not to love? It’s catchy, it’s motivational, its upbeat and I can’t stop singing it! Although I think constantly bursting into song at least once a day may be annoying Lee a little bit, I can’t help it, the song is embedded into my brain. Watching all the shows in one go has not only rekindled my love for Stars Hollow and everybody in it, but its also shown me how much the quality of TV has changed over the past decade. I’m mega excited to see how Stars Hollow will look in HD, that’s mostly just to perv even more on Jess Mariano, but that can be our little secret.
If you’re really going to enjoy how gorgeous everybody is in HD you really need a great tv, like the UHD TV Panasonic to watch it on to take full advantage of our modern wonder of high definition television.