A Meathead Watches Gilmore Girls (“Kiss and Tell” and “Love And War And Snow”)

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Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Sam, are you enjoying this project?

    I mean, I get it if you are. I love me some bad Creature Features on the SyFy network. I can see Gilmore girls being analogous to that.

    But it seems like you aren’t really enjoying this, like it’s already become a chore for you. If that’s the case, then as much as I enjoy your writing, why are you still doing it?Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Burt Likko says:

      (Shhhh….I thought we were going to witness his descent into madness in real-time. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime!)

      More seriously, I assume he had seen enough of the show to think it gets better before he committed to this? Even the best shows will have some turkeys to power through, particularly in early or late seasons.Report

      • Avatar Sam Wilkinson in reply to Glyph says:

        Burt/Glyph,

        These are very reasonable questions you’re asking. Let’s start with Glyph’s first, then Burt’s.

        1. So far, I’m through 16 episodes (I’ve only written about 8). And I don’t expect immediate greatness. It takes time for almost all shows to mature. The Wire or Breaking Bad or Terriers are exceptions, not the rule.

        2. The people in my life who swear by the show also swear that it gets better in the second season. And they swear by it to such an extent that I’m willing to trust in their judgement. If it turns into a trainwreck, well, at least we’ll get some content out of it. But writing about it forces me to take the show more seriously, to really think about it emotionally, mechanically, etc. And I also find myself checking my instincts about what constitutes good and bad. There is plenty of conflict here, but it is emotional and not physical. That doesn’t mean it’s worse. I like trying to figure that out.

        3. I also could probably hope to write more about what I like. I expect to have (much) more to like in the second season and onward.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Glyph says:

        @glyph

        “(Shhhh….I thought we were going to witness his descent into madness in real-time. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime!)”

        Soo…

        Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Gilmore Girls Stars Hallow wgah’nagl fhtagn?Report

      • Avatar Vikram Bath in reply to Glyph says:

        The people in my life who swear by the show also swear that it gets better in the second season

        I love the show, but I frankly don’t remember when it improved. I actually saw the fourth season first, waited ~7 years and then watched them all straight through from the beginning. The only season I would call bad would be the last one, for which Sherman-Paladino wasn’t there. And I can’t really even call that bad so much as a noticeable step down.

        I think Sam’s criticism of “Love And War And Snow” is pretty good. I’d note though that a lot of women characters on shows written for women tend to have exaggerated neuroses and indulge in more than a little hypocrisy and wanting mutually exclusive things at the same time. I’m not excusing it, and I generally find it annoying, but it’s not only Lorelai.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Sam hate watches for us dear readers.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    “Love And War And Snow” did make me laugh out loud (when Richard asks Rory if she needs a celebrity to raise money to feed her, in a show co-starring Sally Struthers.) Speaking of which, is that why you’re calling yourself “Meathead”?Report