ruskie business

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This is my favorite Logan-Veronica moment in Veronica Mars and possibly my favorite Logan moment in general.

This was the episode, the moment, where I realized that I no longer saw Logan as just the “obligatory psychotic jackass” of the show. Seeing him break down like this and get emotional, all because he just wanted his mother, got to me. I realized that he was a complex character person, full of emotion, screwed over by the people in his life, in need of actual care. I think Veronica began to realize that, too.

Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 15: Ruskie Business, or, The Kane of Comedy

[Previous installment: Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars - Day Fourteen: Mars vs. Mars, or, Trophies and Empathy]

Duncan Kane is a …complicated issue. Duncan is potentially a pretty noir character, but comes off as underwritten rather than mysterious. On one hand, he might be another good guy on the surface but dark underneath. On the other hand, his sendoff in the second season never really ends with him being considered (at least not at all obviously) as “bad” by Veronica. I myself flop between “they thought he was actually coming off as good,” “he was just underwritten,” and “maybe it was all just brilliantly subtle.” And we have have not yet touched on Teddy Dunn’s own contributions.

These issues are covered by others, and while I certainly have my own thoughts about these problems, maybe there is a way that even those of us who are not exactly in the Duncan Kane Fan Club can still enjoy him: as comedy. Not just as “wow, that is laughably bad acting,” although that is legitimate. I tend to avoid that approach since I am not a terribly good judge of acting. Whatever the intention or cause, Duncan often just strikes me as hilarious. There is much to discuss in “Ruskie Business,” but I hope susanmichelin will forgive me for taking a lighter approach to my favorite scenes in this episode and celebrate the Kane of (Unintentional?) Comedy (and Creepiness).

The fun begins right after Veronica and Logan talk in the hallway outside the auditorium (somewhere on tumblr, ghostcat3000 has a really illuminating exchange about that scene, but naturally I can’t find it when I want to link to it). Veronica walks in and overhears President Duncan directing the decorations for the upcoming dance. While I have taken the words from vm-transcripts.com, I have added my own caps and emphases to try and capture the awesomeness of Teddy Dunn’s delivery:

Don’t be stingy with the glitter. Remember. It’s an EIGHTIES dance.

Let me take a moment and just say that I really am not sure whether or not Teddy Dunn is trying to be funny here. If he is not, I apologize because, though he is not a great actor (he is a lawyer now, I believe), I was terrible even by the standards of school plays. Who can blame him for trying acting if that is what he loved? I do not want to be overly mean-spirited toward Dunn, but I realize I probably am, anyway. I am a jerk that way. Sorry. I just want to bask in the comedy.

Back to that comedy. Duncan sees Veronica, and we find out he was actually watching Veronica and Logan in the hallway. Donut is such a charmer, as he smirkingly tells Veronica (no doubt thinking the whole idea is ridiculous):

You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I just saw my best friend… ask you… …to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

Veronica jokes back about “waiting for that special boy to call,” but Duncan tops her with his delivery on “You never know.” Outstanding. You really have to watch it to get it.

Veronica then goes into a voice over and flashes back to being with Duncan at a dance. But check out the way she looks at him right before the flashback starts. The screenshots from vm-caps don’t really capture it (the shot with Duncan below is right before she scowls at him), so watch it if you can. She is pissed, and it is an interesting contrast to the way she ended looking at Logan at the end of their prior conversation. Nothing romantic need be read directly into it, it just shows her changing perspectives on the two.

There are other funny elements to the whole Meg plot such as Donut’s text-courting (how is “i think ur kewl” going to woo someone?) and the hippie florist thinking Duncan is non-descript.

But no post on Duncan in this episode can go without talking about the dance and the costumes he chose for himself and Meg. I assume their costumes were coordinated because of instructions he sent with the signal flowers or something, otherwise it would be a crazy bit of serendipity. From there, as so often with Duncan, the comedy descends into creepiness. Or maybe it is so creepy it is comic. Or maybe there is a cycle between the two.

I am far from the first to comment on the following, but it is so incredible that it needs to be said again.

You see, Duncan has asked Meg to dress as Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink, and he is dressed as Duckie. As Meg walks towards her beloved, the shots echo the shots from the dance in Pretty in Pink: with Meg-as-Andie looking back at Veronica-as-Duckie who gives Meg-as-Andie a nod of assent to go to Duncan-as-Blane-While-Dressed-as-Duckie. Got it?

Just to make make the creepiness clear (I mean the specific creepiness at the dance, not recalling the last episode featuring Meg, when Duncan was being gross about her [falsified] purity test results). Duncan asked Meg to dress up as Andie Walsh, a movie character with the following characteristics (among others): she is from the lower end of the economic spectrum, she lives with her single-parent dad and their dog, her mom abandoned her, and her best friend is a guy. Sound familiar?

Poor Meg. At least she already had long blond hair so Duncan didn’t ask her to wear a Disney Princess Veronica wig (made from Veronica’s former hair since Duncan probably fished it out of the trash after she cut it off). Maybe Meg never actually saw Pretty in Pink because her parents forbade that kind of sinful material in the house. That has to be the explanation for why she doesn’t see right through it, right? It’s just so…

I wonder why Meg was so angry at the beginning of the second season.

Of course Duncan sees himself as Duckie in this situation, as the white knight for Veronica, I mean Meg. Yeah, Meg. Duckie, is, of course, the one who loves Andie and sticks with her through everything, and the one most audiences have felt she should have chosen. But while Duncan is dressed as Duckie, as discussed above, in the scene where Veronica hands off Meg to him, Duncan is actually in the more fitting role of boring rich boy Blane, who ends up “getting the girl” despite basically standing idly by, ignoring Andie, letting his friends tell him what to do, then thinking he can fix everything with a fortune cook–, er, ten-second speech about believing in himself.

Hey, at least Veronica is too smart to ever fall for that kind of thing.

Dontcha love it when a plan comes together?

[Quotes from vm-transcripts.com, screen shots from vm-caps.com, except for the “yuck” .gif, still not sure who made it, but if you tell me I will note it.]

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Logan dreamed not of his mother, but Veronica. She was suspended above him, like stars, her hair tickling his face. She kissed him and talked, soft and sure, with sugar sticky lips. He fingered the thin leather choker at her neck, watched the way her pulse jumped under her skin. More than lust, though there was that, there was calm, belonging. He wanted to stay somewhere in-between the two for as long as possible. Without the Kanes or the past year. No lost mothers. Or rumors of naked cell phone photos or the salty tang of clavicle and lime. No anger. No dead. Only her and him. Safe. 

The Harsh Blows Dealt by ghostcat3000

(Thank you nightlocktime for the art prompt and help)

Thoughts on Veronica Mars 2x08 Ahoy, Mateys!

Here’s the thing: I don’t really like Meg. And I feel really bad about it, because part of the reason I don’t like her exists mostly on the line between show/character/canon stuff and real life production issues.

Most of the time all we hear about is how Meg is Veronica’s only 09er friend, how Meg is really kind and saintly. Duncan’s dream (leaving aside the hazy Madonna/whore thing that others have spoken about at length- hazy not because the symbolism is anything other than so super obvious that even I can pick it up, but because it’s complicated by the second dream, one in which Duncan does seem to show sexual/romantic feelings toward Meg, breaking from the Freudian definition of Madonna/whore complex that I looked up on wikipedia just now) at the opening of the episode is supposed to emphasize that divide between Meg the innocent and Veronica the dangerous. But if Meg’s really the greatest, where the hell is she?!

(I’m not talking about now, here in season 2. I’m talking about before. Read on.)

Meg appears five times in the first season: Like a Virgin, Ruskie Business, Betty and Veronica, Weapons of Class Destruction, and A Trip to the Dentist. And in a lot of ways, when she’s not just there to be Duncan’s new love interest, she and Veronica are sweet and friendly to each other (Meg giving Veronica clothes in 1x08, dressing her up for the dance in 1x15, complimenting her hair in 1x16, the line about Hemingway-related narcolepsy that I always laugh at in 1x21). But (and here’s the part where my craziness and difficulty suspending disbelief come in) rather than telling us that Meg is really nice to Veronica, why not show us more than one scene where she sits with Veronica when Veronica is sitting alone (1x18)? I understand that Alona Tal can’t be in every episode and that they can’t talk about her all the time and that the character probably wasn’t conceptualized long before her appearance in 1x08. However, Veronica was bullied and harassed in a focused way for over a year, and it’s literally not mentioned that Meg is still her friend except when Meg is on the screen. Meg is supposed to represent all that’s good about Neptune, but her invisibility seems to represent the lack thereof (although with all the terrible stuff we know about Neptune, plus the sleazily casual way Mr. Fuller hits on Veronica in 2x07, I believe that might be the case). (I especially find this sharply contrasted by Mac as Veronica’s sidekick/partner in this episode.)

Duncan is criticized for the fact that he “stands idly by.” Meg has a similar pacifistic attitude, a maintenance of the status quo. She remains with the 09ers even when she knows what they are doing is wrong. From 1x08:

PAM: Better make sure she washes it [Meg’s cheerleading uniform that Veronica is borrowing].
DICK: I’d boil it if I were you.
MEG: We fear what we don’t understand. Veronica’s cool, you guys, really.

IF VERONICA IS SO COOL AND THESE GUYS ARE FEARFUL AND MISUNDERSTANDING, WHY ARE YOU HANGING OUT WITH THEM AND NOT VERONICA?!

(I don’t understand why I just got angrier about that than anything else I’ve discussed in these recaps. I don’t dislike Meg that much.)

She also saw the salt lick at Shelly’s party and didn’t step in. She told Cole that “we can’t leave her like that,” but once someone (and Meg did not know who that person was) got Veronica, Meg was okay leaving. She doesn’t tell Veronica about it after or check to make sure that she’s okay, and when Veronica asks about it in 1x21, she is wary and avoid-y, saying of Veronica’s lack of memory “maybe that’s a good thing.” She refers to it as “your big high school related embarrassing moment,” and tells her that “you got to let it go. You’ll make yourself crazy.”

So maybe Meg thought that Veronica had gotten drunk and just been used as a salt lick before being rescued by a kind stranger. Maybe she thought that this was a minor thing that Veronica was laughing about after. I’ve spoken before about the possibility that Logan didn’t realize that others wouldn’t have the same concepts and limits for rape and consent that he did, so I don’t want to be unfair to Meg, who might have believed that they wouldn’t have taken it farther than that already uncomfortable level. But unlike Logan, Meg has this star-spangled reputation. Meg is represented in this episode in white and candle-light, granted as part of Duncan’s simplistic imaginings, but it plays on and just polarizes past characterizations that I feel are rough and at least partially unjustified.

Like many others, Meg didn’t step in at Shelly’s party, but they’re blamed and she isn’t. She didn’t break with her friends or even criticize them particularly harshly over their treatment of Veronica, but she’s still portrayed as sympathetic toward her, as Veronica’s hero amongst their set. Meg is one of the few characters on the show who is rarely disapproved of or criticized (except for the pissy- and frankly, despite what we’ll learn later, excessive in a kind of OOC way- manner she treats Veronica in 2x01), and I don’t think that’s fair. Down with double standards!

Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 17: Kanes and Abel’s, or, Forgiveness Check

Part of me wants to write something fun about Caz Truman in “Kanes and Abel’s” for susanmichelin’s Favorite Scene thing because somehow I love the guy even though he’s played by a Home Improvement has-been and looks so old that even the Fitzpatricks think he should just graduate already. Caz is just such a moron and a jock tool (he was awesome in “Ruskie Business,” too) that he makes me laugh. In retrospect, Caz would not have been such a bad choice, huh Meg?

My “fun” posts seem to turn out better (I didn’t say “good”) than my attempts to be serious and whatnot. Despite that, I am going to try to write something interesting about Veronica and Logan’s “check scene.”

The scene in which Veronica tears up the check (or “cheque,” for those of us living in those parts of the Anglosphere hanging on to the remnants of British Imperial glory) is clearly a significant landmark in the re-establishment of Veronica and Logan’s friendship, particularly given its proximity to “Weapons of Class Destruction.” (What happens in that episode? I can’t remember. Nothing big, I assume.)  

Veronica tearing up the check is an obvious callback to the scene in Mars vs. Mars in which Logan told Veronica, contrary to what she believed (and clearly hoped) that it was just a job, that they were not friends. Tearing up the check clearly signals that they are now friends again, no matter what Logan thinks. On a superficial level, I simply like Veronica’s bossiness here: “Too bad, we’re friends, deal with it.” However, I can never leave well enough alone.

The theme of forgiveness runs throughout Veronica Mars, most obviously in Veronica and Logan’s relationship. (Note: I do not pretend to be an expert on the psychological or intellectual notion of forgiveness, so please do not take this to be a technical treatise, as if anyone could mistake these disjointed rambles for such.)  Veronica sees herself as hard and unforgiving, and she often is. On the other hand, in the Mars vs. Mars “friendship bracelet” scene, it is clear that she wants the friendship with Logan back without dealing with the difficulties of forgiveness. Pretty early on in the series, we see that on some level they both want the friendship back. In “Wrath of Con,” Veronica lingers in his presence while he is trying to make the video, even after he is rude to her. Logan shifts between hostility and helpfulness during their one-on-one scene in An Echolls Family Christmas.

I have written before about the Veronica and Logan’s two-track path (back) to each other. One track is Logan’s developing crush in relation to Veronica 2.0’s attitude, smarts, and deviousness, and Veronica’s (much-repressed) attraction to his charm and dangerousness. The other track, one that connects more closely to their former friendship and the need for forgiveness, is “deeper” and more emotional. Veronica is often the lone witness to Logan’s vulnerability, especially as she begins to see, much more clearly than she did in earlier days, who he really is, culminating in his collapse in “Ruskie Business.”

Perhaps most fascinating in relation to this second track is Logan’s side. Yes, he is attracted to Veronica’s smarts, no-longer-Disney-Princess looks, and general badassery. On the surface, he goes to her at the end of Lord of the Bling (or the beginning of “Mars vs. Mars”) because she is an investigator and he knows she can help him out. But on a deeper level, one that he may not even be aware of, Logan is also looking for an emotional connection. Whatever one makes of his relationship with Lynn, she is gone, Aaron is clearly out, and as “Ruskie Business” makes clear, Trina was not going to be much help. Moreover, one need not be a Duncan hater to see that Donut is not really there for Logan, either: his general zombie-esque behavior (and Duncan’s narcissism), his immediate suspicion of Logan in “An Echolls Family Christmas,” Duncan’s not-much-more-than-obligatory response to Logan’s behavior at Lynn’s funeral, and his merely puzzled response to finding out Logan was camped out in a hotel lobby in Los Angeles.

Logan’s world is so devoid of real people that the only person he can imagine helping him or even caring about him is the girl whose life he had spent the last year making a living hell, yet he goes to her anyway. Having seen his vulnerability (mostly without him knowing), Veronica agrees to help. Logan is seeking emotional warmth in the arms of a self-styled ice queen. That dynamic, I think, is one of key elements that make Veronica and Logan so compelling throughout the series.

Veronica’s eagerness to be doing a friendly favor for Logan and her disappointment in finding out that Logan saw it as just a job stands in stark contrast to her statement to Meg in Betty and Veronica:

I’m not programmed to forgive and forget. I can’t just start chumming around with people who’ve ignored and mocked me for a year.

But is Veronica really that eager to forgive? Veronica clearly wants the friendship with Logan back. What Veronica so often seems to miss, as in the scene from “Mars vs. Mars,” is that forgiving and forgetting are two different things. Veronica seems to simply want to forget the past year and go back to “normal” without dealing with actual forgiveness. The word “normal” is used deliberately. With Duncan in the second season, she simply tries to forget the reasons she should be angry with him, and she goes back to him pretending everything is fine, yet they never connect, too much water is under the bridge. Veronica may have thought she had forgotten, but she could not. She needed to forgive, but she pretended there was nothing for her for which to forgive Duncan. True to form, Duncan certainly did not act as if he believed he even needed forgiveness from her.

Contrast this with Logan in “Mars vs. Mars” and “Kanes and Abel’s.” In the earlier episode, he rejects the notion that he and Veronica are suddenly friends. Part of it is that, yes, he is probably still holding on to his anger at her, however weakly. I believe Logan is also, on some level, thinking that they cannot be going back to friends because of the things he has done to Veronica. Whatever image he may project outwardly, Logan does not hold an exalted opinion of himself. Logan believes Veronica should not want to just forget and be friends. Whatever the roots of it, Logan instinctively seems  to possess a better sense of the dynamics of forgiveness than Veronica. The past year cannot just be brushed under the rug, no matter what Veronica tries to do, and Logan knows that.

By the time we get to “Kanes and Abel’s,” Veronica has held Logan during his collapse in Los Angeles and helped him out during his drunk antics at “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” She might think that after all that, they were friends. It was not easy but there they were. Logan still tries to pay her. It is, of course, the proper thing for him to offer. Nevertheless, Veronica looks surprised. Once again, Logan somehow has a better sense for how forgiveness works – it is up to Veronica, the victim (which he surely recognizes by now), to decide whether or not to forgive. He cannot demand it. Logan, literally and symbolically, puts it in her hands. It is up to her. And she tears the check up.

As the rest of the series makes clear, Veronica and Logan had a long way to go for forgiveness and trust to truly take hold (and they do not fully do so until the movie). That is to be expected with such deep wounds. Veronica is still someone who would rather just forget than forgive those things she would rather simply see as “not real,” and this repeatedly causes problems between them. Still, they have to begin somewhere .

Despite Logan’s apparent grasp of forgiveness (and Veronica’s lack thereof), when Veronica tears up the check, she exhibits an understanding of a significant aspect of forgiveness that Logan does not. Logan believes she can never forgive him because he can never make things up to her. For Logan, the check is just a check. Logan has to pay her because they are not friends, and thus not worthy of doing things for each other just because they are friends. Logan thinks he has to earn forgiveness, but since there is no way he can do so, he can never be forgiven, and they can never again be friends.

Veronica’s actions show that she gets at least one aspect of forgiveness: forgiveness cannot, in the end, be completely deserved or earned. While the transgressor is not simply a passive recipient of forgiveness, true forgiveness always involves an element of excess grace on the part of the one bestowing it. When Veronica tears up the check, she defies Logan’s attempt to reject her forgiveness, and she does so via an act of grace. It is an act of grace that Logan, whose sees himself as worthless and unworthy, cannot comprehend (thus his wordless exit), yet one that ultimately changes both of his and Veronica’s lives.

[Previous installment: Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 16: Betty and Veronica, or, A Snickerdoodle Too Far]

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anonymous asked:

Could you please recommend fics where Logan takes care of a sick or injured Veronica and the other way around as well? You guys are the best!

Two near identical requests, one near perfect list of fics provided by Miss lilamadison11! She asked us if she could make some fic recs, and since she has a history of giving awesome lists we said “OF COURSE!”

She even broke it up for us into previously recommended and newly recommended fics.

Previously on VM Fic Recs:

annieoakley1, “Like A Rolling Stone,” M, Pre-series to future AU.

Logan is a time traveller.

bigboobedcanuck, “Hollow World,” NC-17 (dark themes), S2 AU.

Veronica and Logan are caught investigating the Fitzpatricks and that’s never a good thing.

emiko74, “Sins of the Father,” M, S3 AU.

As their freshman year at Hearst draws to a close, Logan and Veronica’s relationship begins to unravel. But a new mystery could bring them together again. (**Caring for Logan happens near end of the fic.)

gertinator, “Full Circle,” PG-13 to R, Future.

Veronica and Logan find their way back to each other and solve a mystery, too. (**Caring for Logan happens near beginning and again at the end.)

petpluto, “By Contrast with the Love,” T, S3 AU.

Keith dies. Logan works to pick up the pieces left in the wake of Cassidy’s destruction.

sophia_bee, “Veronica Mars: P.I. to the Stars,” T, Future AU.*

Veronica is a private investigator living in Los Angeles. Takes place 10 years after the events of 1.22. (**Caring for Logan happens near the end.)

taken_with_you, “Against All Odds,” NC-17, Future AU.

Logan and Veronica rebuild their friendship through running Mars Investigations together. On the anniversary of their two years working together, Veronica makes it clear that their arrangement isn’t working for her anymore.

taken_with_you, “The Benefits of Being Lost,” R, S2 AU.

Veronica hasn’t been at school for a couple days and Logan can’t help but notice.

utsusemia, “A Feather’s Weight,” NC-17, S2 AU.

How do you cope when you’ve done the unthinkable? Has a sequel, Technicolor.

vanessagalore, “Year of Living Dangerously” and “Year of Living Dangerously, Part II,” M, Future.

Veronica’s junior year at Hearst College; there are two new mysteries to occupy her time. Logan is trying to reinvent himself, but can’t seem to get away from Veronica. Old enemies are holding a grudge, and Veronica is in serious trouble. (**A lot of taking care of EVERYONE in this fic. Part one focuses on Veronica taking care of Logan. Part two focuses on Logan taking care of Veronica.)

New to VM Fic Recs:

Basket Case
Author: utsusemia
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: R
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Angst
Setting: Post-season two, AU
Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 7,127
Status: Complete
Summary: What if Keith had actually died in the plane?
Notes:  Although the premise is quite sad, there is a hopeful end to this story. It also has some lovely moments of mutual comfort and friendship and love.

Cast Away
Author: halfway2home
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: R
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Setting: Season three, AU
Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 5,843
Status: Complete
Summary: If she couldn’t tell him, she’d write it down.
Notes: Logan and Veronica find an unconventional way to work through some of their issues. Love this fic.

Damaged and Bruised
Author: apckrfan
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: R
Genre: Hurt/Comfort
Setting: Season one, AU
Spoilers: 1x15, “Ruskie Business”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1,808
Status: Complete
Summary: Veronica gets a late night visit from Logan
Notes: Logan goes to Veronica for help. She comforts him and their friendship and romance begins to blossom. Short and sweet. Be warned that there is mention of abuse which could be triggering.

His Everything
Author: snuffybaby
Pairing: Logan/Veronica, mentions of Logan/Parker, Veronica/Piz
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Setting: Season three, AU
Spoilers: 3x16, “Un-American Graffiti”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 8,455
Status: Complete
Summary: When Logan gets into trouble, who gets called?
Notes: “In case of emergency call Veronica Mars.” Logan is in a car accident and Veronica is listed as the next of kin. She takes care of him much to Parker’s dismay. But this fic doesn’t do a disservice to Parker. It’s a nice alternate to how season 3 could have ended.

Promises to Keep
Author: snuffybaby
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Setting: Season two, AU
Spoilers: 2.01, “Normal is the Watchword”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 5,882
Status: Complete
Summary: They may have broken up, but Veronica made a promise to Logan and he intends to make sure she keeps it.
Notes:  An AU where Veronica is on the bus crash and Logan jumps off the cliff to save her. She’s in a coma after and the story takes off from there while everyone waits for her to wake up. As with many of her fics there are some sweet Logan/Veronica moments.

Stay
Author: Bryrosea
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Setting: Future, AU
Spoilers: 3.20, “The Bitch is Back” and elements of The Veronica Mars Movie
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 12,594
Status: Complete
Summary: An unexpected emergency brings Veronica back to California a little earlier than planned. AU, set about three years before the timeline of the movie.
Notes: One of my favorite future AU stories to come out after the movie. Bryrosea described it as angsty, but I found it to be the perfect mix of sweetness and angst. Bonus - while it is not canon to the movie, it takes elements (like Logan joining the navy and Veronica at Columbia) from it and weaves those effortlessly into the story. I’ve bookmarked this one to read over and over again.

Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 18: Weapons of Class Destruction, or, Mary Sue’s New View

[Previous installment: Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 17: Kanes and Abel’s, or, Forgiveness Check]

First things first: Veronica Mars is not a Mary Sue. However, in “Weapons of Class Destruction” she has a slight Mary Sue-ish tinge to her. Despite being a social outcast and pariah at school and in her community at large, she is nonetheless the object of affection for four different males in this episode: Deputy Leo, Logan, Norris Clayton, and, via his Veronica 1.0 doll Meg (poor Meg), Duncan. Even Mac seems to have a bit of a crush on Veronica:

Whatever it takes to excuse a cheesy rhyming title for a post, huh?

The Kiss is perhaps the obvious scene to pick susanmichelin​‘s Favorite Scene From Each Episode game, and why not? It is earned dramatically within the context of the season, set up perfectly within the episode (yet still manages to surprise), and is shot beautifully. The characters’ reactions make sense. I am not good enough at this to add anything interesting about The Kiss at the moment, and people are probably sick of my beating the drum of Veronica and Logan’s two tracks to each other. (Although that does not mean I will not continue that drumming).

Leo’s “cute” conversation with Veronica (from which the screencap that adorns the header of this blog is taken) is worth a mention, but I have already covered Leo. Veronica’s confrontation with Duncan (and his subsequent flight) only really hits home in the next few episodes.

Of more interest is the somewhat anvilicious parallel between Norris and Logan. Both have pasts as bullies and jerks, but Veronica has seen a different side of Norris when he stood up for her once when she was being shunned but, given the length of her hair in the flashback, apparently before the events of Shelly Pomeroy’s party and Veronica’s reincarnation as an angel of vengeance. And, of course, Logan also comes to her rescue (not really, but that’s an important topic for another day). Pete’s vicious and meticulously-planned vengeance on Norris (for something truly horrible) is obviously meant as a contrast with Veronica’s own dealings with Logan, her own personal bully. Finally, we have Veronica’s almost completely self-centered interaction with Wallace as Keith and Alicia start dating.

All of that and more is worth discussion, but what strikes my fancy today is the scene in which we first meet Ms. Stafford, a.k.a. Chasing Amy lady, having taken over the journalism class for the long-missing (and pregnant) Mallory Dent. More precisely, I want to address Veronica’s perspective on Logan and Duncan in this scene.

Fans of the show understandably obsess over what Veronica, Duncan, Logan (and Lilly) were like in happier times. The problem is that we have no direct access to that time – everything is filtered through memories (mostly Veronica’s) which are selective and less-than-reliable.

This scene, however, seems to give us something like a view of the past. We see Duncan coming in cheerfully and shoulder-bumping with Logan (maybe the last moment of their relatively untainted friendship in the series). Duncan is filling the role The Good Boy and Good Student of Veronica’s past memories of Prince Charming, and makes an intriguing suggestion for a story. Veronica is impressed.

Logan also fits Veronica’s previously seen memories of him, constantly clowning and making jokes as Veronica and the rest of the class laugh along.

One thing Veronica Mars does so well is getting viewers to share Veronica’s perspective. This is especially true with respect to the audience’s changing perspective on Logan as the season progresses, even though Veronica and the audience do not have the same information at the same time (e.g., Logan being abused). While, as usual, we do not get Veronica’s direct thoughts or feelings about Logan in particular, this scene’s placement of Veronica in (mostly) the position of a passive observer (as is the audience)  of Duncan and Logan in action in their “usual” roles also reveals her changed perspective while encouraging the viewer to take on that same perspective.

The scene opens with a voiceover that itself points to Veronica’s altered standpoint as Duncan walks into the classroom:

“Dear Seventeen Magazine. How can I tell if the super cute boy in my class likes me?  No. Scratch that. Dear Seventeen. How can I tell if the super cute boy in my class killed his own sister?”

This is all about Duncan on the surface, but it is tempting to hear it, on the heels of the her recent encounters with Logan, as two separate thoughts about two separate boys: the boy who might “like” her is about her erstwhile tormentor in juxtaposition with her concern about Duncan potentially murdering Lilly (concern spurred on by Logan’s report of Duncan’s attack on Jake).

That is at most a hint of Veronica’s new view, though. The boys’ words and actions seem to be in line with how Veronica saw them prior to Lilly’s murder. Veronica’s face and thoughts, aside from her opening voiceover, give no indication of the change. But in this case, the implicit identity of the the audience’s perspective with Veronica’s allows the careful viewer to grasp how that perspective has changed even without her having to give us an explicit indication.

Duncan’s suggestion (shot down by Ms. Stafford, who does not think the parents would like it, ironic given how things turn out for her in the rest of the episode), “How about something on oxycontin replacing ecstasy as the drug of choice for high school students?” is a pretty good one, and Veronica seems to approve. Yet his delivery is also annoying (I will refrain from putting this on Teddy Dunn, although that might be fair). He is modelling the Good Boy behavior a bit too much, it is grating, much like the way he spoke to Veronica while setting up the Eighties Dance in Ruskie Business. “You never know.”

Then we come to Logan. Veronica laughs along with his joking, playing her part as the audience, just as she remembers herself watching him goof around with Lilly and Duncan (and filming him in the “Wrath of Con” flashback) in flashbacks. But the viewer sees something else, something that Veronica cannot be missing even as she gives the obligatory smile-and-chuckle. Logan’s jokes are not that funny. They are non-stop and forced. His pep squad/cheerleader imitation is cute and campy, but it is over-the-top. In Veronica’s flashbacks, Logan’s goofiness is just who he is: the cheerful, besotted class clown loving life.

Veronica had probably seen this sort of side-by-side thing with Duncan and Logan many times before in happier days. But what she has learned over the course of the season leading up to this gives her a new standpoint to reevaluate both her present experience and her past memories. Dohring gets this across marvelously not only with the forced nature of the humor, but with the downcast eyes Logan thinks no one notices. The viewer now sees what Veronica does (beneath her going-along-with-it veneer): Logan’s clowning is compensatory; it is a mask he dons to hide his wounds.

Veronica is often a privileged observer of the people and events around her. Yet that privilege is only relative to her location in the narrative at any one time, and her perspective is constantly being altered and corrected. In some cases, the alteration is more obvious than others. The subtlety with which her perception of Logan changes allows events such as The Kiss to seem both surprising and inevitable, and is thus an essential part of Veronica Mars’ beauty.

LoVe Survey

Okay I wanted to know how and when we all started shipping Logan and Veronica so I figured I just ask. So if you feel like sharing, just reblog this post and edit it to add your story in a handful of sentences (easier said than done, I know). I know this is gonna branch out into many different posts so I’ll try and consolidate it every now and then and reblog. 

ship-picky - Veronica kissed Logan on the cheek in “Ruskie Business” and that’s when I first noticed their chemistry. In that same episode Logan broke down in her arms and that was it. I don’t like shipping couples that won’t ever happen and I didn’t think they would so I tried to repress my “feelings." Then they kissed in WoCD and all my dreams came true. 

scandalpantsstuff  asked:

So, a post tonight I'm think SexTerra is a thing? If it's not it absolutely should be! Hooks some fans up? If there aren't enough (as if there ever could be), maybe add to your future fic prompts? Yes, I'm begging for more smut. But in the Xterra, so it's totally different.

Wait, do you mean this Sex-Terra? You bet your ass it’s a thing. We can make that happen. Per usual in our Fic by Topic lists, we’ll give a smattering of fics already recommended and some new ones for your reading pleasure.

Pleasure is an odd word to use in this context, given the content of the ask, but whatevs, We’re good with it. Goes without saying that these be smutty. Almost all of them.

Previously Recommended:

celtic_flicka, “Between Friends,” R, Future AU. (XTerra in Part 3)

An important case brings an old friend back into Veronica’s life

wowsugarpuss, “Not Any Heavy Thing,” M, S2 AU.

Veronica breaks down in the desert.

New Recommendations:

Five More Minutes
Author: synful_trixxie
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance
Setting: Summer before S2, AU
Spoilers: 2.01, “Normal is the Watchword”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1, 646
Status: Complete
Summary: There’s no gunshot that night in the XTerra.
Notes: This probably took a little more than five minutes. We’re just saying.

Present Tense, Past Perfect
Author: strippedpink
Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Logan/Hannah (implied)
Rating: R
Genre: Angst, Romance if you squint
Setting: Summer before S2, AU
Spoilers: 2.13, “Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 2, 655
Status: Complete
Summary: “Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect.”
Notes: All from Logan’s POV. His self-deprecating belief that nothing is going to work out for him tinges both his relationship with Veronica and Hannah. Perfect becomes his watchword, and he’s not sure if he’s ever going to get it. Ends sort of hopeful if you link to canon.

Rewind
Author: embellished_me
Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Veronica/Duncan
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Angst, Romance if you squint
Setting: S2, AU
Spoilers: 2.09, “My Mother the Fiend”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 3, 800
Status: Complete
Summary:  It’s November, and the girl he still loves has given herself to his one-time best friend. She won’t be his solace, his salvation, his anything. He’s starting to think she never was.
Notes: Logan is stuck in his room listening to Veronica and Duncan having sex in the living room, and he can’t help but remember the summer months of his relationship with Veronica. The Veronica/Duncan sex isn’t too explicit, but they’re definitely a couple.

Souvenir
Author: mutinousmuse and queenhaq
Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Hannah
Rating: Nc-17
Genre: Romance, Angst
Setting: S2, AU
Spoilers: 2.16, “The Rapes of Graff”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 3, 785
Status: Complete
Summary: Chronicles the highs and lows of Veronica and Logan’s relationship starting with the flashback in 2.01 from a unique POV.
Notes: From the point of view of two very astute rocks. Not joking. Could be considered crack!fic we suppose. The whole scene that takes place in 2.01 right before Logan’s quip of “Young Love” is more than a little sad. And the rocks’ opinion of Hannah is more than a little funny.

Other Cars:

A Fine and Endless Cycle
Author: kartography
Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Veronica/Piz, Logan/OFC
Rating: E
Genre: Romance, Drama
Setting: S3, AU
Spoilers: 3.08, “Lord of the Pis”
Chapters: 3
Word Count: 18, 720
Status: Complete
Summary: A freshman year at Hearst and the cyclical nature of love.
Notes: Range Rover sex in a rainstorm. So, maybe that makes it a “Sex Rover”? Also just a wonderfully poignant fic. Where Veronica and Logan try to move on from one another but keep getting drawn back together.

A Long Night
Author: myboyrobot
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Snark and Sex (the Logan/Veronica cocktail)
Setting: S1, AU
Spoilers: Nothing really, but written around 1.15, “Ruskie Business”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1, 884
Status: Complete
Summary: Logan accompanies Veronica on a stakeout.
Notes: Le Baron sex while on a stakeout. (These notes are turning into porn versions of the game “Clue.”) All you need to know about this fic can be found in this exchange: “Ten minutes?” Logan’s lips twitched. “I can do a lot in ten minutes.” / Veronica shot him a sideways look, her eyebrows furrowing. “I’m sorry, are you bragging, or apologizing?”

Hollywoodland or Bust
Author: shangri_la, aka absolutelyiris
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Friendship/Romance/Drama
Setting: Future AU
Spoilers: Nothing really, written around 2.20, “Look Who’s Stalking”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 7, 948
Status: Complete
Summary: “No, I’m just excited to see you with your clothes off – I can hear your eyes rolling.” Veronica heads to Hollywood to help Logan with a case. And then, you guessed it, sex.
Notes: Convertible sex while driving. And while at a stop light. This has all my favorite elements of a Logan/Veronica fic: reunion after being separated, start off as friends, drama, and then an ultimately hopeful ending.

Reunion
Author: sophia_bee
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance
Setting: Future AU
Spoilers: 1.22, "Leave it to Beaver”
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1, 321
Status: Complete
Summary: It’s the 10 year reunion for the class of 2006, but before Logan and Veronica make it to the check-in table they have something to take care of in the parking lot.
Notes: SUV in the parking lot of Neptune High. Fluffy and sweet fic that includes some banter about crudites whilst sexin.