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March 8th, 2011

lifeonqueen: (Misc - A Regency lady)
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 01:14 am
Wow, infant Jared Paladecki almost doesn't set my teeth on edge.

But frankly, the hair is a problem. Floppy haired boys have that Hugh Grant thing - all ineffectual on the outside, nasty chauvinism on the inside.

Aside - the cat is seeing snakes and trying to climb the walls, scratching at absolutely nothing. It's amusing but also weird.

Emily Bishop is brilliant - playing the Queen Bitch without entirely forfeiting the audience's sympathy is a rare trick. Also, Amy Sherman-Palladino: if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the screen.

"I'm okay. It's just - do I look shorter? Because I feel shorter."

Episode 2

"Dinner, Friday night - no spurs, please."

Let's face it, the mirroring between Lorelai and Emily Gilmore, Lorelai and Rory, and (later) Emily and Rory is neither an accident nor an original dramatic concept but it is executed brilliantly. So I watched all or most of these before between the original run and syndication - at one point it seemed like there was a cable convention that any channel not airing a L&O repeat must air GG to balance cable's chi or something - and it's only just struck me now that Gilmore Girls is one of the great matriarchal tales of the current era. The entire series, all seven seasons, was basically an exploration of the negotiation of power between three generations of women - the maiden, the mother and the crone.

While I'm thinking archetypes, Gilmore Girls is a great example of an Odyssey tale. When Gilmore Girls begins, Lorelai has already completed the "heroic" part of her journey - she has left the known world of her parents home and grown into her own power as a woman and a mother. Lorelai has, as we are reminded, raised her daughter and built a career without any help from her parents. The show's pilot revolves around the return of the prodigal daughter, Lorelai, to her parents' kingdom (Hartford, Connecticut) and the run of the series is basically Lorelai's reluctant assent to the leadership of her family, running parallel with the first two acts of Rory's own Achilles-like rise to power.

It's also very funny.

Lorelai Gilmore, Tami Taylor and Sarah Connor walk into the bar at the end of the world - it'd totally be A Thing (I wonder if that requires me to AU Sarah a daughter...).