junienmomo October 17, 2014 Share October 17, 2014 Sunflower, great insights. I would have preferred a shorter marriage for Chris and Lorelai too. Waste of episodes IMO. Part of the destruction of Luke's character was necessary. Classical character development follows a path of the character from their "old world" into their "new world," with the new world being defined by a call to action that occurs somewhere in the story. For Luke, his old world was the sullen diner owner, all in all pretty satisfied with his life. He had 2 calls to action that I observed: The horoscope (pre-show start), a call to get to know Lorelai Taylor's constant imploring for him to be more active in the community activities He accepted the first, but rebelled against the second until the Twickham House. Then he pretended to be a bigger part of the community, but didn't really join the way Taylor wanted him to. We all know what happened to the first call - he changed enough to ask her out, their relationship flourished and failed, but those changes stayed. In S7, I see that he first was mourning his loss of Lorelai and for me his darkest moment post-Lorelai was when Liz and TJ spent the night and talked about him while he overheard. That segment symbolized the change he chose to make to move forward. After that, he grew more open to other people and reached out more. After he'd repaired his friendship with Lorelai, he even had a moment when I think he was looking forward to the summer with her (after the karaoke and the cancelled trip with his daughter). Look at ep22 again. The change is shown most clearly here. He is Happy Luke, outgoing, friendly to the community members, joking and enjoying being closer to a traditional member of the SH community. He even calls and essentially runs a Town Meeting. He did maintain his banter with Lorelai, which I agree with you is critical to his character, but the Happy Luke is for me a natural growth path for him and necessary for his story arc. Totally agree with you about him being surrounded by the wrong people for most of S7. I think the edge was really taken away with the daughter and Lorelai's ultimatum/sleeping with Chris. While that carried into S7, I blame it primarily on S6. I still haven't decided if the daughter storyline was a call to action, or just a roadblock to the call to be with Lorelai. Since I hate that storyline like you, I'm choosing for roadblock. In my post-S7 world, he gets his rants back, but he also takes his place (not the place Taylor thinks he should have) in leading the SH community. And he gets Lorelai, of course. So he fulfills both of his calls to action. 2 Link to comment
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