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14 February 2007 @ 11:29 am
An entry just for Mars...  

I've spent more time than I should here at work thinking on last night's Veronica Mars.  It got rather wordy.  I posted at W-I, but will go ahead and put a real cut here for the summary/commentary, too:

Veronica Mars: 3.13 - "Postgame Mortem"

Heather:"Who was that on the phone?"
Logan: "Just your brother-in-law."

I'll sound like a broken record, but Logan continues to be my favorite character, and in spite of initially being sort of iffy about the babysitting angle from the episode description, the way the writing handled the Logan/Heather interactions was just outstanding.  The girl could have drug down the ep with an overly schmaltzy outlook, but the nuances were layered just enough to make her endearing - and her purpose to pull Logan a bit out of his funk was served well.

Logan's depression over Veronica lead him to a reclusive state that actually made Dick's intervention and commentary seem like he knew what he was talking about for once.  Though he's trying to do the best-friend thing and get his buddy up and around, his own motives for trying to clean up the place are still mentioned: "They think Silence of the Lambs basement and they desire to get naked near me takes a complete nose dive."  Wouldn't be Dick without his justification of a good deed revolving around a need to get laid.

The trickery to get Logan on the balcony was necessary - and still all Dick, as he uses a 'meth lab fire in Veronica's neighborhood' as his excuse - to let Jeff and the hotel manager get in to retrieve the room service carts and clean up the place.  Even more surprising was Dick's relay of their economics professor's message that Logan needs to either show up to the next class or fail: "It’s a sad state of affairs when I'm the academic on the balcony. In other news - I met this girl a couple of weeks ago at a party. Haaaaaahhhht. Like volcanic hot. Like I might have to use an oven mitt to feel her up. Blink if you understand."  Ryan Hansen does handle those great line-deliveries just right.

It was good to see Wallace again, even if it was rather brief.  We learn he's back into a significant spot on the court, while having to deal with inner-team turmoil with the coach, his son Josh, and Mason.  Plus, a little of the good Veronica/Wallace BFF banter was around: V:"You did play a lot of minutes for someone who had to quit the team for a semester. That's a side... and it's somewhat bright." Wallace asks how she's doing with the Logan situation, and we get her first indication that "not thinking about it" is how she's dealing.  Later, with Keith, she confirms that staying busy keeps her from having to sit and think about anything other than work too much.  'Avoidance-Veronica' is the order of the day.

The episode was also good because it had quite a bit of story overall - three different arcs if you include the ongoing Cyrus O'Dell investigation, Logan's time babysitting, and Keith taking the case of the deceased Coach Tom Barry. The coach's murder also brought in Weevil briefly, as Veronica gets him to make a contact with the new PCH gange leader - Arturo the pizza-delivery mugger, of all people.  The bikers' motivations for a possible car-jacking are just not that strong, so it's unlikely they can be an alternative to Josh's suspicion by Sheriff Lamb.  But Keith's desire to take the case is pushed ahead by Lamb's stance on the other side: "Don't worry about the sheriff. He has a long and proud history of being wrong." Not to mention, we got some more Cliff!  It's been a while since he's been around, so having him (and his shared disdain for Lamb) present was a good thing, too.

Veronica's involvement into all of this was precipitated by Keith's consult with Josh and his mother. Their story managed to strike a sympathetic chord in Veronica, as she takes a stake in proving his innocence. To me, it showed again how Veronica can manage to initially keep an open mind of fair trust with perfect strangers, while holding those in her personal life to such a high degree of scrutiny. To that end:

While I'm as big of a LoVe-shipper as the next person, and can get caught up in the angst and hate it when they both hurt, it's easy to see that Veronica has plenty of internal issues to address before she should date anybody.  Even with a "fresh start" with someone like Piz (as some spoilers seem to be headed) the clock of relationship-doom begins ticking with her from moment one.  For all of Logan's faults, his trust is there with her, and he's all in, no matter what.  Which is why his moping and depression seemed OK and not exaggerated.  He's crushed, and with Veronica not returning his heart-pouring voicemail, thinks she's just glad to be rid of him.

The writing with Veronica and her repeated judgment of Logan needs to tread carefully, as it can get a bit overboard at times, with the characterization trying to go two opposite ways. We're shown how difficult Logan's life has been, how much personal pain he's experienced, with a need to just have someone care for him - just for him, without any alterior motives. Then we're shown how much of a void Veronica has filled in his life, how much he loves her and the amount of hurt he's in now that she's gone, so becomes tough to be sympathetic with Veronica's sanctimony - justified though the break-up may be in her mind and heart.  Her hurt is valid, too, but Logan seems to get the brunt of so many emotional gut-punches, that the 'heroine' can come across as unlikable for those not in her character's headspace - especially when she plays off her own pain almost nonchalantly, with all the avoidance and busy-work.  I love the character, but can understand where critics of her choices are coming from.

The father/daughter moments were also awesome as usual.  As Veronica is making the peanut butter cookies (to make Josh believe that she believes him), she reflects on what she would do if someone ever took Keith away from her, and Kristen masterfully straddles the teary "don't ever get murdered" request while still maintaining her barely-there composure, jumping back into joke/sarcasm mode.  The girl can act, and it's little wonder why I'm in love with her and her talent.  Later, Veronica is given the recommendation letter that Cyrus wrote for her from Landry ("I would have settled for 'I find her nosiness charming.'") and Keith's pride when he reads it is entirely genuine - he almost glows from the sincerity.  Enrico's "dad" vibe is hardly an act, and it comes across so well. Plus, like he says, the appreciation Cyrus had for Veronica gives Keith even more incentive to find his killer.

And back in the hotel, as Logan first meets Dick's wife-to-be and her pre-teen sister Heather, I loved his question to Dick: "Which one is yours?"  Heather initially comes off as an idealistic, naive kid, who's weirded out by Logan's funk. Logan does little to accomodate her as he's stuck with her, but she manages to eventually voice what needs to be said in a way that only a young and innocent outsider could.  She catches on pretty quickly that he's distraught over a girl, and gets visual confirmation as to whom when she sees Veronica's picture.  Which leads to the absolute best and most awesomely awkward series of events in the episode.

The song-request "to Veronica from Logan" that Heather sets up had me rolling for a few reasons: 1.) This is something that Logan would never, ever do. 2.) His reaction to what she's done is a classically stunned 'what did you do?' look 3.) Veronica is actually in a position - in the hotel - to hear the request being announced. 4.) When the song turns out to be a Nick Lachey song, that was just icing on the awkward-but hysterical cake. 

We see that Veronica uses Logan's "friend" at the front desk of the Grand to find out more about 'Rory Finch's' last stay. I was wondering if she would know of Logan's miserable state and mention it to Veronica, but apparently she isn't aware they broke up. We have to wait until Veronica finds Jeff Ratner in the hotel kitchen - and he spills about having to clean up after Logan's hermit-state.  This is where she hears the song request, and of course I could totally see it coming that she was going to turn off the radio - she's avoiding any and all reminders of him, and is unimpressed by the song of choice.  But it's also clear that her curiosity is piqued a bit.  She's not as detached as she'd like to come across.

All of which leads to the elevator scene.  Great, great stuff.  Jeff's told Veronica of Logan's habits of late, and then he appears with Heather all scruffy in his sleep clothes and a robe as they have to share the ride.  And Heather is wearing one of Veronica's shirts.  The wheels in V's head are turning like crazy, but I think she's almost too bumfuzzled and confused to ask any questions, and figured it best not jump to any more conclusions with him. Heather then *squees* with the (loudly) whispered "OMG! It's her! It's really her!" as she recognizes Veronica from the picture.  Logan is just trying to disappear into nothing and can't wait to escape the awkward, as Heather then blurts out what she thinks Logan should tell Veronica - "that he's sorry and he's still totally in love with you". The doors open, Veronica is shocked into silence, and she and Logan share a pointed look as he slowly walks down the hall almost in tears of both sadness and embarassment.  Jason rocked that scene, as well as every other that Logan shared with Heather. His blow-up about her not knowing what she's talking about, not ever having to deal with real love issues was understandable - he's still hurting and now has embarassment in front of Veronica on top of it.

Later, when Dick calls to grumble about needing a lawyer, Logan learns about Heather's parents' split, and he goes about to make things right with her - with ice cream (Heather: "Quit flirting with me old man. I'm eleven.") - which again only adds to the evidence of Logan's gradual growth.  While some fans have been a bit weary/sketchy of the less snarky, more emotionally vulnerable Logan this season, the character has made marked progress IMO, and so much of it goes back to the effect Veronica has had on him.  Fans who don't care for them as a couple can argue it's changed him for the worse, but I disagree.  Plus, we still get the basics of Logan's sarcasm - he's still the same person, just in love (and hurting). 

We get even more stuff from Dick, as he goes on about his soon-to-be-ex-wife's freakish toes.  And surprisingly, the trap he set for Logan to be a babysitter turned out okay. Logan crawls out of his Howard Hughes-like seclusion, and manages to make it to class again - with an ass-kissing apple for the teacher, smirk firmly in place.  Veronica can play the avoidance, not-thinking-about-it as well as he can try to keep doing what he's comfortable with - the sarcastic cockiness.  Status quo has returned for a bit, or so it seems.

The final scene was a bit of a surprise (regardless of it's presence in the promo), as Veronica is arrested in class as a suspect for abetting Josh's escape.  Interesting.  With Wallace's teammate Mason as a possible suspect for Coach Barry's death, too, the plot-of-the-week turns into at least a two-parter.  With Keith's evidence of the pay-per-view movie tying into the time that Mindy was supposedly at the room with Landry, and then witnesses to another arguing male voice in the room, the investigation into Cyrus's death is full steam ahead.  Mindy's worry over her own suspicion from Keith has her fire him from the case, but of course he's not going to drop it now, after how much he respects the man. 

The promo for next week was actually not bad, either, as it picks up from the set up with Josh as a suspect and on the lamb, with Keith and Veronica both seeming to be in deeper danger than they planned. 

Still anxious as hell, though, about cancellation/renewal-talk, since absolutely nothing is guaranteed.  Especially with this looming "Pizonica" bullshit or whatever.  Makes me ill to think about it.


Haven't checked the overnights/fast national ratings for last night, but I desperately hope they improve over last week's dismal numbers.  My soul hurts to think of this show leaving the air while so much other stuff that is utter garbage in comparison gets to go on.

And as I mentioned yesterday, new Friday Night Lights, Bones, and Lost to look forward to tonight.  Yay.  After my couple hours at the gym, it's such a kick-ass way to relax for the evening.

And I guess I should mention that it's Valentine's Day, so happy that to all whom it may matter.  Fuck if it's meant  that much to me , though - for a long time, if ever.  I think I may have subconsciously but purposely not worn any red today. *shrug*



Kristen Bell is awesome.
 
 
 
Beth: Parker---whenever I see you smiln'orangesky33 on February 14th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
"It’s a sad state of affairs when I'm the academic on the balcony. In other news - I met this girl a couple of weeks ago at a party. Haaaaaahhhht. Like volcanic hot. Like I might have to use an oven mitt to feel her up. Blink if you understand." Ryan Hansen does handle those great line-deliveries just right.

Hee! OVEN MIT. Ryan Hansen really is a wonder, too. It is true.

Then we're shown how much of a void Veronica has filled in his life, how much he loves her and the amount of hurt he's in now that she's gone, so becomes tough to be sympathetic with Veronica's sanctimony - justified though the break-up may be in her mind and heart. Her hurt is valid, too, but Logan seems to get the brunt of so many emotional gut-punches, that the 'heroine' can come across as unlikable for those not in her character's headspace - especially when she plays off her own pain almost nonchalantly, with all the avoidance and busy-work. I love the character, but can understand where critics of her choices are coming from.


I agree. She's not only flawed she's really quite complexly flawed, and I too can see why some people feel like her emotional issues aren't ever really being dealt with, because well most of the time she's making sure they are not. However, it's never been in her character to be as earnest as Logan is really (though there's always been an irony that Logan can be rather decietful with his emotions, despite his truthfulness a la his OPJ act and such), and it hurts so good. I love that Veronica doesn't know how to deal with her emotions; it's interesting and layered and KB plays it well.

The song-request "to Veronica from Logan" that Heather sets up had me rolling for a few reasons: 1.) This is something that Logan would never, ever do. 2.) His reaction to what she's done is a classically stunned 'what did you do?' look 3.) Veronica is actually in a position - in the hotel - to hear the request being announced. 4.) When the song turns out to be a Nick Lachey song, that was just icing on the awkward-but hysterical cake.

HA! Yeah.That actress playing Heather is awesome and I about died when V turned on the radio. Bwah.

The apple thing was adorable, which is so much a credit to Logan/JD and his smarminess (sort of how he got away with the Slacker tee and work jacket last season).

Forgot to mention that Erinco did great in the "I'm not fired" scene.

Aw. Post just for Veronica. Aw.

Kristen Bell RAWKS!