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Veronica Mars, 3x11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves":



the theme

My take on the moral of the story: the basic foundation of a relationship is trust. The episode was really reminiscent of the (much better) Kevin Smith movie, Chasing Amy, where Ben Affleck's character can't get over the fact that Joey Lauren Adams's character had a very experimental and adventurous sexual past, some of it with people he knew. Affleck loses Adams because he obsesses about it as well letting the perceptions of others taint his relationship with her, even though she is a good girlfriend and loves him. The movie explicitly says this, through a story the character Silent Bob tells: Bob was in terrible love with a girl, Amy, and asked about her ex-boyfriend. She tells him that a couple of times they fooled around with threesomes, etc. And he starts blasting her, calling her a slut, unable to get over it, and "she's telling me that it was that time, in that place, and she didn't do anything wrong, so she's not gonna apologize". So he dumps her:

"It was a mistake. I wasn't disgusted with her, I was afraid. At that moment, I felt small - like I'd lacked experience, like I'd never be on her level or never be enough for her or something. And what I didn't get was that she didn't care. She wasn't looking for that guy anymore. She was looking for me, for the Bob. But by the time I realized this, it was too late, you know. She'd moved on, and all I had to show for it was some foolish pride, which then gave way to regret. She was the girl, I know that now. But I pushed her away...So I've spent every day since then chasing Amy...So to speak."

Both Veronica and Max lose faith in their respective romantic partners after learning tawdry details from their pasts, and it's this neurotic inability to "forgive" past sins (when really neither are in any position to forgive sins that are imaginary at best; more like assuage their own jealousy and insecurity) that makes Max lose out on a beautiful girl who truly loved him, and Veronica unable to actually trust Logan. I don't have much sympathy for either V or Max, because what does Max have for his efforts? No girl, some foolish pride, a heavy lesson. You can't make peace with the past, you're not gonna have much of a future.


the characters

Keith: hee! though impersonating a cop is a crime, I noticed he was very careful not to introduce himself that way to the Lilith House girls.

Wallace, Mac, Piz: I MISSED YOU!1! Especially you, Wallace. The iron-strong BFF relationship between V and Wallace is hands-down my favorite relationship on the show, with the warmth and the casual, no-nonsense affection between those two. Besides, Wallace always adds something specially bright and welcome to the noirish work VM inhabits.

Weevil: wow, barely there, then gone.

Veronica and Logan: oh, GOD. Your relationship is... realistic and painful, and not something I like to see in my fiction because it's incredibly awkward and ultimately unrewarding. Insecurity and clinginess are real-life BORING issues that I could get by calling pretty much any female friend I have. I don't need more of it in my life. And frankly, you're not telling me anything new or even interesting.


overall

A very uneven episode, and the preview for next week made me scream (a little!) in frustration. I... can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I sort of hope this is the last season for you, Veronica Mars. The show -- God, you used to be so full of passion, both hatred and love, and season one remains one of my favorite television seasons ever. Now that, see, was a story that had to be told, so burning with emotion and pain that when I re-watched the entire season on DVD recently, I still held my breath at all the right moments (Logan's belief that his mom wasn't really dead, Veronica learning that Jake Kane might be her real father, Veronica putting her faith in her mom for the last time, Veronica finding out the real circumstances of her rape). But it's as though the show has run out of story, totally shot their wad with one brilliantly packed season, and now it's just treading water, especially re: the characters. And I say this even though I can sort of see the shape of what they're trying to do with Veronica's character in her relationship with Logan -- make her realize that not trusting or forgiving your loved ones is essentially a zero sum game.

But it's not compelling me.

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