Optimistically Cautious

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Farewell Stars Hollow: "Gilmore Girls" Series Finale

The series finale of Gilmore Girls, titled "Bon Voyage," aired tonight. Ideally, I wanted there to have been closure to most, if not all, of the storylines, but as the announcement of the show's cancellation came following the shooting of the episode, I really didn't know what to expect.

So I extend my props to David Rosenthal for putting together a lovely finale - a coup in Christine Amanpour's cameo, a heartstrings Luke moment ("I like to see you happy," squee!), and enough strumming Sam Phillips for a sentimental send-off. I appreciated the final pan-out shot of Lorelai and Rory in Luke's diner, complete with twinky lights - an homage to the way the pilot episode ended all those years ago. And though it was quite evident that Luke and Lorelai were together at the end, I liked how the focus of the last scene was still on the girls, just as it should have been.

Still, though the finale more than fulfilled my expectations, I am still curious to know what Amy Sherman-Palladino's version would have looked like, and in particular, what those elusive "last four words" would have been. I'm paying close attention to Ask Ausiello, but perhaps I should just let it go, and remember Gilmore Girls as it was.

Farewell, Stars Hollow; thanks for seven great years.



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