“Veronica Mars 1.2 Credit Where Credit’s Due”

As I continue the adventure that is the many episodes of Rob Thomas “Veronica Mars” we begin at episode two, which show how class and race make a difference but in various social situations through out this episode. This all begins rather innocently with Wallace finding a flyer about a 09 er party while Veronica explains that the flyer is in code so that “undesirables, which by the way is you and me, don’t show up.” (1.2)

This party that Wallace and Veronica do not show up to is key because here we see Troy the new kid and Duncan (Veronica’s old boyfriend) talking in the car about the party.  One thing I noticed was the language of the these upper class gentleman given that Troy starts the conversation and asks Duncan are “You ready to get this party started? You ready to burn this mother down. Up, jump… the boogie.”(1.2).  Now, I am sorry to stereotype by this language sounds ghetto to me, albeit old school ghetto in this day and age.  Also, it sounds like that for young privileged white men that they are trying to sound like the same peers who despise them for being so wealthy ironically.  This is further enhanced by the fact that the rich boys of Neptune are throwing a kegger in a dog park, filled with cheap booze and make out sessions. I don’t know about anyone else but you would think as being part of a wealthy family of Neptune that the location and drinks at an underage party would be better, also their parents live in mansions so they have prime location spots just waiting to be used.

On the other side of the coin to this episode we have Weevil’s cousin Chardo was using the Echolls credit card so he could buy Logan’s new girlfriend Catlin who I guess he is her mister by treating her in the manner in which she has been accustomed. This manner being buying her a pink vespa, “limo rides, magic mountain tickets”, etc(1.2).  This action to me reveals that Chardo is literally trying to buy his way into the rich class through buying a rich girl toys and well sleeping with her. He is pimping himself to gain access to another class and to their wealth in a way.

Chardo, pays for this decision as the gang of upper class white boys proceeds to beat up him up for stealing Logan’s girlfriend from since he is the designated jerk and leader of the pack.  This beat up stops when the PCH brigade shows up in the good part of Neptune standing out like a sore thumb to stop the fight.  The white boys of the rich side of the town then leave so the PCH gang can than proceed to continue to hurt Chardo for making Weavill pay for this mistakes of stealing the credit cards and pursuing a white rich girl. He was literally punished for his bad decisions, and he lost the girl in the process to add insult to injury.

This episode to me stood out because we had rich teenagers trying to act like poor teenagers like each other and vice versa.  I also found in funny that the whole time throughout this whole debacle Veronica Mars is trying to not take sides and even trying to defend people from the “wrong side of the tracks” such as Weevil.  However Weevil seems to believe that Veronica “You think you’re this big outsider, but, push comes to shove, you’re still one of them. You still think like one of them.(1.2). I think the issue with this statement is that Weevil has official put Veronica in the box of the upper class people of the 09er zip code when really she is just trying to survive at Neptune High.  I think in this scene she does not want to think the Weevil stole credit cards to improve his motorcycle, etc while trying to get his grandma out of jail. I think her intentions are good, even if her approach needs work. For me she is the everywoman, she is not defined by her class or sex but more by her actions and trying to do good in the Neptune community as we see through out this whole season.  However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and I will further delve into the complexity of these characters in the next blog post.

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“Veronica Mars” class warfare…

Well, since I have been unemployed I have been thinking  a lot about the  Rob Thomas “Veronica Mars” series. I think part of this has to do with a show that focuses on the on going battle of the haves versus the have nots. This being something I can relate to given a income disparity that seems to get continuously larger in the US.  Also, when you live somewhere that has been seen as the poorest in the United States, then you really began to feel and see the class differences. These differences are significant in the show given that Veronica herself even states in the “Pilot” that unless your dad “was the ambassador of Belgium like Shelly Pomroy’s” than being part of the popular 09 crowd was not an option. She herself was only gain access to the ivory gates because her dad was sheriff and lily was her best friend.  This changes when her dad accuses the most powerful man in town Lily Kane’s father of killing his own daughter.  This left Keith Mars and his daughter ostracized by the town and causes his own wife Lillian Mars to leave the town. I think that the by the time this show starts Veronica places herself spatially in the middle ground between the upper and lower classes.  I say this because she saves some PCH bike members in the first episode from juvenile hall by winning over the leader of the gang Weavill.  Also, she has some disgust for the rich people of Neptune herself because of Logan Echolls who picks on Veronica for her mom’s drinking habits, leaving her own daughter, and for getting his car taken away when she has a bong placed in his locker. These two events needed to be accomplished so that Veronica could save her new friend Wallace from being tapped to the flag pole again from the PCH gang when he saw them stealing alcohol while he was working a shift at Sac and Pac. One other thing I realized as these events were happening is that both Veronica and Wallace are marginalized for a variety of reasons. Veronica is reduced because she is female, petite and part of a lower class. Wallace is also not seen as significant as much as this is stereotyping because he is African American and part of the lower middle class. These examples show to me that gender, race, and class prevent these two from ever entering the hallowed halls that is being part of the popular group. Which, leaves me the to the 09ers the cream of the crop, their parents are wealthy and they have all the perks that come with it.  Now, Logan Echolls in this first episode comes off as a rich spoiled brat when he complains to Veronica that “my daddy took my t-bird away” (1.1 “Pilot”) because of Veronica putting the bong in his locker. So basically, he treats her badly and then gets mad when he gets some much needed pay back in the situation. He then proceeds to use a crowbar to destroy the tail lights on Veronica’s La Baron car and does not apologize for it. For someone who is rich in this case he exemplifies behavior that is way below his class. While, on the other side of the coin is the guy from the wrong side of the tracks Weevil who tries to get Logan to apologize to Veronica. She then tries to get him to apologize to Wallace for tapping him on the flag pole.  Weevil does not treat Veronica any better prior to this because he basically threatens to go after Wallace again unless she can get the guys in gang off scot free from stealing alcohol from sac and pac. He also gets mad at her for defending Wallace in the first place and thinks with her reputation that she must be sleeping with him. He at one point in the episode overs to show her “his”(Pilot 1.1). Even, if anything this episode showed many no matter what your class some people can still be jerks as shown through Weevil and Logan.  Also, it revealed that me that the reason has so much grit and snark as a female lead is because she has too or else she would never be able to survive in a city like Neptune where their are battles among the upper and lower classes on a daily basis.  Also, she knows is that if she ever picked a side the battle between the haves and have nots would probably just get worse.  Their are plenty of other episodes where class, race, and gender continue to define some of the characters throughout the series,but I will save that for future blogs.        

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