Sunday, July 13, 2008

This One's For You, V

While I may have strayed to watch 30 Rock, The Suze Orman Show, In Plain Sight, and other gratifying television shows - there is really only one that I pledge my undying allegiance to. You know what it is.

Yesterday while doing laundry and picking up my bedroom, I rewatched the first half of season two.

When I feel like my life is complicated or glum, this is the perfect remedy. Veronica's sarcastic, tough, out-smarting, and her world seems to be littered with males of every type. Her best friend, boyfriends, devoted dad, vice-principal, sheriff, bikers, public defender, sleazy rival private investigator.

"Aghhh... Sorry. I got so swept up in your beauty that I forgot my assignment." - Vinnie Van Lowe.

As I write this, I am watching one of the most gripping episode of the series - 2.11 - "Donut Run."

Although most Veronica Mars fans tend to be supportive of the Veronica/Logan romance - nicknamed LoVe... I tend to think differently.

While I found the character Duncan to at times be dull, his romance with Ronnie takes the cake for me.

Veronica and Duncan dated during their sophomore year of high school, as Duncan's sister Lily (Veronica's best friend) dated Duncan's best friend Logan. Veronica's mom and Duncan's father had an affair, and it was widely rumored that Veronica was actually Duncan's half-sister.

To break up the pair, Duncan's mother tells him this information. He breaks things off with Veronica. Then Lily is murdered.

A year passes. Duncan and Veronica's friend Meg get together in episode 1.15, "Ruskie Business." Veronica gives them her blessing at Neptune High School's 80s dance after finding out that Duncan had been Meg's secret admirer.

When Veronica discovers that she and Duncan are unrelated, she tells him. Duncan breaks up with Meg, and during the summer - reunites with Veronica. He persists in hanging around her at the coffee shop where she works. On her birthday, he leaves her a gift box. Viewers see her open it, read the fortune cookie message inside, then run to him. But no one is privied to the message.

But... Meg is pregnant and goes into a coma following a tragic bus crash. She briefly wakes up and asks Veronica for help. Meg's parents are abusive, and Veronica assures Meg she won't let her parents send the baby away to a religious adoption program. Soon afterward, Meg dies but the baby lives.

Following through on this promise, Veronica helps Duncan escape the country with his infant daughter, never to see him again. I can't imagine what that had to be like. Especially since the only reason Duncan dates Meg is because his mother convinced him that he and Veronica were brother and sister. Talk about star-crossed. Helping your love's dead ex-girlfriend with her last final wish. Whoa there.

At the end of the episode, the song Adelaide plays as viewers see Veronica taking a walk on the beach. We then see what the fortune cookie said: "True love stories never have endings."

As a rabid fan, I can definitely see why Veronica was so touched by that gift. After all the turmoil and drama, Duncan reminded her that their love still stands a chance. That he's loved her all along. It was so perfect.

To me, this love story is so much more meaningful than the one between Logan and Veronica. Logan has destructive and hurtful actions, while Duncan's affections for Veronica are good and well intentioned. Throughout the series he never does anything malicious or intentionally wrong to her. He is good to her. This, to me, is more characteristic of epic love.

It's enough to make me wonder whether the fortune cookie statement has a lot of truth to it or not. Will one always have feelings for someone they truly love? Or does the end of the relationship mean the end of that story. As Carrie Bradshaw once asked, "When two people break up, where does the love go?" That answer, I really don't know.

When I looked up the phrase unrequited love on Wikipedia, this is the entry I found.

Unrequited love is love that is not openly reciprocated, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may not even be aware of this person's deep feelings for them. This can lead to feelings such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and rapid mood swings between depression and euphoria. Being such a universal feeling, it has naturally been a frequent subject in popular culture.

There are some instances, where I can see why unrequited love should remain... unrequited. For example, if one or both people are already married. Commitment is commitment, folks.

But then I ponder why others who could be happy and in love with each other don't get together. Sometimes it's for reasons that just aren't that valid. I believe that if there's a chance for two people to find love with one another, that's a risk worth taking. We are not guaranteed a soulmate or even close to it.

So Veronica, this one's for you.


that guy said...

VM is to you what Sex and the City is to me.

in the past 7 weeks of studying for the bar exam, my one caress has been re-watching the entire series (6 seasons) that i am fortunate enough to own on DVD. almost every night before bed.

and, like you, i see myself in my beloved characters. their ups and downs. their many loves, some of them true.

after a while they become real, don't they?

Jennifer said...

Good luck on the bar, Matty! I am recalling all the good times we had at the Grove.

Which SATC character is your favorite? Are you a Charlotte?

that guy said...

thanks for the well-wishes.

and don't be crazy! charlotte's nice and all, but i'm the carrie. always the center of whatever circle i'm running with.

i like ur blog. :-)

Jennifer said...

Aww thanks! I'm about to check to see if you have one.