Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season – DVD Review

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Creators:
Amy Sherman-Palladino

Cast:
Lauren Graham….Lorelai Gilmore
Alexi Bledel…..Rory Gilmore
Scott Patterson….Luke Danes
Kelly Bishop….Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann….Richard Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy….Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena….Lane Kim
Sean Gunn….Kirk Gleason

Warner Home Video presents Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season. Running time: 920 minutes. Twenty three episodes on six DVDs. Episodes aired: Sept 26, 2006 to May 15, 2007. DVD release: November 13, 2007.

The Show

Luke Danes became the most frustrated boyfriend on TV passing That Girl‘s Donald Hollinger. Luke spent seven years getting yanked around by Lorelai Gilmore. Unlike Donald’s chaste time with Ann Marie, Luke at least appeared to get laid when he wasn’t surviving his woman’s insane ventures with her grown daughter. On the final season contained on Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season, Luke was nearly destroyed as a man by that Gilmore girl and the citizens of Stars Hollow.

“The Long Morrow” opens with the aftermath of the season six finale. Previously Lorelai had given Luke an ultimatum about their postponed wedding. She wanted to elope. When Luke balked, she went off to bang Christopher, her daughter’s daddy. The next day (and this episode) opens with Luke at her house. She blows him off. Things get worse when they stick up a traffic camera in front of his diner. The first person to set off it off gets blinded by the flash. This leads to a slight inconvenience as Luke finds himself running a drive-in. With his diner out of commission, Luke cruises to Lorelai’s house with his pickup truck loaded to the brim. He wants to elope. She affirms that it’s over and confesses to screwing Christopher. After six years, Luke is no longer the stud of Stars Hollow. Can Luke recover from being dumped and destroyed in 42 minutes?

“That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee” kicks off with Luke sucker-punching Christopher. This is little solace. He gets humiliated when Kirk sets up an open air diner across the street from Luke’s place. Kirk has copied Luke’s joint down to wearing the plaid shirt and backwards baseball cap. Luke’s identity is being sucked out of his soul.

Most of the season has the citizens of Stars Hollow wondering if Lorelai would return to Luke. But her daughter’s daddy wants to be more than the guy who knocked her up in high school. “The French Twist” has Christopher whisk Lorelai off to Paris. During their jet-lag time, they get married. Luke is ruined. They’ll truly just be friends for the rest of the series. Or maybe not. “To Whom It May Concern” has Luke in a custody battle with his own daughter’s mama. He begs Lorelai to write a character reference letter for the judge. Christopher go nuts when he reads it. He interprets it as a Penthouse Forum letter without the name and address withheld. He can’t have his wife going nuts for a man in a backwards baseball cap.

“Lorelai? Lorelai?” gets really weird when a drunk Lorelai takes to the stage at Karaoke night. She jokingly sings, “I Will Always Love You,” but gets serious when Luke wanders into the room. The locals know that she’s still got feelings for him. With only two episodes left for the series, will Luke get shafted a final time by Lorelai before the season ends? What shall be the last tease?

Why would a grown man watch Gilmore Girls? Because at some point in a relationship, you have to let her hold the remote. It’s painful to let go and trust her with the clicker. Of all the female oriented shows, Gilmore Girls is the best because they are the hottest mother-daughter combo in TV history (and both are above the age of consent). A male viewer shouldn’t feel threatened by Luke. He’s not like the pretty boys found on O.C. and Dawson’s Creek. He’s like you since he’s also tolerating his woman’s freakish desires. Your woman won’t beg you to dress like Luke. Although chances are you won’t mind wearing a backward baseball cap if she insists.

The Episodes

“The Long Morrow,” “That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee,” “Lorelai’s First Cotillion,” “‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous,” “The Great Stink,” “Go, Bulldogs!,” “French Twist,” “Introducing Lorelai Planetarium,” “Knit, People, Knit!,” “Merry Fisticuffs,” “Santa’s Secret Stuff,” “To Whom It May Concern,” “I’d Rather Be In Philadelphia,” “Farewell, My Pet,” “I’m a Kayak, Hear Me Roar,” “Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?,” “Gilmore Girls Only,” “Hay Bale Maze,” “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike,” “Lorelai? Lorelai?,” “Unto The Breach” and “Bon Voyage.”

The DVD

VIDEO:
The picture is 1.33:1. The transfers are pristine since the show is pretty recent.

AUDIO:
The English soundtrack is Dolby Digital Surround 5.1. The subtitles are in English, French and Spanish

EXTRAS:

A Best Friend’s Peek Inside the Gilmore Girls with Keiko Agena (13:55) has the actress who plays Lane Kim arrive at the studio on her motorcycle. The camera follows her during the shooting of the final episode. We see her go through wardrobe, hair and makeup. You’ll thrill to the amazing craft service table.

Who Wants to Talk Boys (1:10) is a montage with characters talking about things men do and think.

Gilmore Fashionistas (11:07) has the costume designer Brenda Maben explain the styles worn by the mother and daughter over the years.

Kirk’s Tour of Stars Hollow is an interactive guide to the town. Click on a location and Kirk shares the history of various buildings. There’s also clips from the show to prove Kirk visited the location in his various jobs.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE SHOW

8
THE VIDEO

9
THE AUDIO

8
THE EXTRAS

7
REPLAY VALUE

8
OVERALL
8
(NOT AN AVERAGE)

The Inside Pulse
The final season of Gilmore Girls gives us a chance to see Luke as a broken man. But he’s never crushed enough to toss his baseball cap.

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