I used to really dig Gilmore Girls. A friend of mine even went through a phase of starting each day with a visit to Stars Hollow, and it seemed to improve her mood greatly. No surprise there.
But lately I just can’t make it through an episode, and I know I’m not alone in that. At least one commentator, however, thinks the show is getting better, not worse. Ed Martin at Media Village is glad that Lorelai is “acting her age.” Really?
I guess it does sound like a reasonably good idea on paper: Lorelai grows up, learns to grapple with mistakes and — maybe — even adjusts to life without Rory. But what if “acting” her age makes her start “talking” her age, bringing an end to the manic babbling, the endless references, the wisdom disguised as one-liners and the utterly clever nonsense?
As far as dialogue goes, a little so-called maturity could be a very bad thing. More important, I think the reviewer is missing something when he says, “The newly mature Gilmore Girls may not be the frothy fantasy it once was, but it’s not as childish in its outlook on life as in seasons past, either.” Childish is one thing, but childlike is quite another, and is the heart of the show’s charm. If Lorelai stops finding life delightful and stops rushing headlong into things, will there really be any show left? Sadder but wiser is appealing in real girls, but it doesn’t always work for fictional ones.
Anyway, an air of maturity might be difficult to impose: Lauren Graham herself doesn’t really seem to be into acting her age either.