"Gilmore Girls" Receives Two Thumbs Down
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on October 6, 2006 | PRINT

Say goodbye to "Gilmore Girls." If the seventh season of the program has chosen the advertising slogan "Free to be Witty," new writer David Rosenthal is not exercising his right.

Rosenthal is a major disappointment. Not that the quality series was doing incredibly well at the end of season six, but season seven seems to have plummeted nearly beyond recognition.

The season begins with Lorelai waking up next to her ex-boyfriend, Christopher, the morning after she breaks up with former fiancé, Luke. Kirk, the town idiot, drives a car into Luke's Diner, and Lorelai, unsure and upset over whether Luke was hurt or not, shows that she still cares for Luke. However, she continues to stand her ground on not wanting to marry him.

Her daughter Rory opens a present of an ambiguous model rocket from her sort-of boyfriend Logan who has recently run off to London to fulfill his father's dream for him. She spends the entire rest of the show trying to figure out what this gift means, resulting in pointless roundabout conversations between Lorelai and Rory, which have formerly been funny, but these were just bland.

Once Lorelai gets married, though, she will no longer be a Gilmore girl (unless she chooses to keep her own last name) and the show will end soon thereafter. Expect a wedding this season, boys and girls, because this show is basically over.

Nothing but drama has occurred on "Gilmore Girls" for quite a while. However, at least when Amy Sherman-Palladino ran the program, the drama was often relieved for a few moments with the intelligent, witty banter between the characters.

In fact, the show has made its reputation on the cleverly fast-paced dialogue, with which very few people are able to keep up with most of the time. The seventh season has advertised itself as "Free to be Witty." However, Rosenthal seems to have missed this part of the show all together.

It is almost as if a character or favorite plot line has vanished completely from the show. I laughed maybe twice the entire time through a show which used to keep me rolling with laughter. Sure, season six has been a bit more serious than previous ones. And I will grant that the subject matter is quite a bit less funny.

However, "Gilmore Girls" without wit is like coke without fizz. Flat. I did not find myself even wanting to watch the rest of the episode, much less the rest of the season.

If "Gilmore Girls" does not find its rhythm again soon, I am afraid the show will not see an eighth season. Reviews have been altogether negative, and even people who are not fans of the show say they have seen better episodes than the disappointing seventh-season premier.

"Gilmore Girls'" unfunny writer David Rosenthal better pick up his act, or pack it up and go home. Otherwise, he will soon be out of a job.

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