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The worst part of the new Veronica Mars movie is getting the damn theme song stuck in your head for like 24 hours. Other than that, [Spoiler (click to open)]really enjoyed it! I'm new to the show - gnine showed it to us last year to prepare for the movie, and we didn't actually watch s3 as she said (repeatedly) that it was not worth it. And I didn't have any trouble getting the movie despite that. It felt a lot like the first season, decent mystery, good character beats, great lines, some h/c. Not enough Weevil (or Weevil and Logan) but otherwise a good time! And they definitely knew the audience they were playing to, without feeling entirely gratuitously fan-service-y .


(Not that there is anything wrong with gratuitous fan-service, such is what made the new Gintama movie one of the best based-on-an-anime movies I've ever seen...!)


Then there was the latest ep of WTNV, which judging by Tumblr and AO3, I think I speak for the whole fandom when I say [Spoiler (click to open)]AHHHHH KHOSHEKH STREX HOW COULD YOU?!!!?? Okay, you're an evil megacorp but still, here is a line, and it happens to lie before hurting an innocent spine-ridged venomous floating kitty cat. The show is often at its best when Cecil shows genuine feeling, and for all his building frustration with Strex we've maybe never heard him this angry before. I still am not sure where the Strex storyline is going (given the nature and style of WTNV I will not be surprised if the majority of it is resolved off-the-air and in passing) but the slow way they're building the tension - mostly background mentions but increasingly more often brought to the forefront - has been really effective so far. (All the more impressive because objectively speaking, Strex/Desert Bluffs is arguably no worse than Night Vale itself - that is, Strex is absolutely horrifying; but Night Vale might have an even higher mortality rate! But Night Vale and Cecil are the devil we know and have come to love, while as Kevin is just terrifying and wrong, and we want to see Strex go down as much as Cecil does...)

Then there's the question of what happened to Khoshekh. During the confrontation, the first sound is pretty clearly Khoshekh's growl that we've heard before, but then there are what sound like normal cat meows and it's hard to tell whether that's Khoshekh or the Strex-pet. Did removing Khoshekh from his fixed position also remove some of his more unusual attributes, render him more like a normal feline? And was this deliberate, Strex, bringing the bizarre and the unique down to a baseline, perfect normal, as they will try to do with all of Night Vale...


Naturally I had to write up some of these thoughts into an episode tag (me and half the fandom!) Mine is: Displacement, in which Carlos comes to Cecil, and to some realizations.

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sheron
Mar. 19th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Would you mind spoiling me on what the heck is going on with Veronica's love interests? (I've seen the whole show). I kind of don't want to be surprised about that part when I see the movie. :)
xparrot
Mar. 19th, 2014 07:18 am (UTC)
Hee, yes, I can spoil! Complete spoilers for how the movie turns out (romantically-speaking, won't mention the mystery!)

[Spoiler (click to open)]At the beginning Veronica is dating - Piz? I think is the name? I never actually saw s3 so never knew him - they apparently broke up after the show but got back together about a year before the movie. But then she goes to help Logan, and when it becomes clear where her priorities lie Piz dumps her, after which she hooks up with Logan (there's no cheating, I don't think she does anything with Logan until after the break-up). The movie ends with Veronica and Logan deciding to make a go at a relationship, but it's going to be long-distance at least for a while.
sheron
Mar. 19th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
WHEEE thanks so much for spoiling me on that :D

Gotta see it XD
colordrifter
Mar. 19th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
Y'know, the bit about the newest Night Vale episode that scared me the most was hearing Kevin's voice during the "a word from our sponsors" segment. I mean, Strex took over Night Vale and NVCR for quite a while now, and nothing really huge has changed yet. Cecil has these little passive-agressive moments with management, but they seem to be mostly out of each other way. With the StrexPet and Kevin on air, I wonder if Strex means for Kevin to slowly take over Cecil's show.
xparrot
Mar. 19th, 2014 07:22 am (UTC)
OMG KEVIN AHHHHHHHHHHHHH....freaked me out to hear him again! And yes, Strex's take-over is slow but seems pretty steady, they're increasingly invasive and present. I am kind of terrified/excited that one episode it's just going to begin with Kevin giving us the welcome (maybe welcoming us to the Greater Desert Bluffs-Night Vale Community...) (and maybe Cecil cutting into the broadcast partway through...ahhhh so curious where it's going!!)
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