Spoilers for "Gilmore Girls" just as soon as I get a permit to open an outdoor diner...
Well, that was a little more like it. The pace is still uncomfortably slow, a lot of the humor feels forced, and we're two episodes in with no Richard and Emily (those last two issues are no doubt related), but there were a few promising developments.
First, the act with Rory's fake Asian vacation actually felt like the show, and not just a good imitation of the show. The concept, the banter, even the pacing all felt right. And then the gear shift into Rory's anger felt straight and true.
Second, in that scene and in a number of others, people actually talked about what they were feeling. No more of that suffering silence BS that dragged down so much of season six. No more Idiot Plot where the only way it works is if people aren't honest with each other. That's the worst kind of dramatic device, and the show is much better for ditching it.
I feel bad for Lane: crap honeymoon, crap first time and pregnant on the very first shot? Not that kids aren't awesome, but you should have them when you want them -- and after you've had as much time as you need to do grown-up stuff without the logistical complications of a baby or 12. (Also, hearing about Lane's death-by-discount honeymoon made me feel much less sorry for Rory. Poor little rich girl can't tour all of Asia in a summer? Too bad.)
Not back to standards yet, but a definite step up from last week. The teaser with Luke punching Christopher was better itself than anything in the premiere.
What did everybody else think?