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‘Gilmore Girls Revisited’ Vol. 4: Lane Kim and Her Loving Rebellion

February 21, 2011 3 comments

Today’s GilmoreNews.com discussion comes from “The Deer-Hunters” (1.4) and Lane asking “Was it a four-way stop” after Rory tells her over the phone that she just got hit by a deer.

Perhaps even more memorable than the deer incident itself is our glimpse (the first, if I’m not mistaken) of Lane’s funky little hideout in her bedroom closet.

Though the first thing that occurs to most people is “Why didn’t Mrs. Kim ever discover this hideaway,” it also spoke volumes about the relationship of Lane and her mom. To some extent, their interaction was based on those of Amy’s friend and Gilmore producer Helen Pai and her mom.

“I do know that one of the things that struck me from the way that Amy described Helen was that, even though she completely disagreed with her parents, and had to hide so much of her life, she wasn’t angry and didn’t rebel in the same way that maybe I did, or the way a normal American teenage kid would,” Keiko Agena told me for the book. “Regardless of the difficulty they had, there was a real love and real respect that the character of Lane felt for her.

“I think that was the fun and interesting dynamic of it: these two people who are kind of trapped in the situation, but Lane really loves her mom, of course, and really respects her, and really does want everything to work out if there’s any way for it to. I’m not sure that totally came through all the time in the show, but I think that’s where my point of view was; I know that’s where Emily [Kuroda, aka Mrs. Kim]’s point of view was, too.”

To Answer ANOTHER Question…

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment


I noticed that one of the search terms that brought somebody to this blog today is “can keiko agena play the drums.” The answer to that is a rockin’ yes! I had the good fortune to be at this gig back in May (check it out!).

Lane’s Got a ‘Boo Boo’

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

[And a big “boo!” for that headline, too. Sorry guys.]

Though the awesome Keiko Agena does slip behind the drum kit once in a while, lately she’s been playing bass for the LA band Boo Boo Kitty. Check her out:

Happy Birthday, Keiko!

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment


Best wishes for a fantastic 35th to the wonderful actress  behind our favorite music-obsessed Hep Alien drummer. Let's get this celebration off to a rockin' start with some of Lane's best musical moments -- oh yeah!!

A Stroll Down Memory ‘Lane’

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Hep Alien fans can all rest a little easier now — Keiko Agena still plays the drums! OK, not anywhere near as much as she did when she had to rehearse them for the show. Still, it’s nice to know that some familiar Stars Hollow activity lives on somewhere in the world. (Oh what I wouldn’t give for a glass of Miss Patty’s Founders Day Punch right about now.)

Many thanks to Keiko for an enjoyable amble down memory Lane yesterday — a 7-year amble at that. She opened my eyes to a lot of things pertaining to the way different sets were shot, and how she and Emily Kuroda so ably brought the complicated-but-loving relationship of Lane and Mrs. Kim to the screen.