Question: I was wondering why you're not enjoying the first few episodes of Gilmore Girls this season, and I guess I'm surprised that more people haven't written in to disagree with you. I find the estrangement between Rory and Lorelai to be interesting and realistic. I also love watching Rory come to terms with the life her mother gave her versus the life she could have had with the elder Gilmores. I've become very interested in Logan's character, as well as in watching Luke do his best to navigate Lorelai's emotional upheaval after "losing" her daughter. Perhaps it is my own tumultuous relationship with my mother that is influencing my view of the show, but I think that this breakup is some of the most compelling stuff the show has done in a long time. Maybe Lorelai is acting like a child, but hasn't that always been the point? And now that Rory is finally acting like a young adult as well, we can see what happens when both are forced to grow up. Anyway, that's my two cents.
Answer: It all boils down to Lorelai's closing line in the recent episode where she watched a corny TV-movie by herself (which Rory would have loved mocking with her): "It's not the same." Gilmore Girls is much better when Lorelai and Rory are a team against the world, not when they're at each other's throats or removed from each other's company for a sustained period of time. The show also struggled trying to make good comedy-drama out of Rory's first year at Yale. Whatever benefits the show reaps in realism, it loses by robbing the show of the primary relations we tune in for (it is, after all, the title of the show). I did think this week's (Oct. 11) episode was a cut above, but that was primarily because of Richard and Emily; her tirade against Logan's mom was brilliant, and Richard's anger and agony as he realized the depth of Rory's hurt was ferocious. (Remind me again why Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann never get nominated for awards?) I guess I simply don't accept Rory choosing the DAR — group groan, everyone? — over Yale, just because of a bad performance review. The following response from Maria is more indicative of the Gilmore Girls mail I've been getting lately:

"How long do we have to endure Rory's Adventures in Emilyland? As if watching her rather willingly turn into just another, younger version of her entitled grandmother weren't bad enough, we have to watch her engage in empty-headed, reckless behavior with her Poor Little Rich Boy Logan. If I want to watch MTV, I know where that channel is. What used to be a witty, smart, gentle hour has turned into a shrill, mean-spirited mess. Please tell me the Palladinos have a plan, because Lorelai and Rory not interacting is sucking the charm out of this show. And even the promise of a Luke-and-Lorelai wedding may not be enough to keep me hanging in for the reconciliation." I might not go that far, but I sure did enjoy the MTV slam (this from a charter member of the I Despise Laguna Beach club).