Who needs a review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?
The fans won't heed it and the anti-fans will delight any finding any negative comment they can to bolster their hate. I'm not going to feed either of those monsters.
What I am going to do is extol the virtues of this reboot, perhaps the most welcome of any that Netflix has announced (barring any announcement of a Firefly reunion -- pretty please -- but I digress).
How much do I love this glimpse into the lives of our favorite mother-daughter tag team? Let me count the ways.
Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, now 32, are closer than most best friends, let alone mothers and daughters. It's a relationship model for BFFs and daughters of mothers. (It also means Lorelai is just south of 50 and the way she looks is aspirational for many, too.)
Their sound relationship gives a platform on which some of the other not-so-great ones can strut. Oh, look, there's Emily, Lorelai's mother! Emily's played fiercely and fearlessly by Kelly Bishop.
Their inside jokes don't resemble falling down laughing so much as the patter that can be found in Broadway and-or Hollywood musicals, more the former, not so much the latter.
There's more meat in this than just rebooting the love story between mother and daughter. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is back, too, and that means that fans better come prepared because she can't waste time on providing back story in case you forgot. She's loaded for bear.
In the first of the 90-minute episodes, each titled after the first line of the Carol King theme song, Stars Hollow has lost none of its quirky charm or its quirky denizens. They all show up, with nary an explication to be found. You have to get with this program, and fast.
Lauren Graham fairly sparkles in the role that made her a household name. Alexis Bledel, who always portrayed Rory with a bit of melancholy, settles back in nicely.
So, too, does everyone else. The troubadour, Kirk, Miss Patty and even Gypsy make appearances early and often. (It's weirdly disconcerting how everyone seems thinner than I remember.) But they're what make Stars Hollow a unique place. Lorelai just happens to live there, with Luke (Scott Patterson) just holding on as he does. She wears him out; toward the end of the show's run, Lorelai and Rory could wear viewers out, too, but that's what everyone else was for.
There's a joke involving Xanax and Twitter and Lorelai that employee-friend Michel Gerarde -- killing all speculation when he says he's married to Frederick -- delivers with such snobbery that I wonder if Yanic Truesdale is really like that in his everyday life. And Taylor Doose (Michael Winters) is still, well, obnoxiously portrayed. And guest stars are great in their brevity.
Lorelai was right when she said, with a hint of exasperation, early on that "the whole town was built in a snow globe." That's OK, this shakeup is perfect. And "Winter" ends for the Gilmores where it was always destined to end even amid cries for a new season.
You'll have to watch to get it that line. Much like Gilmore Girls itself.