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03 January 2006 @ 03:12 pm
Veronica Mars -- Is it the Disconnect? Is that the Problem?  
I was talking with a friend in LJ about Veronica Mars. We were discussing the critical praise and wondering if we were missing something because the show just not as good as it was last season. I've written other thoughts on why that is and I've come up with another one: The emotional disconnect of ALL of the characters.

  • Veronica: She says (every now and then) that she is upset about the bus crash, but we haven't really seen it. Ditto her almost complete lack of reaction to her crappy relationship. (The only thing/person she DOES seem to have a reaction to is ... Logan. God, I hope there's a reason for this.)

  • Duncan: The king of disconnection. Boy is nothing BUT disconnect.

  • Logan: He doesn't seem effected by 99% of the shit that happened/is happening to him but for a few random comments. He just goes along his merry way, making snarky comments and throwing his hands in there.

  • Keith: He doesn't seem to care that Alicia broke up with him and the laxness in regards to Veronica overall is just silly now. Aaron almost killed her. Would a year be too short a timeframe for him to lose obsessive need to keep only child safe and protected at all times? Not bloody likely. Especially when their Keith Mars.

  • Dick & Beaver: Neither one seems to care all that much about their dad and what happened (but for Beaver in the episode it came out in).

  • Weevil: No fallout or reference to having nowhere to live. He seems more upset about Felix (which is understandable) than his family being thrown out on the streets. Of all of the characters he is probably the most connected emotionally to what's happening on the show. Of course, aside from Jackie, we've seen him the least and if you take in how much we saw her in her first episodes, she might have had more screentime.

  • Jackie: Eh, who cares.

    And that last bit pretty much sums up the great question as to why the viewers should care ... no one on the show seems to, why should we?
    harper47harper47 on January 3rd, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
    You make a lot of good points but I think that the show is getting critical praise because - individually, with the exception of GreenEyed Monster which I loathed - the shows all work on different levels. Whether it's one intense emotional scene from Logan in OAV or the blowup between Logan and Veronica in CCBB or the ending of NPBIAC - I think there is emotionalism - it's just widely spaced. And the mysteries, the intricate interweaving of the seasonal arc is continuing.

    I think we, the fandom, feel upset because we were just expecting so much more. We thought, after a long, long summer - that we would get those scenes we were craving. A long intense emotional scene where Logan finds out about his father. more whacked out crazy Duncan, more love and entertwining between Alicia and Keith, more Keith and Logan together, more of everything. Instead of this "deeper" Veronica Mars we were expecting, we got a more intricate, cerebral mystery, none of the scenes we wanted to see and a less emotional Veronica. And that I think is key to the hardcore fandom - we miss the Veronica of last year (loved seeing her show up with Clarence Weidman)and are having difficulty liking the Veronica of this year except in spurts because we don't emotionally understand her. Intellectually we get it - desire for normalcy, yada, yada, yada but emotionally we don't get it.

    Overall, I'm going to continue to be hopeful that all of these strands will pull together (and don't tell me if I'm wrong). I'm still enjoying the mysteries and individual scenes and acting. And I am happy about the kudos and critical praise VM is getting.

    Ashley Rae: Hurt The Ones You Love_BtVSloves_bitch1301 on January 5th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
    I love you thoughts on the show because they mirror my own to a tee. Veronica cares only when the moment strikes her. Which doesn't seem to be too often. Last year she would have been outraged by everyone's attitude towards the bus crash. Now it's almost as if she's going along with the crowd. It seems that Veronica is striving for normalcy, but her behavior this season for the most part isn't congruent with her thinking from last season. I can't remember the episode from season one, but Veronica was talking to Meg saying that she wasn't programed to forgive and forget. But that's exactly what she's did. She forgave Duncan for all his crap, rode in a limo with 09er's, and put up with Dick when around Duncan. I can see tolerating Dick for Logan because they're good friends, but Duncan and Dick never seemed that close. They're just in the same clique. So why put up with him? It doesn't make sense to me. Keith is a good dad that even last year was very protective. But after Aaron tried to kill his only daughter, he wouldn't have let Veronica leave the apartment without a tracking device. Overprotectiving Veronica would have been a normal reaction. And shouldn't Dick be worried about his father. It's as if a random person went missing not his dad. Even Dick has feelings. And don't even get me started on Duncan. Wow, this is a way longer reply than I intended. Sorry about the rant. :D