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02 February 2006 @ 07:49 pm
Love for VM? It's Still Possible ... Who Knew?  


I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it. I'd list it as the third best episode of the season, behind Ahoy Matey's, Rat Saw God and before Cheatty Cheatty Bang Banig and My Mother the Fiend (the only five episodes I've actually liked this season).

What I loved:

  • The Logan/Veronica/Weevil scene - I rather thought Veronica was once again an unconscionable bitch to Logan for no reason when I first watched it, but I was wrong. I was projecting my expectation of her just being mean to him as she's been all season, but the scene really worked for me the second time I watched it. I really got the impression that it was Logan's plea that got her to change her mind and there was this focus and intensity between them.

  • Wallace and Veronica - I know the issues in their relationship that led to him leaving in Blast from the Past haven't been explored and probably never will, but dangit, I don't care. I just really, really like them together. I adore their friendship and I've really missed it. Percy and Kristen just have a really nice working vibe that plays beautifully and I like watching it.

  • THIS was my Veronica. I agree with those who have said that the moment when Veronica turned and looked back at the singer as he was singing her name and the camera focused for a moment as if it hit Veronica in that moment, I AM Veronica (the REAL Veronica) and I LIKE HER!!! And now that Duncan was gone, it was like THAT Veronica could come back and she was. YAY!

  • I'm glad that the lack of trust between Keith and Veronica was mentioned. I would have preferred to see a bit more strain and tension between them, but at least there was acknowledgement of it.

  • The bus crash thing was picked up beautifully and I love the way Gia's info about Woody was delivered. Very well done.

  • Speaking of the interviews, Kyle Gallner is just a really good actor. He conveys so much of who his character is in just a few phrases with his voice, his eyes, his body language. I do adore him.

  • You all know I'm not a fan of Lamb, but this amount of him I can deal with. Having him so front and center in episodes like Donut Run and even that bit in Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner are just too much for him. I want him as the annoying caricature who has no depth. Those characters DO work in moderation. Too much and Lamb just becomes a 'get him off my screen' character. This episode, he was fine.

  • Tessa Thompson/Jackie - I know that many hate her, sigh. I never did, I didn't like her much, but I had such a soft spot for Thompson that I couldn't hate her and in this episode, I admit it, I loved her. I thought she was just adorable and I loved her so much. And for the first time, I saw this spark between her and Wallace. I'm glad that she's not gone.

  • Cliff! - I loved Veronica's, "I know *a* lawyer." Because that's just Cliff. Remember that note above about Lamb, it doesn't apply to Cliff. Cliff we need to see more, lots and lots and lots more of. Like make him a regular cast member. Like Jason Dohring, Daran Norris makes EVERY SINGLE MOMENT count. I heart him so!

  • Lars looking at over at yet another girl he's with swooning over (we know professional) singer performing karaoke after him. Heeheehee. I dig this little continuting motif.

  • Logan/Weevil - These scenes were much better than last week's where they rather dragged (which I wholly blame on the direction by Rob Thomas). I just like them working together. They're fun.

  • Weevil - We really got to see a lot of shades to Weevil in this episode and that was great. His interaction with Logan, Veronica, Molly, the PCHers was just well done. Francis Capra rocked this ep.

  • The Felix mystery - Very interesting. I liked THIS twist! that the one PCHer that Weevil trusted was the one who was the baddie! And Hector (who we actually have known since the Pilot) showed remorse for what was happening to Weevil. And poor Weevil had to ride the bus! and deal with Dick, but I like that his badass! was still in high gear. Hahaha! It's interesting that we now know who did kill Felix, but it won't be revealed. I wonder if Weevil will tell Logan?

  • Which leaves us with Logan, and not enough of him, but he sure was pretty. I just -- you can so tell that Jason really does work to make every scene count because every line, movement, expression just zings.

    What I didn't love:

    I only have ONE negative thing to say about the whole episode, just ONE!!!! Woohoo!!!

  • I was a little annoyed that they re-used a well-remembered snappy line (from Weapons of Class Destruction, no less!) "I think it and it happens" and for some throw-away character even. Recycling dialogue, not a good idea.

    From what I know of future episodes, VM (emphasis on VM) may very well finally be back on track which I think tells just how wrong and screwed up and lacking in anything resembling good that Duncan and his story was. I honestly believe that EVERYTHING I disliked about episodes 1-11 was rooted in Duncan's story. THANK GOD HE'S GONE!!! Now, if only he was gone from the credits too.
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    Femme Fetale: [vm]Cheer up Emo Kid.slayervixen on February 3rd, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
    Could this be the return of the show going into full swing?? Woo. I hope so i absolutely LOVED the epiphany scene in the Hut. I seriously adored it. It felt like Old V was back and THAT'S all i've wanted. Shame she couldn't have done it sooner but oh well better late than never.

    Logan is so so so pretty. Seriously I have the biggets crush on him. So glad you liked this episode hun :) Now we have to be prepared for the coming of the Hannah!!
    Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on February 3rd, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
    I have hope that it is back -- which is so telling in how very much Duncan and his story, wait, let me rephrase, Rob Thomas' inane interpretation of Duncan and his story sucked royal monkey balls.

    And yes, Logan is immensely pretty. See my icon?
    too much going on omg: like totallydiamondrocker on February 3rd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
    Seriously, one of my favorite eps from this season. The feel of it was almost like the last three eps never happened. Oh if only we could erase them for real.

    THIS was my Veronica.

    For real.

    I agree with those who have said that the moment when Veronica turned and looked back at the singer as he was singing her name and the camera focused for a moment as if it hit Veronica in that moment, I AM Veronica (the REAL Veronica) and I LIKE HER!!! And now that Duncan was gone, it was like THAT Veronica could come back and she was. YAY!

    I don't know if I totally agree with that, but I can understand how it would be seen that way. I think the zoom effect was put in there to really emphasize her epiphany, and yeah, it was a great moment.

    Lars looking at over at yet another girl he's with swooning over (we know professional) singer performing karaoke after him. Heeheehee. I dig this little continuting motif.

    That's one of the things I love most about this show. It's the little things. The attention to detail and the continuity. Plus, lars just makes me giggle.

    The Felix mystery - Very interesting. I liked THIS twist! that the one PCHer that Weevil trusted was the one who was the baddie! It's interesting that we now know who did kill Felix, but it won't be revealed. I wonder if Weevil will tell Logan?

    Like you, I think that even though he didn't spell it out, that Thumper did do it, but I've seen others who don't think so. And as I watched it again, I started to rethink my conclusion. At the end of that scene, it just felt like it was still open ended, like there was something left unresolved (besides the fact that if Thumper did kill Felix, it would never go public). I don't know, maybe we'll find out for sure later in the season.

    I was a little annoyed that they re-used a well-remembered snappy line (from Weapons of Class Destruction, no less!) "I think it and it happens" and for some throw-away character even. Recycling dialogue, not a good idea.

    Huh, I didn't catch that, and I just rewatched. Who said it?

    And I completely agree with you. Cliff! should totally be a permanent cast member. The "I know *a* lawyer" was such a great, classic VM seque, and I loved every second of him.

    Great thoughts Jennifer! and it's nice to see you being so positive again lol.
    Arabian: Newton's 2nd Lawarabian on February 3rd, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
    I DO love the show, it just needs to be good for me to love it, LOL! And then I'm positive, even with you know what coming up, IF it makes sense and is well-played, I can deal.

    As for:

    I was a little annoyed that they re-used a well-remembered snappy line (from Weapons of Class Destruction, no less!) "I think it and it happens" and for some throw-away character even. Recycling dialogue, not a good idea.

    Huh, I didn't catch that, and I just rewatched. Who said it?

    That was guy who randomly seemed to show up doing a Tom Cruise impersonation as if you switched channels. Right before he opened the door, he said it.
    harper47harper47 on February 3rd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
    I'm so happy you like it - it's so much more fun squeeing together. I was in the pleasantly, you could have knocked me over, surprised camp too. I honestly expected this to be really boring and I loved it. Agree with all your commentary. I am just so, so happy to be excited about my show again.

    Arabian: Doorarabian on February 3rd, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
    Isn't it wonderful to be able to unabashedly gush and know that most viewers feel the same way!??! It's just lovely.
    A Girl Called Shannon: VM - Lg/VM - Recover Youzimshan on February 3rd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
    I really got the impression that it was Logan's plea that got her to change her mind and there was this focus and intensity between them.


    Yes, definitely. I can't say enough about this scene, because I really think they played the Lg/VM undertones well. There's this one moment, where he adds to Weevil's explanation, 'and is probably the one who killed Felix'. And I just love the way both KB and JD chose to play this, because there's this real meaningful pause there for about two seconds that weighs on the whole scene rest of the scene and wow, I just love it.

    It's interesting that we now know who did kill Felix, but it won't be revealed. I wonder if Weevil will tell Logan?


    Ah, I wouldn't be too sure the case is solved already. I think we still have a couple of twists to go...
    Arabian: Frisky Businessarabian on February 3rd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
    Yes, definitely. I can't say enough about this scene, because I really think they played the Lg/VM undertones well. There's this one moment, where he adds to Weevil's explanation, 'and is probably the one who killed Felix'. And I just love the way both KB and JD chose to play this, because there's this real meaningful pause there for about two seconds that weighs on the whole scene rest of the scene and wow, I just love it.

    I'm going to have to watch the scene a few more times (what a hardship, not! YAY!), but I expect my chemisty (love analysis for the Breakdows on The LoVe Shack, I'm not sure you go there)write-up to be a long, long doozy of a one.

    It's interesting that we now know who did kill Felix, but it won't be revealed. I wonder if Weevil will tell Logan?

    Ah, I wouldn't be too sure the case is solved already. I think we still have a couple of twists to go...

    Yes, I've been told I thought that too soon. Well, being optimistic that the show IS back on track, I will bow to the belief that there is more that meets the eye and that *unlike anything Donut-related* it will make sense.
    Ashley Rae: Knit Something_VMloves_bitch1301 on February 5th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
    You are so right. This is the Veronica I love. Not the wimpy one dating Duncan. Weevil and Logan were dead on this episode. And how heartbreaking was Beaver in the interagation.
    Arabian: The Rear Window?arabian on February 5th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
    Exactly. It was so enjoyable having the characters we love back. Donut was SUCH a drag on these characters. Ugh!

    And seriously, Rob, NEVER direct again. Please!