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May 16th, 2007


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12:15 am - I Can Still Do Long Division, but I Can't Quite Remember All the Continents
Briefly, Gilmore Girls:

In the winter of 2001, my brother showed me a rerun of the two-part Christmas special, "Rory's Dance"/"Forgiveness and Stuff," which were so good I felt my loyalty to Buffy being compromised. It wasn't compromised enough to watch it instead of Buffy, of course, but when the WB began rerunning season one on Sundays, I caught up, often watching with polyhymnia. I started watching Gilmore Girls live and taping Buffy (not because I liked it more, but because a Buffy tape would be more in demand). When I moved to Ann Arbor, I had weekly GG viewings with Steph and Ronnie. For me, Gilmore Girls was a communal experience. It was as much about the people it brought together with me as it was the show itself.

I watched the pilot tonight and was reminded of how great it was. I remembered that Lorelai and Emily is me and my mother to a goddamn T. I remembered that this was really a show about families and how they work.

The finale was a lovely sendoff for the characters and for Stars Hollow. I had been wanting the show to end because it didn't seem to have as much of a hold on me as it used to, especially when I was watching it by myself every week, but saying goodbye was still sad.

You'll be missed, Gilmore Girls.

More briefly, Veronica Mars:

While there has been no official word, the latest story is that Dawn will actually delay her decision until after the upfronts...and she has until June 15. Given that there appears to be zero chance of the show coming back in its current form (the FBI thing is all anyone is talking about), I'm treating next week as a series finale. I want to know I'm saying goodbye and appreciate it, like with Gilmore Girls. It's not exactly enough for my neurotic brain to consider actual closure until the network actually makes a damn decision because WHO KNOWS, you know, but it's something.

You'll be missed, Veronica Mars.

In keeping with my percentages, that was 80% really good, 20% mildly embarrassing.

Let me just get through the embarrassing part first. I hate to say it because I like her and write her bio, but I have to agree with miniglik: Parker does not belong on this show. She's too bubbly; she's just wrong. Why am I supposed to care about Logan and Parker? What does he see in her at all? What does she see in him? You know, I can at least buy Piz and Veronica because they've had a good friendship throughout the season, and he clearly crushed on her from day one, but Logan/Parker came out of nowhere and is the most transparent rebound relationship this show has ever seen. That's 8.5% right there, with a bonus 1% for the fact that Piz doesn't totally fit either, but it's not as bad.

Then there's Mac and Max, which is a disaster. After you lose your virginity, do you just automatically jump to sex with every new person? It appears that way from television and movies. Perhaps I have some things to learn about relationships. I'm miffed that they didn't even let us see a moment of a happy relationship before immediately screwing with them. I liked Mac's swift epiphany, and perhaps those crazy kids can still make it work on her terms. But I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to spend thirty seconds making Adam Rose pretend to be a charging bull for no discernible reason. You kind of suck at romance, show. Play to your strengths. Or you end up losing 9.5%.

I also deduct 1% for some weird edits (like the three-second Olympia scene followed by the three-second Mrs. Whatsername scene) and pacing issues.

But enough about that, let's get to the good stuff. Like, aw, Veronica and Keith! Comparing PI exam scores! That's the father/daughter we know and love. Keith's storyline is finally picking up. I can't believe we get EVEN MORE Fitzpatrick mayhem! I thought they would be gone with the loss of the arcs! Oh, Fitzpatricks! You're responsible for EVERYTHING IN NEPTUNE. I love you guys. Also, when Vinnie put his hat in for Sheriff, I thought it would be neat for him to win, but he first had to prove himself a worthy adversary, because he's mostly a big joke. And in that one scene tonight, he really proved himself. That was awesome. When comic relief gets serious, it's freaky! So I guess this proves Vinnie really has no moral compass. I'm not so sure about Cliff, though. I was sort of befuddled as to why he wouldn't be voting for Keith, his friend. Because he's good at his job? It's not like PI Keith would have liked it if Cliff were telling his prime suspect not to answer any questions. Don't be lame, Cliff.

Big Dick!! I was spoiled for his return because the first scene we listened to on set was Logan telling Parker that he'd come back, but I didn't expect him to just show up in Dick's room. The Dick/Big Dick scenes were great, thankfully raising Dick above his usual one note and showing us that he's a real person. I loved that all this time, he's been feeling guilty about not only Beaver's Cassidy's suicide, but his mass murder as well. I knew that Rob had thought out this idea before, the sense that Beaver was raised in a house of manly men who prided themselves on manliness, and it was more that emotional abuse than Woody's sexual abuse that caused him to turn out like he did. And while it's really unfortunate he didn't manage to get it into season two (or earlier in this season, following Dick's "Welcome Wagon" breakdown), I'm glad it finally came out in Dick's line: "We had contests to see who could make him cry first!" Oh, Casablancases. You're so fucked up. Fucked-up families, you're pretty good at, show. Except Parker's parents because who cares.

The MOTW was good. Apollo was played by Nelsan Ellis, who was Carter on The Inside! I'm not sure I actually saw him on the set because the camera was never on him, but I don't think I even recognized his name on the sides! I feel so stupid! Anyway, the scenes we saw/listened to were his monologue describing his conscription (which was odd to watch in the episode because they cut a Parker scene in the middle of it, even though the scene was shot uninterrupted (also odd to see Veronica in that outfit since we talked to Kristen in that outfit for a while)) and the scene where Veronica hears him on the phone (which was odd to watch filmed because someone reads the VMVO as Kristen walks and also reads the "Silver Pictures" (shout-out alert! Also, [Deputies] Kitsis and Horowitz are Rob's friends who write for Lost)). I thought it was a neat twist that Veronica totally got played (that's always a good time!), but for a very good reason. Well done, Apollo! The heartwarming ending was kind of a "Where's my noir?" moment, but it was still sweet.

Piz and Veronica are cute together! Yeah, I said it. Suck it. The final scene was one we saw filmed in its entirety, from all the various camera angles. We saw it so very many times, I honestly found it jarring to watch the finished product because my brain couldn't handle it with all the cutting and the music. It didn't look and sound like I had imagined, and I was there. Spoilers are bad! I think it could have been cut together better. Dammit, Dan Gabbe, Editor Extraordinaire! You have let me down.

I don't want to let go, you guys. I really don't, you know. It's fucking Neptune.
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From:tarfrimmer
Date:May 16th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
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I have to agree with miniglik: Parker does not belong on this show.

miniglik is wise. And I've been saying (or thinking) that about Parker since WW.

Why am I supposed to care about Logan and Parker?

I don't know! I suspect we are not supposed to care any more than Logan does. (Which really isn't much, according to this episode.)

Logan/Parker came out of nowhere and is the most transparent rebound relationship this show has ever seen.

So transparent the Invisible Man can see through it. (Or something. My hyperbole skills are invisible this late at night.)

But I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to spend thirty seconds making Adam Rose pretend to be a charging bull for no discernible reason.

I think I repressed that because I would have totally forgotten to mention that in my thoughts on the show. That was ... awwwwkard.

That's the father/daughter we know and love.

My god, do I love father/daughter bantering on this show. And competitiveness. And absolute glee (at the end). Veronica and Keith are going to be hard to beat in my Best Father/Daughter Team ever competition. That I will have someday.

I was sort of befuddled as to why he wouldn't be voting for Keith, his friend.

I really kind of took that as a joke between friends. Sarcasm. Or, in other words, I refuse to believe Cliff would ever vote for Vinnie. Damnit, you're making me want to rewatch it. Even though I'm sleepy and have an early meeting. Why must work get in the way of my TV obsessions?

"We had contests to see who could make him cry first!"

That's really going to be high atop a list of memorable VM lines for me. It's so believable that the Dicks would have done this to Cassidy, but so painful to think about despite all the unforgivable things Cassidy did.

"Silver Pictures" (shout-out alert!

I am so slow. Ok, I get it now.

Piz and Veronica are cute together! Yeah, I said it. Suck it.

Ha! They were. They really, really were. It's going to end horribly, but I still think they're cute together right now.

Spoilers are bad!

This should be on someone's tombstone. I'm not sure whose, exactly, but it really should be on someone's.

I don't want to let go, you guys. I really don't, you know. It's fucking Neptune.

I'm so there with you on this. I can't even begin to describe how there I am with you on this. This was (yet another) really wonderful episode. Happy Veronica (about the PI license and the internship); Sacks getting an official first name (JERRY!); Cliff shrugging at Keith after warning his client to shut his trap; Dick getting some long-awaited character development; an emotionally involved MotW with KB being awesome; Vinnie being a dirtbag and a sleazeball and, with the most hysterical campaign ad ever, targeting the good, honest, Sheriff Mars. I loved this episode. Frack the CW.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Et cetera.
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From:alliterator
Date:May 16th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
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Ice cream!
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From:miniglik
Date:May 16th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
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Oh, go me, being right about something.

Big Dick + Little Dick = I can't believe we got that scene. I liked it. It was totally unexpected, for me.

Cliff wanted Keith to lose so they could go back to being friends. He was joking, I thought. Like, "I liked you better when you were a P.I. too."

Piz and Veronica cuddling and snuggling was WAY more comfortable and natural than Logan and Veronica or Duncan and Veronica ever were. It's too bad he wasn't developed as a viable love interest, because he's the first guy I've thought Kristen looked truly comfortable snuggling up to.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Curse Cliff and his dry wit.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:May 16th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
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I don't want to let go, you guys. I really don't, you know. It's fucking Neptune.

Me either. *sigh*

My favorite part of the episode was definitely Dick's outburst. I teared up a little.
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From:harper47
Date:May 16th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
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I loved the Gilmore Girls finale. Loved it. I felt it ended exactly as it should have ended.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
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It really did. It was perfect. I can't imagine they expected to get another season after writing this.
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From:gymble
Date:May 16th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
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But I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to spend thirty seconds making Adam Rose pretend to be a charging bull for no discernible reason.
That was dreadful! I was cringing.

I think that the point of Logan/Parker is to parallel Veronica/Piz. If we were hit with any more anvils on how Logan and Veronica are very similar and not nearly as into their partners as their partners are into them, I'd be bleeding. I think that Parker could have been made a little darker. I liked her during the first half of the season.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I liked her too! I think that the writers just had no idea what to do with her once her purpose as Rape Victim Sorta Close to Veronica was over.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 16th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm not so sure about Cliff, though. I was sort of befuddled as to why he wouldn't be voting for Keith, his friend. Because he's good at his job? It's not like PI Keith would have liked it if Cliff were telling his prime suspect not to answer any questions. Don't be lame, Cliff.

Don't be ragging on Cliffy! He was being dry playful self, joking about not voting for Keith because PI Keith is much more fun than Sheriff Keith who's too hard up on justice. They're like the noir compadres.

Liam! Big Dick! Cliff! I loved the unexpected guest stars in this episode!

I also liked the guy who played Apollo's fake enemy/true buddy guy. He had better diction and a nicer voice than Apollo.
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From:babsonite
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
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You saw a Keith/Veronica cuteness scene being filmed? Omg, how could you not go around saying, "We see KB get to do a happy dance and happy high five with Keith!" I think genuinely happy Veronica scenes are my favorite, just because KB is so darn cute when she is happy.
From:harriettheelf
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
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After you lose your virginity, do you just automatically jump to sex with every new person? It appears that way from television and movies. Perhaps I have some things to learn about relationships.

No. No, you don't. Not if you have any sense in your head. On the other hand, if your first sexual experience was with Bea ... er, Cassidy, sorry, maybe you'd start hopping from sack to sack as well. You know?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
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My roommate was nearly the victim of - what would that be, exactly? Cohabiticide? Philicide? Anyway - a major felony during this episode, because a) she kept making disparaging comments every time Piz and Veronica were onscreen, which - I don't care if you don't like them together, that's fine, but please don't talk through the episode because I am trying to watch it; and b) she was in her room for much of the middle of the episode, and came out yelling loudly to me about a conversation she'd had with her dad, in the middle of the fabulous Dick-Big Dick scene. (I think I shushed her with some strange combination of quiet grunt, mimed death-by-choking, and frantic hand-waving. Maybe she caused a very brief seizure. I don't know.)

Dick is one of my favorite characters - I just find him so fascinating. I love that we get lulled into thinking that his fratty-bo-batty facade is the sum total of his self - and, to be fair, I think that facade does go pretty deep, because it's one he's been wearing for so long. And then, when you're comfortable with him existing purely to toss off inappropriate aphorisms like the very-poor-and-misogynist man's Oscar Wilde: the whole construction is stripped away for just an instant and you see all the pain beneath - and just as quickly, the walls snap shut again. Fascinating. And Ryan Whatever-his-last-name-is-because-I-always-get-it-wrong-anyway is so wonderful at that. Oh, Dick - no fair making me cry for you instead of laugh at you.

Also: WTF, CW. Make up your mind already. This not-knowing is worse than having to mourn.
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From:ordinarywhirled
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
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But I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to spend thirty seconds making Adam Rose pretend to be a charging bull for no discernible reason.

Ummmmm ... yeah. Completely creepy and the worst part of the show by a country mile.

Piz is slowly growing on me now that the little bastard is off to hang with Addison Montgomery and hot hot Tim Daly. BUT! He (Piz, not Tim Daly) is being a whiny crybaby with the whole "sniff! We might be apart for three whole months!" ridiculousness.

Btw, I forgot Weevil existed. ::smacks own hand::
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
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He (Piz, not Tim Daly) is being a whiny crybaby with the whole "sniff! We might be apart for three whole months!" ridiculousness.
Hey now. So are Parker and Logan.
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From:vonniek
Date:May 16th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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The whole Shroedinger's cancellation thing is irritating the beejesus out of me. Just... nuke the cat and say it's done with, fer crying out loud! I'm going to take your stance and assume the show is cancelled, then maybe pleasantly surprised if VM: FBI Years comes to fruition.

I was incredibly impressed at the Casablancas scene. That was powerful and painful and long overdue. I liked the way the mystery resolved as well -- the happy ending felt earned, for once, and I LOVED that Apollo was smart enough to play Veronica, but still ended up being genuine.

The last couple of episodes were... sort of awesome. I'm glad we're going out on a high note, at least. The promo for the finale fills me with trepidations though.
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From:afrocurl
Date:May 16th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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So I watched with spadada, and we both just sort of gringed at Max with the horns.

I still don't know why we really care about Parker here either, and the same goes with Piz. Nothing that's gone on this year, on the whole, makes me want to like them more.

So is Vinnie the new Lamb? I think that he must have been paid very well by the Fitzpatricks to afford that suit.

The Big Dick/Dick stuff was really well done. I was happy to know that Dick really does care about what happeened to Cassidy.
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From:thekateyouknow
Date:May 16th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
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I didn't start watching Gilmore Girls until Buffy was over and then I watched religiously. I'm usually pretty disappointed by finales (except for Angel and Six Feet Under -- one of the best finales EVER) but I thought this one was perfect. I know there was a chance the show might come back next year, but that was pretty clearly written as a finale. I loved it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't know what they expected the next season to look like. That was a series finale, for sure. I don't think I knew you were a GG fan!

And Jesus God, I need to get around to watching SFU just to see this finale everyone raves about.

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