Watched the season finale of Gilmore Girls yesterday, and I was quite disappointed. I know that the episode was filmed before the cast and production team knew if the series would return for an abbreviated eighth season, but my disappointment had very little to do with the plot or production. My disappointment was with the cast, and in particular with Lauren Graham; if there was ever a case of an actress walking through the script, this was it.
Graham, in her role as Lorelei Gilmore, alternated between two expresssions: irritated and bored. When the script called for poignance, longing, sensitivity, compassion, wistfulness, nostalgia, or love, she simply ignored it and chose from the two emotions of the day. I was so unhappy with her performance that I pulled the DVD of the first season and watched a couple of episodes just to remind myself that Graham could deliver a full range of emotions when she began this role; by the time this final episode came around, though, she was making it clear through her performance that she just wanted out. There was no chemistry between her, Scott Patterson, or Alexis Bleidel; even though the latter two did an incredible job in their roles as Luke and Rory, they were unable to compensate for the dreariness and disinterest that Graham put into this episode--and in fact, into most of this season.
It's a real letdown when the star of a series this beloved by much of its fanbase is so unwilling to return that dedication. I hope that Graham finds something that inspires her to act once again; obviously, the final season of Gilmore Girls wasn't it.