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MIT student blogger Laura N. '09

The end of an era by Laura N. '09

Veronica Mars was canceled. That, or the seniors left. Interpret the title as you will.

On Saturday, I sat in the floor lounge and began writing this entry. Yeah, that was a few days ago. I was distracted by the front desk and its extensive collection of movies. I’ve decided to replace Veronica Mars with Lost, so I’ve watched almost the entire first two seasons in the last two weeks. It’s so, so sad. (I just finished the episode where Ana Lucia dies. WTF?! She rocked so hard. That makes me mad, killing off good characters for no reason. Rar.)

I was in the floor lounge to distract myself from the bustling activity of the seniors packing up their belongings and preparing to leave us forever. I remember thinking, “After today, there will be no Ruth or Sam around all the time to make Conner 2 the bastion of awesomeness that it is.” Tear!

I decided to finally blog (weeks after the fact) about the series(!) finale of my ex-favorite TV show, Veronica Mars. The week before the finale, the following exchange happened on the floor’s email list:

Subject: non-lounge reservation
From: Sam
Date: 5/17/07 1:48 PM
To: conner 2
I am NOT reserving the floor lounge at 8 PM on Tuesday to watch the American Idol finale, because Melinda got voted off last night, and that just sucks. Please watch something else during this time period.

angrily,
sam

Subject: RE: non-lounge reservation
From: Wesley
Date: 5/17/07 1:55 PM
To: conner 2
On that note, I’m reserving the floor lounge on Tuesday from 8-10 pm for the
season finale of veronica mars.

Not so angrily,
Wesley

Subject: RE: non-lounge reservation
From: Laura
Date: 5/17/07 2:02 PM
To: conner 2
Just to introduce an opposing opinion, I angrily support Wesley’s reservation. As an avid VMars supporter for nearly 3 years, I’m appalled at the subpar quality of season 3, most notably the fact that they’ve destroyed any integrity the character once had. I’ll be watching, just to give the show a good kick in the pants on its way out, seeing as how it was (thankfully) not renewed for Season 4.
Just keeping up the theme.

Angrily,
Laura

Which basically sums up my feelings about the show, and the finale. It may be hard to believe, but once upon a time, Veronica was basically the most awesome person EVER. I aspired to BE her. For real. But then she just became whiny and self-centered and superficial and just plain dumb. For those of you who didn’t see it, in the series finale, someone sneaks a video camera into her boyfriend’s room and then spreads a video of them around on the Internet. And at first, the episode looked promising- because Veronica became her old self and utterly destroyed the lives of everyone who remotely stood in her way of justice. It ROCKED.

Then she started doing really dumb things, like breaking into the Kane estate (um what?) and then LYING to her dad about it, who proceeded to DESTROY THE EVIDENCE against her. I cannot tolerate stupidity, seriously. Then, she hacked into this hard drive and found all the info about the members of this all-male secret society, so she gave the list of their names to Nish, because you know, she and Nish are all BBF blood sisters and all. THEN, she finally figured out who posted the video, and she did NOTHING to him. It’s like, I did not sit through 2 hours of Veronica and her supercurls flouncing around while she does idiotic things to ruin her relationship with her dad in exchange for NO payoff whatsoever. I mean, the guy sat down next to her in the cafeteria and taunted her, and she just LOOKED at him, didn’t even make a snarky remark. Then Logan came in and beat the ?#$! out of the guy (sweet!), threw him at her feet, and demanded his apology. And Veronica was all, “I don’t want it.”

Um, excuse me, in her shoes, I’d be like, “Oh yes, while you’re down there, please lick the bottom of my shoes and then don’t move so I can stomp on your face.” But apparently Veronica is less vindictive than me. Sure. I buy that.

One thing I did find hilarious about the episode was not actually in the episode, but in the Television Without Pity recap of the episode:
In the Mech E lab, Veronica is visiting Wallace, who’s working on a “1/32 model of an amphibious regional turbo prop.” It looks more like a toy plane to me, but there’s a reason I stayed away from engineering in college. Those kids never slept.

Ha! That totally made me laugh. =)

In any case, my apologies for the rant- apparently that episdoe made me go into CAPS LOCK MODE for some reason, but it’s all out of my system now. Also, before you start judging, I really don’t watch that much TV. I used to watch Arrested Development, then after that was canceled I watched Veronica Mars, and now I’m going to try Lost. I figure my brain deserves to sit there and let itself rot for at least one hour per week. That’s my strategy, and I’m sticking to it.

Anyway, now the seniors are long gone, and the summer session is finally really getting started. People are moving into their summer rooms and getting started at their jobs and UROPS, and it’s all terribly exciting, which is why we sit around watching 10 hours of TV shows on DVD per day. I’m the summer RA for the dorm, which means I’m in charge of planning exciting events each week, so that should be fun. No worries, once I catch up with Lost I’ll have plenty of free time to chronicle the life of a summer-time MIT student.

As sad as it was to see the seniors go, I wish it were moving day more often. Do you have any idea how much free stuff I’ve acquired? Last Saturday alone I got two half bottles of laundry detergent (seriously, I have enough to last me for like 3 more years now), a couple of mixing bowls, a handy map of Boston (I have the worst sense of direction of all time), a strand of decorative lights, a can of WD-40, and a soldering iron (thanks to Evan, the newest blogger). I think getting a free can of WD-40 and soldering iron in one day is more than a girl could ask for, nevermind all that other stuff.

The problem inherent in all of this is that now I have even MORE,,,junk I don’t really need cluttering my room, so when I move in the fall (into a slightly smaller room, no less), that’ll kind of suck.

Okay, so now that I’ve rambled about every topic under the sun NOT relating to the actual purpose of this blog, I think I’ll finish this one off. But trust me, there’s some good material on its way.

Good luck to everyone on their senior dinners and proms and graduations and stuff!

26 responses to “The end of an era”

  1. amanda '11 says:

    Haha I agree with your comments about VM. Season three didn’t even have a big mystery…. I blame the CW. Oh well, it’s gone forever now!

  2. Snively says:

    Wow, you have bad luck with TV shows. You watch them until they get cancelled. You know you have a problem when it happens more than once.

    I think this entry would have spoken to me more if I had seen even a single episode of VM, but that’s ok, it was worth it to hear you describe it as “Caps Lock Mode.” I didn’t know it had a title!

    One last thing, it was nice of you to finally post a blog entry, it’s almost as if you don’t want us to read your magnificently constructed pieces of literary composition.

  3. milena '11 says:

    Well good thing you’re planning events for your dorm this summer, because us Interphasers will be conveniently located at Next House!! (What a coincidence!)

  4. Anonymous says:

    “I think getting a free can of WD-40 and soldering iron in one day is more than a girl could ask for, nevermind all that other stuff.”

    That’s not all bad. My boyfriend gave me a dremel for our “First-monthly-anniversary.” And I love it!

  5. Ruth says:

    LOSSSSTTTT!!
    Oh man, I love it so much.
    I love you too Laura smile

  6. Erick '11 says:

    Lost is an awesome show! The Third season was good, I’m not going to spoil it though.

  7. Wings '11 says:

    LOST!!!!
    My APUSH teacher got me hooked on that show at the beginning of this year. I watched seasons 1 and 2 in the less-than-two-weeks before the start of season 3. I’m HOOKED! I have no idea why they killed off Ana Lucia. She was amazing. The show is kind of slow-moving, but I have faith in the writers, even though most people don’t. Oh well.

    But, if it’s true that you watch a show and it ends up cancelled, I demand you stop watching LOST. Right now. wink

    My other shows: House, Bones, Ugly Betty
    Ugly Betty = story of my life

    But I’ll stop about TV now. Are you doing a UROP over the summer? What type? (So you get some sort of break before going back to school?)

  8. Ben says:

    Wait… does this mean no tales of jersey lifeguarding this summer? What will I do without the drama???

  9. Wings '11 says:

    Sorry. The “So” is supposed to be a “Do” in the last sentence =)

  10. Hank R. says:

    I used to love Veronica Mars, but I stopped watching after the first season. I don’t remember why I stopped though. Lost is amazing, but it’s terribly slow moving, and I won’t get the answers to all my questions until what? 2009? 2010?

    Gah.

  11. Harrison says:

    There may be no more Ruth or Sam but there’s still you, Rick, and Mason to hold down the fort! Don’t stop believing or something cliche like that.

  12. Arkajit says:

    So I actually got drawn into watching Veronica Mars this year after reading you guys constantly mention it on the blogs smile

    I definitely missed the season-long mystery arcs that made seasons 1 and 2 so great — it was like Harry Potter in the way small clues and details came back to be enormously important near the end. But I was still hoping they’d do a season 4 and bring back some of the old magic. Just as well, I suppose, that it got canceled because now I no longer have any reason to turn on the TV even once a week smile

  13. Evan says:

    Ha. I’m glad somebody picked up that soldering iron, because it sat in the B-C entryway for two or three days.

  14. José P. says:

    I want a soldering iron. :
    Could never bother to watch Veronica Mars. As a matter of fact, I probably would have never known of its existence if I hadn’t started visiting these blogs. Oh, well.

  15. Mollie says:

    Wait, where’s the part where you talk about coming to my Super-Awesome Housewarming Party? wink

    And speaking of free stuff, would you happen to want a microwave, a cookie sheet, or a rice cooker? (Free to good home. Bridal showers rock.)

  16. Mikey says:

    Laura –

    When you move to your smaller room in the fall, just continue the trend and give tons of free stuff away! Haha. I found it helps every summer to cart/ship home as much stuff you don’t need as possible because every year you inevitably accumulate things in your room that you don’t (or rarely ever) need. E.g., I had a frickin fax machine in my room all 4 years of college because my sister had one and actually used it in college (she’s 7 years older than me)…yeah, not so much for me…

    P.S. LOST rocks. So does House.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I know you don’t watch that much TV, (neither do I, in fact) but I got into Lost and it got a little dull because nothing was being solved or anything and I switched to The 4400, and it just happens to be the coolest show ever, ever, in the history of existence.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I know you don’t watch that much TV, (neither do I, in fact) but I got into Lost and it got a little dull because nothing was being solved or anything and I switched to The 4400, and it just happens to be the coolest show ever, ever, in the history of existence.

  19. Wings '11 says:

    Actually, I disliked Libby. Ana Lucia was much more kick-butt. Oh well, I’ve never been mainstream wink

    A friend of mine LOVES The 4400. I’m going to try to catch up in time for next summer’s season, but I have too much going on now =)

  20. Ronny CHEN says:

    Have you seen Sex and the City? I really think it’s awesome!!

  21. Aaron says:

    Actually, Anna Lucia was killed off because of the negative audience reaction to her. I think if you watched the show from first airing you’d notice how she didn’t fit in and everyone hated her. Now the sad part was Libby dying, but I hear she had scheduling conflicts with another show.

  22. Wings '11 says:

    Going along with the TV theme…

    I was watching Bones (it’s a rerun, but I haven’t seen this episode), and the victim in the case is an honors student kid who was GOING OFF TO MIT.

    It made my heart happy =)

  23. Aaron says:

    I just thought Anna Lucia’s butch-factor was really forced feeling. I didn’t think she could act well and just thought that the aggressiveness was sort-of how she wanted to be perceived with her infractions and all in real life.

  24. Snively says:

    Yeah, I saw that episode of bones. The only thing that bugged me is that the MIT kid . . . well . . . he died. That’s not really, you know, happy. :(

  25. Wings '11 says:

    Minor detail, Snively, minor detail wink