There are always scenes I’ll find myself replaying — scenes that either broke me or have somehow fixed me. Scenes that may not be thematic masterpieces but rather little moments that set everything in motion. In this final installment of our 2016 Year-End reviews, you’ll find the scenes that have left the biggest impact on me this year. The scenes that I’ve found myself wanting to talk about over and over and over again. The scenes that I considered the loveliest little gems.
There’s no feeling quite as indescribable as finding a fictional character to care deeply for. A character who we perhaps see ourselves in or a character who’s just so well written, it’s difficult to turn the other cheek. There are a number of fantastic TV characters — whether heroes or villains or somewhere in between, they’re so well written, they become a part of us. They become someone we cherish, someone we want the best for. They become someone we’re constantly in awe of. And 2016 has truly been one of the best years in the world of television. It’s been a strong, undeniably powerful year for complex, incredible characters.
“Fall” | Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
With Thanksgiving being this week, it hasn’t been too busy on our TV screens, but with the series that have aired, we’ve been exposed to some very wonderful things. Timeless showcased the strength between the travel team beautifully. This Is Us dropped bombshells after another in an emotional Thanksgiving special. And Brooklyn Nine Nine gave us a glimpse into Amy Santiago’s family life. But it was in the final installment of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life where Lauren Graham took us on a journey that crushed our hearts.
If you’ve yet to watch the series, there are spoilers ahead. Continue reading
25 Nearest and Dearest 8/25
The Gilmore Girls (Gilmore Girls)
For as long as I can remember I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls reruns on TV and thus, making it that I’ve seen the show about 20 times by now (it’s already time for another beginning to end re-watch). And when I was younger, I didn’t always understand the relationships between Emily, Lorelai, and Rory Gilmore. (But I do remember sobbing my eyes out at Rory’s high school graduation speech because in every way, my mother is my best friend, too.) There aren’t many relationships in the world as profound as that between a mother and daughter. And while I personally don’t know what that’s like to be a mother, I can understand that it must be the scariest, most overwhelmingly beautiful experience. Families have been complicated since the beginning of time, but perhaps that’s what makes it the most beautiful bond in the world. These are the people who have seen the ugliest sides of us and continue to love us boundlessly. Gilmore Girls is without a doubt the one show that’s written mother/daughter relationships most accurately in its complex, gorgeous form. And above all things, the series has authenticated the fact that at the end of the day, no matter how messy things get, these women will always have someone to lean on.
25 Love Stories 16/25
Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
As Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Rosa Diaz once said “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” While Gilmore Girls has done the best job of showcasing the incomparable bond between mother and daughter, it’s also done wonderful work with the foreseen relationship between Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore. We may all have different teams when it comes to Rory’s relationship, but we almost feel certain that the majority of viewers shipped Luke and Lorelai like FedEx (what did we even call it back then?) When they first made an appearance on screen together, you just knew you wanted them together. It’d happen someday and it’d be beautiful because it was meant to be from the very start. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to have a diner they go to everyday with a good looking “friend” who owns the place? And who doesn’t want to fall in love with the particular friend that’s always been there to offer a helping hand, coffee, and love. Luke and Lorelai are like coffee and bagels — a perfect combination that makes everything better. And that’s exactly what they did, they made each other and the situations they were in better.