Paul is not the only one the Gilmore girls have chosen to ignore. They are also turning the volume way down on any criticism of the Netflix revival, "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life."
Many fans loved the four-part return, and their only criticism is that they're not guaranteed to get more. But others were disappointed, feeling that the revival lost a bit of the old spark. Some called out Rory (Alexis Bledel), Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and the gang for occasionally coming across as selfish and mean-spirited, aka "kind of awful sometimes."
That's how the moderator put it when stars Graham, Bledel, Scott Patterson (Luke), and Kelly Bishop (Emily) discussed the return during a recent panel discussion. The moderator referenced Rory's "boyfriend" Paul -- who is constantly forgotten, and cheated on -- and noted that, overall, "There's been a bit more of a backlash against their characters this time around."
Lauren Graham responded to that for the foursome (via People):
"We don't pay attention to anything. We don't know. None of us are on the internet, almost at all. So, I know what you mean, but the show has a sense of humor, and that's its sense of humor. And I think maybe it feels a little different; Rory's not in high school anymore, so yes, as grown women constantly forgetting... I just thought it was a funny runner. But the whole show has a kind of heightened theatrical quality. I mean, just like Donald Trump, don't take it literally. But unlike that, to me it was more of a metaphor for, this isn't the right guy, and this is how they communicate about it, and does it go 10 steps too far? I don't know, but it was 90 minutes. We had a lot of time to fill."
Patterson quipped, "Paul was a sacrificial lamb, and he knew it! The audience knew it!"
Bledel and Bishop also discussed not always agreeing with their characters's behavior and decisions. There's no reason why they should always agree with them. Do you always agree with your past decisions? Most characters on TV are not meant to be perfect, and Rory cheating or being The Other Woman isn't exactly new, even if it's still disappointing.
If some fans wanted more from the "Gilmore Girls" revival, that just shows how much they care and the high standard to which they hold such a classic series. And it's not like the actors themselves wrote the scripts, or could do anything about them at this point, so it's probably wise for them to keep the criticism at arm's length.
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