“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” ended with a whopper of a cliffhanger, as Rory (Alexis Bledel) announced to her mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) that she was pregnant.
If you connect the dots, it’s not to hard to figure out that Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) is the father of her unborn child — unless the math works out in favor of her Wookiee one night stand.
Before the pregnancy came to light, Rory had a pretty honest chat with Christopher (David Sutcliffe) about why he wasn’t in her life growing up, and whether or not he thought letting Lorelai raise her alone was the right choice. When push came to shove, Christopher all but admitted things worked out the way they were always supposed to — giving Rory the courage she needed to raise her baby without Logan.
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The parallels between Logan and Christopher in this situation are too obvious to ignore, but we’d argue their differences matter more than their similarities. Sure, they were both privileged prep-school boys from ridiculously wealthy families, with a certain disregard for the rules, but that’s about where the parallels end.
Logan, for all his womanizing, was never a cheater. He operated under a no-strings-attached mandate in college to avoid the drama and heartbreak that goes hand-in-hand with juggling multiple girls. It might have seemed like a douchey way to operate, but he really was just trying to be open and honest in his many relationships. Even the whole bridesmaid debacle of Season 6 occurred when he thought he and Rory had broken up. Perhaps that’s why so many people took issue with Logan cheating on his fiancée in the revival?
Christopher, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have much regard for fidelity.
Sherry (Mädchen Amick) was still in the picture when he got together with Lorelai in Season 2, and Luke was most definitely still in the picture when he and Lorelai slept together in Season 6. Plus, let’s not forget that little scene he caused by trying to “win Lorelai back” at Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily’s (Kelly Bishop) vow renewal, despite knowing she was with Luke.
Additionally, Logan always had a sense of drive and responsibility when you cut past his frat-tastic outer shell. He graduated from Yale and immediately threw himself into a job he didn’t plan to enjoy, which ultimately turned him into a “work dork.” He loved working hard and succeeding at what he did. As far as we can tell, he spent the years between the revival and the original series building a pretty solid professional life for himself.
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Christopher… Not so much. It took him several failed business attempts and a lot of debt before he finally settled into a steady job with a steady income in his 30’s. Whether it was a lack of commitment or a lack of ability, Christopher spent most of his early life meandering from one failed pipe-dream to another.
When you really think about it, Rory is more like Christopher than Logan is.
Like Christopher, Rory spent much of her 20’s and early 30’s floundering to find a real career or calling. She certainly had more drive and determination than Christopher displayed, but like her father, it took her quite a while to figure out where she should be and what she should be doing.
(We’re not even going to get started on where Rory stands on the fidelity and cheating issue.)
All in all, Logan is not a great person, no matter which way you slice it, but we have to believe that he would have manned up and been a good co-parent with Rory; or at least a better one than Christopher ever was.
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is available for streaming on Netflix.