Gilmore Girls Season Seven – Stars Hollow Fades Into Darkness
Gilmore Girls had a terrific run on television. full of wit and good humor it never failed to deliver. That was until Season seven. While it still held some of its good spirit it fell flat of its usual spunk. Mostly due to the loss of the creator and head writer before season seven, it lacked its usual creative luster.
Of course, the acting was still good. Lauren Graham did a terrific job as "Lorelai Gilmore." Naturally she had been playing this part for six years prior, but nonetheless she took her performances to a new level. Her emotional intensity was off the chart. in the scene after she had married Chris and realized that she really shouldn't have married him her emotional range went from a great actress to a very good actress. when telling Chris how she really feels about the whole thing the tears are real, but not to the point where the scene comes off ridiculous. The one thing that suffered in her performance was the usual dialog pace. Usually her pace is very "My Girl Friday," but this season it was a lot slower and a lot less delightful.
Alexis Bledel is as always the delightful and smart "Rory Gilmore." Again, while she was as smart and sweet as usual, it seemed at times that the performances were pushed. It was mostly due in part that some of the plotlines were along the lines of something she knows is not what her character would do or say. although her performance was good as always, there was something missing and it was definitely not as good as the prior season.
The dialog in this season made the relationships seem strained. "Chris" and "Lorelai" were semi-believable until you get to the part where they are married and it seems very off. Again it has to do with whoever wrote the dialog. It was weird and very much off. even "Rory" and "Logan's" relationship while fun and sweet seemed overdramatic and very strange. While all the actors did the best they could to hold up their characters against the dialog, it fell flat. The only relationship that seemed true to itself was "Lorelai" and "Rory's." The credit is given to the actors.
The last episode was not what was imagined. "Gilmore Girls" is about happiness and things working out for the better. That is something you rarely see on television. The finale, while delivering on our hopes to have "Lorelai" and "Luke" together gave us no payoff. we see them kiss and that is it. That is not enough for an audience that has waited for seven seasons. There was no scene afterwards to show how much in love they were or even a wedding. having "Rory" leaving to be a reporter on a political campaign made a lot of sense and it was a wise choice. what was not a wise choice was having "Rory" and "Logan" split up. While they are sometimes complete opposites, it would have added to the joy of the whole series by having them come together.
While this season did disappoint, there are many more seasons that can be said to have conquered our hearts. Don't get me wrong, there are many moments in this season that will make you laugh and say "ahhhh," but compared to the other seasons there is not much to see. It would have been nice to see Stars Hollow go on, but as it is Stars Hollow faded into darkness.