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Wow. I know a lot of people were disappointed by this episode, but I thought it worked really well. I was totally and utterly gripped from start to finish, and I disagree with those who said that Aaron was just pulled out of nowhere as the murderer. I think that retrospectively, in one way it's almost obvious. Most of the suspects were people with no history of violence, to whom commiting a violent murder would be a complete change of personality. But who's the only person we've seen acting in a downright psychopathically violent fashion? Aaron. Someone who just beat his daughter's boyfriend to a bloody pulp might well easily do the same to his son's girlfriend - for whatever reason. I think there have been hints about this throughout, and although I was shocked, I wasn't surprised.

I also disgaree with people who said that Veronica turned into a stereotype slasher-film blonde. I don't think she did at all. She remained cool enough to belt up and smash the car, and if she freaked out a bit when trying to get into the house - and then when she was trapped in the fridge - well, who the fuck wouldn't? This is the first time that she's been in real, serious danger, and understandably she got kind of hysterical. I mean, if I was trapped in a metal coffin by a psychopath I'd go a bit crazy too.

Other thoughts: Logan! Is he alive or dead? Did Weevil kill him? Will his disappearance be the mystery next season?

Lianne: God, I know she's an addict and a piteous figure, but stealing your daughter's college fund? After just wasting all her savings? Selfish bitch.

Keith: I beamed from ear to ear when we found out that he was Veronica's dad. I didn't even realise I was so emotionally invested in that story arc, but it made me very happy.

Oh, and I think it was Wallace at the door.

In short, I thought it was fantastic, and I really, really can't wait for next season. Come on, September! And although her writing annoys the crap out of me, I liked Stephanie Zacharek's review of the finale in Salon, especially the Buffy stuff.
The heartbreak Buffy endured in Angel's bed is neither more nor less realistic than anything we've seen on "Veronica Mars." I think the fairest and most accurate way to compare the two is to accept that "Veronica Mars" is a continuation of a broad theme that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" set in motion -- the idea that teenagers, as both Shakespeare and the Shangri-Las realized, are near-adults whose seemingly innocent disappointments and fears aren't really innocent at all: They're just nascent versions of our ongoing grown-up ones.


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May. 12th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
I need to watch it again - there was so much packed in. And it must have been Wallace at the end.

A major difference between VM and Buffy is that because it's not written by Joss, you can be a father and not be evil in it!

Poor Logan - the world kicks him in the teeth again. And I can't believe I now like him! Damn you writers, you are too smart for me.

I'm disappointed Veronica really did just run from the Echolls house - I had actually assumed she had found tapes of Aaron and Lilly so I'm going claim that as half right.
May. 12th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
because it's not written by Joss, you can be a father and not be evil in it!

Yes, but mothers seem to be the thing here - Lianne's bad, Celeste is a cold-hearted bitch, Lynn killed herself. Who's got a nice living mother?
May. 12th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
Wallace! But yeah, that's about it. Mac's biological mother?
May. 12th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, of course, the divine Alicia. I like her a lot. And yet I forgot about her.

Both of Mac's mothers seem decent, actually, just one better suited to her than the other.

Ooh, I thought the Mac story was all about kids being with families that aren't theirs, but it's not, is it? It's about genetics being the truth (whether one agrees with that or not) - Mac and Madison are exactly who they would have been anyway, and Veronica couldn't be anyone's daughter but Keith's.
May. 12th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
But it's also about deciding that the 'truth' isn't as important as shared life together - Mac doesn't seem to have contacted her 'real' mother since.
May. 12th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
I did actually think that afterwards but then I remembered Wallace's mum. And Mac's mothers - even the one she lives with isn't bad, just not all that like her.
May. 12th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, please let it be Wallace at the door! And not in a sexy way, either. I hope after all that she was hoping for a good friend. Otherwise, it's the end of whichever Janet Evanovich book it was and boo.

Hmm. I didn't adore the episode, though I like that Lianne stayed bad (and not just an poor little addict, but a bad college-fund-thief). And I did find it scary - all that conscious use of horror movie images. Eek. They're classic for a reason. But I think it's a shame that Lilly was shagging Aaron - I liked fox1013's suggestion that he could have killed her for cheating on Logan with Weevil. But as it is it's a bit "slut got hers" for my liking.
May. 12th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
But as it is it's a bit "slut got hers" for my liking.

Hmm, I know what you mean, but I wouldn't see that in it at all. I think we've always known that Lilly was unashamedly sexual, and this was always shown as part of what was cool and attractive about her. She was always shown in a sympathetic way, even at her most outrageous.
May. 12th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree -- Lilly's very sympathetically portrayed, and although, sure, she's sexually precocious, we're supposed to like her, and we do, partly because Veronica likes her. I think it was much more the threatening to expose Aaron that got her killed, rather than the actual sleeping around part.

I've been fascinated with Lilly -- she's great as a TV character, for sure, but I think I'd even like her as a real person, if perhaps a bit in spite of myself.

Oh, and I hope it's Wallace at the door, too.
May. 12th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm, but then you've got to claim that you've got a very sexual character, positively portrayed, who ends up dead as a result of her sexual activity (indirectly, yes, but it wouldn't have happened otherwise) coincidentally, in a way that much resembles the sort of thing that often happens to sexually active girls in fiction, but for totally different reasons, honest. And I'm not sure that that's something I buy. Actions and words and relative loudness and stuff.

I do like Lilly. She reminds me of people I know far more that most TV characters, for a start. But it's sort of like my sympathy with the people who saw Tara's death on Buffy as a manifestation of the Dead Lesbian Cliche - I'd defend Joss Whedon from charges of homophobia til my eyes bled, but she still died right after the first time we saw her portrayed explicitly sexually. And that's still a contribution to the extensive canon that tells us that lesbians can't have sex and survive in fiction. Lilly still tells us that you can't be sexual and love it and survive.

But hey, Harry Hamlin off LA Law! As a psycho killer! Hooray!
May. 12th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
What I especially love about Aaron being the killer is the fact he might have been found last year if Lilly's parents hadn't tampered with the evidence. The thing that was slightly off is that the only Aaron violence we've actually seen has been planned - Trina's boyfriend and beating Logan after the bum fight episode. But Logan's stories suggest he also sometimes just lashes out.

I loved Buffy (though I'm not the greatest fan of series 6 & 7) but I think this handled the relationship with an earlier disliked character far better than the Buffy/Spike stuff ever did. Still, we can start really comparing them when there's been several series.

BTW, why was Liane driven from the town by the Kanes? I hope that's one of the mysteries we follow up next season.
May. 12th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
BTW, why was Liane driven from the town by the Kanes?

The easy answer is that it was just Celeste that did it, for obvious jealousy reasons. But then there's all this stuff about why it suddenly matters who Veronica's father is, when apparently everyone's known all along that there was some question - was she driven away because she wanted to press Veronica's claim for the Kane money? Or something?
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May. 12th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Good lord, you really were right! I'd read so much speculation about this over the last week that I'd forgotten you actually called it. And with such accurate detail, too!

I would like it to be Logan at the door too, because I too kind of love him. But I don't think she'd smile with such happiness if it was him, because it'd probably be a bit more of an awkward "um, sorry your dad's a murderer" smile in that case. I really hope he's not dead, although as I said above, I think his disappearance might be next season's mystery.
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