[identity profile] amaylia.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] vm_rewatch
This episode is mostly about Veronica and Keith as she struggles to deal with the fact that her biological father might be Jake Kane.  There's also this little side thing going on where some 09er joins a cult, but really, even that's about Veronica and Keith. 

WARNING: This is my first picspam. Also, there's lots of pictures, but no spoilers for future episodes.




Picking up exactly where we left off in the last episode, Veronica now knows there's a real possibility that Keith might not be her biodad. I love the contrast of voiceovers and actions in this scene. She's sobbing in her car, really upset that Jake Kane might be her father, while she's telling herself to get over it and move on. It's classic Veronica, and we see it a lot in this episode.



Back in badass PI mode, she discovers that Clarence Weidman, Jake Kane's head of security, was the one who took those pictures of her. All before the opening credits. One of the things I love about this show is that it has the longest teasers I've ever seen on television.



Speaking of things I love about this show, this episode is essentially about Veronica's relationship with her father. Keith tries to make her happy by buying her a waterbed, because apparently she's always wanted one. Veronica contemplates. She does that a lot in this episode. Overall, I thought those shots were really well done.



More. Because that last one is pretty. (Even if my cap brightening is not. Sorry about that.)



MotW: Jackass 09er joins a cult and becomes a nice person. Are you sure that one needs to be solved?
 

As much as I love the flashbacks on VM, I'm not fond of this one. I think there were better ways to show how much of an ass Casey used to be without showing Holly like this. It made it way too obvious that she was involved in the cult, and I didn't feel like I needed that introduction to her character. Also, what kind of school board lets a high school teacher remove the desks from their classroom and replace them with beanbags?



This scene doesn't really have a point except to tell us what we'd likely already guessed about the English teacher. I just thought it was pretty. I adore the washroom scenes on this show.  The angles, the shots, the colours, the mirrors, all of it.



Veronica gets pissed off about taking another cold shower. This also becomes a recurring scene in this episode.



Predictably, Veronica goes to commune even after her father forbids her. She arrives at the evil cult and finds that they like to hug and drink unpasturised milk...



...wear ugly shirts and cook together...



...share their feelings around the campfire and tame rogue animals. Evil cult, you say? (Note: I love how that girl looks like she's rolling her eyes in the campfire cap.)

Those scenes at the commune also emphasise Veronica's status at school as an outsider. I love how this MotW ties so perfectly into Veronica's own conflict. It showcases an 09er parent-child relationship and also puts Veronica into a situation where everyone accepts her and is nice to her. This reminds her yet again that the reason why she's not accepted by her peers is because she stood by her father.



She's excluded at school, but accepted by the Mooncalfs (Mooncalves?). For Veronica, as much as doesn't want to care, this is a powerful thing. Keith didn't want her going out to investigate the commune because I think he realised that she's the type of person that they would prey on. Lucky for her, they turn out to be harmless.



However, Keith doesn't realise this until the end, so he's mad that Veronica disobeyed him. Frak.



I love this scene. They're fighting, but they have these moments where they're almost calmly discussing the case. Only these two could do that.

KEITH: Nope. It's like listening to “The Brady Bunch” with a reggae soundtrack.

Oh so true. This line made me laugh.



Not really important. I just felt it was necessary to include a little Wallace, and this scene between them is so cute. I could get all analytical and talk about the effect the commune had on Veronica and the effect that Wallace has on Veronica, but I won't. Because this scene is great on any level.



VERONICA: So, how long have they known she was willing her money to you?
CASEY: They’ve known for a year.

Casey's parents lied. Shocker.

This scene also impacts Veronica's conflict about her paternity. Her experiences with the Gants show her yet again, but at a crucial time, that she doesn't want to get involved with families that care mostly about money. At least her father loves her.



The fact that Casey is so caring and honest and forgiving here makes his shift back to indifference more obvious later. 

Yeah, I tried to give this a point, but I just think Casey has adorable expressions in these caps.



As much as I've mostly disliked Duncan so far for the way he treats Veronica, this scene was okay. Even though I don't really think Duncan deserves it, I like that Veronica is trying to be nice to him. It's more about her accepting the fact that Jake Kane might be her father than it is about her relationship with Duncan.



CASEY: 'Sup, Veronica?

The old Casey is back. I mourn the loss of Casey v2.0.



KEITH: Honey, I don’t mean to ask a silly question but is it really necessary that you do that right now?
VERONICA: Yeah. As a matter of fact it is.

In the end, she chooses Keith even though it means that she's not getting hot showers or acceptance from her peers anytime soon. She comes to the conclusion that he loves her, and that's enough. I also enjoyed seeing new sides of Veronica in this scene. Thus far, there hasn't been anything that she hasn't wanted to know. Her life is all about finding answers. It's really nice to see her come to the realisation that sometimes the truth just doesn't matter.

I have to say that after rewatching it and doing this, I like this episode a lot more than I did at first.

Date: 2008-09-02 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d-wndy.livejournal.com
a lot of people don't seem to particulary like this epi but i really do. love the keith and veronica stuff and esp the end. also have a soft spot for Casey.

Date: 2008-09-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noblealice.livejournal.com
Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaasey. I adore him. I would love if anyone has any fic recs with Casey, AU or otherwise. I thought he was cuter than Connor the heartthrob movie star. When he looks down at V (he's so tall!) at the funeral, I swoon a little!

Onto less fangirl-y things: Veronica debates 1)not telling the clients the truth and 2)knowing the result of her paternity.

Before she has always been very clear: people hire her to find the truth, not what would be best for them. She's letting her rules (and her guard) relax. I think this is healthy for her, although I think that she doesn't agree and will regret this the next time she gets hurt. (because it's always her fault she gets hurt *eyeroll*)

Coming up, V will have to re-live her decision with Mac, but I'll talk about that during that ep review. Here I was just surprised, but very affected by her decision. I understand it in her path of character development over the show (but the first time I watched the series, I was steaming mad that I didn't know the result! I was so curious!)

Date: 2008-09-10 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chantarelle.livejournal.com
...wear ugly shirts and cook together...
bahahhaha so true!

and on a less shallow note, this was the episode that hooked me on VM the first time around, because you get a touch of 'marshmallow veronica'

love the picspam :)
Edited Date: 2008-09-10 05:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-09-11 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chantarelle.livejournal.com
it's weird like that, like the first time i watched the pilot, i was all ehhhhh maybe i'll watch ep2...and now i just adore the pilot :)
VM...still constantly suprising :D

Date: 2008-09-11 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chantarelle.livejournal.com
well clearly we've become far more intelligent fans as we've gotten older ;) so now we can appreciate it for all it's subtlety and awesomeness!
Edited Date: 2008-09-11 04:19 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-09-11 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninamazing.livejournal.com
Okay, I loved this picspam. It just took me forever to comment. This episode is really important as far as Veronica's characterization goes, and you showcased it beautifully. YAY! ♥
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