Monday, December 21, 2015

Podcast #62 - S3E15 - Face-Off

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Podcast #61 - S3E14 - Swan Song

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Podcast #60 - S3E13 - Dear Emily and Richard

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Podcast #59 - S3E12 - Lorelai Out of Water

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Podcast #58 - S3E11 - I Solemnly Swear

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Podcast #57 - SPOILERS - Netflix Revival #2

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Podcast #56 - S3E10 - That'll Do, Pig

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Voice is Stronger Than the Pen?

Hello, all!

Some of you may have noticed that Celeste has stopped posting written reviews. I am now choosing to follow suit. With the demands for time in our lives, we've decided to focus all of our Return to Stars Hollow time and efforts on the podcast. That's the most important part to us! We hope you will continue to enjoy the podcasts and not miss the written reviews too much.

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Cordia and Celeste

Monday, October 26, 2015

Podcast #55 - SPOILERS - Netflix Revival #1

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Podcast #54 - S3E9 - A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Podcast #53 - S3E8 - Let the Games Begin

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Cordia's Review of S3E8 - Let the Games Begin


Let the Games Begin
Season 3, Episode 8
Original airing: November 19, 2002

My Rating: 78

The Good:
·         Luke’s protective parent rant in the apartment is great fun. He has two teenagers to feel responsible for in this situation and he obviously thinks he’s got everything under control. It’s reminiscent of his earlier assumptions about how easy it would be to turn Jess around when he first arrived. And while he hopes Rory will have a good impression on Jess, he is also worried that Jess will have a bad impression on Rory.
·         I really like Rory checking in with Lorelai about how she’s going to treat Jess. She’s fully aware of Lorelai’s preferences in the boyfriend department, so it makes sense that she would want to know how Lorelai intends to behave in this new post-Dean world.
·         Richard’s ability to keep the real reason for the trip to Yale under his hat is pretty impressive. Especially when he’s so awkward when the moment comes for the interview. His bit about looking at his watch and being surprised that it happens to be 3:00 is excellent. While I’m frustrated with him as an audience member, I felt this was perfectly in character. He didn’t trust that Lorelai would allow the meeting to happen if there was forewarning, so he just does it without her leave.
·         The inter-Gilmore fights were great. Everyone had perfect reasons for feeling the way they did in this moment. Richard knows he can help Rory get in to Yale and that Lorelai will oppose him. Rory is frustrated that she wasn’t given the opportunity to provide the best first impression possible. Lorelai is frustrated that one of her parents has again duped her and overstepped their bounds as grandparent to Rory. And Emily is frustrated that Richard was sneaky and drove another wedge between the grandparents and Lorelai and Rory. It’s very easy to see everyone’s side of the situation and empathize with them all, even if I don’t sympathize with Richard.
·         It’s interesting to see Rory and Lorelai giving Yale some serious consideration at the end of the episode. This potentially sets up some intriguing conflicts about which school Rory might end up at and how she will react to this very personal decision after going to Harvard has become so much a part of who she is as a person. And there are the additional stakes of the grandparents possibly pushing for Yale and Christopher possibly pushing for Harvard, due to proximity. We could get some very interesting stories out of this concept.
·         While I thought Rory going to apologize to Dean was premature and smacked of the show wanting the audience to forgive Rory, I really liked how Dean handled the situation. I was glad he didn’t forgive her instantly and put the show back on a nicey-nice level. It was actually very emotional to have him close the window in her face and gave him one of his most real moments on the show.

The Bad:
·         It’s become unfortunately common for Stars Hollow to have its own time vortex. There were several timing issues in this episode including the question of if the first two scenes happened on Sunday morning right after the dance marathon, or Monday morning the next day. Lorelai mentions the Dean and Rory break up happened the night before, but Rory seems to be headed to school. We also have a direct jump to Friday Night Dinner after this which means Rory and Jess didn’t see or speak to each other for the entire week. That seems pretty unlikely.

Favorite Moment:
·         It was adorable, sweet, and completely realistic to have Rory and Jess awkward with each other in their first couple of scenes. They need to reestablish how they interact now that they can freely express their feelings and be together without any barriers. It was really sweet seeing them fumble in the apartment, hold hands, and just whisper “hi.” It felt like a new beginning.

The Bottom Line:

·         This was a very good episode. It feels like it could have been a season opener with the way it’s setting up new possibilities and reestablishing relationships between multiple characters. I greatly enjoyed it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Podcast Delayed

Hello, all. Unfortunately, Cordia has caught a cold this week. While a two-hour podcast with Cordia's delirium would have been undoubtedly amusing, Celeste decided it was kinder to just let her sleep. We'll be back next week!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Podcast #52 - S3E7 - They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?

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Cordia's Review of S3E7 - They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?


They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?
Season 3, Episode 7
Original airing: November 12, 2002

My Rating: 86

The Good:
The end of the Dean and Rory relationship is something I’ve been waiting for since mid-season one, so I’m pretty pleased it’s finally here. Dean’s bad behavior throughout the relationship has become clearer during this rewatch and Rory’s bad behavior at the end has made it pretty plain these two were doomed. This was a very satisfying and surprising way to finish things off.

I never expected Dean to be the one to do the breaking up. The episode did a great job of pushing Dean to this point through Rory’s obvious obsession with Jess. I was completely on his side that she was hurting him all the time and it needed to stop. His timing was, of course, less than perfect. Rory isn’t trying to be hurtful; she’s confused and making poor choices from stress and exhaustion. Dean choosing to break up with Rory in the middle of the dance floor and in front of Jess feels purposefully mean. He could have pulled her in to the hallway. But he’s also a teenager and it’s easy to assume they both have lost control of their emotions.

The end scene at the lake was beautiful for several reasons and the one that really made me happy was the level of honesty on display. Rory and Jess both seem exhausted and ready to just lay it out there. They aren’t being quippy or making references. They’re just stating that Dean was right and that’s that. I really appreciated that the show had Jess choose to go break up with Shane before full pursuing Rory. That was a nice touch after Dean’s outburst to show that Jess does have a sense of decency.

I greatly enjoyed the majority of the background stories as well. Kirk’s obsession with winning the marathon and Lorelai’s rivalry with him were both entertaining. Sookie and Jackson’s baby fight was a nice way to introduce the idea of children for their storyline and was more interesting than just stating their going to have kids. And Lane and Dave couldn’t have been cuter. It’s nice to see Dave heard Lane’s concerns about her mother and is willing to navigate that unique relationship to spend time with her.

The Bad:
The one thing that really bothered me in this episode was Jamie’s return. It feels like he’s been gone for a while and his sudden reappearance feels a bit heavy. I could see how it might be romantic for a teenage girl to have a cute college guy visit out of nowhere and declare how he can’t stop thinking about you. But from a slightly older perspective, it felt a bit stalker to me. I don’t think that’s how the show at all intended the scene to play and it wasn’t bad enough that it really reduced my overall enjoyment of the episode. It was bad enough that I noticed and felt just a bit uncomfortable.

Favorite Moment:
Dave’s overly detailed story about bringing his parents back for the sandwiches, but only if they finished in 20 minutes, otherwise he’d be on the stairs… you know… over there… in 30 minutes… just saying… was fantastic! I loved how it got more and more obvious as he kept speaking and how it went completely over Mrs. Kim’s head. Lane and Dave are adorable.

The Bottom Line:

This was my favorite episode of the season so far. I had very, very few complaints and mostly thought the multitude of storylines was hitting really well. I’m thrilled that the Rory and Dean relationship has finally come to an end and we can see how things develop between Rory and Jess.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Podcast #51 - S3E6 - Take the Deviled Eggs...

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Cordia's Review of S3E6 - Take the Deviled Eggs...

Take the Deviled Eggs…
Season 3, Episode 6
Original airing: November 5, 2002

My Rating: 66

The Good:
I thought this was an overall good episode. Nothing stuck out as particularly stellar or particularly bad.

I enjoyed most of the storyline with Jess’ car. I liked the opportunity it provided for Luke to realize how out of control he is in this situation with his nephew. He often states that he has the power in the relationship and we know as viewers that this is generally not true. Luke’s attempts to discover Jess’ secret shows how far he is willing to go, from grilling Gypsy for information to hunting through Jess’ sock drawer.

The pay-off scene when Luke learns Jess is working at Wal-mart was excellent. We got to see their relationship balance out a bit through some merciless teasing, which felt appropriate to their style of interaction.

Rory’s side of the story with Jess didn’t work quite as well, but I found it believable that she would transfer her frustration and anger about Jess and Shane on to his car. While she always sided with him that the accident in season two was an actual accident, it made sense that this would be an excellent outlet for her feelings.

I really liked that the car storyline allowed for a very funny scene between Gypsy and Jackson. I had never thought about these two interacting, but it was brilliant. Gypsy is a wonderfully caustic character and her wit and humor about Jackson’s truck repairs was perfect.

The highlight of the episode for me actually centered on the small vignettes with the townspeople. I loved everyone’s interest in Miss Patty’s date, Gypsy and Jackson are a great pair, the reverend and the rabbi did an excellent job of bringing Taylor down a few pegs, and the final protest fell apart in a very appropriately Stars Hollow manner.

The Bad:
My biggest struggle with the episode was the Sherry storyline. While I think the show is doing a pretty good job of making Sherry a more three dimensional character, it boils down that I just don’t care very much about her or her pregnancy. She’s still overall pushy in this episode. Practically forcing Lorelai to attend the shower was way too much.

I care more about how the pregnancy is affecting Rory and her relationship with Christopher, but we really don’t get to see that. The biggest bit from this is Sherry unintentionally driving Lorelai crazy and Lorelai’s understandable frustration, even though her chosen catharsis was extremely childish.

Favorite Moment:
I was really touched by the entire town meeting oohing and aahing over Miss Patty’s newest man. It was incredibly sweet and even Luke was smiling and getting in to the action.

The Bottom Line:

While we got some forward momentum on some story lines, nothing struck me as particularly dynamic.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Podcast #50 - S3E5 - Eight O'Clock at the Oasis

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Cordia's Review of S3E5 - Eight O'Clock at the Oasis


Eight O’Clock at the Oasis
Season 3, Episode 5
Original airing: October 22, 2002

My Rating: 58

The Good:
The highlight of this episode was definitely Rory and Jess’ scene at the end. Not only were they displaying some incredibly intense eye contact, but it was nice to see them being friendly again. I really liked Jess stepping in to help out when Rory obviously wasn’t going to ask him. And I found it very intriguing that he took the nice guy route and turned the water back on so Dean could play the hero. In the past, he probably would have hung around and made a big deal about saving the day before Dean arrived. But here he actually gets out of the way to help Rory avoid a fight.

Other moments I really enjoyed in this episode were both of Michel’s scenes and Richard protecting Emily’s lifestyle.

Michel got to actually do something a bit significant this episode and it was very enjoyable. I wasn’t at all surprised to find Michel not only enjoys auctions but sees them almost as a sport. He has specific requirements to help maintain his focus and strategies for when to bid.

I always enjoy the small moments when Richard displays just how much he cares for Emily. We’ve had a few of these in the past where he seems to just understand her and her needs in a way that only a long married couple can do. While I think he’s phone call to Lorelai was abrasive and he’s attempting to handle the matter in a very heavy-handed manner, the fact that he is attempting to handle the matter at all was significant. He doesn’t care about Emily’s first cup of tea except for the fact that she cares about it. And he’s going to do whatever he has to do to help her be happy.

Some specific moments I enjoyed revolved around a lot of the characters teasing each other in different scenes. I thought the dialogue was particularly good this episode for many people.
·         Rory teasing Luke about the breastfeeding child
·         Rory teasing Lorelai about liking the guy at the auction and her ridiculous phone conversation
  • Emily teasing Lorelai about what will be in the auction
  • Emily and Rory ganging up on Lorelai at the first Friday Night Dinner to tease her about liking Peyton
  • Richard teasing Emily about all of the antique furniture in their house

The Meh:
While there wasn’t anything particularly terrible in this episode, I did feel like both major plot storylines were just not very funny. Jon Hamm was unfortunately not very engaging in his short interaction with Lorelai. I actually felt like he was brushing her off, so it was weird to see her pursuing a date so intently.

I thought the new neighbor, Dwight, was the type of over-the-top Stars Hollow that we get at times. He really lays it all out there immediately about his miserable life before the Oasis and how greatful he is to Lorelai for watering the lawn. There’s absolutely no subtlety to this storyline which becomes more and more apparent when we get inside the themed home and have to hear the very loud and abusive voicemail left by his wife.

Favorite Moment:
My favorite moment is definitely Jess turning the sprinkler back on in silence and stepping out of the way. It was surprisingly sweet to see him do that.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed some moments of this episode, but it just didn’t hit for me in the way I think it was intended. It seems like this was supposed to be a very funny filler episode and I mostly snoozed through it waiting for the Jess and Rory scene at the end.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Podcast #49 - S3E4 - One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes

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Cordia's Review of S3E4 - One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes


One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes
Season 3, Episode 4
Original airing: 10/15/2002

My Rating: 67

The Good:
Lane really got to shine this week. She’s joined Dave’s band after the last episode and is pseudo-rocking out in the music store. Her sad panic attack about her mother hearing them from blocks away is wonderfully soothed by Dave. I love when he tells her she won’t be the band’s Pete Best, an excellent Beatles reference saying he won’t leave her behind.

Lane’s attempts to tell her mom about the band were perfectly cut short by Mrs. Kim’s stack of curated college applications. I loved watching Lane channel a small part of Mrs. Kim as she tries to work up the courage to get off the stairs. Her tone of voice and facial expressions when she orders her feet to move really match Mrs. Kim’s style of speaking to her daughter.

All of this spins wonderfully in to Lane’s relatively impulsive decision to dye her hair. It is an excellent rebellion idea because she can’t hide it the way she hides her CD collection in the floor. She undergoes pain and fear in the process of dying her hair and is thrilled with the results. But in the end she realizes she’s not ready for this step and sends Rory back to the store for black hair dye. Her panic when she hears her mother come home is spot on and beautifully acted. I also love how she holds on to the sense of rebellion when Rory points out that her hair may be black, but it’s still dyed.

A few other good things were going on in this episode. It’s always nice to see Luke and Lorelai engaging in heavy flirtation and we got a small bit of illumination on Jess’ feelings about the Rory situation, but both of those stories had more dragging them down than lifting them up.

The Bad:
The biggest problem with Lorelai’s storyline was that it didn’t seem to have a point. We’re introduced to moms and students we’ve never seen who are hyper aggressive in all of their actions. Lorelai is asked to speak because of her success, she comes prepared to discuss her job, and then handles the barrage of personal questions as well as can be expected. After being attacked by some very brazen students, she’s then attacked on the street by those student’s Stepford moms. She stands up to them, as can be expected, and that’s it. What was the point again?

My problem with the Jess, Rory, and Shane storyline stems more from focus issues than anything else. We get lots of repeat information. We already know Rory is uncomfortable around Shane and jealous of her. We also already know she’s struggling with her feelings for Dean. We got an almost exact duplicate conversation with Lane as the one Rory had with Paris in S3E1 “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days.” Lane and Paris both point out how lucky Rory is to have a nice guy she loves who loves her back and Rory avoids commenting on this both times. It’s not that any of this is inherently bad, we’ve just seen it before and very recently.

I was particularly thrown off by Rory’s interaction with Shane in the beauty shop. She’s incredibly mean and rude to an extent that I don’t think even an upset Rory would be with a virtual stranger. We’ve seen her express some serious frustration at her mom before, but to this random girl whose only link to Rory is that she’s Jess’ new kind-of girlfriend? It doesn’t sit right and I think that’s because this doesn’t feel like something Rory has any remorse about doing.

The show has done this kind of thing with Lorelai several times where she behaves badly and never apologizes or demonstrates an understanding of her poor behavior. Sometimes it feels like the show wants the audience to support a Gilmore girl being mean, cruel, obnoxious, or otherwise poorly behaved just because she’s a Gilmore girl. That’s not really a good reason and it would be nice to see that Rory realizes how awful she was to someone who really didn’t deserve it.

Favorite Moment:
Lane’s story excelled over and over again in this episode, but one of the moments that struck me as the most perfect was Lane’s attempts to talk herself off of the stairs. Keiko Agena does such an amazing job of channeling Mrs. Kim’s mannerisms and showing a little bit of where Lane’s independence and strength comes from.

The Bottom Line:
While I felt Lorelai’s story was forgettable and Rory’s story was largely a retread, Lane’s story really elevated the episode for me. This one is worth watching for the beginnings of the band and the highlights of what Lane will do to achieve her dreams of living her own lifestyle.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Podcast #48 - S3E3 - Application Anxiety

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Cordia's Review of S3E3 - Application Anxiety


Application Anxiety
Season 3, Episode 3
Original airing: October 8, 2002

My Rating: 62

The Good:
There was a lot to like in this episode with the progression of the Harvard storyline, Luke and Taylor’s battle, and Lane’s band storyline.

It’s nice to see Rory going through the steps of achieving her dream to attend Harvard. She’s been preparing for a long time by being a good student and getting in to Chilton. We’ve also seen her work on additional aspects of her education including the school paper and volunteering to help build a house. It’s nice to see it all coming together as her application arrives in the mail.

I wasn’t a huge fan of how we got to the Springsteen lunch (See The Bad), but I liked what resulted from it. The Springsteens were an over-the-top depiction of what life could be like surrounded by highly educated people. They’re over-excited about all things intellectual and it was very interesting to watch Rory be simultaneously drawn in by the conversation and a bit repulsed by the attitudes and mannerisms. It all combined very nicely with her conversation with Carol.

Carol makes Rory think about some really excellent points. Why does she really want to go to Harvard? Is it because it’s been Lorelai’s dream for her since she was born or does she really want to attend? It was nice to see Rory state her intentions but I hope we also see her continuing to ponder this as the stress continues.

Luke and Taylor’s storyline was extremely entertaining. I loved everything from Taylor’s not-so-sneaky photo taking to his underhanded use of Stars Hollow’s impressionable young men to his ridiculous “professional” diorama with the gigantic horse and tiny Jackson. It was all that perfect level of crazy that we sometimes get from Stars Hollow residents. I really liked the tiny moment where Luke gives in on everything because Lorelai gives him puppy eyes and says she wants a soda shop. And the cherry on top was Kirk asking for a job at Luke’s fictional skateboard and bottle shop AND the soda shop. Any opportunity to work for minimum wage, eh, Kirk?

Last, but definitely not least, was the continuation of Lane’s band storyline. Her passion becomes clearer and clearer as we see her blending her love of all styles of music with her drumming. I don’t think she was in a single scene in this episode where she didn’t reference at least a half dozen different bands. Keiko Agena is able to inject such a vibrant love of all things music in to every line she speaks and it’s wonderful to see the character being given opportunities to shine. The introduction of Dave Rygalski was the perfect “meet cute” for the pair. This is an incredibly natural way for Lane to meet her next love interest and creates a perfect reason for her to keep this relationship secret from her mom after the last one blew up in her face concerning Henry.

The Bad:
While I enjoyed some of the, I believe, unintended consequences of the Springsteen lunch, I was not a fan of how the show brought us to that storyline. The most unfortunate part of this is that it feels quite similar to the Season 2 episode – Hammers and Veils. We have the same idea of Rory suddenly discovering she needs an additional edge to get in to Harvard. The frustrating thing about this take on the story is that it seems like Rory would already have significantly researched applying to Harvard and would have known for a long time what she could do to improve her chances of being successful. It just doesn’t fit her academic personality to assume that she hasn’t looked in to what will be an incredibly significant step in achieving her life-long dream.

It also really bothered me that the exposition for this storyline came from the panelists. Their presentation made them seem quite cruel and uncaring about the young people they were supposed to be helping. Their comments are demeaning and heartless.  

The other thing that bothered me was Rory and Dean’s conversation at the end of the episode. This feels like the show pointing out more things that are falling apart in their relationship. While I don’t disagree that this is an important conversation, it just didn’t feel to me like one that they were going to have with the level of communication in their relationship. I didn’t find it believable that Dean would bring this up in such a blunt manner and force Rory to discuss it.

Favorite Moment:
I really enjoyed Lane and Dave’s introduction. It was very sweet when she blurted out “I love you! I mean, I love that about you!” They are extremely adorable together.

The Bottom Line:

I loved the subplots in this episode and I thought there was some very interesting subtext to the main plot, but the overall story of “Rory is panicking about Harvard, again” didn’t play out.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Podcast #47 - S3E2 - Haunted Leg

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Cordia's Review of S3E2 - Haunted Leg


Haunted Leg
Season 3, Episode 2
Original airing: October 1, 2002

My Rating: 71

The Good:
This felt like a continuation of the season opener. I was happy to see some direct addressing of the Lorelai/Christopher situation and the Jess/Rory situation.

Emily’s self-involvement in Lorelai’s relationship with Christopher felt very true to her character. I liked that she inserted herself in a way that she probably viewed as helpful, but also stood up for Lorelai when she really needed it in the final scene.

I was a little bit proud of Christopher for forcing a conversation about the situation since we know Lorelai and Rory have both been avoiding his phone calls. I was surprised and happy to see him arrive during Friday Night Dinner! But it didn’t last as he also stayed true to his character and wasn’t there to discuss the events, but to make accusations. It was really powerful to see Rory tear him down for breaking his promise to her within minutes of making it. Her comments cut very deeply.

I was also very in to Jess and Rory’s final conversation. The set up scene in the diner was a good small reminder of exactly where they stand. Neither of them will look at each other and we have the wonderfully awkward kiss between Jess and Shane where he pulls away. It was excellent for setting the stage for their scene in Doosey’s Market. I liked that they danced around the issue for a while. This seems like the first words they’ve exchanged in about three months since Rory left for Washington DC. So it makes sense that they might each have to work up the nerve to address the tension between them.

I appreciated really getting to hear Jess’ perspective. It was exactly what I suspected it would be; Rory hurt him by running away and not communicating for three months, so he presumably moved on with his life. However, it would seem he hasn’t and Shane is likely more of a distraction for him than a real interest. This develops way more interest in the Rory/Jess/Dean storyline because it gives Rory real, understandable reasons for staying with Dean versus pursuing Jess. Their mutually injured feelings and pride are the source of conflict.

Kirk’s story was particularly well-handled. It was a big surprise to have him ask Lorelai out on a date and yet makes perfect sense. Kirk is awkward, but he’s also an adult. He has an attraction to Lorelai based on their mutually crossing paths (much of which we’ve seen in various episodes). So his dinner suggestion is really quite reasonable. And while the storyline is largely played for laughs with his voice message and everyone mocking Lorelai, it’s handled quite delicately. It was good to have Lorelai have a considered, kind, and compassionate response to Kirk. This story was an excellent opportunity to expand Kirk’s character and remind us of a few reasons why we love Lorelai.

The Bad:
I’m less enthusiastic about the Chilton bits of the episode, but I thought they were ok. Of course it’s entertaining to see Paris in a position of power and how quickly she takes complete and utter control of her position. But I felt the Francie-side of things was lacking. Her threat is a retread of Season One Paris – a mean girl who’s purpose on the show is to make Rory’s school life uncomfortable. Her vocalized threat to ruin Rory and Paris’ relationship is just frustrating. If the show returns to that well for a third time, it will feel beyond tired and clichéd. If the writers find a new angle for this, I think it could be interesting. But it’s not a terribly promising start.

The other bit of the episode that frustrated me was Emily’s bait and switch at lunch. This was another retread that felt unnecessary and wrong. Emily may have pulled this earlier in her and Lorelai’s relationship, but at this point I think she knows it wouldn’t result in Lorelai being willing to listen to anything she has to say.

Favorite Moment:
I was really impressed by the small scene of Lorelai trying to decide if she would save a seat for Emily with her purse. She holds a pretty long joke moment of picking up her purse and putting it back down with aplomb. Her facial expressions as she goes through the pros and cons of each decision were very engaging. The kicker was Emily arriving with the bag off the seat and commenting on Lorelai’s lack of courtesy.

The Bottom Line:
This episode did a great job of kicking off season three with a momentum that was lacking last week. The main storylines were very strong and engaging, as was Kirk’s dinner invite. The Chilton storyline is really more of an unknown, so I’ll have to wait and see how that develops. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this week.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Podcast #46 - S3E1 - Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Day

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“Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days"
Season 3, Episode 1
Original airing: September 24, 2002

My Rating: 66

The Good:
  • This episode does a good job of tying up some of the strings left by the finale. Lorelai telling her parents was definitely a highlight, and Jess finding someone else over the summer throws an interesting wrench into things for Rory, who's used to being the center of his attention. 
  • The Paris subplot was great. It didn't even bother me that we'd already seen Rory helping Paris get ready for a date. It's so entertaining, I could was various iterations of the same theme for a while without getting bored. 
  • I love a good Stars Hollow festival, so I enjoyed having that as a backdrop to Lorelai and Rory's argument, even if we didn't stay there for long. This episode really had a lot going on. Gilmore Girls must have had a bigger budget for their third season. 
  • Despite the fact that I think the Lorelai/Luke reconciliation didn't take the exact form I would have preferred, I did enjoy seeing Lorelai show him such a vulnerability and admit to him and to herself that she wants the "whole package" out of life. 
The Bad:
  • The Sookie subplot was a little too over-the-top for me. Over-the-top works for her when the comedy is really hitting, but there just weren't enough laughs to justify how silly the whole thing was. 
  • I like that Luke held out for so long on Lorelai instead of forgiving her instantly, but I don't like that their reconciliation took the form of a "remembering what really matters" scene rather than having a basis in Lorelai actually understanding Luke better and making a real amends. It seemed like she really did recognize she was wrong and eat crow at the end of last season, but that wasn't enough for him. So, why is this enough for him? I mean, she didn't even rinse out her mug like she said she would. 
  • It's very strange the way characters hold conflicting moral opinions that aren't addressed. Shouldn't Emily be a bit more outraged to hear that Christopher still had a girlfriend when he and Lorelai were getting back together? Lorelai is particularly hypocritical when she criticizes Rory for cheating on Dean without acknowledging that she helped Christopher cheat on Sherry. 
  • I noticed a few small things that bothered me. For example, Luke has cleaned all the counters after closing but hasn't locked the door, and, even weirder: has left a full pot of coffee right on the counter where Lorelai can easily get it.
Favorite Moment:
Kirk's "Hey There" scene, and particular Michel's and Lorelai's reactions to him

The Bottom Line:
This episode does a good job of reorienting us for the third season, but doesn't hold enough appeal for me on its own, and, aside from the introduction of Jess's new flame, it does more to tie up loose ends than to whet our appetites for the season to come.

Cordia's Review of S3E1 - Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
Season 3, Episode 1
Original airing: September 24, 2002

My Rating: 65

The Good:
This was a pretty mild emotional opening for season three. We spent a good amount of time catching up with characters catching up with each other.

I liked the resolution of Lorelai’s Christopher relationship as it stands at the moment. I’m glad this was addressed in the episode between Lorelai and Rory. It’s completely understandable for both of them to be upset enough to cut Christopher off for a while. It was a pretty huge event in all of their lives and they need time to recover.

I really liked Emily and Richard’s response to Lorelai’s news about Christopher. I expected them to be upset, but I didn’t really know how that would manifest in the show. It was a surprise to see it turn in to an argument between them instead of a united front of disappointment against Lorelai. I felt both Emily and Richard’s reactions fit their characters very well and will allow for a natural continuation of the storyline in several episodes to come as they come to a full confrontation with Lorelai.

What I liked most though was how the Friday Night Dinner scene led in to the resolution of Luke and Lorelai’s fight which began in S2E19 – Teach Me Tonight. Luke still seems upset with Lorelai, but one of the biggest pillars of his character is how he will yield to her needs and happiness. That’s not necessarily a good thing for balance in their relationship, but it’s consistent to have him finally give in and be a support for her again. I hope we see even more of Lorelai returning the favor this season. I liked that their scene, interactions, tone, and conversation were all very mild. They didn’t need to have another big blow up and it was a good adjustment after the anger displayed at the Gilmore Manor.

I found the subplots of Kirk and Sookie well-suited to the episode. They didn’t feel out of place and brought a nice dash of humor.

Rory and Paris wrapped up their final days in Washington, DC for their summer program. It was excellent seeing Paris get a date without realizing it was occurring. Her typical focus on academia led to this very cute scene with the tall and not-overly-dashing Jamie. I really liked this entire story as it led to great moments between Paris and Rory. It’s easy to see how their relationship has blossomed over the past seasons. They are at a point of confidences and emotional support that I’ve been hoping they’d reach for a while now. I enjoy them much more as friends than I do as enemies.

It was also interesting to see all the little hints about Rory’s emotional state over the summer. She’s obviously pulling away from Dean. Her discussion with Paris about compatibility seems to be all about Jess. And her unfinished letter is addressed to him as well. The big moment is when Dean signs off the phone with “I love you” and Rory is conveniently distracted to avoid saying it back.

I felt they show even had a moment in the airport when Lorelai was picking Rory up from her flight home. Lorelai mentions arranging the evening so Rory can spend it alone with Dean and Rory’s physical reaction is to tense up, open her eyes very wide, and look quite terrified. This was all really excellent to put it out there how Rory’s Jess attraction is affecting her relationship.

The show hits it home even harder when they’re at the festival and a dressed-up Rory spots Jess kissing another girl. This leads in to the inevitable fight with Lorelai who learns about the kiss at Sookie’s wedding. Lorelai was going to find out eventually and I knew there would be a big fight about it. I didn’t fully expect Lorelai’s position to be “choose whomever you want, but choose!” I expected her to be more fully on Dean’s side, so it was nice to see her more on the side of treating everyone with respect no matter what Rory chose to do. Dean’s sudden arrival again showed Rory being off-balance and uncomfortable. And her lingering glance to Jess during her hug with Dean was really quite upsetting.

The Bad:
All of this preparation is why I was really disappointed by the end of the episode. Rory’s decision to recommit to her relationship with Dean doesn’t really make a lot of sense, except as a way to keep the love triangle storyline full of extra drama. After seeing Rory’s reactions to Dean throughout this episode, it doesn’t feel like she really wants to be with him anymore. Regardless of if she chooses to pursue Jess, she just doesn’t seem that interested in Dean anymore.

Favorite Moment:
I greatly enjoyed the entire pre-date scene with Paris and Rory. Paris’ unnecessary panic was accentuated by her stunning appearance and obvious desire for things to go well. Jamie invited her out after hearing how she enjoys crushing opponents during debates. He’s pretty aware of, and attracted to, her strong personality. So she really has nothing to worry about if she would just calm down and be herself.

It was great having Rory give Paris the mental slap of sanity to help calm her down. And it was sad and adorable when Paris asked Rory to hide in the closet and then thanked her through the door. I also enjoy vulnerable Paris moments and this was a lovely string of them.

The Bottom Line:
This was a good episode, but it didn’t leave me super excited or emotionally affected overall. I’m a bit annoyed by the ongoing confusing presentation of the Rory and Dean relationship, but not enough to have any lingering annoyance once I finished the episode.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Podcast #45 - Season 2 Recap

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Podcast #44 - S2E22 - I Can't Get Started

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Cordia's Review of S2E22 - I Can't Get Started


I Can’t Get Started
Season 2, Episode 22
Original airing: May 21, 2002

My Rating: 72

The Good:
In an episode presumably about Sookie and Jackson’s wedding, we got to see a relatively small amount. What we did get was quite lovely, though. I greatly enjoyed Jackson’s reaction to his kilt and Sookie’s pre-wedding freak out. She looked amazing in her dress trying to de-pink the cake. And the wedding guests at the piano were wonderful. Kirk attempting to sing a sexy song was gold.

Mixed in around this madness was some more good stuff. I really liked Luke and Lorelai’s scene in the diner. She attempts to make nice and move on and he’s obviously still not ready. I’d like to know what was in Lorelai’s apology note. My guess is that she only apologizes for having the fight, not for her unfair anger directed at Luke.

But Rory and Jess’ story was definitely the highlight of the episode for me. I really liked that Jess went back to Luke’s first and asked permission to move in. This felt like a really mature move from him when he could have just shown up and said “I’m here.” I’m interested to possibly see their relationship develop in to something more familial, which seems to be what Luke has been trying to do from the beginning.

And, of course, Rory and Jess’ scene at the wedding was phenomenal. The lack of conversation is interesting and really allows them to speak with the energy they have between them. They’ve always been good at looking at each other and that continues here until Rory just can’t handle it anymore. This is a great follow up to last episode when they didn’t talk about why Rory really visited Jess in New York. After her step forward in the relationship, he takes the next one and comes back to Stars Hollow. I don’t blame her at all for getting swept up in that and kissing him.

It’s an excellent kiss, for sure, and long coming. And I’m able to enjoy it for what it is despite the fact that it means Rory is cheating on Dean. I don’t like Dean, but I don’t think anyone deserves to be cheated on. However, as I mentioned above, it’s perfectly understandable that Rory’s emotions drive her to this point. What saves it is how she pulls back so quickly and obviously freaks out. Then she literally runs away and makes the decision to keep running to Washington DC for the summer. IT should be interesting to see how Dean and Jess get on in her absence.

The Bad:
On the smaller side of things, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Paris storyline. It felt convenient so that Rory would have somewhere to go after kissing Jess and avoid her feelings for a while. It’s a good story by itself and perfectly in character. Of course Paris wants to be student body president and of course nobody wants to vote for her because she’s scary. But with the rest of the episode staying connected to the wedding and things surrounding it, this random bit of Chilton life felt out of place.

My big problem was with Christopher and Lorelai. While I totally by Rory jumping the gun and kissing Jess in a moment of passion, Christopher and Lorelai sleeping together felt quite calculated. And while Christopher says he’s having problems with Sherry and thinking about looking at moving out, he’s still in a relationship with her. Neither Lorelai nor Christopher address this when they make the decision to sleep together and the choice to attempt their own relationship.

I was already struggling with this lack of awareness of the situation outside of themselves when the pregnancy bomb was dropped. This just made the whole story even worse because I felt like it was a really unbelievable reason for Christopher to have to break up with Lorelai. First, I found it strange to think that Christopher, a man who has already experienced one accidental pregnancy, and Sherry, a woman who’s primary characteristic in her last appearance was her extreme ability to organize every aspect of her life, would find themselves accidentally pregnant. It didn’t feel believable from the start. But then I really didn’t like that Christopher assumes the only way to do the kid thing right this time around is to toss Lorelai and Rory aside to run back to Sherry and the baby. There is no nuance or interest in this story; it’s just about trying to create drama that isn’t that interesting.

Favorite Moment:
While I was onboard with Rory’s story and pretty annoyed by Lorelai’s, I still really thought the final moment hit it out of the park. It was a striking image to see Lorelai and Rory standing next to each other, both in a state of stunned heartbreak, and completely unaware of what the other has just experienced.

The Bottom Line:
This was a pretty strong season finale. It set up some very interesting plot lines for Season Three. How will Dean and Jess fair over the summer? Who or what will Rory want when she returns? How will Lorelai recover from this latest blow from Christopher? Will Paris rule the school with an iron fist? I can’t wait to find out.