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Gilmore Girls Season Two

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Gilmore Girls Season Two

 (2001 Ė 2002)

 by Elizabeth 1/20/05

For those of you who have never seen the marvel that is Gilmore Girls, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) is a single mother of one. She loves coffee, eating, and pop culture. She has two well-to-do parents, Richard & Emily Gilmore (Edward Hermann and Emily Bishop). Lorelai ran away from home after giving birth to her daughter Rory (Alexia Bledel) as a teenager. Rory is responsible, with dreams of one day attending the prestigious Harvard.  Like her mother, she is a caffeine & TV addict.

The town of Stars Hollow is filled with other impressive characters. There is Lorelai's best friend, Sookie, and her husband Jackson; Rory's best friend, Lane, and her mother, Mrs. Kim; Rory's boyfriend, Dean, and another boy who competes for her, Paris. Rory and Lorelai eat and spend time daily at a local diner run by Luke (Scott Patterson). At times, you would think that the town itself is a character. There are more notable characters in this show, but way too many to list here. This may be a light comedy, but the acting by everyone involved is fabulous.

The second season of "Gilmore Girls" is when a lot of things did not happen the way Lorelai planned. It started with Lorelai not marrying Max and ended with her not marrying Christopher. Lorelaiís plan to open an inn with Sookie hits a major roadblock.

As for Rory, her junior year at Chilton had its ups and downs. She had a great trip to Harvard with her mother, mad some friends at Chilton, as well as had her "society debut".  However, along with the good comes the bad, and there are problems between her and Dean because of Jess (a new boy in town that happens to be Lukeís nephew).

If anything, the one thing that is obvious in Season Two is that the writers didnít want the Gilmores to be happy. Arguments abound during this season. Rory gets mad at Lorelai for blaming a car accident on Jess; Lorelai blames the behavior of his nephew on Luke; Emily and Lorelai argue over going to a spa with one another; Richard blames Lorelai for him not being a part of her life; and Emily gets angry with her husband for resigning from his job without telling her.

I think that one of the most fascinating aspects of the show is watching Lorelai and Emily's relationship, compared to the Lorelai and Rory dynamic. The Emily Ė Rory dynamic is also a captivating one. I think that one of the most memorable moments from season two is when Emily orders Richard to make up with Rory because if their granddaughter ever gets married, she has to know about it. You can tell that this woman wants to have a better relationship with her granddaughter than she has with her own child. Another great moment from this disk set was the look on Richard & Emilyís face when Lorelai gets her business school diploma.

One of my complaints about the Season One DVD was the special features, or lack thereof.  A show this good needs to have cast interviews and information, behind-the-scenes specials, and more.  But there is not much there.

The Season Two DVD is much more entertaining. One of the highlights is "A Film by Kirk." During a Season Two episode, local weirdo and all around good guy, Kirk (Sean Gunn) has his short film shown for the town of Stars Hollow. It's fun, but you saw as much as you needed in the episode, and  luckily the film is less than 3 minutes long. Then there is the "Goodies & Gossip" feature. This element works as a sort of "pop up video", where information appears on screen about an episode (in this case, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"). While the information that was provided was entertaining, there were long enough gaps between pop ups that one could easily forget that they werenít watching a regular episode. Another aspect of this DVD was a booklet with an episode guide and  a dictionary of sorts to all the pop culture references. There are also some unaired scenes, which make me wonder how they didnít make it into the episodes. They were all cute and worthy enough of being included in the show. This DVD also features a short (under 10 minutes) interview with Amy Sherman Palladino (writer, director, producer, and creator). She shares some fun facts and talks about the language translators that they needed to employ in order to make the show an International success. The last feature was by far, in my opinion, the most useless. It was an edited series of arguments from Season Two. In my opinion, it was a complete waste of time. The shows intelligent bickering is nothing without context.

This review doesnít even come close to what is so amazing about The Gilmore Girls. At first glance, one could argue that it is nothing more than a family-friendly evening soap opera; however, what will draw you to this show is something that is hard to put into words. Few shows on television today have the level of acting, writing and pacing that Gilmore Girls has. This is a show that is pure pleasure to watch.

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