‘Gilmore Girls’ stole hearts around the world but it lacked something in the movie ‘A Year in the Life’. Will ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 embrace gay relationships to save it?
‘Gilmore Girls’ changed the way we interpreted TV shows and drastically made an impact on mother-daughter relationships around the world. The constantly caffeinated mother-daughter duo would always find comfort and clarity in each other. As a mother, Lorelai hoped that Rory would have all the things she missed out on and by the end of the show, it’s exactly what the rest of us looked forward to, in our minds- Rory moving away to make it in the big city and Lorelai finally getting her happy ending with Luke.
- ‘Gilmore Girls’ was lovable, but was ‘A Year in the Life’ equally so?
- What went down in ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 1?
- Will ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 embrace gay relationships?
When we heard that the girls would be back on screen, our excitement levels hit the roof. But ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 1 seemed like it lacked something. Does this mean that with everything happening and the little hints, ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 embrace gay relationships?
Let’s recap ‘A Year in the Life’ Part 1!
Fast forward to 2016, all of us watched ‘A Year in the Life’ hoping to find out if all our theories and fan fictions would live up to the reel life expectations of Lorelai and Rory. While we still loved them in ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 1, we couldn’t help but search for something more. It left us gaping and wondering where the wholesomeness of the original tear-jerker show was. In some ways, we could relate to it, but it was clear that the show lacked its original charm and even skewed its characters further from our ideas. Rory’s adulthood and her acceptance that life didn’t turn out the way she’d always hoped, felt oddly strange to us given her nature as a young adult. Of course, adult life has its ironies and, for Rory, it’s the hint that she’s in a deja vu circle of life- much like Lorelai was when she was alone in this town. It also seemed like too much of a stretch that Lorelai and Luke waited for 10 years to take the next step in their relationship and have a child.
On the LGBTQ+ front, ‘A Year in the Life’ reveals that Michel- a character from the original ‘Gilmore Girls’ cast, is indeed gay. He is now married and ready to explore parenthood with his husband. However, throughout the show, we never really see his husband and even otherwise we don’t see much of a spotlight on Michel and his new life during the rest of the show. Sure, there are a few instances that showcase the struggles of Michel’s relationship- but we don’t see a more realistic portrayal that normalises his relationship. All in all, it comes off as just a chance to reintroduce him in the show, and now that we understand his story, we hope that ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 will embrace gay relationships.
So what are we looking forward to?
It’s safe to say that we all expect season 2 to put our ideas and annoyances from season 1 into perspective for us. We can’t wait to see what season 2 holds for the cast of ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’. We’re keen to find the old charm we did in the original show but, more importantly, we want to know if ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 will embrace gay relationships?
In the original ‘Gilmore Girls’ show, there are a lot of loosely scattered gay jokes that probably seemed silly then. But today, it could even come off as tasteless and unwanted. In fact, creator Amy Sherman Palladino had formerly imagined Sookie as a lesbian, but then the WB network executives thought the idea was too forward and that they could receive backlash for the idea, thus causing the plot for Sookie to change.
Come 2016, we find no one who identifies as LGBTQ+ in the entire town even as they march in the very first pride parade. The only character that is actually gay is Donald who was never a regular or even featured in the original ‘Gilmore Girls’. The entire scenario comes off to us as Amy Sherman Palladino’s failed attempt at reviving the idea of an LGBTQ+ friendly show. But perhaps all hope is not lost and all of these characters and instances will be remedied in ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2.
Tell us in the comments if you think ‘A Year in the Life’ Season 2 will embrace gay relationships and normalise them.