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December 7th, 2005

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11:34 pm - Yeah, I Was Gonna Get to That, but the Crimefighting Kept Getting in the Way
First of all, mad props to jeeperstseepers, who sent me a lovely package filled with oatmeal, soup, corn, and chicken Chicken salad of the Sea. LJ friends really are the best.

I believe the following AIM conversation sums it up nicely:

wee_warrior: And this season was going so well.
wee_warrior: Fuck!
spectralbovine: GODDAMMIT.
wee_warrior: ARRRRGH!
wee_warrior: LET ME JOIN YOU!
wee_warrior: Okay, the name Russell Smith is kind of...not rare. Maybe it's a pseudonym?
wee_warrior: Hah! He wrote Drinking the Kool-Aid! No surprise!
spectralbovine: Like Alan Smithee?
spectralbovine: OMG!!!!
wee_warrior: WHY are they still employing this guy?
wee_warrior: He might...
wee_warrior: Maybe he's his brother-in-law or something...or he blackmails him.

That was horribly, terribly mediocre. You know how I usually start with the bad points? Let's do the few good points.

Meg and Veronica reconciled. That was nice. Woody's "Mayor" Woody Goodman placard. I know all the ladies appreciated the Lamb scene (guess Rob read all those e-mails), although it felt really, really weird. Lamb seemed very yes-sir-whatever-you-need-sir to Keith with nary a trace of the usual sarcasm. The continuity was fun as usual. Lloyd Blankenship, Inga, etc. I loved the "Edge of the Ocean" scene because, well, I love the song, and it was very appropriate. Wallace came back, thank God. WHO'S AT THE DOOR? IT'S WALLACE JUST LIKE I SAID SEVEN MONTHS AGO.

Mostly, this episode kinda sucked. Yeah, you heard me. Mr. I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH OMG just used the word "sucked." It was slightly less boring than "Drinking the Kool-Aid." I liked it more when it was called "Hung Jury," and Trevor and Claire were trying to hook people up, and there was a discussion about nooks and crannies, and Champ was in a Santa suit. And that's not even one of my favorite Cupid episodes.

I could barely follow the courtroom drama, even when they threw like THIRTY MINUTES OF EXPOSITION in our faces. And how did everyone know she was on the case? Why the hell would Mac be putting random photos of sports stars on her computer? Why should we care about that stupid-looking sports DJ guy? Or the stupid mother? Or the stupid random woman who just happens to want to fight for Veronica to get into some random college that she will attend in season three?

And okay, guys, you know I've never been a Duncan-hater, per se, but WTF? KEEP SECRETS MUCH? TELL YOUR GIRLFRIEND ANYTHING AT ALL? I knew their relationship was doomed, but dear God. Veronica, he is not the Duncan you fell in love with. You probably never knew the real Duncan, the one with rage blackouts and all.

The stolen tapes case was marginally more interesting. If by interesting you mean NOTHING HAPPENED. What the hell kind of mystery is that? DUDE LOGAN WAS A BETTER DETECTIVE THAN KEITH. There were no clues. There was just the complete meta anvil that Leo was actually in the episode for some reason, so it was probably to be the culprit. Or to die. Or both. I mean, fine, he stole them for his little sister that we never heard of before, and we like our Neptunians nice and grey, but WTF?

AND THEN MEG DIED STUPIDLY AFTER ANVILICIOUSLY DECLARING THAT OMG IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME TAKE CARE OF MY BABYYYYYY. God, she should have just fucking died in the bus crash, if this is all they had planned for her. We could have still gotten that Duncan dream. Meg was a perfectly nice character, and they just...slapped her around and killed her. (And why the fuck would they call Keith?)

This is the episode they air against a Lost repeat, the one more likely to be seen by prospective new viewers? Who the hell would watch this and decide to tune in six weeks later? I am so pissed off right now because I'm supposed to be excited about my goddamn show over the hiatus. I'm supposed to love it and be excited for its return. Rob's episode better kick fucking ass and get this show back on track.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)

HEEEEEEE! I totally said the same exact thing.

I wasn't very impressed with this episode either. It's still better than 99% of what's on TV. But, really, that was not it's best showing at all.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Right. There. With You. Although I didn't manage to be so succint in my ranting. This was less boring than Kool-Aid? At least that one hand a couple of funny zingy one-liners. Yes please tell Rob to fire whomever. He can't be mad. He should agree.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
The original title of this post was "There Were No Quotable Lines in This Episode." Then I remembered the one line I liked.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, that...pretty much blew.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
I'm so bummed that this is the episode we get before a hiatus. I'd have prefered they just show us Veronica watching "Hung Jury" than this sucky remake.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Well, we saw Lilly, and Logan crying over her. That made me happy.

(Though yeah, the hospital calling Keith was a tad weird.)

You probably never knew the real Duncan, the one with rage blackouts and all.

Heh, so true.

I never made it to that episode of Cupid. I watched maybe three or four before remembering that I hate rom-coms.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm so disappointed with this epi. It actually hurts me to say this, but I very nearly hated it. And I missed the 1st hour of my 2nd favorite show, (Project Runway), because I was still all atwist because of this crap ass VM epi. And you're right, it's a shame that this epi aired opposite a Lost repeat. Oy.

Duncan makes "flames...flames...on the side of my face..." appear. Logan, whom you know I love dearly, made a terrible decision in destroying those tapes I think. I understand the pain he felt, I understand he wanted to protect Lilly's memory...but come on! It's in character in so many ways, true, but I think it would have also been in character for him to give them back to Keith and just beg him to make sure the tapes would never see the light of day – just to ensure Aaron would never get out of prison. *sigh*

The good: I am relieved Wallace is back. JD cries beautifully. The Keith and Logan scene at the hotel was amazing, but that was about it I think.

And for the record, seeing Lamb shirtless gave me the heebee jeebees. Heh. Sure MM is cut, but the character I find repugnant. The pretty was overwhelmed by Lamb's grossness. *shudder*

When you go to Austin, I hope you write a nice, long recap for us poor saps who can't go. :)
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
I think a lot of it was (poorly executed) fan service. I mean, really. Was there any sensible motivation for having Lamb run around nekkid? Nooooooo. And then Wallace, which was yay. I'm not angry, just unimpressed.

I'm still confused about why Lamb was so helpful. Like, I assume it had something to do with the mayor but I'm suspicious.

Also I thought Leo was a schmo last season, even though I liked him, but he's totally cute now.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Amen. Pretty, troubled Logan and shirtless Lamb were the only saving graces in the ep. And I am sure that didn't mean much to you.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
I kind of had a feeling Meg was going to die, and it did seem like a total waste of her character. And...yeah, what was up with this episode barely connecting to the rest of the series?? They were doing such an excellent job with the entire tying-in of several subplots and whatnot, and suddenly, they just threw in this random episode of barely anything-ness. I did like the Logan bits, though, because he is still a sad little emo-monkey with Serious Issues.

I was trying to find good bits about the episode, but, uh, hmm... Well, there was that indication that racial tensions were arising (not that we weren't already aware of that), and that there are indeed tensions in Weevil's gang, since he wasn't the one up at arms with Veronica being on the jury and siding on the "rich white boys'" side.

I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO WONDERED WHY THE HOSPITAL CALLED KEITH. Thank GOD. I was wondering why they did that, myself.

I was actually kind of pleased with Leo. He's the one character in this series that you can point to and say that he is honestly honest and sincere. Even though he stole the tapes, he completely confessed and chose to face the consequences of his actions like a man. He's seriously getting a reputation of being unable to guard evidence. You'd think Lamb would have learned his lesson by now: don't give Leo access to the evidence room. Things will disappear, whether they be because of sneaky Veronica or because of Leo himself. =P

But um, yeah. I agree with you on the entire lame episode thing. It did have good points, though!

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Date:December 8th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
I admit it: I got all teary when Wallace showed up. I love that boy. But I'm kind of annoyed that it seems we're going to be deprived of some of their heart-to-heart. It's such a Gilmore Girls/Palladino move to have something like that happen offscreen. In a way I understand it, because some scenes can never be done perfectly so they really shouldn't be done at all. But on the other hand, I've missed Wallace and I love the relationship that he and Veronica and love seeing it in action.
Date:December 8th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm still pissed off that Meg died. I know that it is medically possible(I've heard of someone dying the same way, in an Unsolved Mysteries case, the Donnie Hanson case, IIRC, and pro wrestler Chris Candido died like that days after suffering a broken leg in a match earlier this year), but still, it was so anticlimatic, considering the alternate ending. I expect more from RT than what is generally seen as a fluke. How could you, RT, how could you kill off Meg? Oh well, I hope that Alona Tal gets a chance to shine in her future endeavors. I think she'll do great. I mean, she almost won the part of Veronica(Alona and Kristen were among the final three actresses under consideration; RT wrote Meg specifically for Alona because she did so well).

At least Meg reconciled with Veronica before she died. I hope Veronica can honor Meg's wish. And Wallace came back, hopefully to knock some sense into V. And V needs to get her head out of her ass regarding Duncan.

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Date:December 8th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
I thought Keith was the one who put the sports pictures up on the computer.

Other than that, boo for Meg dying and the whole pregnancy storyline, and why, why, why make Leo the culprit with the tapes? I'm not loving the soap-opera mega-drama of the show lately.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
I'll admit that I rather liked this episode, but I was a fan of The Jury. I've also been a Leo fangirl from the first. (And nekkid Lamb? So didn't hurt.)

Why the hell would Mac be putting random photos of sports stars on her computer?
I think Keith probably pulled up the articles on the "pimp" for Veronica to find, with his knowing look as he left.
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Date:December 8th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
It was...less than spectacular. I thought maybe I was just too anxious for Alias tonight to really get into it, but it looks like everyone else thought it was meh, too. I did enjoy the shirtless MM, although I too was suspicious about why he was being so helpful to Keith. I liked the Logan crying scene. Loved Wallace coming back. Hated Meg dying, especially since it was so telegraphed.

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