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November 2016

Let’s Dream Cast Rory’s Wookiee Hook-Up from ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’

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Screenshot by Jenn Murphy

(FYI: This post has a ton of spoilers from “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” and one big one from “How to Get Away With Murder.” The title of the post alone is a semi-spoiler. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

 

Like many men and women of a certain age (or really any age, I don’t know the specific demographics) I spent a large portion of my post-Thanksgiving weekend watching “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” After years of waiting for a revival (and one year of waiting for the revival to be completed), four 90-ish minute episodes made their way into my Netflix que and were devoured much like the turkey and mashed potatoes I had eaten earlier in the week. There were many things I liked (Kirk and Petals, the sudden, unexplained appearance of Mr. Kim) and some things I didn’t (the ever-present Logan, the current state of the Paris and Doyle union).

 

The biggest thing that everyone was looking to see though were what the final four words, the four words that show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had in mind when she first created the series, the four words that never made their way into the show’s original network run, would be. Well, here they are:

 

Rory: Mom?

Lorelei: Yeah?

Rory: I’m pregnant.

 

So there you have it; Rory Gilmore, double the age her mother was when she became pregnant with her, is with child. But whose child? The parentage is never clearly stated, although the most likely suspect is Logan Huntzberger, the last of Rory’s big three boyfriends. They had an ongoing thing throughout the four new episodes, despite the fact that Logan was engaged to another woman (another low moment of the new episodes, if you ask me). In a way, Rory is following right in her mother’s footsteps, getting impregnated by the rich boy she probably shouldn’t end up with despite the shared chemistry. Hopefully this means she’ll really end up with her Luke equivalent, Jess, but the episodes ended before there was any sort of real development on that, other than the mildly heartbreaking (and slightly creepy?) shot of Jess lovingly looking at Rory through a window.

 

There is, however, the slightest of chances that Rory’s baby daddy isn’t someone we’ve seen before, but rather someone we’ve heard about. In the second “A Year in the Life” episode, Rory goes into full quarter-life crisis mode (Although she’s 32, so is it really a quarter-life crisis? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.) after having her first one-night stand with a guy in a wookiee costume. She met him while interviewing people about their experiences waiting in lines (seriously) and went out for drinks and well…you know…had a one-night stand. There isn’t a clear timeline of when Rory discovered she was actually pregnant versus when she actually told her mother, and all of the new episodes took place over the course of a year, so it is possible that wookiee guy is the newest contributor to the Gilmore family line.

 

If that’s the case (and honestly, I really hope it is) then we need to figure out who this wookiee guy is. I have compiled a few potential candidates that I think would make great additions to the “Gilmore Girls” universe when more new episodes are eventually created. (I mean, there will be more new episodes, right? They can’t possibly end the entire series with a cliffhanger like that! This isn’t “The Sopranos.”) Read on to see my four picks for the man inside the wookiee costume.

 

1. Alden Ehrenreich

This first one fits in best with the many pop culture tie-ins and references that make up the “Gilmore Girls” universe, seeing as he is currently getting ready to play a young Han Solo (friend to wookiees, or at least one wookiee in particular) in an upcoming “Star Wars” film. All of the inevitable “Star Wars” jokes Lorelei would make around him would have double the meaning!

 

2. Dev Patel

Given his experience playing charming but slightly nerdy guys on shows like “Skins” and “The Newsroom,” Patel seems like a perfect candidate for the role of a guy who would be standing in some sort of “Star Wars”-related line in a wookiee costume. Surprisingly, Rory never really had a nerdy boyfriend or love interest (If you don’t count Marty or Paul. I mean, you could count Paul, but I doubt Rory does.) so it would be fun to see her in that type of situation. Plus, I just think Dev Patel is really great and want to see him in more things.

 

3. Wyatt Russell

Much like Rory hasn’t really had a nerdy boyfriend or love interest, she also didn’t really have a dopey one (unless you consider Dean dopey, and that’s a whole other debate). Russell recently played a very charming but dopey guy in one of the new “Black Mirror” episodes to great effect, so I feel like he would fit this version of the character (that I’ve created in my head) perfectly. He also seems to have a slower pace to his speaking and it would be fun to see all of the fast-talking characters in the “Gilmore Girls” world grappling with someone who takes their time.

 

4. Alfred Enoch

If you’re all caught up on “How to Get Away With Murder,” then you know that this guy will likely be out of a job soon, so what better way to keep him on our screens than to put him into the “Gilmore Girls” world? It would be nice to see him casually hanging out in Stars Hollow instead of constantly getting into murderous situations. Plus, as much as I hate to say it, “Gilmore Girls” has always been more than a little lacking in the diversity department. Giving Rory a love interest who isn’t just another white dude would be a great way to begin to rectify that.

 

What did you think of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”? Have you own casting picks for Rory’s wookiee hook-up? Think this whole practice is ridiculous because no way the wookiee guy is the father? Way to ruin my fun, dude. Leave a note in the comments, and we’ll discuss it at the next town meeting. Now before I go see what the Gilmore Guys have to say about all of this, I’ll leave you with my final three words…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

Get Macy’s Parade-Ready with ‘Billy on the Street’

Thanksgiving is this week, which means it’s time for one of my favorite silly large-scale cultural events, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! What’s not to love about performances from Broadway shows paired with clearly lip-syncing pop stars on floats and giant balloons that range from adorable to terrifying? It’s truly the best the we as a nation have to offer, especially when so many of the other things we are offering up at the moment are deeply unpleasant at best, completely horrifying at worst.

 

If the Macy’s parade is somehow not for you (and if that’s the case I truly want to know why you keep reading this blog), then perhaps this variation on the event, courtesy of the insanely funny “Billy on the Street,” will be more your style. I’ve already spoken about my love for this show here, and this clip only further establishes how wonderful “Billy on the Street” and Billy Eichner really are.

 

With his co-anchor Katie Couric, Eichner presents what the parade would be like if he were in charge. Instead of balloons featuring the likes of Pikachu and Elmo, Eichner’s balloons include Sean Penn and Rooney Mara (who, fun fact, I stood in line next to while waiting to get into “Hamilton”). Instead of floats featuring Disney channel stars and the cast of Sesame Street, Eichner’s floats celebrate “The United States of Tara” and the career of Mark Ruffalo. It’s a hilarious departure from typical Macy’s Parade fare, perfect for watching while hiding from your family in the bathroom (if your plan to escape to Target somehow didn’t work).

 

For many, this Thanksgiving looks like it could be a contentious one, so why not bring a little levity to the situation with this “Billy on the Street” clip? Even if it only brightens your mood for a little while, it’s better than nothing!

 

Love “Billy on the Street”? Have any ideas of your own for new Macy’s Parade balloons and floats? More interested in the post-parade dog show? Really? Why? Explain yourself in the comments. And, of course, from my family to yours…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

3 Things You Can Enjoy That’ll Distract You From Current Events

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Screenshot by Jenn Murphy

Well, it’s certainly been a rough week. This isn’t a political blog, so I’m not going to get into the details, but it seems pretty needless to say that a lot of people are hurting right now. While it’s very important to be involved with and aware of what’s going on in the world, sometimes it can just get to be too much. It’s perfectly fine to step away for a moment, to do something that just makes you feel better, or at least briefly distracts you from things that don’t.

The following three things in pop culture helped me this week. Hopefully they can help you too.

1) Go See “Moonlight

This excellent film, directed by Barry Jenkins, tells the coming-of-age story of a black man, Chiron, in Miami. Using three vignettes, one from his childhood, one from his teenage years, and one from his early adulthood, it follows his life and the things he experiences while coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s beautifully directed, written and acted, with great performances from the three actors that play Chiron, as well as just about every other actor in the film. It has plenty of early award buzz and I would say it was probably the best movie I’ve seen this year. If it’s playing in your city, go see it. You won’t regret it.

2) Catch Up On Two Great Debut TV Seasons

FX has been somewhat consistently putting out great new series, and this fall was no exception with the debuts of “Atlanta” and “Better Things.” The first one, a comedy-drama (dramedy?) about an emerging Atlanta rapper and the people surrounding him, was created by Donald Glover of Childish Gambino and “Community” fame. The sense of humor from Glover’s stand up is very present in the show, as is an ongoing thoughtful and clever commentary on life in these times. If “Moonlight” was my favorite new movie of the year, “Atlanta” might be favorite new series. One that certainly gives it a run for it’s money though is FX’s other new fall comedy, “Better Things.” Created by and starring  Pamela Adlon (who you might be familiar with from “Louie“), the show is autobiographical of sorts, following Adlon’s character Sam as she navigates her acting career and being a single parent to her three daughters. It’s very funny and different from the more predictable comedies found on network TV. Both shows completed their first seasons within the last few weeks (and have already been picked up for a season two), so now is the perfect time to catch up.

3) Watch This Funny and Clever New “SNL” Sketch

This week’s “Saturday Night Live” was much needed and host Dave Chappelle didn’t disappoint. Every sketch was very funny and the ones that needed to hit the hardest did, but one I really appreciated was “Jheri’s Place,” a stranger sketch that hasn’t been getting as much attention. Playing on the idea of post-game analysis, the sketch begins with a weak premise, even weaker jokes and a whole bevy of mistakes. It’s followed by a “post-sketch press conference” wherein said mistakes and flat jokes are addressed by the cast. Chappelle’s excuse? He wanted to be the next “David S. Pumpkins.” It’s just one great sketch from an episode full of them, but if you just need a four minute break, this is a good place to start.

 

What have you watched, read or listened to this week that helped distract you from current events? Did you also enjoy this week’s “SNL”? Wondering if I’m going to make some sort of joke with this last question? Well GOTCHA. I’m not. But, before I leave you, remember now more than ever…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

Take a Break and Listen to this New Song from ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or two (or just really don’t care about anything), you know that tomorrow, Nov. 8, will (hopefully) mark the end of one of the most insane and contentious presidential races in American history. It’s been a long and stressful road, and at times it has felt like you can’t look, listen, or read anywhere without seeing some sign of election talk. While I think it’s important to be involved in the democratic process, sometimes you just need to take a break

 

Consider the three or four minutes you use to listen to the fantastic song above your break. It’s from the upcoming “Hamilton Mixtape,” collection of covers, B-sides and songs inspired by that little musical you may have heard of called “Hamilton.” It’s coming out December 2, and the list of artists featured is straight-up incredible. It includes songs and appearances from Regina Spektor, Queen Latifah, Common, Sia and Chance the Rapper, among many others. Needless to say, it’s going to be a big get this Christmas, so you should get into it now and be the cool one in your family who knows everything about it. There’s also a lovely cover of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Kelly Clarkson available for early listening, but I didn’t want to make everyone cry today so you can listen to that one on your own.

 

(Now that you’ve listened to it and taken in its awesomeness, let its message be a message to you. If you’re of legal voting age in the U.S. and registered to vote: do not throw away your shot. Vote tomorrow if you haven’t already voted early. Your voice is so so so important, and to squander it when it’s needed the most would be as silly as giving Kevin James another sitcom in 2016. And that already happened, so who knows what could happen tomorrow if you don’t vote! Do it. Seriously.)

 

What do you think of the newly released songs from “The Hamilton Mixtape”? Have a particular not-yet released song from the track list that you’re particularly excited for? Pissed that you have still not been able to actually see “Hamilton” the show? Sorry about that. Your time will come eventually! In the meantime, check out this great documentary about the show. It’s got a lot of clips of onstage performances. Before you go to watch it though, remember…

 

Stay classy. (And vote!)

Jenn

 

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