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May 1st, 2007


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11:17 pm - The Only Buckets I Order Come in Original and Extra Crispy
My company is having an off-site in San Francisco. We resume tomorrow at 7:30 for breakfast. I actually drove back home tonight just so I could watch Veronica Mars and post about it. I don't know what this says about me.

Oh, fuck you, fandom. I thought you had stripped my love away entirely, but within minutes, I was just glad to be back in Neptune. I missed my show.

The MOTW was actually much better than the promos made it out to be with those random dialogue snippets taken out of context. It was interesting, for one, to see Arab characters on the show. And I actually did like the owners of Babylon Gardens, especially the dad, who I think made an excellent point about being American. I was a little surprised that he deported Nasir; I expected him to just, you know, fire him. That seemed like Veronica-level vengeance there, but I think he felt like a better target for it than Derrick, who was merely lashing out because of his brother's injury. What's Nasir's excuse? He's the reason for the threats! The vandalism!

The paintball drive-by was...bizarre, I have to say. It was one of the things we discussed in Rob's office, and I don't think it really turned out successful. It walked the line between being dramatic and funny, but it was neither. It seemed too serious to be funny, but it was...paintball and thus not very serious.

I didn't like Amira at first, but I have to admit I warmed up to her a teeny bit when I found out we had something in common. All in all, I think they handled a sensitive topic very well. Decent mystery with red herrings that lead to clues that lead to red herrings that lead to clues. You know how it goes with this show. Mysteries are fun. Plus, the classroom scene was damn hilarious.

Robby Hull must have just watched season one or something. Principal Clemmons! Pirate Points! Pimp juice! Purity tests!

Sheriff Mars Don't Take No Guff from Nobody was an okay spin-off. I thought it was a little odd to put so much focus on underage drinking after one incident. I mean...isn't there actual crime out there to be solving? Maybe it's a slow week in Neptune. But it was a good way to show how the changing of the guard is taken. The town isn't used to having someone who actually cares in office. Especially that guy they voted out once before. I wonder whether people know the details of the Lilly Kane case. Obviously, it came out that Aaron Echolls was accused, but he got off. And Keith wrote that book, so people know about Jake Kane's involvement in covering it up. But did they acknowledge their mistake? Or do they still think of him as the bumbling sheriff? I mean, he lost the election.

I wonder how Keith is going to re-staff the force after firing most everyone. That was sort of harsh too (is everyone taking lessons from Veronica this week?), but I guess if they wouldn't take this seriously, Keith can't trust them to take anything seriously. He knows he doesn't have their respect. This means that Sacks will now handle everything! He'll be promoted to Sergeant.

I also like that there is some tension now that Keith is officially a lawman now. Veronica can't fly under the radar as easily.

Another thing to like: Wallace and Piz, being all roommate-like and friendly! Mac! Being adorable! And Max! Being adorable with Mac! ("Did my friends pay you to talk to me?" Ahahahahaha! You're out of here, Bronson. Mac's found her ethically challenged soulmate.)

You know, this episode was full of hot brunettes! Miranda Apple. Dick's MySpace chicks. Even Amira. Way to go, show!

Dear Rob,

No one says "Gotta boogie" anymore. Please stop using it.

Your friend,
Sunil


So it looks like Logan is still mumbling everything, and he's riding the awkwardness train. How the hell long has he been dating Parker, though? It seems way early to be putting their picture on a cake. Although it is Parker, and it's apparently what she always wanted since she was five.

Wallace has clearly seen Gilmore Girls (well, clearly!) and probably also The Office, as "going all in" seems to be the metaphor du jour for television relationships. Although they're usually reserved for OTPs. Which Veronica/Piz is not. It's not going to work. Veronica is too hard, and Piz is too soft. It will be a nice distraction, though. I'm not sure how I feel about the kiss because while impulsive romantic gestures can be kind of cute, saying, "Just friends," afterward is kind of assy.

That's the shot Dan Gabbe showed us, by the way, that he asked our opinions about. With the camera sweep and all. And we saw them shooting the scene where Miranda is asking Piz for a shout-out on his talk show. It's funny because they were only reshooting the close-up of Piz; the coverage including Wallace, we didn't see. So it looks like this big party scene, but when they're filming Piz, they're in one little decorated corner of the Neptune Grand set with...actually, there may not even have been any extras behind him. It's not like you could see them in a close-up.

And the studio exec spoiled us for the ending with Logan in the elevator and the fact that Mac and Max are cute, among other things. I kept waiting throughout the episode to see the things the studio notes had mentioned.

The studio really liked the episode. How about you folk?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 2nd, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
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HA indeed!

I miss you from my time zone.
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From:snoopypez
Date:May 2nd, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
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Your first sentence frightened me!

Um.. I thought I had more to say about your post. ;D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 2nd, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
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This episode didn't quite live up to GG tonight, actually, which is new this season.
Reeeeally? Intriguing. I haven't watched GG yet.

P.S., I totally thought of you when we had to write our biodata as one of my final assignments for Urdu. My professor has her priorities in order.
Wow. That's...one hell of an assignment.
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From:par_avion
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
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I liked it. I thought the relationships between the various characters felt more real than they have for most of the season . (It helped that we had so many of the regular and recurrings in this ep. - we had Parker AND Mac, Wallace AND Piz -- it often felt really forced when we saw only one roommate).

And I adored the Clemmons cameo. And Mac & Max were great together. I loved the bonding moment over their money-making schemes.
From:babsonite
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
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What were some studio notes you noticed?
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From:sophia_helix
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
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Heee, we had an ongoing discussion about "all in" and how badly that turned out for Jim Halpert and how we didn't expect it to go any better this time. Except, boy howdy, walking away from her right afterwards sure does pique a girl's interest. (AFTER THE KISS, JIM, AFTER THE KISS. NOT AFTER THE RANDOM AND BORDERLINE-INAPPROPRIATE DECLARATION OF LOVE.)

Ahem. Which show are we talking about again?

We (me and lodessa and our boys, who are "pink-the-color" and "pink-the-person" respectively) enjoyed the episode, although at first we rolled our eyes when we thought Veronica was bringing peace to the middle east. We liked the party. Parker unnerves us. (Along with her amazingly lifelike wig.) Hahahah Logan loserface in the elevator. That sums it up.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
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We (me and lodessa and our boys, who are "pink-the-color" and "pink-the-person" respectively)
Can I be "hot dogs"?
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From:afrocurl
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
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I liked it, but I watched after a concert, so they are probably very skewed. I'll watch again tomorrow and really think about it more.
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From:abbylee
Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
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I was a little surprised that he deported Nasir; I expected him to just, you know, fire him.

Especially with the whole speech about believing in Nasir's right to free speech. So, send him somewhere that he doesn't have that right? It really made me mad.

The underage crackdown bothered me, but mostly because of the reasons behind it. I did like the way it played out, and thought that coupled with Sacks's warning the firing made sense and was a good way for Keith to assert his authority as opposed to coming off as vengeful.

Logan/Parker. Hmm. I like them both and thought it could be pulled off as cute and fun, but I'm not at all keen on how much this is just reinforcing my view that he wants a woman who will smother and need him. Every time we see him paired up with a woman (going back to Lilly in S1) he seems to lose all personality :(

But I'd definitely say that this episode was an upswing for me. I loved a lot of it and I can't wait to see the rest.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:May 4th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I agree. I liked the 'just friends' line.

I loved the episode. It started out kind of cold and unfocused I found, but it came together in the end, and I LOVED how the party stuff played out. :D
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From:alliterator
Date:May 2nd, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
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I was watching the episode all intenting and suddenly the characters starting walking down the Hearst dorm hall and I suddenly snapped up and said, "I was right there! Right! There! I stood where they're standing!"
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
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My only complaint is that the actress who played Amira was horrible. I liked her parents though.

Yes, SO bad. I think hers may have been the absolute worst acting so far in all the seasons of this show. Every single line was delivered in an unnatural, forced, "acting" voice. Terrible.
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From:filmtx
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Veronica did in "Clash of the Tritons" right after she took the picture of the Tritons.
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From:raelee
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I liked it. I'm a little surprised that the studio really liked it if only because I thought the MOTW was a little weak. Now that they've gone to stand alone mysteries, I'd think the studio would want those mysteries to be really well done. However, I'm glad to hear they really liked it.
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From:filmtx
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Overall, I really liked it.

I mean, he lost the election.

Only by a hair. I think it was made pretty clear last season that a lot of people realized Keith wasn't the "bumbling sheriff" that he had been portrayed as when he was ousted.

No one says "Gotta boogie" anymore

I squeed a little when she said that because it reminded me of my favorite part in "Clash of the Tritons."

Which Veronica/Piz is not.

Word.
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From:miniglik
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
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And the studio exec spoiled us for the ending with Logan in the elevator and the fact that Mac and Max are cute, among other things. I kept waiting throughout the episode to see the things the studio notes had mentioned.

Hee. And you with your love of SPOILERS. Did that change the viewing experience for you?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 2nd, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Well, yeah! I was concerned with things I knew were going to happen rather than letting the story unfold.

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