The world rejoiced Wednesday when the announcement was made that beloved 2000s-era dramedy Gilmore Girls would be making its Netflix debut Oct 1. My particular joy over the news was rabid and unfettered. In most ways it still is; Gilmore Girls is my jam. But if Netflix changes the Gilmore Girls theme song we're gonna have a problem. And there's reason to be worried.
When I first started streaming Dawson's Creek on Netflix Instant Play, something seemed a little... off. I waited, and I waited, and Paula Cole's vocals never came. Never did she urge me to seize the day through her own insistence that she doesn't "want to wait for [her] life to be over." The theme song was different, and it's a common enough Netflix tale.
I understand why shows like Charmed, Parenthood, and the aforementioned Dawson's Creek have been subjected to a theme song change: Sometimes copyright issues change between the original television airtime and when a work is streamed on Netflix. Jann Arden's "Run Like Mad" isn't a bad song; in fact, it fits pretty well into the Dawson's Creek millieu. It grew on me, I do admit. It's a solid choice.
But the choice between "Run Like Mad" and "I Don't Wanna Wait" isn't even a contest — "I Don't Wanna Wait" is iconic. Just hearing it's like a pure burst of turn-of-the-century nostalgia. Hearing it immediately transports you back to Capeside.
Just like hearing this transports you right back to Stars Hollow:
It feels like the television version of home. I really need them not to change this theme song.
There's no replacing "Where You Lead."
I understand that sometimes big corporations aren't thrilled to shill out big bucks to make some rando feel like they're living in kooky small-town Connecticut, but if we're gonna do this, we should do it right — and that means stopping with these theme song swaps before all of golden age WB is robbed of its soundtrack.
But they better not take my fucking Carole King away.
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