Gilmore Girls: Season 2
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Those acclaimed Gilmore Girls are back for a second season of warmth, charm, zingy repartee and heart-stopping moments of drama. In this 6-disc set are all 22 irresistible year-two episodes about the people you've grown to love: young single mom Lorelai, her super-achieving daughter Rory, her elitist parents Emily and Richard, and a whole town of dreamers and eccentrics. New faces also come to Stars Hollow, including Luke's nephew Jess, whose rebelliousness offends the town, but whose passion for books attracts Rory. Hearts break and mend, careers end and begin, folks stumble and pick themselves up in a series that's "blissfully brilliant" (Ken Parish Perkins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
Love was in the air at the beginning of the second season of Gilmore Girls, as both Gilmores found themselves in the midst of perfect, giddy relationships--or so they thought. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) had accepted the proposal of English teacher Max (Scott Cohen) and was excitedly planning her first wedding; Rory (Alexis Bledel) was back on happy footing with townie hunk Dean (Jared Padalecki) after a dust-up near the end of season one that prompted a mini-break for the teen twosome. However, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had anything but smooth sailing on the horizon for her heroines, giving Lorelai a severe case of cold feet and Rory a major distraction in the form of Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), the bad boy newly arrived in town. Soon, Rory found herself extremely attracted to Jess, while Lorelai rekindled the flame of passion that once burned long ago with Rory's father, Christopher (David Sutcliffe), who made his way back into her life despite a girlfriend in the wings.
After the minor romantic speed bumps of the first season, the introduction of actual conflict into the second season of Gilmore Girls helped give the happy-goofy atmosphere of Stars Hollow a decided tension, as Rory tangled with her emotions over Jess and began the first tiny steps away from her good-girl persona. The episode "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," centered around the annual town auction of picnic baskets, was a wonderful portrait of Rory's conflicting adolescent feelings for both Dean and Jess. However, it was Lorelai's simmering chemistry with former flame Christopher, only hinted at in the first season, that gave the show its energy as well as its heartbreak, culminating in the stellar season finale "I Can't Get Started." But lest you think Gilmore Girls was centered only on romance, the second season also gave the expansive ensemble cast many hilarious moments, ranging from the hallway politics of Rory's private school to the town antics that shaped the Gilmores' daily lives. Through it all, the appealing Bledel and the radiant Graham exuded wit, charm, and a way with snappy patter not seen since the golden days of '30s screwball comedy. --Mark Englehart
- All 22 episodes from the 2001-02 season
- 4 unaired scenes
- "A Film by Kirk"
- "International Success" featurette
- On-screen fun facts viewing mode on episode 13
- "Who Wants to Argue" shouting matches
- Gilmore-isms booklet
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Contrived situations, silly love triangles, fickle girls, and characters too lazy to make their own coffee or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they go to a place called Luke's to be waited on. I don't know what happened to the main protagonists in this series, the slutty mom and her daughter, and I don't care. There's too much good stuff out there to waste time with silly series like this puff piece.
If you’re looking for good stuff to watch consider miniseries like The Astronauts Wives Club (2015), Band of Brothers (2001), Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000), Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003), Into the West (2005), Lonesome Dove (1989), Manhattan (2014-2015), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Taken (2002) and The 10th Kingdom (2000), which are all terrific because they have clear beginnings that establish an objective, then strong middles and conclusive endings where the goal is achieved, like a good novel.
Other shows I’ve really enjoyed include Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), Granite Flats (2013-2015), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Lost (2004-2010), Merlin (2008-2012), The Prisoner (1967-1968), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek (1966-1969) and Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish.
If you like reading try some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
I'd say jump right into Stars Hallow and fall in love with the show just like I did. If you go on a crazy Gilmore Girls binge and happen to find yourself done with the series in a weeks time, have no fear, the girls will be coming back soon.
Second season starts with something that obviously has to end. Obviously, the main "single mom" character of a show can't get married a week into its second season! Don't fool yourselves, though. This season is big on love, crushes, and heartbreaks, if that's what you're looking for. And even if it's not, you'll still find it and plenty more.
One of the monumental things about second season is how things start to change. The moment the concept of marriage is out, a new character enters the show. And boy, does he enter. Whether you like Jess or not, you can't deny that he is a fascinating character in that he really spices things up. Jess, Luke's nephew. It doesn't matter that a lot of people don't like him (foolishly, if you ask me, as he's my favorite boy-character throughout the entire show... none can replace him), or that nobody wanted things to change, he's here, and he's good. Jess marks the beginning of change in the show. He's the cause of pain, anger, love, and guilt. With his arrival come the problems that center around jealousy, crushes, friendships, and in general, relationships.
So besides our new character, we've also got a whole new set of issues. Lorelai decided not to get married... so where do we go? We see her in what we have to suppose is her typical, love-less world. She's just as funny, just as witty, and just as exciting as ever. Lorelai is still our fun-loving, quick-tongued, amazing woman, and just because she doesn't have a boyfriend doesn't mean she's not interesting. We get more of her relationships with her parents in this season, too. We see Lorelai alone with her father, and alone with her mother. Lorelai deals with a lot this season, and ends it with something that seems too much like a broken heart.
Rory, too. Our little heroine is growing up, but she's still the book-reading, obsessive studier she ever was. In this season things also change for her. The arrival of Jess causes her lots of issues with her boyfriend Dean, and these issues are not so easily resolved. More often than not, Rory and Dean are in an uncomfortable spot because of Jess. This season also shows that they rarely talk, and that their relationship is a bit strained. Besides Rory's awkward love-life, we get a sense of her other relationships too. Rory and her best friend Lane even have some issues, but those are easily resolved. Rory is even forced to try to make friends by a concerned school. Ultimately, Rory ends the year in just as much romantic turmoil as her mother, but this time she's gained a friend instead of making an enemy. Paris, with whom Rory has a "friends-ish" relationship, becomes more and more main throughout this season. Rory's suddenly got friends, boys fawning over her, and more drama than ever before.
As was hinted last season, "Gilmore Girls" is about relationships and life. It's not just about love, and it's not just about drama. It's about the connections people make. We see the times that Lorelai and Luke are yelling at each other, both hurt more than the other can imagine. We see Rory and Lorelai fighting about the truth about the night that Rory's arm broke (watch this to find out HOW!). We watch as Lorelai fights both mother and father. We watch as Rory tries to stand up for herself, and realizes that she's doing fine. We see all of our beloved characters dealing with life in a funny and wonderful way.
If you haven't seen first season and you want to watch the show, let me put it this way. My first episodes were from this season. It's fantastic. Even after having seen all of the show up until now, I can say that I absolutely love this season. Whether it's because of Jess, because of Rory, because of Lorelai, or because of the incredible Disc 4, I can't say. All I can say is that this is a must buy, and that anybody who can appreciate witty comments and quick humor will love this show. If you liked first season, then you'll LOVE second. If you're just starting, you can start here! It's a superb season. You can't help but fall in love with all of the characters and with everything.
The special features are pretty cool too, and where else will you be able to watch this incredible season of this amazing show? Buy it now! You won't be disappointed in the least.
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