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REVIEW ARCHIVES

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY


Episode 3.5: President Evil. Original Airdate 10.31.06

 "It's Halloween at Hearst and while Veronica is looking for Logan at the underground campus casino, the place is robbed and the thieves take Veronica's necklace, given to her by Lilly Kane. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell and his wife Mindy seek Keith's help in tracking down Steve, the biological father of Mindy's son, who is deathly ill. Wallace, distracted by a new group of friends, struggles to pass his Mechanical Engineering class."


Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Claire is wearing a terrible baldcap/wig…
  • That awful TA from the first episode also looks like he’s wearing a terrible wig.
Definitely not Lucky who got killed last season. Totally different person.

  • I don’t get this – this oral presentation.  Veronica is smartly using Weevil as her ‘audio-visual’ which her professor, Landry, I think would have been more impressed with.  But I’m not really sure the point.  Also it feels like it’s taking all class – there are like 100 kids in that class.  They couldn’t possibly all give their oral presentations if it takes all class.
  • It’s Halloween.  You can tell with the cheaply put up decorations.  Whose job is that?  I don’t remember my university’s quad looking like this…  It feels more like a HS thing.
  • Hey, it’s Wallace.  He seems like he’ll be used for more than exposition this time.
  • Hey! Another on my soap: Jamie Ray Newman.  She played Kristina, Alexis’s sister who got killed off way too early.  But at least she’s had an okay career since then.  She’s the dean’s hotter, younger wife.
  • Oh shit, Veronica walked into a Halloween party that’s getting robbed by stereotyped burglers in president masks.
  • Also, what is she dressed as? I honestly don’t have a clue
  • I don’t know what Logan is dressed as either.  But they’re obviously a couple’s costume.
Does ANYONE know who they're supposed to be?

  • Me: AH RICHARD GRIECO!  Zelda: Who’s that? ME: WHO’S THAT?  Johnny Depp’s MUCH BETTER replacement on 21 Jump Street
  • Wallace’s friend quotes En Vogue as a life’s mantra – so I automatically like him.
  • Veronica thinks Weevil is the culprit….but I don’t see it – it didn’t seem like Weevil’s build, as Veronica proclaims.
  • I hate when Veronica accuses Weevil – she’s usually wrong.  They’ve been through too much together, as Weevil points out.
  • Yay, Cliff! I like when he guest stars.
  • So Richard Greico’s the deadbeat dad.
  • They find the stolen jewelry in Weevil’s car.  And there’s other corroborating evidence.  I still don’t believe it.  I think Weevil was framed.
  • Aww, I love when Veronica runs into fans.  Danny from the pizza joint is one such fan.
  • Cliff is having a meal with Keith at his office – they’re having…sandwiches.  Why not.
  • Uh oh.  Keith’s in trouble. 
  • “If I don’t bring up the law, this won’t be considered a billable hour.” –Cliff
  • “I can say half a sentence and get her to yell at me for three hours” –Dean.   Marriage.
  • The theater department is not amused with Veronica’s humor.  Also, more college stereotypes.  But seriously, where’s the stage manager? She’d be all over this.
  • Oh Wallace.  Your C-plot is annoying and pointless.
  • So campus security did it.  Yeah, he doesn’t really have Weevil’s build.
  • I love that Back-Up knows instinctually who the bad guy is.  He should be on all Veronica’s cases.
  • So Veronica finds her necklace, grabs it off the shitty little girl.  (yay!), Richard Greico saves his son’s life and exonerates Keith (and the Dean and her wife) (yay!),  Weevil, too, is exonerated (yay!), and Wallace gets caught cheating…. (boo!)
  • Wallace and Veronica have had no interaction in this episode – but there’s a cute email that we see on screen with the subject line “Snickerdoodleme”.




Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Man, poor Claire. You can see how much she’s still hurting.
  • Oy Tim Foyle is leading class today. My favorite pretentious tool. “Veronica Mars, why don’t you come down here and blow us all away.”
  • Her presentation is … Weevil?


  • "Dr. Landry said we were allowed audio visual aids. He’s both. Audio:"// "Yo." // "And visual:" // 
  • *pose*
  • This is actually quite adorable, and I do always like when they let us hang with Weevil.
  • Aw, Weevil recognizes that the necklace V is wearing is Lilly’s. I like when the show/characters remember her.
  • Also shoutout to V being good at poker.
  • It’s … kind of weird that Weevil is so upset V is dating Logan (again), and using Lilly as his reason (especially considering how close WeLo got in S2 trying to find Felix’s killer). I don’t get it.
  • Dean and Mrs. O’Dell are hiring Keith for … something. This really is the smallest town.
  • Ah, his stepson is dying … is this the same kid who trashed his car?
  • We can’t tell what V’s Halloween costume is.
  • Also wow the racist “latino” accent the thieves at the party are using. It’s gross. (yes yes he's doing Al Pacino's racist latino accent from Scarface, fine. but like ew stop)
  • And they steal her Lilly necklace. V, with angry and scared tears in her eyes and a wry smile, “You’re gonna regret that.”
  • Seconding Daniel, I have NO clue what LoVe's couples costume is.
  • Oh and V is gonna accuse Weevil because of the racist accent the thief used and because she knows he’s mad at her over Logan/Lilly
  • And he’s rightly mad: “I can’t believe you’d think I’d do that. To you. After all we’ve been though.” //“After all we’ve been through, can you really blame me?” // “Hey Backup, you can stay. Your girl’s gotta go.” Damn straight.
  • YESSS CLIFF McCORMACK. And he’s doing delightful “I’m a voice actor” riffs and it’s perfect because his voice.

  • Weevil: “Any reason why everyone suspects me for a crime I don’t even know about?"


  • Seriously, I don’t get the renewed antipathy between Logan and Weevil (bc Logan’s being extra-tool-y too). I thought they reached a peace. I’m so confused.
  • Ugh, Weevil’s gotten framed. “Or you could save yourself the trouble and take my word.” *both V and W laugh* “That was good. Well done.”
  • Okay seriously who is Wallace’s new toolbag bad!influence! friend?
  • Haha this pizza guy is fanboying all over V. “Remember when you …” over and over.
  • “Hello Square One. Nice to see you again.”
  • Oh right. The gross gum from the little shit kid.
  • Dang, Botando the deadbeat stepdad is awol. I have no memory or investment in this plot
  • “Excuse me officers, but if I don’t bring up the law, this won’t be considered a billable hour.” I love Cliff so much.
  • And it’s the introduction of Max! I forget if we ever actually care about Max but I currently don’t.
  • But also sigh Wallace this is a bad path. Cheating on the exam is not a good way to earn a degree. Because you’re earning nothing.
  • The O’Dells are the worst? Like the worst.
  • And the thieves were the Hearst security guards. That’s great. Just great.
  • At least Weevil is cleared.
  • And that little shit girl is wearing V’s necklace.
  • As Wallace goes in to face judgement for cheating, Weevil is released from prison.
  • Backup’s had three scenes this ep! He’s so busy.
  • Gasp! How could Claire be that dude's girlfriend when she claimed not to recognize him in the photo?


Crossfire!

Show: shot with weirdass poster in the background
Z: *stentorian voice* THIS IS YOUR GOD
D: Yeah, what IS that
Editor: Turns out the poster was designed by Shepard Fairey, best known for “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” and the Barack Obama “Hope” poster.


Favorite Lines:

Daniel: "If I don’t bring up the law, this won’t be considered a billable hour." - Cliff
Zelda: "Had his dog put to sleep, and let the record show, the dog was quite surprised by this decision." - Cliff


Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Wallace, Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil (Absent: Dick, Parker, Piz, Mac)
First Appearance: Mason, Professor David Winkler, Mindy O'Dell, Steve Botando, Max, Jenny Budosh
Recurring: Tim Foyle, Mercer Hayes, Cliff McCormack, Claire Nordhouse, Dean Cyrus O'Dell, Deputy Jerry Sacks
Future Famous Person: Dianna Agron
Already Famous Person: Richard Grieco
Generally Known TV Face: Robert Ri'chard, Jamie Ray Newman, Todd Bosley
Veronica's Alias: organizer of Camp Waterloo reunion (and so very southern); receptionist at a voiceover audition
Keith and Cliff’s Aliases: voiceover auditionees
Keith's Alias: Adrian Monk, building inspector
Danny the Pizza Boy’s Alias: Walter Wolfcastle
Logan's (Racist) Nicknames: Jose Lunchpail (Weevil)


Stats:

Dead Humans - 0
Backup Sighting - 1
Veronica Breaks In -1
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG – 1 (Weevil didn’t steal her necklace)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Tale of Two Logans

Charlie may not surf, but Logans do.
Episode 3.4: Charlie Don't Surf. Original Airdate 10.24.06

"When Logan is informed that his inheritance is running low, he becomes suspicious and enlists Veronica's help to sort through his financial records. Veronica uncovers that large sums of money have been going to a man named Charlie Stone. Meanwhile, Keith is hired by Harmony to investigate her cheating husband."



Zelda's Thoughts:

  • "This is a bad idea." // "No, it's not." // "You only think it's not cuz you came up with it." // "Ergo, how bad could it be? Math, sweetie. Me plus idea equals good." Mars banter: always a good start to an episode
  • Awww V’s two men are having dinner together. How mature adulty can we be?
  • Logan is actually behaving pretty well. But oh are the Marses tense. Mostly V. Wish they could have an actual convo.
  • And with one line, we again explain why Mac is not in this episode and boooooo I want Mac!
  • Parker’s wig looks better than when her mom almost moved her home … probably because at this point it’s a “wig”
  • I’m glad V is finally synthesizing her own history with rape and the current season plot, so that she can actually be an advocate/ally/detective and not rolling her eyes at the feminists on campus
  • Uh oh Logan’s funds are running low …
  • AWWW JUST SHOOT ME! REUNION. They have lovely chemistry, but I wish this weren’t the story it’s going to be.
  • Whaaaaaaat is going on with this extra's hair.


  • I … don’t quite get why Veronica doesn’t trust Nish. Is it just because she published the article when V asked her not to? That’s not … that’s not a trust thing. It’s a shitty thing, but it’s not dishonesty.
  • Dick in the Mars household. What is the world coming to.
  • “We’re a frat. Why rape the cow when you’re swimming in free milk?” what a bag of douche
  • Wow, V’s gonna take the job defending the frat. I just … she just … V’s on the weird side of history with this entire arc. I mean, I’m sure she’s partially taking it to see if they *are* responsible, because she doesn’t actually want to help rapists get away with it if they’re guilty, but it’s weird and off-center.
  • Keith and Harmony are phone flirting and he’s smiling so cutely and it’s cute except KEITH SHE IS MARRIED DON’T BE THAT GUY
  • And now they’re having a pizza date in Keith’s office.
  • Daniel just screamed in utter outrage “WHY AREN’T THEY EATING. THEY’RE STILL NOT EATING.”
  • Wow Keith is so smitten so fast. The way he’s half-giggling half-blushing.
  • I keep having to remind myself we’ve met Chip Diller before because he’s … rather bland.
This is him, right?

  • And it’s one step forward, two steps back, as the women protesting the frats and rape see Veronica come out of the frat house ... and see Dick drape his arm familiarly over her shoulders.


  • Gasp that’s two frat boys with bruised knuckles. Have we a fight club?
  • PLANET ZOWIE SEARCH ENGINE.
  • Gasp Logan has a brother.
  • Ohhhhh right the women went to the party with rat traps on their “gropeable” parts, and that’s why the frat boys have bruised knuckles. I forgot about that. I’m amazed they don’t have broken fingers.
  • Logan Echolls and Logan Huntzberger!
  • “You surf?” “As often and as long as I can.” “Maybe we are brothers.” BUT THE EPISODE IS CALLED CHARLIE DON’T SURF.
  • Wow and the real Charlie Stone actually looks more like Logan than fake!Charlie does.
  • Ugh this story Logan’s telling about Aaron forcefeeding him pears. Aaron was the fucking worst. I’m so glad he’s dead.
  • Ahahaha I love it. V outs the reporter, Logan moves as if to punch him, he says “please take a swing, it'd make a great lead,” Logan looks like he’s calmed down enough to not do it … then he socks him right in the nose.
  • I guess my question is how did the reporter plant himself so that when Logan reached out, he got Logan Huntzberger instead of the actual Charlie Stone?
  • “So it’s a piece of cake?” // “A monkey with a friend who’s a bank representative can do it.”
  • “Hello Dick, Chip, Faceless Star Trek Crew Members”
  • Shit, and because of that crappy reporter, Charlie Stone’s been outted as Aaron’s son, and is being followed by paparazzi
  • Oh I see … Logan thinks Charlie’s the one who sicced the Vanity Fair reporter on Logan. I … why? I don’t really get it.
  • At least he lost his story after Logan went on TV with the story.
  • Damn, the reporter was tapping Charlie’s line and that’s how he got in. Ugh, poor Logan and poor Charlie. But also that’s … illegal right? Not that V can throw stones about tapping lines, but still.


Daniel's Thoughts:  

  • Logan’s coming to dinner. 
  • I love that Veronica is giving Logan a list of rules to have dinner with her father. 
  • Oh she’s so nervous, it’s hilarious.  She so wants her dad and Logan to get along.
  • Parker’s got a brand new wig and she looks like a country western star.
"I'm joining the cast of Nashville next"

  • I’m glad Veronica is making an effort to get to know Parker & show empathy and understanding. 
  • Oh crap, Logan’s running out of money.  I guess living in a hotel will do that to you.
  • And Veronica has her mystery of the week.  Logan thinks his manager is skimming off the top.
  • Oh hey, it’s Laura San Giacomo – a totally underrated actress.  She’s so good.
  • Zelda tells me she and Enrico were a couple on Just Shoot Me.  I think I saw that show once or twice?
  • The newspaper says “rape-ternity”.  …Clever pun or forced….
  • “If you’re not gonna shoo it out, I’m gonna step on it” – Veronica, re: Dick being in her apartment.
  • Even when Dick’s trying to be nice, he’s still a dick,
  • I love the moment you can see Veronica’s mind churning.  She takes Dick’s case because she sees an angle in which she can take advantage.
  • Keith and Harmony (Laura San G) totally have chemistry.  They’re flirting but I don’t think they’re fully aware of it yet.
  • Did Veronica invade her dad’s wardrobe? What is this?
Veronica looks as uncomfortable as I do

  • There’s an entire giant pizza in between Keith and Harmony and neither of them are eating.  WHY ARE THEY NOT EATING?  The box is open.  The pizza is getting cold.  I’m not paying attention to anything else that’s happening.
  • Finally, she takes a slice.  SHE DOES NOT EAT IT.  EAT IT, WOMAN.

EAT THE PIZZA

  • Frat house – more pizza.  A frat guy takes a slice.  I’m very invested in the pizza of this episode. [I can't believe we didn't order pizza during our watch. I was even about to suggest it. - Z]
  • Oh hey! Parry Shen!  He’s on my soap now as a gay lab manager who just stole a baby.  That’s fun.  Oh his name is Bradley Cooper on the show.
  • Parker’s got a much better wig on now.  Just in case you were keeping track.
  • Aaron Echolls – still causing trouble.
  • Avy Kaufman is the name of the manager of the fake charity – Avy Kaufman is also the name of a famous a casting director with a very impressive resume.
  • Ok so Aaron’s Kidz is actually an accurate name…since the money is going to Logan’s brother that he doesn’t know…
  • Parker is always heavily suspicious of Veronica.  I understand her mistrust but, I wish she’d get past this.
  • “Did you go as a hypocrite?”
  • Oh it’s Matt Chzhzhurchcy.  He’s Logan’s long lost brother.  Look at that baby face.
  • Apparently Logan’s sister shot Nicole Ritchie with a BB Gun.
  • I wonder why Charlie never contacted Logan…It’s not discussed here.
  • Logan and Charlie both surf.  OK.
  • Oh man, Veronica does her stuff and doesn’t have to search far to find out Charlie isn’t who he says he is.
  • Logan’s stories of how abusive his dad was…
  • And….Charlie is not Charlie.  He’s a reporter.  Man, Logan just can’t catch a break.
  • But at least he punches NotCharlie out.
  • I really like Harmony’s story.  It’s more complicated than the usual ‘wife hiring a private detective to catch her husband cheating’ story.
  • The real Charlie Stone…is now getting harassed by reporters.  He’s the one that (most likely) put that reporter on Logan so…does he deserve it?  Veronica’s not sure that it was him, but I agree with Logan – what else could have happened?
  • But Veronica was right.  Logan ruined his half-brother’s life for nothing.
  • And Logan feels terrible.  But he’s so quick to react.  It’s a pattern for him.  It’s hard for him to trust and there’s a reason for that.
  


Crossfire!
Show: NEW EDGY CREDITS COVER
D: *sings* Cuz we’re more adult now.
Z: You can tell, because this shot has the word NUDE in it.

EDGY


Favorite Lines:

Zelda: Dick: "You’re torturing me." // Veronica: "Without evening trying? God, I’m good."
Daniel: "If you’re not gonna shoo it out with a newspaper, I’m stepping on it." - Veronica


Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Wallace, Dick, Parker (Absent: Piz, Mac, Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil)
First Appearance: Harmony Chase
Recurring: Nish Sweeney, Chip Diller, Claire Nordhouse, Nancy Cooper
Generally Known TV Face: Matt Czuchry
Already Famous Person: Laura San Giacomo
Buffy Alum (sort of): Parry Shen, who played a student in the episode "Innocence"


Stats:

Dead Humans - 0
Backup Sighting - 0 
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone -  0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 1  -------->
Dick's Single Entendres – 1 (“We’re a frat. Why rape the cow when you’re swimming in free milk?”)
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

101 Brooding Comments

Episode 3.3: Wichita Linebacker. Original Airdate 10.17.06

"Veronica is hired by a Hearst football player to help him find his stolen playbook before the next practice, or risk losing his scholarship. As a result of the expose Veronica wrote about the  campus sorority, Dean O'Dell threatens to expell her if she doesn't reveal one of her sources. Logan tells Veronica his schedule is keeping them apart, but she realizes he has been spending time participating in illegal gambling. Meanwhile, Veronica convinces Keith to hire Weevil to assist with office work at Mars Investigations."

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Football!  College! 
  • Coach acting like a dick.
  • “jealous would involve piano wire.”
  • Football player is missing something.  Could this be a case for Veronica Mars?
  • Weevil is still part of this show? Veronica is visiting him at his new job at the car wash.
  • She takes a call while she’s talking to him.  Rude.
  • Piz’s thing is that he’s trying to join a radio station.
  • Oh hey, the football player is Armie Hammer!
  • So the dean of Neptune University  is Ed Begley Jr. Ok
  • Aww, Armie Hammer is very pretty but he’s never been a great actor. He’s kinda boring in this…as he is in most things.
  • The stare – lol – that worked!


  • Oh man – I don’t really remember this – Weevil being Keith’s new ‘secretary’.
  • Z and I are both not writing much as we usually do.  It’s just not very interesting, right now. [I had to come back weeks after we watched it together, to rewatch it and take new notes. I miss Buffy - Z]
  • Aww, but Eli is doing some fine detective work.
  • Art student guy.  I think what’s getting to me this season is how many stereotypes there are.  The militant feminists, the dumb sorority girls, the meathead athletes, the douchey frat guys…
  • “I’m an artist.” “So was Hitler.”  Jesus, Veronica.
  • Veronica finds popcorn in meathead’s bag – so…that incriminates the popcorn guy.  Cause…he’s just got…popcorn on him…all the time…stuck to his…sleeve…?  What?
  • So we see the struggling relationship of the Logan/Veronica relationship– Logan just seems to be getting into the newness of college which means he’s pulling away from Veronica.  He loves her but maybe needs some space…but Veronica is getting uncharacteristically jealous.  And she traced his phone which is totally uncool.
  • Boys of Neptune are really into poker…  It’s a recurring activity…
  • “The surveillance thing is starting to bug…” Nice pun, Logan.
  • Aww, and Veronica is sulkily listening to sulky music cause she’s sad about Logan.
  • Weevil’s anger problems got the best of him – and he’s fired from Keith’s office.
  • Piz got his show, so that’s cool, I guess.
  • So Trish is the culprit – and I guess she’s doing it cause…she loves him? I guess?
  • There are too many endings and culprits in this mystery.  It’s like a procedural episode.
  • Yay, Weevil gets another job.  And conveniently it just might help Veronica in future cases.
  • I like when Veronica & Logan make up.  She’s right – there’s a reason she has trust issues.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • is weightlifting class really a thing?
  • bicker bicker bicker
  • ARMIE HAMMER. BABY ARMIE HAMMER
  • WEEVIL HI WEEVIL WE'VE MISSED YOU
  • Weevil plea bargained out of a murder charge for Thumper to assault. So that's something
  • And because his asshole boss is also causally racist, Weevil lets his temper show. I just feel so awful about everything that's happened to him
  • oh right Piz does radio
  • aw man, Ed Begley Jr. Always a delight
  • "Mrs. O'Dell was my grad student, back when you could do things like that." wow I just
  • and now he's threatening to expel V if she doesn't reveal her sources for the sorority story last week. so that's fun
  • I take back what I said about Ed Begley Jr.'s delightfulness
  • is Guitar Hero a sponsor? Is that why we have the insightful dialog of "Dude that game rocks." "Yeah it does."

  • interesting twist. V refers Weevil to work for her dad: "Eli Navarro, remember?" // "You mean Weevil?"
  • "Didn't he get busted for murder?" // "Assault." // "See, so he's not even a very good murderer."
  • I don't super love how this show portrays the women trying to fight the, you know, systemic rape culture (to say nothing of the serial rapist for this season) as overly militant Angry Women tropes. It's a weird tonal dissonance, particularly with a show that had its protagonist raped in the pilot. You can say it doesn't age well, especially with the current #MeToo movement, but it left a bad taste in the mouth back then too. (at least it's not acting like the dipshit satirists are in the right either. they're just morons)
  • it's a weird thing the show hits, with the LoVe ship this season: we've gotten past all the drama of high school, Logan's probably not going to be convincingly wearing the Villain Hat again, and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. So we're upping V's distrustful nature (which, yes, has always been there, but this is a step backward in her development) to build up tension between the two of them, and give them an excuse to break up later in the season. and I dunno, it feels inorganic.
  • Wow, so that throwaway moment of V looking for Mac and not being able to find her is the excuse for not having her in the episode this week.
  • awwww Keith likes Weevil's detectiving. He's got his know-how and it's kind of awesome.
  • also wtf to V's "So was Hitler" exit line
  • oh joy, Mercer Hayes has entered the show
  • and they tip us off almost immediately that he's a tool when he makes fun of the dude with a stutter
  • aw damn, Weevil fucked up his second assignment from Keith, beating up a child abuser, and getting Keith fired from that particular job
  • aw and Weevil trying to be strong and hide how gutted he is: "I get it. I'd fire me. Man, I just ... I really dug this stuff, you know. I actually thought I was okay at it."
  • Weevil: "The Dean's a pal of yours? You actually made friends with somebody?" // V: "Actually he wants me expelled." // W: "That sounds more like it."
  • Oh dang, V tells O'Dell she got his car fixed for free. But she told Weevil it was a $2k job. So she paid Weevil?
  • And Claire ("the blonde in the middle") was raped
  • "Is this the help desk? Cuz I need a little help." // "Let me guess, you have this pathologically suspicious girlfriend, and you hope maybe there's a guidebook?" // "No, it's more like, uh ... what's beyond pathological?" ... and V apologizes. I don't love this saga, but Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring are acting the hell out of this scene.
Also: Chemistry


Favorite Lines:
Daniel: “I don’t understand boys.  Or football.” - Trish
Zelda: Keith, holding out a camera; "You familiar with these things?" // Weevil: "Yeah, toasters, right?"

Arc/Continuity:
Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Dick, Piz, Weevil (Absent: Wallace, Parker, Mac, Sheriff Don Lamb)
First Appearance: Mercer Hayes, Trish, Claire Nordhouse, Dean Cyrus O'Dell
Recurring: Nish Sweeney, Fern Delgado
Future Famous Person: Armie Hammer
Generally Known TV Face: Lindsey McKeon, Ed Begley, Jr.
Veronica's Alias: athlete looking for a trainer, sorority hazee

Stats:
Dead Humans - 0
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0 
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

D'oh!


Episode 3.2: My Big Fat Greek Rush Week. Original Airdate 10.10.06

"Veronica is hired by the campus newspaper to do an undercover expose on the Zeta Theta sorority sisters during rush week to investigate Parker's rape. Throughout the investigation, Veronica realizes that everything is not exactly what [it] seems in the sorority house. Meanwhile, Logan and Wallace participate in a prisoner/guard role-playing experiment for their Sociology class, which challenges them psychologically."

Zelda's Thoughts:


  • Ugh, poor Parker. V: "The thing about being roofied and raped? You may not remember the who, when, where, or why, but you know the what."
  • And both V and Mac are feeling guilty, Mac for slut shaming, V for having been in the room while it was happening but not realizing.
  • And fucking Lamb calls it "wolf cry number two" when he sees Veronica, because he refuses to believe teenage girls.
  • You guys, Wallace and Logan's teacher is Homer Simpson
  • it's lucky he's telling them about their big assignment in the not-first-class, since we know Logan missed that class
  • This Theta Beta house is full on Stepford Terrifying



  • gasp a vampire!
  • Wallace and Logan continue their maybe-friendship with a side bet of which side will win the prisoner experiment.
  • it's cool how this douche gets to brush off being offensive and racist and twelve shades of awful as "just playing the part." that's super cool
  • good job, Keith! you used the animal trap in this weird weird side plot to take Cormac down
  • ... well, hobble him anyway
  • ah okay so Liam was the one tracking Cormac through Vinnie's pen
  • I still don't think I get why Cormac shot Kendall. I feel like I missed a step or two in the Fitzpatrick plot, which I've never really cared about anyway, but still. They're spending a lot of time and energy and valuable Keith screen time on this.
  • gasp Chip Diller is back
  • I just find so much of this entire prison experiment plotline unpleasant. I'm sorry I'm not more entertaining but I'm not particularly entertained by this. It's just too toxic and I'm too tired.
  • Yay on top of body shaming, racism, there's also homophobia, this guy is everything worst
  • Do we ever find any bodies in the Fitzpatrick storyline? Is Kendall confirmed dead? Is Cormac?
  • OH GOOD ANTISEMITISM THIS IS FUN
  • when is this episode over
  • and Mac convinces Parker to stick around and be a season regular after all
  • and we finally see what was in the Pulp Fiction briefcase ... a Van Gogh. Which Keith is selling and donating the proceeds to a food bank because guilt (and also any money from that painting is blood money)
  • It's really weird to hear Horshack saying Rafe (the bag of dicks played by Rider Strong) is a cool guy, that that was all an act. Is that supposed to make us okay with it? Because I'm super not okay with it.  



  • And at least Wallace isn't either. I guess the one good thing is Wallace won the prison experiment through outwitting the prisoners (changing the clock) rather than through the torture and abuse methods
  • and now that stupid ep is over 





Daniel's Thoughts:


  • We continue from the previous ep.  Parker is sitting in bed talking to a female cop – her head shaved.
  • Now Mac & Veronica are kicking themselves for slut-shaming
  • Parker’s accusation that Veronica just ‘let this happen’ is unfair, but given to what happened to her - not unexpected.
  • Keith is still in the desert – oh no.  Does Veronica know?
  • Homer Simpson is teaching a course at Neptune University.  Intro to Sociology.


  • Oh man, they’re doing that thing – that prisoner/student experiment thing.
  • Recurring frakking RA.
  • Reporter woman wants Veronica to infiltrate a sorority to help out with the serial rape case.  Quel Coincidence.
  • Parker’s considering going home.  And Mac doesn’t blame her.  Neither do I.
  • Of course Logan & Wallace are on separate sides.  And of course Logan is a prisoner.
  • Rider Strong of Boy Meets World fame is the lead guard.  And he’s right-away acting like the part – which doesn’t bode well for his future – or what it says about him as a human being. 
  • Ugh, more Fitzpatricks and betrayal and I don’t care…
  • Veronica’s really in hell at this sorority party.  She’s pretending to act totally drunk.
  • Veronica calls her weapon Mr. Sparky like Buffy called hers Mr. Pointy.
  • I mean even if she’s not drunk, she still shouldn’t be just dropped off at a park.
  • I never really got the point of the prison experiment – show people at their worst?  I guess?
  • Oh poor Keith.  He’s really taking this hard.  Glad he has Veronica.
  • Parker’s mom is a total jerk – but I guess there has to be a reason for Parker to stay.
  • Biscotti?  No!
  • I love when Logan/Veronica banter.
  • If they escaped – why did they go somewhere where they’d get caught?  I mean prisoners escape – why didn’t they just go somewhere to lay low for the rest of the night.
  • Oh man – who knew. The weed.
  • Hahah. Homer D’oh’ed!
  • Mac convinces Parker to stay – which of course –is pretty easy.  All she has to do is say ‘stay’.
  • They’re really showing a divide of the ‘type’ of girl deemed to be a ‘feminist’ and then the typical sorority girl.  It’s kind of offensive…
  • At least the dumb prisoner experiment is over.  I really couldn’t take the Rider Strong bit.

Favorite Lines:

Zelda: "Lemonade? Worst Roman orgy ever." - Veronica
Daniel: "D'oh!" -Dr. (Homer Simpson) Kinney

Arc/Continuity:
Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Wallace, Dick, Parker, Mac, Sheriff Don Lamb (Absent: Piz, Weevil)
First Appearance: Nish Sweeney, Hallie Piatt, Mrs. Lee
Recurring: Moe Flater, Liam Fitzpatrick, Cormac Fitzpatrick, Chip Diller, Fern Delgado
Generally Known TV Face: Samm Levine, Rider Strong, Rachelle Lefevre, Dan Castellaneta (well, voice)


Stats:
Dead Humans - 1
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In - 1
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Move Uranus, the Mercury's Rising

Episode 3.1: Welcome Wagon. Original Airdate 10.03.06

"Veronica is in true form from the moment she and boyfriend, Logan, along with close friends, Wallace and Mac, set foot on the campus of Hearst College. Wallace enlists Veronica's help when his new roommate, Piz, has all his belongings stolen. While working on Piz's case, Veronica learns that the campus serial rapist has struck again. Meanwhile, Keith runs into trouble while transporting a recently released convict through the desert to reunite him with Kendall."


Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Welcome back to Veronica Mars.  Veronica’s in college now!
  • It’s really funny how Buffy’s & Veronica’s first college episodes are both about Freshman getting robbed of all their stuff.
  • “New School, Fresh Start – how about you try not to piss anyone off this time around.” 
  • Veronica is of course taking Intro to Criminology.
  • “Murder of the Riverboat Queen” – first assignment  - I was just on a riverboat queen!  (On the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis) 
There was a welcome band literally right outside my cabin

  • [But did you get murdered? - Z]
  • Of course, Veronica solves the case given to her by her professor in record time, but for some reason she sits there with a magazine just to be a douche?  Just to make the douchey assistant come up to her so she could make him look like a dick?  Or I guess to make the teacher ask her the question that would make her choose from the 50/50….still feels weird.  Feels like making enemies in her very first class.
  • So Veronica & Logan are together again… He tells Veronica that Dick is kind of a mess from what happened to his brother last year.  We’ll see how long that lasts.
  • Vinnie Van Lowe!  He wants to work with Keith.  Keith says no, but when Chekhov places a Vinnie Van Lowe in the first act, he will be fired off by the last act.
  • Veronica “the one handed self-portrait” – Do…You mean a selfie?  I guess that word wasn't invented yet?  Apparently not til 2013 
  • I’m glad that Veronica & Keith ended up going to NYC together this summer.
  • BACK-UP!
  • And we’re introduced to Piz – who is roommate to Wallace.
  • Oh no!  Piz’s things are gone!  Time to call in our teen detective.
  • Early 2000s nerd: "Frak"
  • So now we’re introduced to the season arc – at least part of the season.  And it’s a continuation from an episode last year where there was a serial rapist who was shaving the heads of the women they raped.
  • Mac is back and a regular!
  • And there’s Dick.  Looking good in a speedo, tbh – but also being a total…well…Dick.
  • I guess we’re not done with the Fitzpatricks. Oy.
  • Whoa, Veronica & Logan – hot and heavy.
  • Logan actually looks happy which is nice.
  • Deputy Sachs!  College doesn’t mean we have to stop seeing our regulars or our recurrings.
  • Hey, it’s Parker!  She was on another show right after Veronica Mars that I really liked her in.  It was called Eli Stone
  • OMG Veronica is wearing that thing on her arms that looks like sleeves of tattoos but are just…sleeves.  That was popular for like a year.


  • Dick has a run-in with Mac – and he’s of course…a dick.  Calling Mac Beav’s beard.  I know he's hurting but it's just cruel.
  • Oh Mac.  Veronica avoids breaking in by having Mac doing her a favor.
  • I mean, we realize Dick is acting like a dick because his world has exploded.  But how can you tell? Since he’s a total dick anyway. [yeah I'm not seeing a huge shift in his behavior from like any episode ever - Z]
  • I love Piz’s question to Veronica about why she does it – and she doesn’t really come up with a definitive answer.  I mean, her answer “because I’m good at it” is good enough – but of course, not the whole truth.
  • Veronica walks in on…something she doesn’t realize.  Parker is being raped…and Veronica thinks just regular college shenanigans are going on.
  • And bye bye Kendall.  Get home safe, Keith.
  • I’m glad they didn’t just drop Dick’s story.  I’m glad they followed through.  It’s crazy to feel sorry for such a dick…but.
  • And there it is – poor Parker….and our short season arc.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • omg it's been so long!
  • First shot includes a Take Back the Night banner, because this is the rape season (even though every season is a rape around here)
  • Oh right Prof Landry and Tim isn't-he-also-Lucky Foyle
  • Prof Landry: "The current record for solving this case is 16 minutes, courtesy of the amazing Mr. Foyle." V's face: challenge accepted
  • And she looks up the answer online
  • Also her hair looks gorgeous this season.
LOOKIT THE PRETTY HAIR

  • I'd say she's unnecessarily dickish to Tim, but he was condescending and dickish to her first, so.
  • Hi emo college years credits. Also hi Sheriff Lamb in the credits (more importantly: HI MAC IN THE  CREDITS)
  • And Logan explains how contrivance managed to get all our friends from Neptune High into Hearst, our convenient university
  • VINNIE VAN LOWWWWWWWWWWWWWE
  • It's interesting that we're sitting on answering the questions left open by the end of last season, esp regarding Keith.
  • "I hate you." // "You love me." // "Yeah but it's all instinct."
  • "Did you make any friends?" // "Lord no." // "Enemies?" // "...." Ah Keith knows Veronica so well.
  • Man I'm jealous of the layout of Wallace and Piz's dorm room and I want to steal it.
  • Gasp! Piz's stuff got stolen! We've got our case of the week!
  • And we've got our instacrush, because Veronica is a knockout.
  • The RA uses loose tea, plays string instrumental, and uses Battlestar Gallactica slang. Man, to be a student again.
  • Boo, there's another woman with a shaved head. This is jumping way ahead, but it's kind of amazing the rapist gets caught, considering how many get away with it.
  • MAC. HI MAC.
  • and hi Dick
  • wheeeee V and Logan are doin' it because they're all adultish now
  • also I cannot remember why Keith and Cormac are on a road trip except I think it has something to do with Kendall and her Pulp Fiction briefcase?
  • Oh look Dick's being a dick to Mac. "My little brother never cared about you. You were just his beard." Fuck you very much and why are you on this show.
  • The clothes V brings for Piz -- are they Duncan's?
  • Ugh the male gaze in this episode. Sure, V calls it out with "you two have fun being gross" but it's just so THICK and I'm just tired
  • gasp! Veronica volunteering for mentoring was just to get into the records for the dude with the guitar! It's all so convoluted
  • aw and Logan's being very sweet with Veronica my shippppppppppppppppp


  • and rando guy is beating up Dick, for unspoken reason ... not surprised
  • And Logan recognizes that Piz is wearing Duncan's shirt (dang, this transcript points out that Logan has also borrowed this shirt. that thing gets around!).
  • Wow, I'd half remembered that guitar guy was part of the crime conspiracy, but I'd forgotten the three nimrod teens were part of it too. The deflection of the chubby-blonde-who's-actually-skinny, etc., was a well-functioning red herring.
  • So this whole road trip was just delivering Cormac to Kendall? I...?
  • Oh right, Vinnie was tapping the whole convo. Vinnie, you shit.
  • ... did Logan just throw his toothbrush on the couch? like ... ew?
  • shoutout to V's old job at Java the Hut.
  • shit, Parker got raped :(
  • and so THAT story arc continues

Crossfire!

Z: This ep is called Welcome Wagon
D: Oh this is the one where her stuff gets stolen
Z: Wait, what?
D: And then she has to go fight vampires!
Z: We need more variety in our TV.


Favorite Lines:

Daniel: Keith: All right, honey. Give Logan my regards as you're shaking his hand good night and I'll be sure to call unexpectedly again.
Zelda: Keith: "Did you make any friends?" Veronica: "Lord no." Keith: "Enemies?" Veronica: "...."


Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Wallace, Dick, Parker, Piz, Mac (Absent: Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil)
First Appearance: Professor Hank Landry, Timothy Foyle, Piz, Cormac Fitzpatrick, Parker, Moe Flater, Nancy Cooper, Fern Delgado
Recurring: Vinnie Van Lowe, Deputy Jerry Sacks, Kendall Casablancas
Wait a Gosh-Dern Second: Yes, Tim Foyle is played by James Jordan, who also played Lucky last season. But, you know, different hair, so


Stats:

Dead Humans - 1
Backup Sighting - 1
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Logan Tases Someone - 1
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0 
Dick's Single Entendres - 1 "I mean is this thing we feel real or are we just in it for the torso butter?"
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0