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This was one of the best episodes of the year. It was about time that Logan and Rory got some much needed screen time. The new producers and writers this year have done a terrible job with the storyline flows. The flows have been disjointed and don't follow each other smoothly. But finally we got a good episode that showcased Logan Huntzberger's natural goodness and intelligence. Logan is the most interesting and complex character on this show. He brings out the best in Rory and they have the best on-screen chemistry on television. Logan showed that he always has Rory's happiness at heart and he is perfect for her in every way. It was great to see Lorelei and Logan come to an understanding in the kitchen scene. One of the best scenes in the history of Gilmore Girls. Even Logan and Lorelei have chemistry. Logan has been totally underused this year. We get that the men on this show are secondary characters used to promote and showcase the women but the producers missed out on so many good story possibilities by using too much time on the Lorelei/Christopher debacle. What a waste! Amy Sherman-Palladino's wonderful creation (Logan) was used much better in the previous seasons. Having said that, it is obvious that they are setting up Logan and Rory for a season ending breakup. This is the most ridiculous and intelligence insulting storyline yet. So Rory is not talented enough to have a career and a husband? Hello, this is 2007 not 1957! Logan is the best thing to happen to this show. He has impacted all the major characters and is just a fascinating and intelligent person. He breathes new life into Rory and makes her a much more adult and interesting person. It will be beyond disgraceful if this once great show ends with Rory rejecting the love of her life. Talk about contrived story telling. And really, Logan Huntzberger deserves so much better. He has been falsely vilified by the insecure who automatically hate the rich. He has been used, like the other guys, as foils to prop up the independence of the Gilmore Girls. Fine, the show is about the "girls". But don't tell me that the only way Rory can be a success in life is to dump the man she has been expressing her love to for over two years now. It is so very obvious that Logan and Rory are deeply in love. It is beautiful to watch. Now the thought that the producers can wreck this beautiful love story so quickly and rudely is just absurd. If this happens then Rory Gilmore will not be a young woman to emulate. She will have been reduced to the role of a cold-hearted, selfish robot. This, along with the previous disjointed story lines will be a sad ending indeed to this season or series. Again, what a disjointed and insulting mess. One can only hope that an 8th season would be used to correct these horrors and get Rory back to acting like the loving and thoughtful person she should be.
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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
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 payand 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 courseit 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,logicaleven if in a tortured waypathetic, 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 concernsdeath, potential lonelinesssets 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 isletsdiner, Emily's house, Innwhere 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 itselflike 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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