Is it a favor when it’s something we both would enjoy?   

I only watched Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars last night. I had plans to watch Boston Legal but I had started watching the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1 around 7-ish and was eager to finish it. In some ways, given how much I wasn’t really sure I was going to like either GG or VM, I wanted to keep going and watch those shows later. I didn’t but I was tempted.

Anyway. I’m going to make a seperate post when I finish catching up on Avatar but OMG! LOVE! The last two episodes are so kick ass! [info]spectralbovine tells me the next season will blow my mind and now I can’t wait to continue. Luckily I should have the first few episodes of Book 2 tonight and I plan to get the rest through iTunes because I’m too impatient to wait for Nick to repeat them. Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve let a “cartoon” draw me in this way. Damn Sunil and his evil TV pimping.

But, onto the shows the rest of you are watching (maybe)…

Gilmore Girls
So, I actually really liked this episode after thinking that I was going to hate it. I was afraid they were going to go overboard on the Luke stuff and, instead, he was hardly there. Of course, being hardly there meant he was still there more than Chris was. I’m not quite as happy with what the show did to Chris’ character to get this result. It’s a little unfair that they completely undermined all the changes he made over the past few years just to have him turn around and disappear on Lore so easily. Say what you will but Chris does love her. I can’t imagine he wouldn’t show up at the hospital for her, especially after the third or fourth phone call.

I need to address one thing that’s been bugging the heck out of me. Where the hell is Gigi? I meant to ask this last week and forgot. I know Chris has now made up with Sherri but Gigi was just with him a couple of episodes ago and now she’s disappeared again. I’m sorry but there’s no way they’re just sending her back and forth to Europe that easily and we’ve never seen that Chris’ parents have any interest in his kids so what the hell? I think it mostly bugs me because I feel like the writers conveniently forgot about Gigi to make their story work. Gigi being there would make Chris’ walking out on Lore a lot harder than it has come off. Yes, he coudl storm out of the house but they moved in with Lore. As far as Gigi is concerned, this is her new home. If nothing else, Chris has been established as truly caring about Gigi and wanting to do the best for her. He’s not going to just move her to a hotel because he’s pissed. So, yeah, her sudden disappearance annoys me.

Anyway. Back to loving the episode despite those two things. I really liked that we are once again seeing that Logan really does love Rory. Sure the fact that Lore was comparing what he was doing to Chris not being there was a bit anvilicious but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Logan was there. When he was ignoring his phone the first time, the first thought to jumped into my head was that these two are going to end up married. I think I’m good with that and I really hope that they don’t break them up for stupid reasons.

Emily… I really felt for her last night. Even I could see that she was clinging to the things she could control because of the one thing she couldn’t had the power to devestate her. I’m a little surprised that Lore couldn’t see that herself but I guess she was dealing with so many things of her own. Looking back, I can see that while Lore finds it easier to show her emotions in one sense, she’s a lot like her mother in other ways. I liked that we finally got an episode of these two truly interacting. It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve had that. Plus, Emily assuring her that things would be all right at the end made me all teary. (Sap!)

Luke showing up was a nice touch. Nice callback to the last time Richard was in the hospital. Plus, it was appropriate. I’m not sure he would have felt comfortable showing up if this had happened before he heard the letter Lore wrote about him. And I felt like he really was just trying to be there for her. I even applaud him for resisting the urge to say anything to Chris after that “Yeah, you really should” dig. I may have actually gasped when Chris said that because, what the fuck? It’d be one thing if he’d shown up before Lore made the “this is not acceptable” call but, since he didn’t, it was just uncouth to then lash out at Luke for showing up. I will say that I really felt for Lore in this episode because it was the first time I really felt like she was alone in a long time. I guess, in a way, the show did a nice job of showing how you can be alone despite having dozens of close friends and family around.

Weirdly enough, I don’t remember the previews for next week. It should be interesting to see where they go from here.

Veronica Mars
Now, I’ve known for a little while now that spoilers weren’t pleased with what was coming up and several of them were not looking forward to this episode in particular. Then, yesterday, I found out that even some people at the show itself thought this episode was mediocre, at best. So, in a way, I went into this episode expecting the worst. I wasn’t spoiled on anything that was going to happen so it was just more of a sense of dread. And, for the record, none that had to do with the promo which seemed like an obvious bait and switch. If you watch this show and actuallyt hought Veronica would be pregnant? Shame on you. I can’t even believe Keith didn’t immediately guess that she was working a case when he got those pictures.

But, I’ve gotten sidetracked. The point was… I actually really liked the episode. I didn’t love it and it’s not one of my favorites but I think it was a solid episode. It did one of the things I love about Veronica Mars, where they reuse the people in their Universe. Bonnie’s not overly memorable to me but she has had some contact with Veronica so it makes sense she’d come to her for help. Then there was the guy from Mac’s scene at the party in “Spit & Eggs.” Awesome to see him again.

I have to say, I love that Tim has talked about Veronica. Despite Veronica’s “Affectionately, I’m sure”, I’m betting Bonnie wouldn’t have sought Veronica out if she hadn’t been able to tell that Tim is clearly impressed with Veronica. Especially when we later get Tim and Veronica continuing their mutual “dislike” of each other. In a way, I like that Veronica does have a male version of herself on campus. A foil, if you will. At what point, do you think, will she wonder exactly why Tim isn’t so sure that O’Dell’s death was a suicide? That’s the first question that popped into my mind. Granted, his information ended up being useful to Veronica and Keith but I’d want to know why he’s investigating. Would that be the perfect murder? Pretending to investigate something you yourself did? Hmmm. I’m suddenly curious to know what Tim’s plan for a perfect murder was.

I thought the MOTW worked pretty well. The solution was a little weak and I pegged the roommate as the one who did it pretty quickly. I guessed it’d be her when we met her and then later was sure Veronica would figure it out by seeing the photographs. They did mislead me there but only by not making the way Veronica figured it out (or didn’t) predictable. If only she’d had one more minute to flip through those pictures. I’m not sure it’s at all possible for the roommate to have gotten the RU486 pill(s) out of the clinic given what I know about how they actually administer those pills but I was willing to roll with the punches. I thought the writers did a nice job of not making the preacher a bad guy. I understand why Veronica immediately jumped to that conclusion but it was nice to find out that he was sincerely happy to hear his daughter was going to have a baby and upset when she lost it. Again, the resolution of the mystery was a little hokey and even rushed… not to mention that the way Veronica learns that it’s not wise to hold on to her anger was a bit, for lack of a better word, preachy. Still, I give Veronica credit for stopping Weevil from cubing Madison’s new car. I’d give her more credit if the anger she had let go of and the forgiveness she had found had been for Logan. Alas.

I don’t quite know what’s going on with the Keith/Mindy stuff. It seemed odd that Mindy would call Keith instead of the police. I was amused, though I don’t think that was the show’s intention, that the dean’s Volvo has gotten so much screen time this season. First it was used in “Wichita Linebacker” and now it’s making a reappearance to help Keith solve the O’Dell murder. And, hey, why do either Nish or Mindy have to be lying? I don’t think Nish was lying which means they should find out what time Nish thinks it was when she egged the Volvo and see if it is anywhere the time of death. (Or, even, anywhere near the time Space Ghost Boy heard the gunshot.) Still, Mindy might not be lying… someone else could have gotten the keys of the Volvo and driven it back to the campus to make her look suspicious. Of course, I lean towards thinking Mindy is lying. All of this to say… while I wasn’t sure what was going on with the Keith/Mindy stuff, I’m willing to be patient because it feels like it’s part of the set up to solving the dean’s murder. (PS: I want to know who is listed in Tim’s ‘Suspects’ folder and I’d think Keith would like to know too!)

And, now… Logan and Veronica. Ok, so, I didn’t hate how it went down. I’m sad that Logan has no freakin’ fight left in him. I don’t need him to go back to being a jackass but he’s never been the type to lay down and let others walk all over him either. Yet again Dick is right… his lying there in the dark, alone, is pathetic. I hope we’re getting past this stage for Logan. He’s obviously better off not being with Veronica.

You know, I’m not sure why Logan would sleep with Madison. I do, however, believe that it had nothing to do with hurting Veronica like she thought. It’s probably more telling that he didn’t think about how it would. Still, I don’t think it’s quite fair of Veronica to expect him to realize how much it would bother her. Mostly because I still feel like the way she feels about Madison is so completely irrational that it’d be hard for anyone to understand. It bothers me that Logan supposedly knew about everything regarding Madison when we’ve never been given reason to suspect that. (Note: Yeah, Veronica tells him what happened and how it ended up being Duncan who she slept with but, when we saw her do it, she didn’t even know how she ended up drugged. Later, when she finally realizes it was because of Madison switching drinks with her, she just wants to forget about what happened so much so that she doesn’t want to hear about Logan’s part in what happened that night. I can only assume she told Logan more about what happened after finding out about Cassidy raping her first. Still, I can’t see how Veronica would ever logically place the blame of the rufie on Madison. You’d think she’d even have some … something about the fact that if she hadn’t been raped, Madison surely would have been.) Hmmmm, that note served no purpose!

In the end, the whole thing there bugs me. I can accept Veronica being irrational in her hate for Madison. I can even understand it to some degree. I don’t happen to agree with it but emotions and feelings often win over logic so it’s believable that it’s just something she can’t get past. I think part of the problem lies in the fact that there’s no one who knows everthing that happened that night enough to point out the extend of Veronica’s irrationality. Logan isn’t exactly going to point out that Dick is the reason Veronica got raped. Oh… and, see, that whole thing is the reason I really thought Logan never really knew the full extend of what happened that night. Because, really, he’d be ok with Dick ultimately being the reason Veronica got raped? I just don’t know if I can buy that…

In the end, I have to blame the writers for not having a firm grip on how their story played out and how everyone, but them, seems to recall the events of Shelly’s party. It’s one thing to decide you’re going to retcon things but quite another to pretend things never happened. I can come up with a dozen reasons why I think Veronica puts up with Dick over Madison but none of them include Veronica actually believing Madison is the one who rufied her or forgetting who actually put the GHB in the glass. So when I get two scenes that seem to be trying to forcefeed that idea to me… I just don’t like it. But I’ve come to accept that it’s just one of those things I’m going to dislike… much like the ridiculous idea that Meg was six months pregnant at the time of the bus crash.

I’m sad that we’re back to Veronica being the one to break up with Logan but I am also ok with them not being together. Can we just get back to each of them having lives and not being mopey/emo bitches? Because that’d be lovely. I don’t even care if it’s not logical… I want Logan to be back to his fun loving self ASAP! I honestly look forward to storylines that have nothing to do with Veronica and Logan and their relationship. I missed the promo for next week because my TiVO was trying to change stations but I can’t wait. If you couldn’t tell above, I’m ready for more information on the O’Dell case and I’m guessing things are starting to pick up.

On my schedule for tonight: Bones, One Tree Hill, Lost (remember this is now on an hour later at 10PM!), and Top Design

10 Responses to “Is it a favor when it’s something we both would enjoy?”

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    harper47 says:

    Gigi was stated as shipped off to Grandma in last week’s episode.

    Good review on GG and I agree on everything you said, with the exception of saying nice things about Christopher. :D Again, the point – and I loved the lovely look at Luke’s bags of food after Emily said “Blood is thicker than water” is that Lorelai is alone and realizes that she will never have with Christopher what Emily has with Richard.

    I knew you would like VM. Knew it! But actually I agree with most of what you said about it. I do think the storyline was weaker than you do and I am so fed up with the writers portraying Logan as a weak, useless pile of crybaby.

    Have him yell back at her sometimes. And not just in a quickly erased voicemail.

    I do have a lot of problems with the retconning of ATTD and Dick’s character and the whole Veronica blaming Madison thing. Just felt very plot device heavy to me to get to a breakup. Not a fan.

    The father was a lovely character, beautifully acted. He made me want to cry, his love for his daughter was so great. That was good writing.

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    spectralbovine says:

    I’m going to make a seperate post when I finish catching up on Avatar but OMG! LOVE! The last two episodes are so kick ass! spectralbovine tells me the next season will blow my mind and now I can’t wait to continue.
    Woohoo! I think you should still make a post about season one. How fucking awesome were the scenes that were in black-and-white except for the fire?

    I even applaud him for resisting the urge to say anything to Chris after that “Yeah, you really should” dig. I may have actually gasped when Chris said that because, what the fuck?
    Yeah, WHAT THE FUCK was that? What a fucking asshole.

    Then, yesterday, I found out that even some people at the show itself thought this episode was mediocre, at best.
    Yeah, Rob says this is his least favorite of the arc.

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    breathinmethane says:

    I’m glad Gigi is gone. All the new kids are annoying esp. April. I don’t know who to root for anymore Chris or Luke. I hate Emily no matter what she does. I love Richard, i was so glad he’s okay & they didn’t kill him off or anything. I can’t stand the Rory/Logan relationship, but i did like how he showed up and was there for her although his new business adventure seems risky.

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    sinca says:

    In your icon, I like to imagine Veronica is looking into a mirror. :)

    Oh, goodness, I love love love your review of VM. I am going to watch the episode again soon and then just make peace with what is happening on screen. But I too, am interested in the O’Dell case and I cannot agree more with this statement: Can we just get back to each of them having lives and not being mopey/emo bitches?

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    raelee says:

    In your icon, I like to imagine Veronica is looking into a mirror.

    Oh, totally. It’s Sane Veronica talking to Crazy Veronica. That’s exactly what I was picturing when I picked it as my icon.

    Yay! I’m glad you liked my review since I know you didn’t love what went down.

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    raelee says:

    Well, I wasn’t saying that I necessarily wanted Gigi back because I like her. I just don’t like the way she conveniently disappears and reappears as far as the writers are concerned. They could have addressed her without actually having her in the episode.

    I didn’t really think they’d kill Richard off. It doesn’t seem like that type of show.

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    raelee says:

    Woohoo! I think you should still make a post about season one. How fucking awesome were the scenes that were in black-and-white except for the fire?

    Ok, maybe after I get my new laptop and have more time to spend online. The coloring in that last episode was great all around. I liked it when it was all shades of red and then the black and white with just the fire in color. Man. I just sent the disc back and now I want to rewatch. But I’m going to buy it soon so I can rewatch all I want.

    Yeah, WHAT THE FUCK was that? What a fucking asshole.

    I think I may have actually called him a dick after that and I *like* Chris.

    Yeah, Rob says this is his least favorite of the arc.

    Yeah, it was Rob I was referring to.

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    raelee says:

    Gigi was stated as shipped off to Grandma in last week’s episode.

    Ahh, thank you. I must have missed it. Still, she’s not gone forever. It’s not like he can really just walk away that easily. *annoyed*

    I knew you would like VM. Knew it!

    LOL!!! Well, I went into it expecting to hate it! But you know I’m rarely in agreement with anyone on VM. (Errr, when it comes to which episodes I like that is.)

    portraying Logan as a weak, useless pile of crybaby

    I agree with this to some point but I do think the writers are just trying to make him seem like a lovesick guy. Still, I think there’s a way for Logan to retain his… Logan-ness and still make it obvious he heartbroken over losing Veronica.

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    invadersteven says:

    You know, I’ve been totally amused that they Tim’s last name is Foyle since day one. It’s sort of like writing a novel and calling your main character Hiro Protagonist.

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    maka2000 says:

    I just got a chance to watch this week’s VM and I pretty much agree with a lot of what you said. I did really like this episode. I was spoiled for the L/V stuff but ended up being really pleased with how it played out actually. I loved watching vengeful “crazy Veronica”. It was pretty twisted, which appeals to me.

    One thing about what you said I seem to see differently than a lot of people though-

    Still, I can’t see how Veronica would ever logically place the blame of the rufie on Madison. You’d think she’d even have some … something about the fact that if she hadn’t been raped, Madison surely would have been.) Hmmmm, that note served no purpose!

    That’s the thing, in the paragraph following that part, you talk about how irrational Veronica’s anger was, and I personally think that was entirely the purpose of Veronica saying Madison roofied her. To starkly illustrate how Veronica’s anger has become totally irrational and overblown in her own mind.

    I thought it was really fascinating. It’s like, she’s decided to transfer all of her rage at being raped onto the one person who’s consistently harrassed her – Madison – even though Madison is just another cog in a series of things that led up to what happened. Madison is an easy target. It spoke volumes about how Veronica hasn’t even remotely dealt with what happened to her at Shelly’s party but Cassidy is gone, Duncan is gone, she’s in love with Logan, and Dick is Logan’s only friend left so V really seems to feel that Madison is the only one left that she can blame. That is horribly traumatic.