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  • Mad props and lesser props, but now how I'm wishing I hadn't read those posts before watching the episode.

  • Despite that, for the first thirty-five minutes, I was all ready to post "Rob Thomas Is My Master Now." Despite being geographically all over the place, the episode was firing on all cylinders. The dream sequence was spot-on, graduation was good enough, and the confrontation with Cassidy was almost perfect. The mystery came together (again, not perfectly, but plenty good enough), and Cassidy was believable. There were a couple of OTT moments, but that last "My name is Cassidy" got me back onside.

  • The rape revelation was a killer. It makes sense (it makes more sense now than it would have done last year), it helps to sell Cassidy as the bad guy, and it's a gut-punch. And yet ... 'A Trip to the Dentist' is still my favourite episode of this show; I think the "everyone is to blame" story is brilliant. And while this didn't undermine that completely, it weakens it somewhat.

  • Anyone know what the song playing over the end of the confrontation was?

  • And then we get the last seven minutes, in which everything goes a bit pear-shaped. Problem one: Keith is alive. It's a cop-out. I love Keith, we all love Keith, but his death was so dramatically right that it felt like a big cheat to take it back. Problem two: Logan and Veronica. Spare me. Problem three: the narrative falls completely to pieces, and we get a hundred and one breathlessly short resolutions and/or set-ups. I assume the episode ran long and had to be cut down.

  • And now (we assume) we get to look forward to season three, which will feature more Mac and more mysteries, both of which are good things. Even if as an episode 'Not Pictured' fell apart, it restored a lot of my faith in Rob Thomas as an arc plotter; but I think he'll be better with three short (and let's face it, probably linked) arcs instead of one big one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I will not repeat my complaints yet again. *g* But I am now convinced that the three-mystery structure will be a change for the better. All the twisty plotty goodness, with more focus, requiring better pacing. Can't wait.
I don't suppose you could mention in the title what the content of the post is? Only the cut tag says there's spoilers, but gives no indication what the spoilers are for. Thus I'm left in the terrible dilemma of not knowing if this is a post I can read or not.
You see the tag that says 'veronica mars' ...?
Dude, if this is Veronica Mars, make it a bit clearer. I nearly read it because I didn't recognize the episode title.
The show is remarkable, but I seem to have had more and different concerns than you did for this particularly episode. While I had pretty much fingered Beaver for this I was upset to see it come to fruition, and to see so little of old Beaver in this emergent Cassidy, nothing more than a sociopath. And in death it removes the potential for a more co-equal antagonist. As matters stand Veronica clearly outclasses her competition in the two seasons to air.

Have you heard the interpretation of the Duncan/Wiedeman conversation that claims it was a nudge and wink about renewal? See the bottom of this post (seen via Yglesias at typepad) for that theory.

I have no objection to Logan, and am glad Duncan seems to have achieved permanent closure.

Keith's death confounded me. I felt for sure it couldn't be real, but they played it so flat I wasn't able to shake it. On the other hand I am confused as to how Logan and Veronica got out of police debrief on a timeline that has Keith surprising them, or that calling Keith and verifying wasn't part of their time down at the station. Or did they largely skip the scene, or misrepresent its nature?
I was okay with Keith turning up at the end of the episode. The show has been full of scenes where Keith is not where you would expect him to be, such as right before Liam tried to shoot him with the unloaded gun.

And I had guessed Beaver as the killer. Poor Mac.

Also, I understand why they had to deal with the rape from the pilot episode, but Rob Thomas is running the risk that the backstory behind his show will become so complex that new viewers will be unable to jump right in (which is just what happened to Farscape). Still, you can't have Beaver go from too-shy-to-abuse Veronica to bus-bombing mass murderer in one summer. Not without some sort of head injury or something.

That graduation scene with Weevil and Lamb really affected me. Lamb is such a creep, and the actor really makes him glow with arrogance and contempt.

Also, I'm not all that fond of the big reveal for Jackie's character. I liked her better when she was a rich teen bitch rather than whatever the hell that revelation is supposed to reveal about her.

Season three! Season three! Season three! Season three!
Rob Thomas is running the risk that the backstory behind his show will become so complex that new viewers will be unable to jump right in

I'm not too worried about that--this episode drew a line under a lot of things, and college is going to bring a lot of fresh faces.
I'm far less pleased with this. I didn't believe in Murderer!Cassidy, and the rape revelation felt thrown in so that the writers could have a leg to stand on when they claimed that, sure, Beaver was always a psycho and we just never saw it. "My name is Cassidy" was heartbreaking, as was Logan and Veronica's inability to come up with one reason for the kid to live, but it didn't go far enough to redeem the mustache-twirling of the previous few minutes as far as I was concerned. The only thing that kept that scene from becoming laughable was Kristen Bell - she broke my heart when Veronica was frantically trying to call Keith and say goodbye.
it didn't go far enough to redeem the mustache-twirling of the previous few minutes as far as I was concerned

Exactly. People don't start acting like The Villain Mwahaha when they become The Villain Mwahaha. They've always been the villain, who they are is the villain, and I would have bought Murderer!Cassidy more if they hadn't tried so hard to sell him to me. (57, 56? Come on!)
I agree with all of the above.

In addition:
Dream sequence too long! Cut that out and make the ending more coherent.
I'm pretty sure once they suspect Weevil of murder they shouldn't be just hanging around for a couple of days waiting for the dramatic moment to arrest him.
Veronica Mars, class protector.
Logan and Veronica WHAT THE HELL STOP THAT. I guess I should have seen the dream sequence as foreshadowing.
Clarence Weedman knocking off Aaron! Excellent.

Things which did not play out in a satisfactory way:
Rat on the bus. I'm going to assume it was Cassidy's doing to get the 09ers off the bus, but it seems risky.
Terrence Cook and the casino thing. In fact, the whole Terrence Cook storyline - will someone explain why I should care?
Kendall and the Fitzpatricks. I guess that's for next season.
In fact, the whole PCHer/09er conflict they were playing on at the beginning of the season didn't amount to much.

In summary: hmmmm. Much to like, much to dislike. Kristen Bell absolutely awesome.
Dream sequence too long! Cut that out and make the ending more coherent.

Can't we have a longer episode, instead? I really liked the dream sequence a lot.

I'm pretty sure once they suspect Weevil of murder they shouldn't be just hanging around for a couple of days waiting for the dramatic moment to arrest him.

Depends just how much of a git Lamb is, really ...

Rat on the bus. I'm going to assume it was Cassidy's doing to get the 09ers off the bus, but it seems risky.

I was assuming it was a backup plan, in case his dropping hints to Dick about a limo didn't work.

In fact, the whole PCHer/09er conflict they were playing on at the beginning of the season didn't amount to much.

Yeah. And I was looking forward to a good gang war.

In summary: hmmmm. Much to like, much to dislike.

But I still want to go and watch the season again from the start right now.
Oh, and the song when Cassidy jumps is See My Friends by Gravenhurst.
I just wanna know where/when Backup went....
Me2, to pretty much all of that. The Evil Mastermindness was a bit overplayed, although not horribly so (not as bad as some seem to think it is, not as good as you seem to think it is). And totally with you on the Keith thing; I was already anguishing about a VM sans Keith, see...
I think you're note perfect on the Evil Mastermindedness front, but Keith was *so* not dead. Thankfully.
breathlessly short resolutions

Right from the start VM has weirded me out with its pacing. Even when it doesn't feel like there are scenes missing, the dramatic weight that each scene is afforded can feel really "off" sometimes. Even within a single episode apparently big moments can whoosh by, leaving me slightly befuddled in their wake.

It's still great, though.
[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110327/163235937.html
[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110327/163235937.html