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October 13th, 2005

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12:22 am - Did I Get Really Drunk at a Biker Bar?
Okay, before, I get to posting about the episode, I have to post something else. And it might come off as bragging or self-indulgent...because it is. But when you have a fucking Master's degree and you're working in a goddamn university bookstore and you feel that if you actually took stock of your life, you'd start to cry, even the littlest things can make you ridiculously happy. And you need to cling to those things with all your might, to remind yourself that you are the coolest person in the entire world, or at least in the top ten thousand. Fifty thousand. Million, at least. You hope. Maybe.

So, in the premiere (don't worry, there are no spoilers before the cut), there was a reference to a Jennings Crawford. I immediately recognized it as a name Rob had used in both Slave Day and Cupid. So I asked him what the deal was, and he told me Jennings Crawford was a good friend of his with a cool name, and he couldn't believe I caught all those references.

Then, in Rob's commentary for the pilot, he was talking about a song playing by the Wannabes: "The lead singer, uh, of the Wannabes is named, uh, Jennings Crawford, which the close observers of my work may notice is a name that I use a lot; I just like the sound of the name."

Of course, I took "the close observers of my work" as a shout-out to me, because there was obviously no one else in the entire world who had caught his use of the name. I told him I was doing so. His response?

It was.


It totally made my day. And just so this isn't All About Me: I also sent him some comments about the commentary from the MM (anonymously, mind you). Like this one:

Ok. So I was wrong about Shelly Pomroy. And I really love RT. Seriously. As in I envy his wife.

His response?

I'll have to pass along the "envy his wife" comments to Katie. Make sure she appreciates me.

Now, let's talk about the episode, baby.

OMG MY SHOW IS BACK. No, I mean it this time, guys. Interweaving plotlines, crazy plot twists, the whole kaboodle. I love my show again. Let's give it the rundown.

FBLA! We had that at my high school. And apparently they meet during lunch, and there are only like five members. Huh. I like this new teacher, though.

Okay, hold on here. Let me first just get the one piece of bitching out of the way: the Courtney Taylor-Taylor karaoke scene, though thankfully free of wacky editing, went on way too long. We don't need to linger on him for two whole minutes; he's not important to the fucking plot. I liked the reaction shot to the other couple, though, and the thematic appropriateness of the song.

But really, I think I just need to babble about this episode holistically. Because it kind of rocked. The MOTW wasn't about some random student we just met; it was about Beaver and Kendall, characters we know. That's always a plus in my book. And I liked how it ended up tying into Big Dick's presentation at the very beginning. One thing I love about this show is that you don't realize what's a setup and what's not until you hit the payoff. It all feels throwaway at first.

And whoa, about Logan and Kendall being discovered so soon! This season is moving so damn fast. I thought they would be drawing that out for a much longer time. But Kendall must be really new to town if she doesn't recognize Veronica at all.

The Lamb scene in the teaser was great because Lamb was serious. And right. It was a side of him we'd never seen before. And speaking of good acting, Teddy was pretty good in that Logan/Duncan scene (although the fight was pretty crappy). I'd kind of forgotten the part where Logan's dad killed Duncan's sister, actually, so it was nice to understand the rift a little better.

No idea what's up with Alicia and the man with a badge trailing her and calling her weird names. But she looked really pretty in Chicago.


The "Start shredding!" scene? Awesome.

Finally, Curly. And The Long Haul (directed by John Enbom, co-writer of this episode!). And re-enacting a movie stunt as a fucking bus crash. Which, let me say something about that: this is the third cliffhanger in a row I didn't get at first. The premiere, I didn't realize it was the bus that had gone off. The second episode, I didn't know who the dead guy was. And this time, I totally didn't pick up on the significance of the Big Stunt (I was thinking of Felix's murder on the bridge). So Veronica thinks that Aaron tried to kill the star witness before he got the death sentence, huh?

All right now. This season is very different from the first season, except I think it's different in a completely awesome way. Because the Alicia thing didn't get resolved in this episode. There are multiple plotlines spanning multiple episodes ending in multiple cliffhangers. No, wait, just the one cliffhanger per episode. The point is, it's reminding me of the first season of Alias. I don't even understand how Rob is getting away with it, really, because he's no longer balancing stand-alone and arc. It's all arc now, which, personally, I love, and I'm loving even more that he's tying it into the arc of the first season.

See, remember what I said about setups and payoffs? I have a sneaking suspicion that Boatloads of Fun Corp., as some have posited, may turn out to be more important than it seemed at first, especially with all this talk of investing and fraud. Plus, notice that Curly took a picture with a famous baseball star (who was not Terrence Cook). I have a feeling Woody Goodman may end being involved in all this business by the end. We've also met the county assessor, a position I knew nothing about. Rob is going to great pains to show us the corruption of the inner workings of the Neptune civil government, and this will most certainly come into play during the county supervisor election, and when Keith actually joins that government (because, really, would we go through all this if Keith doesn't get to be sheriff?). I see all these pieces being laid out, but I don't even know what game we're playing. I get the feeling things we never expected to be tied together are going to end up being tied together, which is what was shown in the microcosm of this episode. You investigate one thing, and you discover something else. And it's never what you expect.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
So So So So Cool on the personal shout out to you.
Date:October 13th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Congrats on the personal shout-out!!

So now, not only are you email buddies, but he has now referenced you in his work. I will go tell everyone I know now...
Date:October 13th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
That was really cool. And you realize you made my day, too, right?

And I liked how it ended up tying into Big Dick's presentation at the very beginning.

This is something I stupidly didn't pick up, but thank you for pointing it out. It is great.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
When that scene aired with Courtney Taylor-Taylor singing Love Hurts, I immediately thought of your icon.

Also, I'm loving the multi-episode arcs that RT is establishing, with some answers but more questions. I love how the true mystery is still very much unclear and undefined and, yet, with each episode, more is revealed, which only further adds to the confusion. Excellent.

I'm really interested in Alicia's mystery.

I wanted to hug Logan after the fight. Not because of Veronica, but because he's so alone and isolated. I just want to experience something good. Because the boy deserves a break.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)

*avoids episode spoilers*


Dude, you are VM-uber-fan extraordinaire!!!

I love reading about your RT squee moments. :)
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
I really don't think they can get rid of Jackie fast enough - nobody messes around with our Wallace!

So I'll never wash this keyboard again - because I typed a comment to someone who has personally interacted with Rob Thomas. And his part was intentional! *swoons*

Also loving the layers - already, this is a show you don't want to watch in individual episodes, you want to watch in blocks of four or five. Thanks for the reminder about Boatloads of Fun - they'll now get a little red flag, and a whiteboard with pics of EVERY CHARACTER WE'VE SEEN SO FAR is going up ono the dining room wall. Just in case.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
OMG! You are most awesome and you got a freaking SHOUT OUT FROM ROB THOMAS!! I want to go run and tell all my friends that I know someone who got a shout out from ROB! Ahh.

Ok. Now I must go read your commentary on the episode because I got too excited to focus on that for a minute there.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
I totally agree on your points about this episode. I still think we needed those first two episodes to lay the foundation for the season and that's why they felt so off. They didn't have to get characters in place for us last season because they started off in their places. This season, we were left with a bunch of characters and dangling storylines. They had to resolve those and move people around so that now, things will start to fall into place.

Also, on the LONG karaoke scene - I posted my thoughts on this in my LJ but I'll abbreviate here. At first it seemd long and pointless to me, too. Well, except that I knew who was singing so I wasn't so "wtf" as everyone else. Still, when I rewatched? I think we get that whole thing because it's a parody of our current love triangle. Complete with the bad singing and grand gesture from the first guy (Duncan), the blond girlfriend (Veronica) who is all smiles for him but also can't help but intently watch Courtney, and then Courtney is all "yo, that young love ain't all smiles and sunshine, it's also dark" and then singing about how love hurts. I have totally fanwanked this scene to be about Duncan/Veronica/Logan and now I love it! ;)

Also. Lamb was RIGHT! I sense foreshadowing here. I have no idea if I'm right but I'm betting that it's going to show up again and Veronica will have reason to think he's right later because she's seen it happen once already.

Aww, I love this show.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm not reading this post at all because, ha, I haven't gotten to the second season yet. BUT I just had to say OMG because I just watched the episode where Veronica and Logan kiss and I freaked out because I was just thinking I'd totally be a V/L shipper and then they went and put all my hopes ON THE DAMN SCREEN. It was beautiful but dammit now I'm gonna have trouble sleeping and I have work in the morning. =P
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Date:October 13th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Congrats on the shout-out. That is awesome.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)

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Date:October 13th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm loving even more that he's tying it into the arc of the first season.


Also, I totally should have walked over to Rob Thomas and told him I know you. ;P Instant in, baby! ;D
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Date:October 13th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Amen on comparing it to first season Alias.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Okay, now I get it.

*jumps up and down in excitement with you*
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Date:October 13th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
the Courtney Taylor-Taylor karaoke scene, though thankfully free of wacky editing, went on way too long.

It went on so long that the two people I was watching it with were like, "What, is that the producer or something? Or the producer's boyfriend?"

Yeah, ok, guaranteed way to ensure that I never ever give Jackie a fucking break? Have her say ign'ant things about P&P. It does amuse me that they did that scene though, because I don't know any hetero female/hetero male mixed groups who haven't ended up having the OMG COLIN FIRTH/I just don't get the Colin Firth thing conversation. Though it could've been a lot funnier. What, no references to the way he looks at her? No references to him jumping in the water?

Then again, maybe they haven't made it to Pemberley yet. Heh.

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