SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival series on Netflix and plan on watching STOP READING!!!
As a large Gilmore Girls fan, I was excited as ever to watch the revival series which came out on November 25th, 2016! Perfectly planned so after staying up all night Black Friday shopping, Netflix has the entire revival lined up in the queue.
While watching the first season “Winter” (for the first time) I could not get over how often they tried to bring in new and one could say hip technology into the show. Excited that I needed to blog for class this week I decided to bring each of those to center stage and share my commentary on them. The producers use each social media site and digital business rather humorously. Shall we begin…
- Smart Watch: “watching Zoolander 2 on his watch” – Lorelai is proving a point by hypothetically suggesting Rory has a smart watch owning dog. It surprised me because when would Stars Hallow ever know about Smart Watches in the past?!?!
- 3 Cell Phones: Personal phone, work phone, and a phone that gets reception in Stars Hallow – most likely included to mock the way we are attached to our phones these days like leashes. Rory ends up standing on the shelves at the grocery store to get reception!
- Fitbit: While Rory is running around trying to find reception, she calls to her Mom inviting her to run alongside her where Lorelai responds with “I already got my steps in today!” What a sly way to suggest Lorelai is keeping up her steps on her Fitbit (or other fitness tool).
- Uber: Kirk invited Lorelai to become his first client on his new ride share business called “ÖÖÖ-ber” where they call his mother who finds him who picks them up – no app necessary!He highly encourages that peolpe call his mom with ratings post-ride.
- Magazine Subscriptions: What a blast from the past! Luke is telling Rory that he subscribes to her magazine and actually receives it in the mail. Reading theSkimm in my bed or articles on my newsfeed are the closest things I get to a magazine these days.
- Sound systems: Lorelai uses her phone to turn on an annoying song on the surround sound system and leave the room to playfully punish Luke. Can’t say that’s something I haven’t done to my roommates before!
- This is where I noticed how much they seem to use their smart phones – probably a reflection of our society today and how much is on that little screen. I spend that much time during the day, if not more with my face glued to my iPhone
- Paul so lovingly brings Lorelai virus protection software on a flash drive. First off I cannot remember the last time I used a flash drive and second I do not know why Rory is dating this guy or what attraction she has to him! PS he weirdly remembered the stickers that Lorelai has on her laptop case.
- Luke gets mad at Lorelai for filling up the DVR with stupid movies – I agree with him and Netflix is much better than recording TV, no commercials! Also, According to the Huffington Post, Netflix is crushing cable.
- At this point I am becoming disappointed with the writers because Gilmore Girls used to be so funny without the occasional drop of current technologies, let’s get back to that witty humor! – However, the writers back then probably incorporated new technologies and gadgets that were relevant to the times. Maybe I am just used to Gilmore Girls being a classic and a show from the past that I am struggling to adjust to a more current adaptation.
- The need to document everything: Rory hides Lorelai’s phone so she cannot take a video of her late night tap dancing. Smart girl because parents LOVE to document embarrassing things their kids do.
- What’s the Wifi Password? At Luke’s Diner he keeps giving out the wrong Wifi password to the customers and is asked every time he engages with a customer. Pretty funny considering anywhere you go people are always searching for the magical password. (later Taylor calls him out for it and explains to everyone that he is doing that so they interact face to face more saying “this isn’t your office, it’s a diner – go home!”)
- Twitter: Lorelai makes fun of a pop up chef in their restaurnt becasue he tweets, clearly she does not understand how twitter works becasue the type of tweeting she is mocking actually works! The chef being popular on Twitter is what defines him “cool” to Lorelai.
- Phone on Vibrate: small thing to notice, but Lorelai’s phone does not even ring with a song, but you can hear the vibrate tone. That is very common currently
- Yelp: Paris tells Lorelai and Luke to check her fertility clinic’s yelp approval rating. Very odd, very Paris, very aggressive. Check out business ratings on Yelp at https://biz.yelp.com/.
Now as I have moved onto (and not finished) the “Spring” season, Logan starts off the episode with his conveinently palced Windows tablet that he conveinently angles that you can see the Windows logo on the back in the entire screen. Most of the other plugs seem natural and generic, yet this one seems very staged. I would be surprised if Windows did not pay for that plug.Coincidence that Gilmore Girls is exclusively streamed in 4K on edge on Windows 10 devices? I think not…
Overall, besides the Windows tablet that Logan was using which was clearly a promotion, the producers use technology to strengthen the point of passing time.
Note: Timely things like; Lorelai explaining how Taylor wishes to change the town from Septic tank over to full sewer, Lorelai organizing her magazines by Kardashians, and the mention of body shaming and trigger warnings were humorous, were not included due to the lack of digital business. All are very relevant to the progression of time and development of the characters.
I believe the integration of modern social media and technology was mildly overdone and exaggerated which ended up appearing very forced. For the efforts of showing the passage of time through the updated technology, I would give Stars Hallow and the Gilmore Girls producers a 7/1o for the good strategy, but poor execution.