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Monday, November 06, 2006

Gilmore Girls sucks without Amy Sherman-Palladino


Virginia Heffernan explains why.

Has “Gilmore Girls” lost heart? If only. This brainy, dexterous show is now all heart — with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) dating Rory’s father, Christopher (David Sutcliffe), and Rory (Alexis Bledel) pining for the London-based Logan (Matt Czuchry). In the new season those emotional cues that used to come from the Sam Phillips score with its airy la-la-la lyrics now emanate from by-the-numbers reaction shots, big doorstep love scenes, vast gaps in the scripts just for feelings, and sincerity galore. As a result, the show that made a virtue of brittleness has become almost moony.
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Casual viewers have typically complained about the show’s stylized dialogue, poseur diction and references seemingly inspired by Bartlett’s and Roget’s. Well, for them, it should all go down easier now. The new show is run by David Rosenthal, a television writer who was famous chiefly for a 2001 morbidly obsessive play about Heidi Klum that Bruce Weber in The New York Times called “not only offensive but also incompetent.” On his “Gilmore Girls,” people lead and follow: one person talks, and the other sighs, frowns or chuckles. The sound mix is especially thick with that chuckling that signals what’s funny. I keep thinking that if Rory and Lorelai, those unsentimental brainiacs, could see this show, they’d hate it.


One slight modification I'd make to her argument that last season kind of sucked too. Recently I watched a couple of old episodes and realized how far the whole business has fallen. Now Gilmore Girls is like Seasons 6 & 7 of Buffy, the last season of Six Feet Under, or Three's Company after Chrissy left. Just sad.

Has a show ever come back from sucking?

12 Comments:

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    The Daily Show

     
  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Phoebe Evergreen said…

    What was wrong with the last season of Six Feet Under?

     
  • At 12:17 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Well after watching the last episode's Ghost of Christmas Future montage, I to this day still haven't stopped barfing.

    But I had long since stopped watching (once Brenda stopped being a whore I lost interest), so I can't really comment on that season compared to previous seasons.

     
  • At 12:18 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    But can I get a what-what for pointing out that the Daily Show went from whatever to hey ya midway through its run?

    Also: season two of Arrested Development was so much better than the first season. That's more like finding itself than coming back from suck, though.

     
  • At 12:20 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    I would say that South Park went a bit suck a few seasons ago and has pretty much come back this season. Maybe the comeback started last season with the Scientology episode.

     
  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I don't know that the Daily Show counts--it started rocky and then got better after a couple of years. That's not the same as jumping the shark, which is really what I'm thinking about. I haven't really been watching South Park. As for the last season of SFU, the writing just stopped working for me. I could go back and analyze why, but then I would have to watch it again. The last episode, I agree with Solomon, was maudlin crapola.

     
  • At 4:27 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah I think South Park is the best example of getting good, going suck, then getting good again.

     
  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger Sharp said…

    No offerings on the comebacks except maybe Alias almost but not quite doing it at the very end. But I agree that the GG slide started when the Palladinos were still in charge. It used to be like watching comedic tennis. Now it's just another stinking full-blown WB soap opera.

     
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