Veronica Mars: I Am God

Ms. James: "So that's it? The tombstone artwork was just an album cover?"
Veronica: "And rosebud was just a sled. (pause) I didn't just ruin Citizen Kane for you, did I?"

Veronica went through a ton of sleepless nights and bad dreams just to discover that one of the crash victims liked a song called "I am God" by the Wannabes.

I was mildly disappointed with this one. It was creepy and interesting and all, and the imaginary bus scenes were clever, but we still don't know anything substantive. I think. We did learn a bunch of details, though, any of which could be motive for murder in some bizarre VM kind of way.

— Bus crash victim number eight was Dick Casablancas' booty buddy, Betina. While on the bus, she played a recording of Dick being a jerk. Dick was having unsafe sex with Betina, thinking she was on the pill, while Betina was trying to get pregnant. And Dick gave her Shark tickets that had been won by Peter.

— Meg's horrendous parents were trying to fix her up with Lucky the janitor, a.k.a. Tommy Dohanic, who was shot in Iraq.


— Rhonda's friend Michelle Thompson is a nut job, wildly and inappropriately "into" the bus crash.

— Woody Goodman paid Rhonda's family two mil because of a finger in her ribwich. (Ripped from the headlines.) And now her sister Natalie is no longer poor white trash, but is somewhat-in-funds white trash.

— Peter the bus crash victim was in love with Mr. Wu. What was Peter's "outing of all outings"?

— Cassidy had a run-in with Cervando because of Dick being a jerk, as Dick is wont to do. Dick was just all over the place being a pain here.

— Dick Sr. had a life insurance policy on Dick and Beaver. Now, that was interesting.

— And here's a big one. In order to kill everyone on the bus, someone would have to be watching to know when it was approaching the cliff. Which implicates Weevil. Not that I think it was Weevil.

It was fun seeing Wallace and Logan thrown together, and they actually got friendly enough that Wallace was sticking up for Logan with Veronica. The whole egg drop assignment can probably be symbolically linked to the bus crash. Something living and breakable being dropped from a significant height? Or did it represent the fragile secret of who was behind the bus crash, and Veronica needs to break the case... never mind.

When it comes down to it, we still know nothing. Except Veronica still thinks it was her fault.

Bits and pieces:

— Veronica got into Stanford. But she can't go to Stanford, because they can't move the show out of Neptune. I can't stand the thought of this show with no Keith, Wallace, or Cliff. Where is Logan going to school?

— Along with the usual cutting banter, there was a sexy flashback of Veronica and Logan passionately making out in the back seat of his SUV. I think they were teasing us. The writers, I mean, not Veronica and Logan.

— Captain Krunk made Logan "cock of the walk" for forty weeks running. "Rosemary's baby, the teen years."

— Maybe the repeal of the generalized anxiety order cheat will keep the smart and bitchy Angie Dahl from taking Veronica's scholarship away from her.

— I just loved Keith finding Veronica in Clemmons coat closet.

— Veronica mentioned Ghost Whisperer. When does Veronica have time to watch television?

— Sign in Mr. Wu's classroom: "Light-Image Lab. Do not peer into laser with remaining good eye." Huh?

Quotes:

Veronica: "She has that wide-eyed Margot Kidder in a bush look. Total nut job."

Veronica: "I'm fine. It was just a bad dream."
Keith: "Did you watch House of Wax again? You know that Hilton girl gives you nightmares."

Dick: "It's not me. It's Wu."

Logan: "You don't like me much, do you?"
Wallace: "The last time we actually talked, you were bashing Veronica's headlights with a crowbar."
Logan: "Oh. Foreplay."

Mr. Wu: "Veronica, I think when you get out in the world a little more, you'll discover that not all well-dressed, articulate detail-oriented men are gay. Many of them are just Asian."

Betina's friend: "Dick Casablancas is the bastard child of Satan."
Veronica: "Well, that would explain a lot."
Maybe Dick caused the bus crash. He's evil and has no conscience. It's a possibility.

Three stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too much information, too many suspects. This is why this episode falls a bit short to me.

Steven said...

"Do not peer into laser with remaining good eye" is an old standard joke that shows up as a "warning" almost everywhere people (nerds) operate lasers powerful enough to cause permanent blindness. Truly authentic minor detail.

ChrisB said...

I'm not a fan of dream episodes. They always feel too "look at how clever we all are" to me. This one was no exception.

I did like the Wallace and Logan binding moments, especially the moment when Logan catches Wallace watching the show. The look of realization on Wallace's face is very well done.