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February 7th, 2007


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12:30 am - My Name Is Carson Drew, and This Is My Assistant, Nancy
Okay, you guys are amazing. I've raised over a thousand dollars already! I need to adjust my goal; I can totally raise way more than $1,800 in exchange for my burning calves. What do you think? $3,000? $4,000? It's doable! Also, if you happen to have donated $150 the day I posted about the contest, you are currently in the lead. Since Rob doesn't count. You guys are awesome. Thank you so much.

Before I get to VM, I have to say that this episode of Gilmore Girls was the best episode in a looooong time. It had the mix of hilarity and pathos that makes this show so great. It was just...really good.

Veronica Mars was also really good, surprisingly enough. The awful promo did not have me looking forward to the episode, but it was very good. I think it was by The Twins, too. Good job, Twins! (On further inspection, they got story credit, but the teleplay was by Jon Moskin and Jill Klembom. Good job, guys!)

People keep complaining about the show, but every time I actually watch a new episode, I'm so impressed with it and happy it exists. One thing I love so very much about it is that tertiary characters always come back. The writers create a richly populated world, and they then continually draw from their own internal continuity, which makes the series feel like a series and not a collection of episodes. I will not be surprised if we see Nadia again.

I like the way the Madison angst was handled, the way we got to see Veronica totally obsess about it like anyone would, with quick-cut images and the total self-awareness that Sane Veronica and Crazy Veronica are duking it out. I was surprised that Logan said he had lied because most everyone had seized on his bedroom admission as a double entendre, when, in fact, it was just what it seemed to be. I was also surprised that Veronica was angry at Madison for drugging her...by giving her a drink drugged by Dick? It's weird to call attention to that when the writers are obviously ignoring that black mark in Dick's record. But that's our Veronica. She holds a grudge, no matter how petty. You never know when this show will bring up old shit! Hell, I didn't even make the connection that the reason Veronica was reminded of Mac's birthday was because of the whole Madison/Mac thing. Also, way to forget Mac's birthday, dude.

The MOTW was pretty interesting, and...okay, see, this episode has Jill Klembom's hands all over it, because it's really hard to compartmentalize my review since they twist all the fucking plots together. I knew that Bonnie's dad would end up being a good, decent guy because this show loves to thwart stereotypes, and unlike some shows that shall remain nameless, it doesn't get its kicks out of offending the religious right. The investigation was just fun to watch, and I liked the nod to the fact that Veronica escapes her own problems by solving other people's.

Veronica's doorside monologue about needing to meet her brother who it turned out wasn't even her brother was hilarious. (Oh, on an unrelated note: hellooooooo, Kristen's back!) Loved the way she got Tim's password and loved that Tim had turned into S1 Veronica with the files on his computer. I knew that the guy in Mac's great scene at the Pi Sig party would be serving this function, so it was cool to finally see him offer up a Space Ghost clue to Veronica, who is hotter than Tim.

I never even thought about it, but I liked that Logan sleeping with Madison affected Dick as well. He has feelings! Perhaps a fraction of another dimension! What do you know.

Backup!! Long time no see. Is Mindy hitting on Keith? I don't trust her. Even though she's hot. I'm not entirely certain what the hell Steve Batando was doing back, but it led to a clue, so we're all good. There's egg on that Volvo! Wait, I'm so confused about which car was supposed to be there and which Nish said she egged and...er. But it was a clue! I know that much!

The second best line of the night went to Weevil: "If I need any literature compared, I'll know who to ask." And he demanded $500! Ha!

The Keith/Veronica scenes were much better than last week. Hell, even the one jokey joke scene wasn't too much, as A) it was only Keith and B) Veronica even made fun of it. It was nice to see them working together, and, of course, we got the line of the night, which made me sputter laughing. You've got to wonder how long they've been waiting to make that joke.

The ending was a bit weak. Phyllis seriously left that bookmark in a pregnancy book? Is she mental? And the "Veronica learns a lesson from the mystery she has solved" was a little too on-the-nose, although I did like the way they overlaid Capistrano's monologue over the car-crushing scene.

All in all, I liked it a lot better than last week's.

ellric, who had never seen an episode of the show before, said, "I could get into that." danea said they might have to work around their House conflict, but ellric replied that, er, there wasn't much of a conflict. Because he found VM way more interesting. And that is how I hooked two more people.

See? The show's still got it.
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From:gymble
Date:February 7th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I was also surprised that Veronica was angry at Madison for drugging her...by giving her a drink drugged by Dick? It's weird to call attention to that when the writers are obviously ignoring that black mark in Dick's record.
Yeah ... So I have a whole fanwank for this that may or may not make sense. Want to hear it? Well, here it is. Veronica blames Madison because Madison was horrible to her and continues to be horrible. Dick, as awful as he is, stopped being directly mean to Veronica. She doesn't like him, but she can get over the various things he did to her because he gave her a reason to. Basically she's capable of forgiveness to an extent when the people in question start being nicer (see Logan & salt lick).

Ok, that's my fanwank, but I'm still kind of bothered by the whitewashing of Dick's character, particularly in view of RT's interview. I don't think that writers get to decide that now that they like a character, they get to ignore anything terrible the character did in the past (and no I do not buy conspiracy theories involving Beaver and Sean).

Of course, I also sort of like Dick now, despite much resistance and my better judgment. I'm allowed to be hypocritical. I'm only a viewer.

People keep complaining about the show, but every time I actually watch a new episode, I'm so impressed with it and happy it exists.
You're not the only one. I don't know what people's deal is. The TWoP thread made more generalizations than I thought possible.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 7th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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That's a decent fanwank.

The TWoP thread made more generalizations than I thought possible.
Ack. Well, I'm glad I didn't look, then. I thought I would be right on this week, since I wasn't as huge a fan of last week's, so it's not like I have blind love for everything! But this is Rob's least favorite of this arc, so.
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From:gymble
Date:February 7th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I actually came up with that fanwank last week, but even I'm disturbed by the ATttD references. Out of all the people who did stuff to Veronica that night, Madison is sort of low on the list. But like I said, I think it has a lot to do with Madison's continuing bitchery.

Well, I'm glad I didn't look, then.
I shouldn't have. I'm particularly pissed at the people who are complaining that having a woman responsible for the abortion feeds into stereotypes and that somehow the roommate was a commentary on all feminists. Whatever.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 7th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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That's what someone on my flist said! I didn't get that at all.
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From:magnolia888
Date:February 7th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Me neither. I just don't get that criticism at all.

Phyllis never identified herself as a "feminist" and I don't understand why anyone would lump her in with the Lilith House people. So women aren't allowed to do bad things? *rolls eyes* Yeah, that makes sense.
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From:inigo
Date:February 7th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Maybe she was a really subtle feminist and we are all too blinded by our misguided affection for the show to notice?

It's a bit like the claim that the show confused the morning after pill with RU-468. It can't be based on fact because there is no reference to the morning after pill in the story at all. Oh, yes. The title, that no-one except fans are likely to know, says it. I took the pill of the title to refer to the one Veronica needed to erase the image of Madison with Logan. But then, I'm blind.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 7th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I took the pill of the title to refer to the one Veronica needed to erase the image of Madison with Logan.
Ha! Nice!
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From:snoopypez
Date:February 8th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
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That was what I had thought, too. :)
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From:gymble
Date:February 7th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm beginning to think that the majority of VM fans can't handle female villains.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 7th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, let's hope Mindy didn't kill Dean O'Dell, then.
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From:magnolia888
Date:February 7th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Let's hope not.

OMG! THE SHOW IS SAYING THAT ALL WOMEN ARE EVIL BECAUSE THEY ALL WANT TO KILL THEIR HUSBANDS! THE SHOW IS PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA MACHINE!

Law enforcement officers and anyone involved with baseball should be more upset about their treatment than women or "feminists." Every law enforcement officer is shown as moronic and/or incompetent and everyone involved with the game of baseball - player, coach, owner, what have you - is a child molester, murderer, rapist, adulterer, shitty father, etc. Someone on the writing staff obviously hates baseball! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?

Seriously, all of the "culprits" thus far in the big mysteries have been men -- Aaron, Beaver, Moe and Mercer. It's men who should be complaining about being villified, not women. Imho, everyone on the show is villified fairly equally and I'd hate to think that women are supposed to be "exempt" from being the bad guys b/c the audience is mostly female and doesn't like to see females portrayed as jerks. I actually think that makes the show *more* "feminist" if anything, because women are allowed to be just as fucked up and flawed as men, just as they can be in RL.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 7th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Law enforcement officers and anyone involved with baseball should be more upset about their treatment than women or "feminists." Every law enforcement officer is shown as moronic and/or incompetent and everyone involved with the game of baseball - player, coach, owner, what have you - is a child molester, murderer, rapist, adulterer, shitty father, etc. Someone on the writing staff obviously hates baseball! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
Heeeee.

Imho, everyone on the show is villified fairly equally and I'd hate to think that women are supposed to be "exempt" from being the bad guys b/c the audience is mostly female and doesn't like to see females portrayed as jerks.
That's exactly how Rob feels, too.
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From:gymble
Date:February 7th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Someone on the writing staff obviously hates baseball! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
Awesome.

I'm seriously getting tired of certain fandom complaints.
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From:loopychew
Date:February 8th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
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Boy, then I'm glad they haven't watched 24.

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