Gilmore Girls: Season 7, Episode 18

Hay Bale Maze (17 Apr. 2007)

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During Stars Hollow's annual Spring Fling festival, a huge hay bale maze leads to a chance encounter for Luke and Lorelai, where they apologize to one another and talk about the problems that led to their engagement being called off. As Rory shows Logan around town, Lorelai begins to feel that Logan might be too irresponsible for her daughter; meanwhile, Rory has a job interview with the ... See full summary »

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During Stars Hollow's annual Spring Fling festival, a huge hay bale maze leads to a chance encounter for Luke and Lorelai, where they apologize to one another and talk about the problems that led to their engagement being called off. As Rory shows Logan around town, Lorelai begins to feel that Logan might be too irresponsible for her daughter; meanwhile, Rory has a job interview with the Providence Journal Bulletin.

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18 April 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

With rumors of the impending demise of the series plentiful, this review risks reading like a post-mortem, which could well be. A review also of the whole S7, as it winds down; about what may have gone wrong with it.

The problem with G.G. during S7 was not that ASP had left, but the fact that people in charge seemed to have forgotten the meaning of "flow of a story". You cannot suddenly change this flow, otherwise there is a high price to pay—and they are paying it now. Yet, at the end of S6 the table was set for S7, the 3 main topics clearly stated. They just had to follow through, focus. First, the L.L. situation. We saw last that they were both poorly prepared for marriage; so, their split made sense. Also, her Chris fling, as he usually offers her, in times of personal crisis, a better alternative than a dozen Valiums. The mistake was to unearth the whole C.L. affair, when it was obvious that it had run its course—it did so during S5. Even worse, the L.L. affair was left up in the air, in what may have been one of the worst cases of Relationship Interruptus ever seen on TV. Rather than wasting time, the first half of S7, in inane subplots, they should have laid the ground for a soft landing of their new and improved couple. That is what they are doing only now, leaving little space for setting up the table for S8--just as the arrival of April did for S7, during S6. This is why the show looks rather lame now: there is no ground being broken, no tension, no excitement; just the making up for lost time; we know what will happen because that is what should have happened months ago. That L.L maze encounter would have been quite something, in November...

The second topic was Rory's love life. It is beyond me how slow the producers have been to realize that the worst thing ever happening to her is Logan (no offense intended to Czuchry's undeniable charisma and talent). He sucks all life out of her. You can see her springing back to life when he is away. The first half of S7 should have set the stage for their final split; or even have included it (A pity if the shop closes now, when she will be(I assume)free again to express that richness of hers; the funny, dramatic, romantic, sweet, understanding, intellectual, bizarre,logical—even if in a tortured way—pathetic, teacherly, sides of her personality.)

The third, and only topic adroitily addressed, was the mending of fences, or its preamble, for Lorelai/Emily as old age,its concerns—death, potential loneliness—sets in on this last after Richard's heart attack. This was nicely done, which may prove that their relationship has been the G.G.'s strong suit, after all.

I, for one, do not care much about the trials and tribulations of Lane, Zach, Anna, April. They are secondary characters, and as such should have stayed; they should have never become the news of the day; not to mention all that nonsense about what Marty said or not to Lucy, Luke dating airheads, etc. If all that happened is simply because the two main characters had all but disappeared by then, dragged down under water by two rocks tied to their necks: a purposeless marriage and an immature boyfriend.

I started watching the series in reruns months ago,without the dubious benefit of previews or any other form of outside influence. My first impression of it was that, at its true core, the G.Gs. is about one woman. A woman who chats her Diary as she goes along rather than writing it each night at home. One who is at the same time protagonist and color commentator of her own life. So, it is all about her, about Lorelai. You take her out and everything falls apart: characters become disconnected, confined to islets—diner, Emily's house, Inn—where they will have not much to say to each other, anyway, as much of their interactions involve her. Even Rory becomes isolated, except from Emily, Richard, Yale.

Conclusion: if G.Gs. is to survive, it must renew itself—like Madonna. New situations are needed (and fast) as old ones run their courses. The L.L. conundrum amongst them, which has dragged long enough and which does not provide anymore as source of tension; neither the all but defunct L.E. feud. The series's core, chatty Lorelai, is still there and could well serve for entirely new plot lines. Imagine for ex. a Luke-less Lorelai tagging along Reporter Rory across the trenches of a war in....okay, okay, just an idea.


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