Because I’ve already trash-talked Dean Forester and waffled over Jess Mariano, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to my favourite of Rory Gilmore’s boyfriends: Logan Huntzberger. I know that Alex and Emillie are shaking their heads at me right now, but my sisters also prefer Logan, so I know I’ll have their support at least. Plus, while looking for images, I stumbled across this article (funnily enough, I was going to use a very similar title for this post) the other day, which proves it’s not just a family trait to be on Team Logan.
I would argue that Logan just wanted Rory to be happy. Even if quitting school “wasn’t like her”, he didn’t try to dissuade her or tell her how to live her life. He also (eventually) committed to her, even though it wasn’t his style, because he understood how much their relationship meant to her, and he was willing to change to make it work. He even proposes to her and he was definitely not the marrying type when they first met.
In that heartbreaking episode when Luke and Lorelai break up, Logan offers Rory his limo to save her the bus trip back to Stars Hollow. In the revival he also (probably) pays for her to fly out to London (that’s the only explanation I can come up with, because she sure as heck couldn’t afford those flights herself). Doesn’t everyone secretly want someone rich to provide for their every whim (I know I wouldn’t say no!)?
I guess if you don’t like Logan you can’t see it, but he’s charming af (shout out to Matt Czurchy for that adorable smile). The way he calls her “Ace” is absolutely precious (did any of her other boyfriends come up with sweet/flattering nicknames for her? I don’t think so.) He has that delightful combination of intellect with a dash of bad behaviour, so you know any time spent with Logan would be an adventure. I mean, that first Life and Death Brigade event he takes her to? So much fun!
Speaking of Life and Death Brigade: Logan encouraged Rory to break out of her shell. Since her happiness was a huge priority for him (see point #1), he didn’t make her uncomfortable, but he pushed her to try new things, whether it was bungee-jumping using an umbrella, or, yes, stealing a yacht (I’ll get to that in a minute).
Now, to be fair, here are some cons:
Rory admittedly made a lot of poor decisions when she was with Logan (both in the original series and the revival), like stealing the yacht, quitting school, and carrying on an affair with an engaged man. But really...how was that HIS fault? Isn't she supposed to be an adult at this point?
The argument I often hear against Logan has something to do with the way he doesn’t defend Rory when his father upends her life by telling her she’s not cut out to be a journalist. Actually, he DOES offer to fight Mitchum, and it’s only at Rory’s request that he backs down. And if she assumed he agreed with his father because he didn’t expressly disagree...well, it’s mostly conjecture on her part. So unless Logan did something truly heinous in season six (which, I’ll admit, I’ve mostly blocked out because everything was garbage), I really don’t get this point.
(I just remembered that he cheats on her, but I swear they were broken up at that point. Not that I'm condoning his actions, but is she really the best person to judge other people's infidelities *cough DEAN WAS MARRIED cough*?)
Master and Commander
Logan was a bit of a playboy when they met, and he wasn’t the most faithful of boyfriends when they first started dating, but, like I said at the beginning of this post, he DID change (only to revert back to his playboy status in the revival, but then again, literally everyone except Luke was garbage in those four episodes). So I can see why people were turned off when he originally made his appearance.
And there you have it. While I acknowledge that he’s not perfect (but who is?), I’ve spent thirteen years on Team Logan, and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon.
Though I’ll say that Jess has definitely grown on me during this most recent re-watch!