BREAKING NEWS: This will be the last season. Two more episodes, folks. Official statement over Alan Sepinwall's way.
Last night's Gilmore Girls had the most indie rock references since last year's season finale when Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Sparks, and Joe Pernice vied for Town Troubadour.
Zach got an offer to fill for lead guitar on some band called Vapo-Rub's summer tour and the name-dropping followed quickly:Tokyo Police Club (who, in the Gilmore world can headline Bowery Ballroom AND Roseland), Eminem, Iggy Pop, Grizzly Bear, Crooked Fingers, the Rosebuds, Bobby Conn and Midlake, plus mentions of venues Mercury Lounge, the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, Magic Stick, and First Unitarian Church.
All this and Kirk singing "Karma Chameleon." I've been iffy on the Palladino-less incarnation of GG but I've like the last few episodes, even if the references are ham-fisted these days. Whether it will return an eighth season is still up in the air -- word is yes, but in a shortened form -- and I'm entirely ambivalent towards whatever outcome. (I'm more interested in Friday Night Lights coming back for a second.) But I would like to see them get Amy Sherman Palladino back for the final episode, whenever that may be, as she has long said she knew the last words to be uttered by the Gilmores. That I want to hear.
ADDED: I was thinking about the first time I ever heard an indie rock reference in a mainstream TV show. It was on Roseanne -- Darlene goes to see Daisy Chainsaw. (Remember their single "Love Your Money"?) I looked up the episode ("Good Girls, Bad Girls") on IMDB and guess who wrote it? Amy Sherman, who hadn't yet married fellow Roseanne writer Daniel Palladino.