A Meathead Watches Gilmore Girls (“Love, Daisies, and Troubadors”)


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 LeeEsq says:

    Star Hollow has a troubadour? As in the medieval bard? Really?Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    And they totally wasted Dave Gruber Allen as the pointless second troubadour. Doesn’t Chilton need an ex-hippieish, trying too hard to be cool, but insightful and caring guidance counselor?Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      He has two of my favorite little bits in F&G – one, after the kids trash his pumpkin and he just sets another (that he already has prepared for just this eventuality) in its place.

      And the other is his haunted thousand-yard stare, (beat) and “…it doesn’t matter”, in what is essentially a “Deliverance” riff, completely inappropriately delivered to Sam.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I made the mistake of looking at the cast list at IMDB, and I can no longer watch the scenes between Lane and Rory without thinking “Rory, tell her to stand up to her mom, for God’s sake she’s 27.”Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson says:

      I have to work extremely hard at ignoring the frankly bizarre age discrepancy between the actor and Lane herself. It’s one of those things that is almost impossible to ignore.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        Yeah, but this always happens when you have to cast “high schoolers”. I was rewatching BtVS season 1 recently and high-school boy Nicholas Brendon is sporting serious five o’clock shadow. And don’t get me started on Charisma Carpenter (no, seriously, don’t get me started) who is clearly too old to be in high school.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        Friday Night Lights makes the most sense if you figure that Julie was the only one that didn’t have to repeat a few grades.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        Glyph, I was shaving everyday by the time I was fourteen. Some highschool boys really do have that much beard.Report

      • Avatar Kimmi says:

        Someone’s an early bloomer.Report

  4. Avatar JustRuss says:

    I don’t know how, or frankly why, you do it. My daughter was watching a GG episode a few years ago while I was trying to solve some particularly vexing home-maintenance issue, and a few of the harpies, er cast members, were going at it hammer-and-tongs with far more volume, and shrillness, than seemed necessary for civilized humans. I asked her to turn the program down, using language that shames me to recall, and that’s the last time I was subjected to that show.Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson says:

      For me, the simple answer is because of those (rare) moments when the show does get it right. Yes, they’re few and far between so far, but they’re still there.

      And this show is young right now. I’m only at the end of the first season. I don’t have a problem the mechanics of Hollywood necessitating much of what we saw here, even if I don’t like the mechanics themselves. Having it end on a cliffhanger? Probably necessary. Not fully knowing these characters? Probably necessary. Having to fill an incredible amount of time (21ish hours) is a challenge and it isn’t all going to be gold. But I continue to believe/hope that things will improve. If I’m still having these reactions after season three, ask me again.Report

      • Avatar Kimmi says:

        You’ve managed to get through an entire season, nearly, without having anyone reading someone else’s lines, or reading the stage directions, or any of the really funny stuff…

        “If you listen to this theme song backwards, it sounds like Dr. Who…”
        “… entirely intentional, I assure you.”Report

  5. Avatar zic says:

    I sort of think you’re missing Max’s mythical function. He’s boring because he’s not a real person; he’s a man that Lorelai can project her notions of a man upon. There’s the Lorelai-love of Christopher, her past, and what she imagined as a potential future; there’s Max, the blank man, in which she dreams of what she’d like, filling in the blanks (which he willingly obliges, hence the thousand yellow daisies,) and the man who might be real, but who was, at the moment Lorelai accepted Max’s marriage proposal (so far as she knew,) in another committed relationship. I think it’s also important to point out how huge the class difference is between Luke and Lorelai; she can imagine a relationship with Christopher, from the same class and with common background; she can imagine a relationship with Max, respected because of his education. But Luke? Who runs a diner? From the forces shaping her life and her long walk away from those forces, he’s not marriage material. Erpbtavmvat qvssreragyl erdhverf fbzr zber tebjvat.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      The AV Club reviewer had a different suggestion for why Max is so boring: his dialog is really complicated, and the actor who plays him, unlike Lauren Graham, is not skilled enough to say it correctly and project any emotion at the same time.Report