A Meathead Watches Gilmore Girls (“Paris Is Burning” and “Double Date”)

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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 Mike Schilling says:

    I thought the scene made perfect sense, because Lorelai is a self-involved, peevish person whose mouth often outraces her brain it’s exactly like when she accused Rory of stretching her sweaters because she was annoyed about something else.

    We’re not supposed to like Lorelai, are we?Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson says:

      I sometimes can’t tell. And I feel like I ought to be able to tell. I think this was a case of writing that wasn’t thought out, and I would continue thinking that if Lorelai didn’t continue to take advantage of Sookie’s friendship while giving little in return. It’s all very strange.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I would continue thinking that if Lorelai didn’t continue to take advantage of Sookie’s friendship while giving little in return.

        Keep in mind that I’ve only seen a couple episodes from the first season and the first episode of the second (I know I watched some episodes from random seasons back when they were on, but I have forgotten them entirely), but my impression was that what Lorelai contributes to the friendship was letting Sookie keep her job despite the fact that she nearly kills her coworkers and destroys the hotel at least once a day. That seems like a pretty big contribution.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        “letting Sookie keep her job despite the fact that she nearly kills her coworkers and destroys the hotel at least once a day. That seems like a pretty big contribution.”

        This is totally OT, but I have to vent.

        My kids watch a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine, and I just cannot imagine how Sir Topham Hatt keeps his job. He’s a harsh taskmaster, who really only cares about whether his Engines are being Really Useful at all times.

        And yet, Sodor Railways has a TERRIBLE safety record. There’s pretty much a daily derailment or crash.

        Never take the train on Sodor, is what I’m saying.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        That’s reflective of the safety issues with cartoon trains more generally. Vote NO on cartoon rail in your city!Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Sir Topham Hatt

        You know who else made the trains run on time?Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        @jaybird – I’m always afraid for the day Hatt(ler) decides a train is no longer Really Useful. They’re not going to “scrub you down” in The Shed, Percy! Don’t go in there!Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Aaaaaaand… that’s not a place I could have fathomed any discussion of Thomas the Tank engine would go, ever. Oh, internet…Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        As that article from The Guardian explained, Thomas the Tank Engine is right wing propaganda.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        George Carlin, a fascist propagandist. Yeah, sure. (The rare case where a double positive makes a negative.)Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Like? I dunno about that.

      What is clear enough to me is that we’re supposed to love Lorelai. In spite of her flaws. Embracing her flaws as part of her. Understanding that she’s doing the best she can. We’re supposed to forgive her for them and keep on watching because we know she’s a good person who does good things even if she’s kind of lost a lot of the time, because she’ll find her way and be worth it in the end.

      In other words, we’re supposed to be Sookie.Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Your posts and the reaction of your wife and mom say something about how men and women view things differently or something. Nothing in your posts makes me want to watch Gilmore Girls and it makes me very perplexed that for some women it seems to be the best thing ever. The “that just the way women are!” line is kind eyeraising.

    Maybe I will get more intrigued by Season 2.Report

    • I understand why it has its fans. Its conflict is often compelling, and the idea that people are still – forever maybe – stuck with decisions that cannot be undone is interesting. How that conflict manifests itself (passive aggression) is very different than how it manifests itself in other shows (physical aggression) but one isn’t better than the other. It’s just different.Report

  3. Avatar tammigirl says:

    I’m guessing a new favorite word, here?Report

  4. Avatar kaitcat says:

    Still enjoying your fresh take/perspective on one of my all-time favorite shows. I’m not denying for a second that Lorelai is a self-absorbed twink, but am having a hard time with your insults about her having this “big house.” They lived in the inn’s tool shed until she could save up enough to buy that house. How is that a bad thing? And this is all pre-story, stuff that happened before we joined them.

    On Luke and Lorelai, have you never heard of the Moonlighting curse? Or the Who’s the Boss phenomenon? Once the chemistry between the two leads is acted on, the show is pretty much over. Really. Look it up. 😉Report