But since we're about to take a break, it seems like a good time for some parting thoughts. There's been a lot of talk on the boards about how Veronica is being written differently this year. I understand that position, but I think it's only normal that she be different. She went through a series of traumas at the end of last season, and it's reasonable to think that they would have a profound effect on her, just the way Lilly's death did. It doesn't particularly bother me that she's, at least temporarily, not actively choosing to be an outsider. The problem, though, is that the season mysteries haven't engaged her. She almost died, she knew at least one person on the bus, and she thought the crash was meant for her. She and her very protective father both have reason to think her safety is at risk, and yet the effect of the last ten episodes is to make it seem like they've been sitting on their asses. I'm sure that's not how it's been meant to come across, but that's how it seems to me. I mean, Veronica came across the recording of the bus crash completely by happenstance and, as I complained once before, she never even took the time to learn who was on the bus. Why hasn't she interviewed the victims' friends? Their parents? Why can't she get that damn whiteboard out and really try to figure out what's going on? The answer, at least as depicted onscreen, is that she could, but she doesn't care enough (here's where I'm missing Amanda Seyfried again). And ten episodes in, that just feels wrong. Veronica didn't even ask Meg about the crash before she died! It's easy to put the blame on Veronica's maddeningly complacent and incomprehensible relationship with Duncan -- and I do, partially -- but if the season mysteries (I won't even get into the Logan one) aren't enough to make her sit up and take notice almost halfway through the season, they're not working. So what I'm saying is, Veronica: get the frickin' lead out and start caring.
And also: Happy Holidays!