On Wednesday, I decided to take today off work. For personal reasons, but in the back of my mind was also a tiny voice whispering "VM movie day".
So, between a few phone calls and errands, I rewatched a big chunk of season 1 today. Well, started last night with the first three episodes. Continued today up to episode 8, then I just decided to hit the high spots: An Echolls Family Christmas, Clash of the Tritons, Ruskie Business and then finished off with Weapons of Class Destruction, Hot Dogs, M.A.D and A Trip to the Dentist.
And then I watched the movie. And now I feel this deep sense of satisfaction. (Honestly, I'm not sure how much I liked the movie, but I feel completely satisfied by it.)
In the past, Veronica was never more than one step away from condemnation and turning her back on Logan, so to see her unwavering support in the movie was such a relief (and also kind of freaky, because holy crap, she was so unyielding in her belief in him that it almost felt out of character! But I'm willing to chalk it up to maturity).
Logan is very low-key throughout the movie. I guess it's a combination of maturity, the military and the circumstances in his case. One thing I always loved about Logan was his exuberance, so to have it missing from the movie is a bit of a bummer, but what can you do?
As for Veronica and her characterization...
Okay, so I always HATED the idea of Veronica in the FBI, and Veronica as a high-powered attorney isn't exactly a step up from that (a prosecutor, maybe), so to see her following a different path, the path she started on, was so immensely satisfying. I do wish that she had made a more active choice there, not just let the job offer slip through her fingers. Because I do think that had she had to make an active choice, she would have chosen Mars Investigations.
Which is a good thing, because to me, Veronica has to be the underdog. If she's not, she's basically just a bully. In Neptune, Veronica is fighting the good fight for others, for those she loves; in New York, she's just trying to live a quiet life for herself. And I just have no interest in the latter Veronica. (So happy we never got a season 4.)
The whole Piz thing I didn't even care about (and it was one of the things that I was most upset about beforehand!), because it was so very obviously only a way of having Chris Lowell be a part of the movie.
SO. MANY. GUEST. STARS. I doubt I caught even half of them. Two issues:
- If they couldn't get Leighton Meester, why in god's name didn't they create a new character instead of having another actress play Carrie Bishop? I can't think of a single plot point that couldn't be easily tweaked to fit a new character. I think they were just too in love with the idea of having All. Returning. Characters. All. The. Time.
- Krysten Ritter has become Chloe in my mind, so every time she opened her mouth I expected something horrible and hilarious to come out and when it didn't I just got sad. (Also, I miss Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23.)
The plot? Who cares? A lot of things happened and I'm not exactly sure where all the pieces fit. And I'm fine with that. One of the things that drew me so much into the show was the speculation, the theorizing, the whole mystery aspect. But since that's never going to happen with the movie, I barely gave the plot a second thought. I'm thinking that might be a good thing?
For people who come into this movie never having seen the show (though I can't imagine there are many), I gotta wonder if V/L doesn't seem kind of boring. I mean, for a 'shipper who knows the entire story, to see them come so far is wonderful, but I don't really know if they conveyed the depth of feeling that exists between them.