So we've barely put a dent in Season 3, only on disc 2. It's weird but this is the season I remember the LEAST even though technically it's the one I watched most recent.
We watched the first episode and Tim was like "wow, this show is a little rape-y". I guess I hadn't really noticed it as much on my first viewing but, yeah, the subject of rape comes up EVERY. SINGLE. SEASON. Now, I'm not saying this is not a legitimate topic. Sadly, it's just as big of an issue as it was when the show initially aired. But, yeah, Season 1's arc deals with the mystery of Veronica's rape (with an unsatisfying conclusion). Season 2 concludes with the reveal that the kids on the softball team were molested/raped and that Veronica was in fact raped by one of them, not to mention Mac being scarred by Beaver leaving her alone in the hotel after their failed (?) attempt at sex. And Season 3's entire arc is based around the rapes on the college campus. So, yeah, sex crimes are apparently Rob Thomas' thing? Tim wondered if it would be an issue in the movie. God I HOPE not!
Then last night we were watching an episode the featured Piz heavily, the one where Veronica stays in Wallace's room after a fight with Logan and her Dad (more on that later). I'm sitting there, looking at how adorable Piz is and Tim says "oh, is he gonna turn out to be gay?" and I was like "WTF NO he's actually a NICE GUY! Not gay..." and then I told him I totally shipped Veronica/Piz and he was like "really?" so apparently Tim and I, not attracted to the same kind of guys. Which is fine.
(and I also realized that while I say I ship Veronica/Piz, what I really mean is, I would totally have dated Piz in college if a Piz had existed. He is pretty much my perfect college guy. Plays guitar, into radio (my college hobby) and also is sweet and shy and cute to boot! Actually, I'm not even sure if Veronica is worthy of Piz now...)
Also, when Veronica goes to put the tracker in Logan's car after he LIED to her about the poker game and then feels bad about said tracker. Yeah, I didn't get that. Logan was a big fat liar. If, say, the poker game thing was a misunderstanding, then that would have been a bad move. But the fact that Logan is a lying liar who lies I felt Veronica was totally justified in that action. I just...ugh I cannot STAND Logan/Veronica. Veronica is far from perfect, yes, but he is just such an ass. He stands for everything she complains about in Season 1. If he had evolved at all as a character, maybe I would get it but he still feels like Season 1 Logan to me.
Again, I am not seeing any character development, especially with Veronica. Actually Weevil seems to be the character with the most development so far! But even that is pretty basic. But we had the exact same mini-arc with Keith trying to date, Veronica giving him grief, and him breaking it off. yes, the circumstances were different because
I cannot remember where this season is going. I just remember being happier with Season 3 than Season 2. I do like the mysteries a lot more this season and the college setting is okay. I did get sad when her Professor offered her the FBI internship, since visions of Season 4 danced in my head but oh well.
Happy birthday, angelamermaid! Hope you're having a good one!
We're marathoning Season 3 of Veronica as quickly as we can so that has cut into my LJ time. I'll get back to my routine of reading up on posts while Tim plays baseball by next week. :) Sorry I've been so quiet!
Crazy windy day here in Maryland. Hoping it means it will be a quiet night at the library and I can get a few projects done that are fast approaching their deadline! I have an outreach visit to a preschool on Tuesday so I really need to throw together a quick storytime to present there. And I signed up for another blog post which I need to turn into something more than just me rambling about Shakespeare.
I own the DVDs but I always like having iTunes episodes of shows to add to my iPhone or iPad to rewatch while on trips. Right now the Veronica Mars extended pilot is FREE on iTunes!
And, bonus, all three seasons are on sale for $20 each, if you need to stock up.
OMG my friend pre-ordered Season 3 of Game of Thrones for me and it arrived TODAY!!!! :D
Usually she makes me wait until I visit in April, since she moved to New Hampshire a few years ago and we always visit on our way back from PAX East. But SHE TOTALLY SURPRISED ME and had it delivered to the library.
I cannot WAIT to watch this season again. Also, the extras on the GoT blu-rays are EPIC.
GAH! Need to finish up Veronica Mars season 3 so we can start this!!!
We marathoned the last two discs of Veronica Mars, Season 2 on Monday night. I had sort of been dreading the finale, though up until we got to the final disc, I hadn’t really understood why.
Here is the deal -- it’s really hard to write a show, or write a book, where you manage to reveal EVERYTHING in the last episode. I think this is the weakest thing about the writing in Veronica Mars.
lostacanthus and I were discussing Bryan Fuller’s work last week. She pointed out that he was working on Hannibal now and was hoping it lasted longer than most of his other shows. Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies were all fun shows with cool premises but, they lacked vision to take them beyond the first season. The shows were not character driven or even plot driven but more...quirk driven? Yes, the ACTORS were wonderful - I love Mandy Patinkin as Rube, giving Georgia advice about being a Reaper. I loved the Anti-Joan-of-Arcadia that was Jaye Tyler, played by Caroline Dhavernas. And how could you not fall instantly in love with Lee Pace as Ned the Pie Maker in Pushing Daisies? But while these actors, and the rest of the cast, were fantastic, the show and the characters were relatively stagnant and is probably the reason that, while I ADORED the shows when they were on, my love for them has not grown.
Veronica Mars is, at it’s core, a one-mystery series. It’s like stretching a Hercule Poirot novel out over 24 short stories. Hercule NEVER solves the crime until the last few pages, or at least never reveals it. And usually the reader is pretty unsure of exactly what the hell happened too. With both Season 1 and Season 2, the last two episodes are the big REVEAL of the entire mystery that has hung over the season (I can’t remember if this is an issue in Season 3 as much, I will get back to you after that rewatch). With Season 1, we just had the one mystery - who killed Lily Kane? Season 2, I guess the writers or the network felt that the stakes needed to be much higher or more complicated for us to enjoy it - so we get a very convoluted year long mystery about the bus crash, Logan’s murder trial, the Casablancas debacle, and, on top of all that, the leftovers from the Season 1 mystery. It was too much to try to wrap up in two episodes and, while the rest of the season felt like it had some fun mystery-of-the-week episodes, when it came time to “solve” the mystery, it felt like a train wreck.
( Season 1 and 2 spoilersCollapse )
So why do I keep watching? Why do I love this show so much? Because of the ACTORS. Again, I feel like the character growth in this show is minimal. The focus of the show is the mysteries and the big Mystery of the season. It’s not about having anyone really grow or evolve, just sleuth. Heck, Keith and Veronica almost have the EXACT SAME argument at the end of Season 2 as they do in Season 1 about Veronica lying to him. BUT let me tell you - I freaking LOVE Kristen Bell. I adore her. And I adore Enrico. And Percy. And for some reason, Ryan Hansen. Even when the episode was weak, the interaction between the actors and their characters was fun to watch. I think this was why the Kickstarter was able to be such a HUGE success. Veronica Mars fans LOVE the actors, we want to see them on the big screen. Even though Season 2 and 3 were nowhere NEAR as good as Season 1, we all stuck with it because how can we resist the charm of Kristen Bell?
So on to Season 3! I really have NO memory of this season, apart from Piz being adorable. We will see if I still feel that way after the rewatch.
It's been a busy few days! Because of the snow, we had Sylvia here on Monday. My Mom emailed me a link to the latest Jimmy Fallon Hashtags bit and we watched that and immediately fell into a Jimmy Fallon YouTube hole for the rest of the afternoon LOL. God bless the Late Show YouTube channel!!!!!
We also finished up Season 2 of Veronica Mars. I have many thoughts to post and I will save them for later because otherwise this will be all over the place! Suffice it to say, I did remember most of the "mystery" and I still was not happy with the ending. Meh.
Yesterday was my birthday (thank you all for the birthday wishes!!!!). Because the weather was so cold and miserable, we mostly stayed inside and played video games and watched TV (caught up on Justified). Then Tim took me out for sushi dinner as a treat! OMG I had a large Sapporro and way too much sushi, I was ready to burst by the end but it was worth it. Then we bought some pie at Giant and came home, had a few drinks, watched "Ninja Scroll" (Tim convinced me I should see it and it would fit into the Japanese theme of the evening), and after that we had delicious pie and watched the latest episode of "Community". So, yeah, it was a lazy birthday but I was fine with that. :)
OH! And Tim got me The Art of Tangled and the Deluxe Edition of the Frozen soundtrack! Karen got me the Fan Phenomona Buffy book for my Buffy Studies collection (someday I will have a Whedon library! you will see! And you can all have cards there...just return stuff on time and no one gets hurt). And andy_wolverton got me the big huge Beatles "All The Songs" book! :D I am so spoiled, I have awesome friends, yes?
AAAAAAAAAAAAND I finally watched the first episode of Orphan Black! Karen got disc 1 from Netflix and let me borrow it, I need to watch them all by Saturday so I can mail it back for her. But I really liked it! More once I've seen more!
Okay, gonna go look at my shiny new books now. Must learn ALL THE THINGS! If you have any favorite Beatles songs you need me to look up, I can do that for you!