[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)


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".


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?
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