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Sweet, sweet internet! How nice to have you back. Well, sort of. Thanks to some sort of network fault, we have had no broadband all weekend. And we still don't. And according to our craptastic ISP, we may not have it until tomorrow. So I gave in and dug out the old phone cord and am WRITING THIS ON A DIAL UP. Oh, the horror. And the expense. So, this update on my weekend's activities will be brief. Since Friday I have:

Bid farewell to glitzfrau. See you in Berlin, Glitz!

Finally picked up my first ever bespoke item of clothing - the most beautiful, beautiful coat in the world. It is fabulous and unsurpisingly it fits like a glove. In fact, it fits so much better than any other item of clothing I have ever owned that wish I could afford to have all my clothes specially made for me. But I can't. Photo of this wonder coat will be forthcoming.

Met up with my sister Busta J and her beau, who are over from London for the weekend, and ate our weight in proper Chinese food.

Finally caught up with Veronica Mars, including the finale, to which all I can say is what the fuck? I could totally buy Beaver as a killer, but only as a sad, fucked up one, not a cold-blooded moustache-twirling villain. And there were just too many red herrings - did we ever actually get an explanation for the explosives found in the hangar used by Cook but owned by Woody? I don't think we did. And the fact that Gia's dad told her not to get on the bus, and that he rang to see where she was just before the crash? But the thing that pissed me off was Beaver's character transformation, and not just because he was my favourite character. I thought it could have been moving if he was upset by what had happened, that he knew he'd done evil things but not because of some sort of cold-blooded plan, but the taunting and the tazering of Veronica - who has always been a friend to him - was not right. And as for the news that he was the rapist - I suppose that was convincing, but I didn't like the implication that Beaver was secretly gay and hence that gay=abuse victim =fucked-up-murderer. The whole thing did not work for me at all. I am very disappointed.

Went to the dentist for the first time in over a year to be told, yet again, that my teeth are perfect! Huzzah! Thirty years and no fillings. Of course, while it is nice to be told that at least one part of you is perfect, it did make me realise that it was kind of a waste of ninety quid (ninety! To be told nothing is wrong and then have my teeth polished!). But still, I'm not going to give up on dental visits. I just wish they weren't so crazily expensive.

And now I've been on the dial-up for too long, so I must away until our broadband comes back. Perhaps I'll actually get some work done....


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May. 22nd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
I know people on the internet (particularly TWOP) have been saying that they thought Beaver was gay (with the impliation that it was the result of abuse), but it didn't come off that way at all to me when I was watching it -- I thought that he was monumentally fucked up (because of Woody AND his horrible family) and that he was pushed into the bedroom with Veronica by Dick, but then took advantage of it ( maybe because he wanted to be in control for once). I am just as against the gay=abuse victim =fucked-up-murderer storyline as you, but I didn't think that that was what they were going for. I think his problems with Mac were more likely to be because he'd never had consensual sex with anyone rather than because he secretly wished she was a boy ...
May. 22nd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't read him as gay, but the other abused kids were, which was a bit problematic. I mean, like everyone else, some abused kids are gay, but this storyline gave us 100% gay or homicidal.

It's probably telling of something else that people read a homicidal rapist as gay...
May. 22nd, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Were they both? There were such long hiatuses in this season that I honestly can't remember, but I thought only one of them was ...

(If it turns out that all three of them were meant to be gay because all gay people are unhappy and were abused as children then I'm withdrawing my defense of the 'Beaver as damaged psychopath' scenario, however)
May. 22nd, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't read him as gay either but I think it was Veronica saying that he had to think of "whatever he had to think of" when he was raping her" that made me think that the writers were trying to suggest this.
May. 22nd, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
I really didn't think that was the implication - more that she knows he wasn't having sex with Mac, and so knows that consensual sex is not his thing. I thought the implication was a power trip, actually.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, yeah, I was probably being a bit over-sensitive because of the other abused kids being gay and the fact that I was so annoyed at the whole Beaver-is-suddenly-cold-blooded-pyscho-killer thing.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'd seen that episode when I read you saying that you loved Beaver and eeked mightily. I do think he could have worked well as the killer, but it wasn't quite pulled off. Also, if he's that psycho, why'd he save the rich kids? What had they ever done for him?
May. 22nd, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I didn't think of that before, but you're right, that was weird. You'd think he'd have wanted to get rid of them! Especially Dick.

And yeah, as I said, I agree that Beaver could have worked as a killer - in fact, it would have been pretty amazing if they'd done it differently - but what annoyed me was the sort of killer he turned out to be. The only bit that rang true was when he shouted that his name was Cassidy to Logan, but that was a turnaround from the cold, calculating pyscho we'd seen throughout the rooftop scene.

Actually, Couch Baron summed up my feelings in his recap (something Jacob will never do):
It seems strange to me that the way he's been depicted suggests a deep need for approval, when here he's coming off as the most cold-blooded, remorseless killer I've ever seen. I mean, Kyle Gallner's playing this performance so evil that I'm afraid it's going to affect other roles of his. Clark, if The Flash ever comes back to Smallville, you'd better beat him senseless on sight! I think it's worth noting that by contrast, Haaron always seemed like an incredible narcissist, so his reveal made sense on a very visceral level than this one, in my opinion, lacks. If Beaver had been pleading for understanding from Veronica, for approval of his actions, that would have provided a more interesting and in-character emotional resonance to the scene, not to mention a legitimate story-driven reason for having a conversation with Veronica instead of shooting her in the head. Also, I think that we've all sensed an underlying desperation in Beaver at times, but that quality is totally absent from this scene until the very end, when it's too late for it to really resonate.
May. 22nd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with you (sorry, I am being a bit scattershot today, hence being all rude and ignorey in your comments. Am sorry).

I did think that Logan's face after Beaver asked why he shouldn't jump made the whole rooftop mess worthwhile. But what is it about Veronica Mars and finales? They just don't seem to be able to finish a series well.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
So did I. He's been shown as being so powerless for the whole season -- his mother didn't want him to live with her, Dick and his father don't think much of him, he can't even take his girlfriend home because Dick will give him such a hard time, everyone with a score to settle with Dick takes it out on him -- that I thought lots of the terrible things he did, like raping Veronica, and (not so terrible) bringing down his father, were a reaction to that.

To be honest, I felt kind of cheated immediately after the finale, but it grew on me over the next few days.
May. 22nd, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I completely thought that his sexual problems were the result of abuse not gayness, but as I said in my comment to Kate, I thought that they were implying that Beaver was gay when Veronica was talking about him raping her.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't read it as an implication that he was gay, although lots of people on the net did. Including various recappers at TWoP (yes, bloody Jacob being one of them). I wondered earlier in the season if that's what they were implying, but decided it'd be too obvious. We also knew Beaver had a bit of an evil streak, but no more than most people. I liked the episode although it was all a bit too neatly wrapped up for my liking, even though there's still bits and pieces left unanswered.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
I actually like Veronica being tazered - first because it was part of a theme this year whereby she would get herself into a physical situation and not magically be able to escape (the other one that sticks out is when she was at the Fitzpatrick[1] bar) and secondly because he said something about what it was like to be at the receiving end, which I thought was fair enough.

However, I didn't think they got the tone right for the climax and he was too evil mastermind rather than incredibly confused person terrified of losing the only piece of control he has - keeping the abuse secret.

The things that really annoyed me were the fake killing of Keith - I hate shows that do that sort of bait and switch - and Veronica and Logan back together which was just nonsense.

[1]What did you think of the whole Irish mafia thing? It didn't annoy me too much because of the PCHers, but I did find it a little jarring at times.
May. 22nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
However, I didn't think they got the tone right for the climax and he was too evil mastermind rather than incredibly confused person terrified of losing the only piece of control he has - keeping the abuse secret.

Exactly. I think it could have been really sad and upsetting if they'd played it like that, instead of Evil!Beaver.

As for the Irish gangsters, my reaction was similar to yours. It wasn't as bad as I'd initially thought it would be, but I'm not too fond of Irish=drunken violent boors stereotypes - and they all looked a bit, well, developmentally delayed, in a Punch cartoon way, which didn't help.
May. 22nd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. Beaver was very over the top, as was Aaron with his talk of smashing Lilly's head in or whatever it is - very over-dramatic, but then again, that seems to be how the Veronica Mars season finales go.

...but I didn't like the implication that Beaver was secretly gay and hence that gay=abuse victim =fucked-up-murderer... I don't think that's what they were going for. I think it was more generally fucked-up-ness - like, I don't read Beaver as gay, I read him as too messed up to actually know what he wants sexually.

Have you seen this article about gayness on Veronica Mars this season?
May. 22nd, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Boo to your ISP! I hope you'll be back online soon...

Am a bit envious of your teeth, but good for you!
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