February 13th, 2007
|11:45 pm - You Can Wear Your T-Shirt That Says, "I'd Rather Be Home Crying"|
Do I really always have to have a sentence before the cut? Sometimes I get writer's block for, like, fifteen minutes and can't start my frelling post.
Aha! Here is something: courtesy of spideychris, an amazingly hilarious screenshot from World of Warcraft:
I'm fucking suing Blizzard.
Look, I am sure the VM fandom will find TEN THOUSAND THINGS to hate about this episode because they ALWAYS DO and I will even air some issues myself but can we just reflect for a second here that HOLY SHIT THEY DIDN'T SOLVE THE MOTW AND ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER. THIS IS REVOLUTIONARY FOR THIS SHOW. I AM FLAILING.
Okay. Trying to calm down here. I take VM criticism personally. It's a thing, what with my attachment over the last three years.
Shall I start from the top? Because: WALLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!! HOMG, I did not realize I missed him so much until we finally got him. For, like, two scenes, BUT STILL. Anyway, the episode got off to a frankly awkward start because, what, who is this random guy yelling at his dad? That came out of nowhere, and in an episode that's like one continuitygasm after another, you'd think they could have seeded this guy earlier too.
I suddenly have the urge to eat ice cream with a friend. Because I like both ice cream and friends. And I just know people are going to jump on Veronica for her "Thanks for bringing it up," but it was entirely good-natured and exactly the sort of thing friends do. The old "Thanks a lot, buddy." I'm glad we got a BFF scene. We hadn't had one in ages.
And a great Veronica/Keith scene between Veronica and breakfast! I may just forgive the pelvic thrusts, or pretend they never happened, which is better for me, really. Keith's Disembodied Voice should play a more prominent role.
And then we get to the end of the teaser, at which point we find out that the coach has been murdered, and I am sort of like WHAT? They can't do this! Isn't this "too big" for the show? I mean, they're already investigating a murder! You can't use a fucking murder as your MOTW, because if you can solve a murder that quickly, why drag it out over 6-22 episodes? I have to rationalize it by noting that Lilly Kane and Dean O'Dell are murders that everyone believed had already been solved. They're sort of stale, which I guess means they require more digging.
So, speaking of stale, let's talk about Logan for a bit, since he hasn't shaved in a while. Wait, while we're here, let's toss a few words to Dick, who was actually pretty damn entertaining tonight, even though I find his taste in women questionable. That chick was not volcanically hot. Wendy the Hooker was hotter than her. But he got some crazy Vegas shenanigans, so good for him, I suppose. (Haven't they used the "Know a good lawyer?"/"I know a lawyer" joke before?)
Back to Logan. His plotline could have been a disaster, but I loved the little girl! I'm told the actress was also great on Joan of Arcadia, so props to the casting department. I liked that she wasn't annoying, and I liked that Logan wasn't annoyed by her for most of the episode. He even hooked up his Gamecube for her and played Mario Kart and gave her tips on how to play and may I once again say that I love the authenticity of gaming on this show? "If I'm beating you with Peach, you need some work."
And HA. Rob is such an Austinite!! He made Logan love Amy's even though there are no Amy'ses in California! Only Texas! But Amy's is the best, and they're much better than Zip's, whoever they are. I wonder if Logan loves Cop Stop like I do.
I loved Logan's retaliation for the "I'm going to meet this guy I met online" gag because I totally believed him, and she looked so distraught, and it was great. And the song thing was just so cute, and in the elevator, with the shirt, and the "It's her, it's her, it's her" and the haaaaadorable. I was a little puzzled by Veronica's reaction since I couldn't tell whether she was angry at Heather or angry at Logan for telling Heather or just plain awkwarded out. I think she could stand to listen to him; I mean, he's got an eleven-year-old on his side. Although she probably doesn't want to be with someone who makes little girls cry. It's sort of sad that he thinks Veronica actually heard his entire voicemail, though. Has he met her?
We have, and we like to see her investigating and calling in favors, like asking Weevil to hook her up with the PCHers. Weevil, who is on the straight and narrow when he's not out stealing cars and cubing them. That just baffled me and made me wonder whether the writer had just not been told about the past episode, or something. *handwaves*
I would just like to reiterate for the court that Mindy O'Dell is hot.
Maybe the most fantastic thing about this episode is that they brought back, like, every single bit character from the season. That alumnus with the cigar! Mason! Jeff Ratner! ARTURO HA HA HA! (He was pretty much the only person that could be under that helmet, because, what, Bootsy was going to take over? The actor took some lessons over the past year; he was much better in this episode.) Hell, even the frickin' Neptune Grand DESK CLERK.
So about the time I started saying, "Geez, half the episode has gone by and there's been no mention of the Dean O'Dell case," the case heats up like hell, with all sorts of crazy clues and evidence! Fingers keep pointing to Mindy and Hank, and it's way too obvious, but nothing is officially clearing them. They could have easily made up the toothpaste story together. The fact that Hank knows how Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which I need to see) ends means he's seen the movie (or, hell, read about it), not that he specifically watched it that night. But, dude, who is the other guy that Jeff heard? Wait a sec. God, I'm a fucking doof. It was Dean O'Dell and Hank arguing, for fuck's sake!! Although I would be surprised that Jeff couldn't recognize the dean's voice. And I was about to call Keith a fucking doof, but I remembered that he doesn't know that O'Dell visited Rory Finch the night of his murder.
CLIFF! That just had to be said, of course.
Mindy O'Dell's cleavage is also hot.
I don't know what to think about Josh. I mean, he can't actually be the murderer, right? That would just be...wrong. And what was with that bizarre look at his freaky cellmate? I thought he was going to give him a cookie or something, but he didn't, so...does he help him escape? And what about Mason? If Mason is a red herring, that pretty much only leaves Josh again.
Some people have speculated that this murder will be used to parallel the dean's murder, which would lend credence to Gram O'Dell, the dean's son, as the culprit. He does enjoy trashing that Volvo.
But, but...TWO-PARTER. They arrested Veronica. And put her in JAIL. This is crazy times!
Overall, I have to say that something was missing from the episode. I supposed I could blame the guest writer, but I think a lot of it just the placement of this episode in the arc and the sense that the last three episodes have been filler leading up to this kickstarter. I mean, now Veronica cares about solving the dean's murder, after finding out that he wrote her the shortest yet most effective recommendation letter ever? And now Keith is all, "I quite liked your husband"? I like seeing Keith and Veronica personally motivated! But perhaps if they had been so from the beginning, the investigation would have been less disappointingly dull.
But there were also many, many awesome things, as I mentioned, and several funny lines. And I'm just going to crib from spadada here as to why the episode was good:
I know the fans get criticized for over-hyping S1, but whatever it was that this show had during that season, it was back in "Postgame Mortem." I wish I knew how to put it into words... A lot of it is about continuity of character and place. The feeling that Neptune is a real place: a real, really bad place, where really bad things happen all the time. There are good people and there are bad people and there are the Marses, right in the middle of it, trying to survive and sometimes getting a little justice. And now that I am on my fifth edit of this post I have decided to just say it: if TV shows have souls, tonight Veronica Mars got hers back.Things are really heating up now that Mars Investigations has got to solve TWO murders. Man, just when you think you've got this show figured out...
Current Mood: flabbergasted
Current Music: Snow Patrol - Chocolate
Cliff! Wallace! Logan got over his emo! Continuity-gasms. The little girl didn't suck! JAIL?!?!
That seems to be the going theory, and it does make sense given what we saw. He specifically asked for peanut butter.
Man, that Amy's place sounds gooood. However, my favouritest ice cream place is a family owned place called Flubs, in Hamilton, Ohio. Not that that has to do with anything. ;P
I loved Logan's retaliation for the "I'm going to meet this guy I met online" gag because I totally believed him, and she looked so distraught, and it was great.
Ok, I am losing my mind trying to remember his--OH OH. The 'local calls are two bucks' thing! Right? GEEZ, it figures I'd remember while commenting. I'm a loser.
I agree with both of the following: Mindy O'Dell is hot, and the look Josh gave his cellmate was bizarre. I was half expecting him to like, give an evil cackle over how he had so tricked Veronica Mars into believing his story.
Thank you for remembering while commenting, because I didn't have a clue.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)|| |
Thou shalt not fuck with Blizzard for they bring me joy. And death. Often at the same time.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)|| |
I haven't seen VM yet, so I pretty much skipped most of your post, but I do have to know where the heck he found Spectral Bovines. I need to go spend time with them. That is just too hilarious!
I looked it up, and it looks like they're in "Netherstorm
", which looks like it's some new place that was added in TBC.
Great screenshot. It's quite possible that the Spectral Bovine is derived from you. Blizzard has said that a lot of ideas for the game come from their friends & family, so I wouldn't be surprised if someone in that network knows you from here or TWoP or wherever. The next step is finding out who that is, so they can hook you up with beta testing spots & stuff!
Ha. That would be just too weird.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)|| |
This episode - this was superb. I loved it. And I was expecting nothing. And I could nitpick too - I didn't like Veronica's reaction to Heather at all but you know what? I don't care. I loved everything you mentioned. That brought back Arturo. I was dying. Dying with the continuity character love.
And Heather and Logan just rocked the house. There are no words for how superb that was. Just awesomeness.
I am never, ever reading spoilers again. They put me in such a bad mood yesterday. Spoilers are EVIL!!!!!!
I have no intelligent comments to make except to say that I absolutely adored this episode. I'm not reading most people's posts on it because I dont want my buzz killed. I thought it was utterly brilliant and awesome and I can't even articulate why except to say that I've been defending season 3 all season but tonight's episode makes the rest of the season pale just a bit. It's episodes like this that make us go to such extreme lengths to protect it. Brilliant.
Yeah, this was pretty good stuff. And thanks for the LJ gift! That was sweet.
And, I forgot to say this above, we did hear the line about "a" lawyer before. It came from Veronica. See? Veronica and Logan are even making the same jokes. I like to think of that as destiny.... ;)
Yep, I knew Veronica had used that before.
Wait, while we're here, let's toss a few words to Dick, who was actually pretty damn entertaining tonight, even though I find his taste in women questionable. That chick was not volcanically hot. Wendy the Hooker was hotter than her. But he got some crazy Vegas shenanigans, so good for him, I suppose. (Haven't they used the "Know a good lawyer?"/"I know a lawyer" joke before?)
Yes,for once..Dick was acting like his usual self. The comment about LoMa being beside the point..its over,move on! It was way past funny when he locked Logan out on the balcony,took a shower..then ditched his roomie to go and elope for a shotgun wedding in Vegas,that ended because of his new wifes oddly shaped toes! Who the heck uses that as an excuse to get out of a Vegas wedding? Dick thats who! Heh...so far,a decent entry into the murder mystery plot...what happens next? Wait for it...which is pretty much the trend...oh well,thats life..and television
Oh WoW, you are my love.
I liked the episode more than you did, yay! I can tell because, for me, nothing was missing from it. I've really loved how chill the unfolding of the Dean O'Dell case has been, because other mysteries (bus crash, rapes) were more frantic and slow, and that didn't make sense. This is calm and slow, and it works. If P.I.s got Lilly-murder levels of involved in every big case they investigated, they would go crazy. Sometimes, even though you really like the guy who was murdered, you still treat a case like a case, and not like a Life Mission, y'know? So I guess what other people are seeing as boring and not caring, I'm just seeing as laidback and professional, in a pleasant way. 5 minutes on the arc plot per episode is great with me, as long as those tiny clues eventually add up (as they are starting to) and as long as that means we get more time to strengthen the MotW and character stuff (which, with the exception of last week, I think we have).
I can tell because, for me, nothing was missing from it.
Heh! I think I came in with a bias not to love it with an unbridled passion because A) it was written by a guest writer and B) I really liked last week's episode, which was apparently penned by the anti-Christ.
I do see what you're saying about the Dean O'Dell case, though.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)|| |
I really enjoyed this episode. I didn't feel like much was off or missing, other than Wallace being sorely under used. And I wasn't keen on Logan yelling at a little kid, then not fully apologizing. Ice cream is great, though an "I'm sorry I was a jerk. Can I treat you to some AWESOME ice cream now?" would have been nice.
Other than that, I've Really been enjoying how the Dean's murder mystery has unfolded so far. I liked that guy QUITE A LOT myself.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)|| |
Maybe I'm the only one who read V's reaction to Heather as sort of the perfect mix of heartbroken, ganged-up-on, and creeped the hell out because the love of her life is standing in a hotel elevator in a bathrobe with a little girl who's weearing her shirt and giving her romance advice.
REALLY loved being surprised by. . .everything this ep. Felt warm and fuzzy, but. .. I never lost the warm fuzzies, really, for the show, so. . .I don't know, this was exciting, though. Crush-worthy, not just old-love sweet feelings worthy.
I don't have the hots for Mindy, but my GOD can that woman wear siren red lipstick like very few people on Earth. It's hard to get away with that lipstick color, especially if you're that pale, and she owned it. Shut up, I'm a girl.
|Date:||February 14th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Best. Shoutout. Ever. Though I suppose I have you and Anna to thank for the influx of new friends. Whatever. Now that I understand how reading flists work (you are on the "friends/close" list BTW), the more the merrier.
I cribbed from Anna's email turned post and further explained that how last night's episode made me believe in Neptune again. But in the comments of my journal. I am so not adding to my already massive post.
In one week, Sunil, we are going to be in heaven. ONE FREAKING WEEK!!!!
Hee, has everyone been flocking to your journal? Heh.
Now that I understand how reading flists work (you are on the "friends/close" list BTW)
Woo. I haven't bothered with filters and stuff. I'm too lazy and neutrotic.
In one week, Sunil, we are going to be in heaven. ONE FREAKING WEEK!!!!
I'm so glad I'm excited about the show again! GOOD TIMING!!!