[identity profile] noblealice.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] vm_rewatch
I'm TRYING not to spoil anyone past future episodes. So this should be safe to read if this is your first time watching the series.

This episode could be called "Meet Veronica's Swift Judgment" because she slams that justice gavel down faster than cats running to milk. It's early in the series and things are still black and white. Mom = bad. Dad = good. Lilly = saint. Absent Dad = deadbeat.

That's not to say that she's unfeeling and close-minded, she has sympathy for Julia (Justin's Dad) and for Duncan (although I think she lets Duncan get away with a lot). She even forgives Justin after he lied to her.

This episode doesn't give the viewer many clues toward Lilly's murder - Veronica finally brings up the fact that they both know Lianne was at the Camelot two weeks ago, but nothing comes of it. In Duncan's dream, Lilly says that "the truth will come out" implying that something about the case is wrong. But there isn't really anything important learned that I remember. So this episode is more about showing character growth (and the Case of the Week)






OH HAI THAR, REFERENCE TO The Graduate!

I love the banter between V and her Dad. It's refreshing that at least this one part of her life is normal - perhaps even healthier than the rich kids.

I thought that Duncan had so much potential for a real character arc here. His prescription takes away his depression but also detracts from his life. He chooses to feel numb to keep from feeling the pain. Hey, I've been there. It's not a cowardly decision (although it's portrayed that way), it's just shown how the status quo is so important in Neptune. Everyone strives for what they had and their nostalgic memory of the perfect past. Veronica herself falls into this trap as she desperately wants to go back to "normal".

I love this spinny shot (that has a partner in the Pilot), it further isolates V from the rest of her blurred classmates.

Heh, Logan's reading a book from Duncan's backpack before he puts it back with a smirk. Duncan's diary v1.0??

Awww, remember the Bright Yellow bathroom icons everyone made? Good times.

When I first saw this I was confused as to what the show wanted me to feel/think. Is Duncan trying to emphasize how his family is so centered on appearances that they will discard anyone who gets in the way? Is he just really obsessed with a dog that left SIX YEARS AGO? Does he eat BRAINZ? *shrug*

Mr. Mars, meet Wallace. He will continue to be used and mildly abused by V for the remainder of this episode with no thanks or offer of anything in return. (This may become a pattern)



KBell is remarkably pretty.

But don't piss her off.

Veronica, like everyone, imprints her own experiences onto other's. It's how we make sense of things. However, she also passes her judgment along with it and declares that every problem is cut and dry. Hero vs. villian. Even her words leave no choice for grey area.

Okay, I admit that I laughed when Logan's solution was "pour liquor on it".

I was SO GLAD that V shot Duncan down when he tried to go down memory lane. He seems to already be on a pedestal for her and I was like, REMEMBER WHEN YOU DROPPED HER WITH NO EXPLANATION?

At least Wallace seems to hold some sway over Veronica. She only agrees after he gives her a "C'moooooooon".


LILLLLLLLLY. ILU TIMES 1000!!!

Breaking and Entering: Veronica Mars Style (aka, poorly)

I should probably talk about the positive and sympathetic portrayal of Julia, but even when I watched this episode today, I still giggle at Veronica saying "nice to have met everyone." before she scurries away. AWKWARD.

So after seeing Lilly, Duncan chooses ignorance and we see a deeper side of his character.



I admire KBell's acting chops here to switch instantly from desperate girl looking for her Mom to sudden cynicism and rage against the woman who is hiding from her. It was heartbreaking to watch and shows how V is uber quick to find support for the conclusions she has already jumped to.

Sometimes I really like Veronica's voice-overs and this episode gives a really good example of why:

Tragedy blows through your life like a tornado, uprooting everything, creating chaos. You wait for the dust to settle and then you choose:

You can live in the wreckage and pretend it's still the mansion you remember.

Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild.

But if you're like me, you just keep chasing the storm. The problem with chasing the storm is that it wears you down, breaks your spirit.


Mods, can we add a 'picspam' tag please?

Date: 2008-07-18 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simply-vm.livejournal.com
great pic spam

have you watched the whole series?

Date: 2008-07-19 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cosmicviolet.livejournal.com
I thought that Duncan had so much potential for a real character arc here.
Yeah, I thought this was one of the few episodes where Duncan was really interesting. I wish we got to see what was going on in his head a little more often. The character had so much potential, but it wasn't realized.
Ha ha, I remember those "BRAINZ!" icons. Wish I still had all my VM icons.

Date: 2008-07-28 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cosmicviolet.livejournal.com
(Sorry, I'm assuming you've seen the whole series)
Oh yeah, I have. :)

Date: 2008-07-19 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lola1482.livejournal.com
That voice over is most definitely my favorite in the entire series. The whole thing just reaches out to you and gets into your head.

For some reason I really like Duncan(no concrete explanation) I wish they had done more with him.

Date: 2008-07-19 10:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] miss-universe93.livejournal.com
I thought that Duncan had so much potential for a real character arc here.
I agree! I think one of the reasons I never liked Duncan is a felt like he had a lot of potential that just wasn't recognized - like the writers could have gone to some really interesting places with his character but didn't, or didn't get a chance to. Happens to characters in various shows, actually. Ah well.

Awww, remember the Bright Yellow bathroom icons everyone made? Good times.
Haha yes! One of the first introductions I got to the VMars fandom before it aired here was all of those yellow-green bathroom icons from a Certain Shippy Scene later on season 1. And I also remember that the Lilly scene in this ep was shown in black and white here so as to minimize the appearance of her blood to fit into an earlier time slot! (They did the same in the pilot - the shots of her dead were shortened lol).

Date: 2008-07-19 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillysghost.livejournal.com
I love V's "Take that high school guidance counsellor" comment that goes with your karate-chop picture. It cracks me up every time i hear it.

Cant wait till the next episode Its my all time fave!

Date: 2008-07-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninamazing.livejournal.com
Ohman, fabulous as usual. And I shall add a picspam tag straightaway. :)

LOVE the spinny shot. It's one of my favorite contributions to the cinematography world that Veronica Mars has made -- this show was too well-shot for words. I also love the repetition of Duncan's struggle with his pills; your picspam emphasized how similarly that was shot each time.

YES TO THE KEITH-VERONICA BANTER OF AWESOME. <33333

Mr. Mars, meet Wallace. He will continue to be used and mildly abused by V for the remainder of this episode with no thanks or offer of anything in return. (This may become a pattern)

OhGOD, how true. And how sad.

I admire KBell's acting chops here to switch instantly from desperate girl looking for her Mom to sudden cynicism and rage against the woman who is hiding from her.

Completely true. And scenes like this are why I loved Veronica so much -- she is so, so vulnerable, and even though she's a hardass most of the time there are occasions when she just can't help letting loose with tears. (The end of 2x20 "Look Who's Stalking" broke my heart on that note as well.) But I don't get the feeling that she's ashamed of her feelings. And if anyone tried to take advantage of her for it, she'd jump on them in a second.

OH, VERONICA.

Date: 2008-07-20 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillysghost.livejournal.com
Is it just me or do parts of this episode remind anyone of Kill Bill? Does anyone know if that was intended?
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