About Keith. I need to come right out and say: I loved Keith in the movie. No, he was not the most Logan friendly, and honestly, I’m okay with that.
Yes, Logan lacks a decent father figure. Yes, Keith is about the only decent man in Neptune who falls into the proper age range (although I seem to recall a fic - one of sadiekate’s maybe? that put Cliff in that position with rather hysterical results). That does not mean Keith needs to be that person for Logan. Do I wish they would bond? Totally. Am I bothered that, as of yet, they haven’t? Not really.
Keith’s objections, to me, seemed to have very little to do with Logan, anyway, and far more to do with a desire that Veronica NOT follow his footsteps.
Almost every line of his was celebrating her getting out, or mourning her staying. The bitterness about his own decisions was palpable. The line about being the George Bailey of Neptune, distinctly apt. When he pointed out she was throwing away what she’d worked for, and “for what?” the answer was obvious - because it was the right thing to do. Because Logan was innocent. Because it was the example Keith had set for her.
Keith torched his own reputation following an unpopular investigatory decision, one where the evidence painted a ‘pretty clear picture’. If Veronica hadn’t been able to prove Logan’s innocence, hadn’t been able to close the case, she would have been hurting herself the same way. He was remembering the aftermath; she was thinking of justice.
Keith did what he did because it needed to be done, because it was the right thing to do, but it finished his marriage, hurt his daughter, closed off friendships - turned his life into one constant balancing act. He didn’t want that for Veronica. He wanted success. He wanted her away from the toxic environment that was Neptune, California. He knew the pain that came from doing the right thing, and he wanted her to be free.
That Veronica still looks up to and admires him, that she see’s little value in her New York job prospects besides the paycheck, are things he couldn’t see. In the movie, it was so clear - painfully so - that Keith sees himself as a failure. That he doesn’t understand why Veronica could still look up to him.
Neptune will be harder on her. By definition, pretty much. As a father, it disappoints, worries, concerns him.
Logan was a problem only in so much as he was the thing keeping her there. Keith knew she could let the rest of it go, but not Logan. His sigh of resignation when he realizes she’s there for Logan, when she insists its just a business trip, says everything. He knew, far sooner than Veronica, that she and Logan would be starting up again, and his only fear was that it would draw her back into the cesspool that was Neptune.
I’m okay with him not being the biggest Logan fan (although given the life-saving, that might change…). My biggest hope going forward is that Keith understand the good he did for Neptune. The good Veronica will continue to do.
Keith might be guilty of devaluing Logan, but it’s nothing like as bad as the lack of credit he gives himself.