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Latest VM Sides and My Thoughts/Speculation (Various Spoilers)



First the sides for those who haven't read them. If you have just skip 'em to my thoughts.

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Veronica Voice-Over first:

"Normal." Jot it down. That's the watchword. Sounds good, doesn't it? Normal. Senior year begins tomorrow, and all appears hunky dory. Best friend? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Lilly's killer behind bars? Check.

-- moving along to some dialogue between guest character Kelvin (MoTW related, I'm sure) and Veronica:

Kelvin: You landed yourself an 09er boyfriend. As soon as you could, you slipped right back in with that crowd ....

Then later (this is the scene that's crossed out, not part of the audition): Prepare yourselves:

Duncan smiles. Then, the manager calls out to Veronica.

CUTE-AS-A-BUG MANAGER
Veronica, your boyfriend's here

ANGLE ON LOGAN standing by the hostess station. He takes a couple of steps towards Veronica, smiling, until he sees who she's talking to, then stops dead in his tracks. Veronica and Duncan share an uncomfortable look.

DUNCAN
Latte, when you get a minute.

VERONICA
Yeah, okay.

Veronica makes her way to Logan. Veronica wants to give him a peck on the lips, but Logan takes Veronica by the back of the neck and kisses her more familiarly than is probably neccessary in this location.

LOGAN
Hey babe.

ANGLE ON DUNCAN watching, his expression non-committal.

EXT. High School Cafeteria - Day

VERONICA MARS VOICEOVER

Logan and Duncan don't speak anymore. I guess that's what happens when your best friend starts dating your ex, or you learn that his father killed your sister.
First of all! Ahhh!!! I was right! I wrote in this post that I thought the season would begin with Logan and Veronica together. I know bumpy times are ahead, but since I'm fairly certain TD is the one leaving after 12 eps, I'm not worried for long-term LoVe this season.

Thank you, ROB!!

Now, I know that many are seeing doom and gloom in this because of normal TV standards and how it's all "too easy," but I don't see it that way at all.

When has Rob Thomas/Veronica Mars ever done what regular TV does. He doesn't use cliches, he turns convention brilliantly on his ear. Those non-spoiled last season were SHOCKED by the LoVe kiss even if they wanted it because "how TV works" is that such a pairing gets dragged out. Most (unspoiled) thought that if we got anything, it would be maybe, *maybe* a kiss in the final episode. Instead we got make-out sessions, schmoopy looks, wonderful happiness and giddiness before the shit hit the fan. Where Logan and Veronica were at the end of Season One is so beyond NOT "how TV works."

Besides, Teddy Dunn is so most likely the one going after twelve episodes -- and according to rumors, the character is being written off "for good." If Duncan is going bye-bye for good, if Rob Thomas LOVES writing for Logan and Veronica (per his email to a LV fan) then I think we need not fear that Logan won't be the one Veronica winds up with. I expect a rocky road (which Rob also mentioned in the email), but how can they NOT have a rocky road? And I expect to have some squicky (for me) moments between Duncan and Veronica, but how can there NOT be those moments. There is so much water under the bridge between Duncan and Veronica and between Logan and Veronica that the above two (rocky road/squicky moments) have to happen, but that doesn't mean that LoVe won't win out in the way.

For those who say that it just doesn't seem possible with all that happened at the end of last season, I disagree. Logan and Vernoica have been up and down and back and forth for two years now, they ARE crazy about one another, without family and Duncan, Logan probably truly has no one else emotionally, of course he's gonna connect even more with Veronica. Plus, there has been a whole summer where they've done some surface dealing. "Surface" being the key word. I could easily see Veronica and Logan both having chosen to push some of the heavier crap under the rug because it was all too much and they just wanted to be with each other.

Duncan and Veronica will get their closure, but Veronica and Logan needed to have some happiness (that wasn't secretive) so that all three knew that it WAS possible between LoVe. Without it, Duncan could have always used the normalcy that Logan and Veronica never had as a bargaining chip. Gone now.

But, but, but why would they deny us seeing Logan and Veronica reunite and go all schmoopily public? From a fluffy, shipper point of view, that's a tad disappointing, but I understand the call being made here. I mean, die-hard schmoopy, fluff-lovers would be in heaven with a summer of LoVe!, but others would be bored senseless. Furthermore, I do think we WILL see the moment that they DID get back together in flashback, we just won't see a summer of LoVe. And that's okay. I believe, as stated above, that they probably brushed a lot of the heavy crap under the carpet after an initial discussion because, well, see it's Veronica. And this is so a post waiting to happen, but to synopsize, Veronica thinks ... all the time. She's always thinking, to quote Wallace: When does that brain ever take a rest? It doesn't. Except with Logan. He makes her feel so glorious -- and you know he does -- that her heart and hormones just take over and her brain shuts down. With ATttD in the beginning and then end, as well as LitB, Veronica forced her brain to start working and turning and turning and wouldn't let the overwhelmingness of Logan affect her.

Now, however, we have them back together so we must assume (until we see the episode and know for sure either way) that some level of that situation has been resolved. So then, many argue, since it's cool with Logan, clearly they are gonna eventually put Veronica and Duncan back together. Well, aside from my argument above about Rob not doing standard TV, here's another idea. Wouldn't it be groovy if the relationship repaired to its original status to any degree was not the romantic one, but the friendship? Logan and Duncan. That? Would be cool.

After ATttD and the way that Duncan acted at the party (not his Incredible Donut Hulk routine, ie, attacking his car, but as he left), I figured that the friendship was thisclose to dead then, on Duncan's part at least. So I was a little surprised at his immediate defense of Logan when Veronica said that he killed Lilly. Well, clearly Duncan ain't hunky-dory over Logan despite that defense. So, I do wonder if the angle of this triangle is going to be Veronica/LOGAN/Duncan with the emphasis on Logan. I mean, in how the relationship in need of repair -- the one that is going to be given the emphasis of being messed up -- is indeed Duncan and Logan as opposed to Duncan and Veronica. And that would just be yet another brilliant stroke on Rob's part. I've always thought that Jason is with whom Teddy Dunn has the most chemistry and their interactions (think AEFC, MJS on the bleachers) the most fun watching Dunn onscreen, so if this is the angle they go, they might make Donut-Weiner a viable character after all. If they do actually explore his totally fucked up psyche to a degree and write it/direct it in such a way that disguises Dunn's shortcomings as an actor, it might succeed in actually making Duncan a compelling character for me. **Maybe.**

Alrighty, now let's break this baby down!

First off, we've got the fake-out:
It looks like they set the scene up to make you think it's Duncan who is her boyfriend at first. I KNEW they would do that. I expected non-named boyfriend reference and sure enough Veronica's references having a boyfriend in a voiceover, then Kelvin does.

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Duncan smiles. Then, the manager calls out to Veronica.

CUTE-AS-A-BUG MANAGER
Veronica, your boyfriend's here

ANGLE ON LOGAN standing by the hostess station.
Totally expected that fake-out. I KNEW they were gonna have a thing like that. Set it up so the boyfriend could be either and then fake us out before the reveal. Sneaky and brilliant. Love Rob!

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ANGLE ON LOGAN standing by the hostess station. He takes a couple of steps towards Veronica, smiling, until he sees who she's talking to, then stops dead in his tracks. Veronica and Duncan share an uncomfortable look. ... Veronica makes her way to Logan. Veronica wants to give him a peck on the lips, but Logan takes Veronica by the back of the neck and kisses her more familiarly than is probably neccessary in this location.

LOGAN
Hey babe.

ANGLE ON DUNCAN watching, his expression non-committal.
What I love about this section here is the direction. Veronica WANTS to give him a peck on the lips. Yeah, the significance is the full-on smooch (heeheehee) that Logan gives her, but Veronica knowing Duncan was standing right there, walked straight over to Logan and intended on kissing him casually, calmly right in front of Duncan. What was made clear is that Veronica is fine with being with Logan in front of Duncan. Yes, we had the "uncomfortable" look once Logan reacted to seeing Duncan there. However, I'm thinking that Logan's little caveman act that followed was not the first time he'd reacted as such to seeing Duncan anywhere near Veronica and that is where the nature of that came from. There was no discomfort indicated when she went to kiss him.

The second point: Logan and Veronica kiss, Logan says "Hey, babe" and THEN the shot cuts to Duncan. What does that tell us? That RT and co. KNOW that Logan and Veronica smoochy-face is what the viewers want to see. Otherwise, we would have them kiss, cut to Duncan, back to them kissing, ending it most likely, then Logan says his line, final cut to Duncan. Now, that may change once filmed, might not work in giving the edge they want to create, but as written -- they have the focus (not just Duncan's, but that of the audience) on Logan and Veronica.

As for characterization: Can I just say how happy I am to see Logan being such an asshole? I laughed out loud over the fact that Logan deepened the kiss and was all "Hey, babe!" (can't WAIT to hear Jason deliver that line) -- he's being such a territorial prick. I love it!!! I don't want Logan sugar-coated and 100% schmoopy, so I loved seeing him basically be an ass, LOL!

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VERONICA MARS VOICEOVER

Logan and Duncan don't speak anymore. I guess that's what happens when your best friend starts dating your ex, or you learn that his father killed your sister.
I'm wondering if the surface reason that Duncan is not speaking with Logan is "his father killed your sister," as opposed to "your best friend starts dating your ex" but boy does that surface reason make Donut look like a total shit! I figure (and maybe I'm giving Donut-Weiner too much credit) but he probably does realize that it's completely unfair to be pissed at Logan because he took up with "his" girl a year and a half after he dumped her callously without a word and has dated other girls since then and she's dated at least one other guy with whom he remained friends. So, in other words, the real reason is Veronica. But because of his sense of "morality" he knows that that would be wrong, so instead he'll hold onto the "justice" of casting stones on the son for the sins of the father. Because you know that's better. At least it certainly is in mommy and daddy's view, no doubt. We forget because Logan is so fucked up inside and out, that our good ole Donut-Weiner is a pretty fucked up individual himself. And unlike Logan, he's also got some screws loose and some MAJOR rage issues -- something that Logan does not have.

And now to Duncan's way of thinking, Logan is the only one who can play the role of the villain now. It's like a reverse of last season where Logan lashed out at someone unfairly because she was the easiest target. Ditto for Donut. In Logan's case, it was Veronica. Perhaps in Duncan's, it's Logan. Let's just hope that down the line, Duncan and Logan's relationship hasn't evolved into secret trysts in the girls' bathroom.

Sigh, bottom-line. I'm so giddy STILL two days after reading the sides. Woohoo!!
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