Favorite Scene from Each Episode of Veronica Mars - 1.15
Pick your favorite scene from the episode and tell us why it’s your favorite. Remember to tag your post #vm episodes.
Today- RUSKIE BUSINESS
Okay, I really need to step up my game here ngsezdeputyleoisacreep is already into season 2 and I’m… well… I’m not. Can I plead “fan fiction” for my slowness? That’s a legitimate defense, right? RIGHT?
Anyway, if you’re following my favorite scene posts (or just following me- in a non-stalkerish kind of way) then you know how I feel about LoVe so it’s probably pretty easy to guess my favorite scenes:
The -“She’s a keeper!” scene where we get to watch Logan and Veronica role play. I love how quickly Logan falls in line. His ex-friend-cum-enemy-cum-investigator hurries across the lobby calling him honey and kissing him on the cheek and he goes with it. I wish there had been more scenes in the series of Logan and Veronica investigating together and role playing under covers… uh, I mean undercover.
And can I mention Veronica’s wedding planning album? Actually, I could probably write an entire post about that album (so here goes). This album does not look like a hastily thrown together prop, it looks like an actual book “pre-series Veronica” put together while dreaming about her wedding day. Part of why I think the book is real is the wonderful contrast of “before” -hearts and flowers, wears a lot of pink- Veronica and the cynical, jaded girl we meet in the original opening of the Pilot “I’m never getting married. You want an absolute? Well, there it is. Veronica Mars,spinster.” I don’t know if this was intentional on the part of Rob Thomas, but I think it was and it’s BRILLIANT.
The other reason I believe the book is real and there to show us the difference between before and after Veronica has to do with this scene:
Duncan is wondering if his best friend has just asked Veronica to the dance and this exchange takes place:
VERONICA:[in her best breathless girlie speak] No, no one’s asked. But I’m pining away by the phone waiting for that special boy to call.
DUNCAN: Hm. [playfully] You never know.
I’ll come back to the “you never know” in a minute, but Veronica is looking at Duncan and she starts to come to the realization that what they once had was not in fact real love- it was only the fantasy of the same girl who made that wedding planner:
VERONICA VOICEOVER: I mean, sure, once upon a time that special boy did call and the spring dance was the crowning moment of my fairy tale-esque teen girl life. But now I know better. It felt like love but maybe it was just-
NOT love. And if we need further proof that what Veronica and Duncan had was not real, Rob Thomas gives it to us with the mystery-of-the-week. Caterina Lenova is ostensibly looking for the love of her life. She tells Veronica that she made a mistake letting him go because he’s her soulmate. This mystery is meant to parallel Veronica’s relationship with Duncan, which is why Veronica seems a little melancholy throughout the episode -perhaps wishing things had been different with Duncan. But then we learn it was a con and -just like the Donut fairytale- it was all fake.
It’s a masterful piece of storytelling. What on the surface seems real -Veronica wanting Duncan and being sad that he’s moving on with Meg- is in actuality what is fake. While what appeared to be fake -Logan and Veronica pretending to be a married couple- turns out to be real. This episode is what helps us (the audience) let go of any idea of Duncan and Veronica while at the same time helping us embrace the future of Logan and Veronica.
Remember the: “waiting for that special boy” and the “you never know” - we actually DO know because this heartbreaking scene is filled with true, honest emotions. It is a moment of bonding that can never be replicated and it plants the seed for a connection between Logan and Veronica that can span years and continents and can turn nine-years-of-radio-silence into bygones.
7. Favorite Sister/Girl Power Ship - Veronica/Mac (Veronica Mars). I respect both Mac and Veronica more than most showrunners manage to make me respect their female leads/female friendships (the friendships in particular) and I give huge props to Rob Thomas for that. Veronica and Mac are a wonderful example, in my opinion, of proving that girls can kick ass, that what society calls “victims” are really survivors, and that once you’ve survived, it’s more than possible to thrive, too.
All right, here’s my problem with confessions like this (and I’m posting it separately as to not derail).
Although I know what happens when you assume, I'mma assume that is a shipper-related confession because there’s no reason to bring up Logan at all if you just wanna say how cute and so very nice Piz is.
Assuming this IS some shipper wank, here’s my problem with the “Piz is so CUTE and NICE and Logan is a MEANIE ” brigade. If you think Piz is so wonderful… why would you even want him with Veronica, who, as awesome as she is, isn’t a nice person, can be quite selfish and vengeful and cold, has an almost obsessive addiction to her ex (and also danger, the truth, lying, etc) and is generally still kind of screwed up and still running on that adrenaline drug, almost into her thirties? If I was looking at Piz, a suuuuper nice guy, and then Veronica, I could see him getting eaten alive emotionally and would not want to see him go through that.
Now, this isn’t at all a swipe at Veronica. Her general screwed up nature is actually a part of her charm and what makes her great. BUT. “Nice” has never, ever worked for Veronica and she clearly tried to make “nice” work many, many times. AND. If you’re totally into Nice Guy Piz, why would you even want him getting thrown into the VMars hurricane, where the only realistic and eventual outcome is her leaving destruction in her wake and Piz with his emotional home destroyed?
But back on the actual confession topic, to be honest, I’ve learned over the years “nice” and “cute” are subjective and that shouldn’t be the only things you base your relationships and attraction on (although they definitely do help), but you’re certainly entitled to your opinion if you think that way. Back on VM, “nice” and “cute” and “normal” should not have been the only reasons Veronica stayed with Piz, just like “hot” should not have been the main reason Piz went after Veronica.