Friday Night Dinner 3
The third in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.
It’s been a quiet week on Lake Wobegon… Er, scratch that. It’s been a quiet week in The Hollow, or the little corner of Season 6 I’ve been dwelling in as I finish up the chapter on that contentious part of the series.
Like many fans, I didn’t really have exceptionally fond memories of the last two years of the show (though that carries the caveat that a bad episode of Gilmore is almost always better than a good episode of anything else.)
Still, I have to say how impressed I’ve been at how well Season 6 stands up to repeat viewing four years after it originally aired. I think what most of us found irritating was the way the series seemed to shift from a comedy with dramatic elements to a drama with comedic elements — it takes a little getting used to.
What struck me as particularly interesting on revisiting S6 was the whole Luke/April/Lorelai triangle. Poor April’s taken a beating over the years, mostly, I think, because she’s seen as the reason Luke and Lor’ broke up. Yet it was during those episodes that Luke gained an extra dimension that we never really had the opportunity to see before – this guy desperate to do the right thing by his kid, even if he’s not sure how to go about doing it.
It also brought Lorelai’s selfishness into some sort of perspective. She tries her best to deal with the situation, but what Luke is willing to offer her at that moment simply isn’t enough to fulfill her needs. She’s a “woman of a certain age” as Mrs. Kim would say; she’s ready to settle down after all these years of uncertainty, and the guy she’s been waiting for all this time isn’t ready.
But enough of my pontificating — it’s back to the task at hand. Two more episodes to go before I can wrap up the chapter on Season 6. We’re “coming around the mountain” (sorry, Rory)!