The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 1-8

I asked for advice and you advised! After a truly generous outpouring of recommendations and opinions, I began marathoning Veronica Mars! Obviously it's taking me longer than expected (April is part of the holiday season, right?), but now I'm hooked and I have you to thank.

There seems to be a current debate about whether it's okay to review a serialized TV series before we've seen its conclusion. Recently The Wire creator David Simon admonished viewers for analyzing the show before they'd seen exactly how his novelistic seasons concluded. Those who would agree with him have likened episodic coverage to passing judgment on a book after only having read three chapters. But first of all, tons of great literature was published in serialized form (Dickens knows what I'm talking about). Any installment-based storytelling, whether it's a chapter of Great Expectations or a typical episode of The Vampire Diaries, is designed to leave you with a positive judgment of what you've seen so that you'll continue to consume the story. So yeah, sorry Mr. Simon. Don't invite judgment and then claim you shouldn't be judged! Plus, this is the internet, it's built on a foundation of snap judgments.

All of this is a complicated way of saying, I am now going to review Veronica Mars episode-by-episode! Deal w/it.

Plus, in anticipation of Veronica Mars' April 15 debut on SOAPnet, I feel like it's suddenly timely again to get a conversation going about this show. If you're anything like me you somehow missed and/or slept through the entirety of Veronica Mars' original run from 2004-2007. It's not really our fault, it was on a crazy low-rated network (something called a "UPN"?) and it got low ratings even for them. But Veronica Mars ended up developing what TV professors might refer to as a "cult following" based on its whip-smart dialogue, enthralling mysteries both standalone and overarching, plus the irresistible charms of its leading lady Kristen Bell.

Veronica Mars told the saga of a teenage private investigator who regularly took on pro bono cases in her spare time while trying to solve a few essential mysteries of her own. In retrospect, the series was ahead of its time in that procedural-serial hybrids are now pretty popular with networks (see Person of Interest, Fringe, etc.). It afforded viewers the satisfaction and closure of standalone cases while keeping people invested over the long-haul. I'm not sure why the two-pronged addictive nature of Veronica Mars didn't attract a wider audience, but the premise remains a solid, accessible idea and the series definitely still holds up.

Full disclosure: I'm only eight episodes deep! But boy do I have some snap judgments and first impressions to declare.


Up until I watched the first episode, I had next to no feelings about Kristen Bell. For someone so gorgeous, something about her face was just so unmemorable to me. I feel like I'd forget about her whenever I wasn't looking directly at her. But now I know why she's so widely adored: Lady is hilarious. As a lead character around whom the show is built, Veronica Mars is clever, vulnerable, confident, sad, and all the other personality traits that make a person real and compelling. So yeah, I need no more evidence of Kristen Bell's greatness. Veronica Mars is the Patient Zero of Kristen Bell's infectious charms.

As for the other characters, they're peppered throughout the hateable-to-likeable spectrum, and they're almost all perfectly cast. For instance (and again, just going off of first impressions here), has there ever been a more loathsome character than Logan?

He's basically unbearable so far! That yellow SUV! That puka-shell necklace! Ugh, the worst.

And Veronica's ex-boyfriend Duncan is basically the textbook definition of "peaked in high school."

Weevil's definitely a character for the pantheon of unconvincing TV thugs, but the actor Francis Capra makes him pretty sympathetic.

Still not sure what the point of Wallace is. I guess he is just a good sidekick for Veronica to speak exposition to? I don't know. He's fine.

And maybe this impression will change, but am I supposed to be annoyed by Lilly Kane? I mean, Amanda Seyfried is great and she was the first of many actors I had no idea were on this show. Same with Kyle Secor from Homicide! In fact, the cast is so stocked with talented people (and future stars), I'm just gonna have to point them out on an episode-by-episode basis. But back to what I was saying, the more flashbacks we see of Lilly Kane, the more I'm convinced that she was murdered through a group effort by the entirety of Neptune. Relax, Lilly Kane!

And finally, just to get ALL of my sacrilegious beliefs out of the way up front: So far I do not care for Keith Mars. Enrico Colantoni is too young and his performance is slightly too smarmy for my tastes. And am I crazy or is the sexual tension between him and his daughter kind of off-putting? Maybe he will win me over later, but for now I am not friending, following, or subscribing to Keith Mars.

However I do LOVE his apartment building:

What kind of rent do they pay?!

And the last thing I need to talk about up front is... I know 2004 doesn't seem like a long time ago, but apparently it happened during the '90s? This show is SO '90s! Why didn't any of you tell me this? From Veronica's collection of chokers to the Dandy Warhols theme song to all the funky camera styles, the first few episodes of Veronica Mars are so dated they felt like Reality Bites, Jr.

Fortunately I loved the '90s, so no harm no foul! Anyway, none of these complaints are deal-breakers, I'm just recording some first impressions in order to see how they change by the time I've seen everything.

All right, let's do this:



Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot"


Case of the week: The first episode of Veronica Mars set up a daunting amount of storylines. Even the "case of the week" plotline had an impact on the overall story in that it introduced important characters and relationships. Basically: Veronica arrived at her bright 'n shiny Southern California high school to find a young guy duct-taped to a flag pole. Cementing our suspicion that Veronica's a rebel who doesn't give an F about what her peers think of her, she marched right up to the kid (Wallace) and cut him down, thus earning a friend and sidekick for life. It turned out he'd been harassed by a biker gang for snitching, but by the end of the episode Veronica managed to get the bikers off Wallace's case, befriend their leader Weevil, and even get them off the hook for their alleged crimes, thus earning backup for life.

The plot thickens: As for the series plotlines, SO MUCH was set up in this episode. Before the story even began, Veronica's wealthy best friend Lilly Kane was brutally murdered (we only see Lilly Kane in candy-colored flashbacks), and Veronica's then-sheriff father Keith Mars refused to drop the investigation against Lilly's well-to-do father. So of course he lost his job and became a pariah, Veronica lost her social circle (and her boyfriend Duncan, Lilly's brother), and Veronica's mother split town out of embarrassment. Oh AND Veronica had been drugged and raped at a party. Yep, they just threw that in there also. All that happened before the episode even started! By the end of the pilot Veronica had taken to doing some freelance private investigation work (her father's current profession) and discovered a link between Lilly Kane's father and her own mother.

Stars of tomorrow: Amanda Seyfried! She only appeared in flashbacks, sure, but like Laura Palmer before her, sometimes a dead girl can loom large.

Signs it's 2004: I mean...

Episode verdict: Like with the first episodes of many great shows, this one suffered a bit from pilot-itis. The amount of information I was asked to process was sort of overwhelming. Fortunately Veronica's voiceover was snappy and informational in an engaging way. The episode was a dense 42 minutes, but pretty fun right off the bat.



Season 1, Episode 2: "Credit Where Credit's Due"


Case of the week: Veronica's new biker gang friend Weevil got framed for credit card fraud, which somehow resulted in his grandmother going to jail! It didn't take long for Veronica to figure out his cousin had been the culprit and he'd done it to impress a rich blonde girl who bore a striking resemblance to Paris Hilton.

The plot thickens: The big piece of evidence Veronica discovered was a set of red-light photos that proved Lilly Kane was alive at the time of her official time of death. Whoops! Corruption was afoot. Also, Veronica found herself joining the school newspaper, sharing personal space with her ex-boyfriend Duncan, and sharing some flirtations with the new guy in school Troy.

Stars of tomorrow:

Aaron Ashmore, who went on to star on Smallville, Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl, among other things.

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (daughter of Sidney) was billed as a series regular but her part as the newspaper's faculty adviser has been super tiny so far. She went on to star in Quentin Tarantino's way underrated Death Proof.

Ryan Hansen played a glorified extra at first...a rich bully friend of Logan's. But we'd all come to know him from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas's follow-up series Party Down.

Signs it's 2004:

Veronica's ho-hat. Also:

Episode verdict: Unfortunately, I definitely didn't care about Weevil's credit card fraud issues, but the episode was totally redeemed by Veronica's high school experiences. My favorite element of this show so far is the fact that Veronica had a past life as a boring, overachieving goody-goody. We only see that version of her in flashbacks, but that's clearly how most of her classmates still view her. So whenever we get glimpses of how she's reconciling the past with the present, it can be really moving. Her awkward ride home with Duncan in this episode was particularly great: Just when it seemed like maaaybe they could slip back into old habits, they got pulled over and separated by their respective parents. There's just no going back.



Season 1, Episode 3: "Meet John Smith"


Case of the week: This was a pretty great case: A dorky kid conspired to spend more time with Veronica by hiring her to find his biological dad (whom he believed to be dead) and whose name was John Smith. Hoping for a prolonged, fruitless effort during which he could continue burning mix CDs for Veronica, the kid was instead informed that his father was still alive and was now a she. And she had been visiting him at his video store job in secret just to make sure he was doing okay. It was actually pretty powerful!

The plot thickens: In another great plotline, Duncan decided to stop taking his anti-depressants and he started having feelings for Veronica again. The downside was that he began to hallucinate encounters with his dead sister (she mentioned that her secret would be revealed), so it was back on pills he went! Meanwhile Veronica reluctantly began to return Troy's advances when she realized Duncan wasn't into her anymore.

Stars of tomorrow:

Melissa Leo, former star of Homicide: Life of the Street (along with Kyle Secor who plays Jake Kane), and future Oscar winner for Best Actress in The Fighter.

Signs it's 2004:

Lotta blond tips.

And chokers??

And puka-shell necklaces??

Episode verdict: This one was not only packed with mystery and satisfying reveals, it approached My So-Called Life levels of teen angst. So good.



Season 1, Episode 4: "The Wrath of Con"


Case of the week: One of the more hilariously elaborate scams I've ever heard of: A computer criminal was hiring actors to "pretend" to scam women by telling the actors they were on a hidden camera show and to just pass along the cash, thank you. (I'm not really sure.) All that mattered was that at one point Veronica dressed up like a Japanese schoolgirl to infiltrate an arcade and then later impersonated a sexy nerd, broke into a dorm room, stole the criminal's hard drives, and held them for ransom. And all so that Wallace could impress a new lady friend. Complicated, but fun.

The plot thickens: In flashbacks we saw much more of the impact Lilly had on Veronica's previous life: Encouraging her to attend dances, wear sexier dresses, make out in limos, things like that. Meanwhile Veronica helped Logan put together a more accurate video tribute to Lilly (for a fountain dedicated to her memory) by including tons of Girls Gone Wild-type footage, to the gathered crowd's delight. Interestingly enough, Weevil looked a little too emotional at the memorial.

Signs it's 2004:

Obviously technology is the biggest offender in dating a TV show, but few things are as glaring as old Apple technology. These translucent acrylic flatscreen monitors in the journalism room were especially distracting to me. (And check out what looks to be genuine Amanda Seyfriend home video footage. Charming!)

Episode verdict: The case of the week was a lot of fun, but I definitely started feeling a bit of Lilly Kane fatigue by the end of the episode. She seemed kind of obnoxious? Still though, I love the idea that her spirit rubbed off on Veronica, turning a mousy blonde into the kickass spy she came to be. The closing shot of her running away from Troy's limo only to strip down and wade out into the ocean was a truly memorable and touching moment.



Season 1, Episode 5: "You Think You Know Somebody"


Case of the week: During a routine party weekend in Tijuana, Logan, Troy, and a friend managed to get their car stolen, including the friend's piñata full of steroids! Veronica ended up fixing things with the scary bodybuilder dude who was waiting for his shipment, but also made a heartbreaking discovery in the process: Her new boyfriend Troy was a liar and a drug dealer. Fortunately, just as he skipped town believing he'd pulled one over on Veronica, he discovered that she was a few steps ahead of him and had replaced his stolen drugs with taffy. Foiled!

The plot thickens: In going through her mother's things, Veronica discovered a key to a safe deposit box. At the bank she opened the box and discovered surveillance photos of herself! What did it mean? Later we heard a voicemail from Veronica's mom assuring her that she's alive and answers will be forthcoming... someday.

Stars of tomorrow:

Hey look, it's Being Human's Sam Huntington!

Signs it's 2004:

What even IS that thing?

It's not just that Postal Service was playing, Troy and Veronica actually discussed how much they both liked Postal Service. Also, this screengrab is my best attempt at showing you the really bad green screening used during Veronica Mars' driving scenes.

Episode verdict: I definitely didn't see the Troy twist coming, and I felt really bad for Veronica. Up until this point I was rooting for him to be a good guy! Sure, he started off as an annoyingly horny-all-the-time bro, but he was pretty charming too. The fact that he was a bad guy all along just proved to me that this show might just have some tricks up its sleeves.



Season 1, Episode 6: "Return of the Kane"


Case of the week: Couple of school-related cases: First, Veronica helped a misfit run for class president against the popular kids' chosen candidate, Duncan Kane. When Duncan (who was tricked into running in the first place) won under suspicious circumstances, Veronica uncovered a Logan-orchestrated election fraud. Unfortunately the outsider candidate ended up being a reprehensible snitch and Veronica accepted Duncan's victory with a sense of relief (especially after he immediately enacted some outsider-inclusive legislation). Oh, and also, we met Logan's parents, a famous movie star dad and a Real Housewife-type mom (Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, respectively), who were not pleased when Logan got involved in a bum-fighting ring. We learned later that Logan's dad beats him up a ton.

The plot thickens: Veronica's sleuthing in the Lilly Kane case primarily related to the shaky confession by the strange man who'd admitted to killing Lilly. The main point of weakness in his confession was the fact that some of Lilly's shoes were found at the man's residence when crime scene photos proved they were in Lilly's bedroom at the time of the investigation. Conspiracy!

Stars of tomorrow:

Jane Lynch played a surprisingly serious (and unpleasant) administrator in this episode, a far cry from the strict-yet-hilarious Sue Sylvester in Glee. Also, like Ryan Hansen, Lynch would go on to re-team with showrunner Rob Thomas for Party Down.

Signs it's 2004:

I'd forgotten that videotaped "bum fights" were a thing once! Of course Logan was into them.

Episode verdict: The twist that heroic outsider Wanda was not what she seemed was yet another turn I didn't see coming. Plus, I liked the idea that Duncan seems like a good guy who's at the mercy of his father's and his friends' wishes. Another fun and solid episode.



Season 1, Episode 7: "The Girl Next Door"


Case of the week: When a pregnant girl in the building went missing, Veronica suspected the artist boyfriend might've offed her. Unfortunately we learned the girl merely ran away in order to deal with the fact that her stepdad had raped her. Good times! Meanwhile Logan and Weevil spent some quality time together in detention. At one point they teamed up to prank the teacher and it was touching how they looked out for each other. But then Logan took issue with Weevil's "Lilly" tattoo and their burgeoning friendship evaporated.

The plot thickens: Veronica helped an alumnus dig up old photos of the Class of '79 and discovered that her mother dated Jake Kane back in the day. Also we learned that Duncan had broken up with Veronica well before Lilly Kane's death (I'd assumed they broken up due to grief and/or Veronica's dad pressing the Kanes too hard). I wonder why??

Stars of tomorrow:

Future Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain! 2011 was a huge year for her with Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and The Help all opening within weeks of each other, but apparently up until then she was just another struggling young actress appearing on UPN procedurals! Who knew?

Signs it's 2004:

More technology giveaways. But seriously, remember when phones didn't have full-color displays? Ugh, if time travel were a thing I would never go back in time. Now I can't help but think how much easier Veronica's investigations would've been if she'd had an iPhone.

Episode verdict: I gotta admit, I found the main plot more interesting than the case of the week. Not my favorite episode, but still totally watchable.



Season 1, Episode 8: "Like a Virgin"


Case of the week: The whole school was thrown into a tizzy when everyone's results from an online purity test were sold for $10 a pop. Veronica agreed to get to the bottom of things when both she and a popular girl named Meg were slandered with fake results that made them seem sluttier than they were. The culprit ended up being another jealous girl (big surprise!) with an assist from the studly French IT guy. Meanwhile Keith Mars helped Wallace's mom evict a no-good, deadbeat tenant.

The plot thickens: Veronica confronted the man who claimed to have murdered Lilly Kane and it was scary!

Not only did he see through Veronica's ruse (she'd arrived in disguise), he gloated over the murder and also claimed out loud what the show had hinted at: Jake Kane might be Veronica's biological father!

Stars of tomorrow:

Maybe Tina Majorino was already famous from her child actor days and also Napoleon Dynamite. Still, nice to see such a familiar face, even though her character wasn't exactly the most convincing cyberpunk to appear on network TV.

Signs it's 2004:

An entire plotline based around an online purity test? Again, I remember taking that thing in the '90s!

Episode verdict: Great episode. The high school scandals were fun and surprising, while the Lilly Kane investigation took a turn for the serious. And to think I'd been so proud of myself for suspecting the Jake Kane paternity thing (so that's why Duncan dumped her without explanation! He discovered he'd been dating his own sister!), but now that this episode explicitly confirmed it, I'm pretty sure it's a red herring. It can't be that easy, right? I'm starting to suspect this show is pretty tricky.

Regardless of its central puzzle, the most memorable element was Veronica's emotional breakdown in her car after hearing that revelation. It was the first time we'd seen such a raw display of emotion from our intrepid heroine, so it was as unsettling as it was heartbreaking. Poor Veronica!

 

So eight episodes down, tons more to go! I know I've only scratched the surface of this series, but I'm really into it so far. You guys were right, Veronica Mars is terrific!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Which episode got you officially hooked on this show?

... How great is Kristen Bell?

... Who was your favorite Season 1 guest star?

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Great write up I watched Seasons 1 and 2 back when they aired but stopped for some reason. 12 years later and a motion picture made me decide to go back and re-watch 1 and 2 before I finally watch 3 and the movie. I love Kristen Bell. So disappointed House of Lies was canceled. She was the only reason I watched. Watched her when she was on Heroes too. I prefer to see her on a TV series more than in movies so hopefully she has something in the works. I just finished Episodes 1-8. Time for Episode 9.
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I just started this series and I'm really into it. I liked Kristen before, but now I absolutely love her. I don't know where you are getting the feel of sexual tension though. Enrico and Kris make quite a good dad-daughter team.

The amount of recognizable great actors is just staggering. You missed Alona Tal (Supernatural).
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So a year later and I'm finally starting this...really like it so far.Agree with you on Logan, he just seems totally unlikable so far. .-.
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I liked it from the very first episode, and watched it all the way to the end. I have all three seasons on DVD and pull them out every once in awhile. I also got several coworkers hooked on the series through the DVDs. A wonderful show that was cancelled way too early.
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...the 1st season was already available online...I am "a to late fan"...



...KB still gets my vote for the invigoration of Nancy Drew...and ND is the smartest detective outside of Perry Mason.



...oh wow.........I don't think they've shown up yet, favorite goes to the 80's.
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I'm happy to learn that you now embrace the awesomeness that is Veronica Mars. You'll definitely learn to love Keith Mars. Keith's and Veronica's relationship is one of the best father-daughter relationships ever portrayed on TV. And don't get me started on Logan... but I don't want to spoil anything for you. Really looking forward to the next dossier!!
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Proud to say I watch VM from the very 1st episode on UPN. Watch all 3 seasons on it and rewatched it when it was on Netflix. I would love to see them turn this into a movie. Kristen is awesome. Hope you enjoy the rest of the season!
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I started watching the show since it premiered on SOAPnet. Can't wait for you to review the next set of episodes
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How long do we have to wait for you to watch the eight next episodes?
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I just finished watching the first season and i was hooked on the very first episode! Kristen Bell is awesome and as for your other question, there were a lot of guest stars that I recognized such as:

- Alona Tal who played Jo from Supernatural (another show that I religiously watch)

- Sam Huntington

- Jane Lynch

- Steven Williams who played Rufus in Supernatural

- Bonita Friedericy who was in Chuck



Out of them I gotta say that my favorite guest star was Alona.

Still waiting for your next installment, Price and btw, I LOVE reading your TVD and TSC recaps!! :D

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more please price!
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The first episode I ever saw was the Season 2 premiere and I was hooked!! Words cannot express my love for this show. I own all 3 season and can quote entire episodes. Kristen Bell has been one of my favorite actresses since seeing Veronica Mars. The show was so under appreciated, but greatly loved by it's loyal fans (Who are still rooting for a movie)
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The commercial convinced me to watch, and the first ep hooked me. I really liked Tina Majorino.

These reviews are really fun, they take me back to sitting in the living room during lunch (it was on during the day on weekends on TNT here in Brazil),, hehe. It's one of the series I greatly miss.
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I knew about this show when it came out and refused to watch it because it took Buffy's timeslot. I caught the last half of the second episode while my sister was watching it on netflix and instantly realized I had made a mistake. This show was amazing.
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I don't know if this has already been mentioned yet, but I recall Joss Whedon saying VM was his favourite show at the time. He even makes a cameo appearence later on as a hotel receptionist - in the same episode that Alysson Hannigan first appears.



Infact, I used to think VM had a Buffy vibe about it, with Veronica as Buffy and Tina Majorina's character being Willow - she resembles Willow in the scenes she appears in - very tenuous I appreciate.



I look forward to the rest of your reviews.
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You're right, Joss said that the show and the writing were so good it "scared him".

As a Buffy fan, that's the highest praise you can receive I think

cheers, Kevin
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I love almost everything about Veronica Mars! Except the ending. But no spoilers for you ;)

Kristen Bell is awesome! And as Veronica she was just simply amazing!

My favourite guest stars were Alona Tal and Tina Majorino.



I totally love you for writing these thoughts! I am looking forward to another one awesome article about this show!
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Veronica Mars is an excellent show. Great to see you have chosen to review it. When can we expect the next installment? :)
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There have only been 3 series that hooked me with the first ep and VM was one of them, I have watched my DVDs many times and have my DVR set for Sunday also. Nice review and Logan just keeps getting better.
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I would say the first episode for me. I LOVE Veronica Mars and because of it I adore Kristen Bell (Besides VM watch the sloth video!). And the play between Veronica and Logan is EPIC, especially their first kiss. Oh and the soundtrack is great too, I just love The Dandy Warhols! =)
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I only started watching it after it was cancelled, but I got hooked from the start anyway and watch all three seasons in a week :)



And now I feel like watching them again, thanks for that
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I pretty much think the pilot got me hooked on this show for reals. When Veronica walks up and rescues Wallace from being taped to the pole, I thought she was a BAMF and had to continue watching. This show is great. I'm glad you're watching it! It gets better!
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I'm so glad you like it. I was devastated when they cancelled and have been waiting for the rebroadcast so I could Tivo the entire series. Oh Happy Days!
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Thanks for making me rewatch this. I'm falling in love with the show all over again.
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About gorram time you get around to meet Veronica Mars. One of the strongest shows that never had an audience, but it will live on forever in our hearts.



A shame Kristen never found another decent role (yet, at least), TV or movie, to show off her incredible talent.
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I'm glad you chose Veronica Mars to review, Price. I love, love, love, love, love this show! I was intrigued by the promo commercials before it even started and was hooked at episode 1.



This is Kristen Bell's preeminent role, no other TV or movie character she's portrayed has come close to being as real, as fleshed out or as well-rounded as this (in a word, she's 'perfect' as Veronica Mars). There's a reason she's never given up on trying to make a movie version of the show happen.



You are crazy about the Keith/Veronica relationship. It's the gold standard for what father/daughter relationships should be. Enrico Colantoni was simply terrific as Keith Mars, but he's been good in many things (e.g. Flashpoint, Just Shoot Me, currently as Elias on Person of Interest). How can you not love their witty banter?



The network meddled with the show between seasons 2 and 3 because of the low ratings (it already had a huge cult following, so don't get me started on the giant flaw that is the Nielsen ratings system). You're right in that it was ahead of it's time in regards to the combo of case of the week / over-arching story. The network wanted the season long mystery aspect gone because they felt it kept new viewers away, and this ended up turning off many of the people who were loyal to the show. It was also at the time when UPN and the WB were merging networks, so there was a great deal of pressure to comply with the network and try to make the big cut-down from two networks full of shows to just one. Unfortunately, it came down to the wire and Veronica Mars just landed on the wrong side of the chopping block. I can't even begin to express how disappointed I was at that decision - how disappointed I AM at that decision, to this day. It's one of my all time favorite shows.



There are very few shows I can re-watch multiple times (Deadwood is another, also gone too soon after 3 seasons), and this is one of the shows that I've repeat viewed the most. Television at it's finest!
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One more thing...

Kristen Bell is so mercurial, and infuses Veronica with such tenderness and grace, snark and wit, that had this show been on a major network, I believe she would have been nominated for emmy awards for her portrayal. She is that good.

Cheers, Kevin
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Ditto. Or touche. Or whatever. Point is that's a DAMN fair point.
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I remember seen this show for the first time here in Italy in tv, and it followed a show I was watching (I don't remember what...I am getting old!). I was hooked from the beginning despite the translation...and then obviously I started to watch it in English and I loved it!

My favourite ep is Weapons of Class Destruction , and from this list I'm torned between "Like a Virgin" and the one with the Lily fountain memorial.

BTW Price wonderful choice!!!!!!!
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Better late then never Price! LOL and welcome aboard...

There has been no show that has stayed with me the way Veronica Mars has...its dialogue, the characters, the twisted take on noire...it is a show that I will watch off and on for the rest of my life.

I was intrigued as soon as I heard Veronica say in the pilot, "you want to know how I lost my virginity? So do I..." but it was mid first season that I knew this was something special. The heart of the show, I believe, is the relationship between Veronica and Keith (you are wrong about Keith, Price, but you'll find that out soon enough! haha), which really comes to fruition in the 1st season finale and the start of season 2.

Veronica Mars does something that is incredibly difficult to pull off: it creates a mystery arc that it sustains with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing ( and more importantly, interested), which is already difficult enough...but it does the nearly impossible...it has that arc and mystery pay off in the end..and it pays off in spades (trust me!)



Veronica Mars greatest achievement though may be that it follows a season as inspired as its 1st with what some argue is an even better season 2, continuing its superior writing with a season and mystery that is connected somewhat to the 1st but stands on its own: it does not make the classic mistake of making the 2nd season of a successful show feel like just more episodes of the 1st ("The Killing?") I'll be honest, I didn't think they would be able to do it...man was I pleasantly surprised.

Thre you have it, my diatribe about Veronica Mars...I guess you could say I'm a fan! haha



Side note: My favourite episode is Season 2's "Not Pictured" , the season finale that I would put up against anything on television, past or present, for pure drama, writing, and performance. Period.

cheers, Kevin



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I agree absolutely with you! The "how i lost my virginity part" totally shocked me. And the pariah scenario, with longing looks from Duncan.

Do you know that in the TV-italian version they censored a part of the season 2 finale?? I was shocked!!
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You are so right, Veronica as pariah, wearing an invisible scarlet letter, so forms how she evolves...and has repercussions she (and we) could only imagine....(now that's a tease! haha)



I'd love to know which part they censored in Italy, but that would be difficult without spoilers...but I think I know...

cheers
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Let's say that everyone leave a certain part of a building using the stairs...
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Yep, that's what I figured....

thanks Meba :)



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When Veronica Mars originally aired, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every episode I stumbled upon. The dialogue is intelligent, witty and funny. Kristen Bell was perfectly-cast in the role of Veronica.

And, as for answering your question: "How great is Kristen Bell?"...

I'd highly-recommend that you (or anyone) take a few moments to watch any of the episodes of CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" in which Kristin makes an appearance. She's not only charming and fun to watch, but she and Craig have great chemistry and their conversations are often hilarious.
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I was hooked from the moment I heard Veronica just talk mention her rape. I knew this show was going to be noire lovely.
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Logan Logan Logan!!!!!
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i watched thr first season when i was home sick for two days and maybe it was cause i was sick, but i didnt fall in love with it till the season one finale! i love that episode and i love this show! :[
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jenny_d_b here said it best, THIS is what Veronica Mars is all about:



http://www.tv.com/shows/veronica-mars/reviews/item-665205



And when you're done this, hop on over to Facebook and join the movement for a VM MOVIE:



http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-will-go-see-Veronica-Mars-the-Movie/172328699489235







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It sucked when the show was cancelled after just 3 season's.
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UPN is now the CW, considering how much love you give the vampire diaries i thought you would know that... don't diss UPN!!
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he obviously knows. heas just kidding lol
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Weapons of Class Destruction is my favorite. You forgot Alona Tal as Meg on VM who then went on to play Jo in Supernatural. Kristen Bell is an amazing actress and FV S1 guest star Katie Leclerc

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I started watching it during the 3rd season when The WB and UPN merged into The CW. I think it was on the same night as Gilmore Girls, which was the only show I went out of the way to watch at the time.



Anyways, the third season was intriguing enough for me to buy the first two. For this reason, I have no idea which episode hooked me on the show. I've seen them all so many times!



You're correct about the twists. This show constantly keeps you guessing, and since it ultimately got canceled, I don't think the reviewing it episode-episode is wrong. It's interesting to see the perspective of someone who doesn't already know how it ends.
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This is my all time favorite show. So much time has passed and it still holds a special place in my heart. I was a total fan, made music videos, wrote fanfiction, oh that was a good time. I even started watching girl just to hear Kristen's voice :))) And I was so sad when it was canceled, especially the way it did.



I think I was hooked from the beginning, even though my favorite episodes came a little bit later in the season. My favorite 1st season guest star has to be Paris Hilton, I hated her in the episode, but I just love the way it ended :D



Oh, and keep watching, really interesting to see what you will think of this show. And don't be too fast to make opinions about characters, some of them will surprise you in a good way. (I am LoVe all the way) :))



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I finished watching this show just a few days ago. I started watching only because Kristen Bell acted here, in my opinion she has too little pictures with a high rating. I mean movies that fit a large audience. Films that are clear even to me. I wish Kristen more of these films. After watching the pilot episode, I decided that I would look to the end. It was the first and the second question. Regarding the third, I started to pay attention to guests when there was Paris Hilton. Because, unfortunately, not all foreign actors I know. Therefore, this question can not answer. But I like the selection of all the actors and their character's. I really like when seen in the pictures the life and effects on the character's fate. When everyone has their own unique character and etc. It's a disappointed that in the late father of Veronica removed from his post as sheriff. And that Veronica did not disclose the secrets of the castle. How can you live with such a load? I'm kidding )
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YAY! Veronica Mars is one of my all time favorite shows. Welcome to Neptune! You're gonna love it!

I freakin' LOVE your review, especially the "signs it's 2004" part, I always do that when I rewatch old shows or movies^^

I'm still so mad it got cancelled!! Argh!
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I can't quite express how excited I am for you to be watching this show! Neptune RIsing (@NeptuneRising on Twitter / facebook.com/SaveVeronicaMars ) has been working hard for years to get a movie made.



Which episode got me hooked? I'd say the Pilot. The saturated noir colors, tones, Kristen's snappy narration, the music... the 90's-ness of it- LOVE.



How great is Kristen Bell? She's pretty damn alright. If you can't get enough of her, I highly HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend searching for Kristen Bell and Craig Ferguson on the YouTubes. Priceless.



Favorite Season 1 guest star? Hmmm... Jane Lynch is always a treat. Love Sam Huntington too (who went on to co-star with Kristen in FANBOYS) ... also I really adore Jonathan Bennett, who appears later in the season.



Great commentary, and the "Signs it's 2004" caps have me LOL'ing. And the rest of your screengrab choices are excellent as well, by the by!
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I LOVE veronica mars! This makes me want to rewatch it again! logan is amazing, just wait!
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The 1st episode I ever saw was "Like a Virgin" and it got me hooked. Kristen Bell is AMAZING and she's my new favorite person :). Alona Tal. I love her so much :)
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I was hooked by the first episode. Was really fun to reminisce episode by episode. I can't wait to hear what you think about the rest of the series. I remember getting my mind changed about quite a few characters, please don't rush to judgement yet.
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Out of these 8, Like a Virgin is my favorite. Powerful episode and we meet Mac who sticks around awhile (and that's a good thing). Favorite guest star, Melissa Leo gave a strong performance. When was I hooked? From episode 1.



Like you, Price, I missed out on this during it's original run. I watched the first 3 episodes on Hulu last year before they disappeared and then went out and bought all three seasons to watch the rest. This was an EXTREMELY well written show and Kristen Bell carried it on her back. She gave one awesome performance after another. She rocks!



I have to disagree about Keith Mars, though. I love Enrico Colantoni in this role. I think he shows a lot of emotion and serves as a very likable and protective dad.
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I have no idea what a Postal Service is (in regards to a band) nor do I see any blasted difference in what they're wearing here vs. what teens are wearing now....it's only been eight years, for crying out loud.....how do you know this stuff, Price?



Oh, and now is not the time to consider Logan annoying. He and Ronnie's love-hate relationship is one of the high points. The time to hate him is in Season 3 when Network Meddling removed his edge and turned him into a mopey sad sack who sat around his house all day. Because....teens find that sexy?
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Like A Virgin - Maybe it's just because I watch Supernatural, but Stars Of Tomorrow needs Alona Tal!
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I know right, I couldn't believe Price didn't mention her. Alona Tal is awesome!
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I watched it at the time and loved it! You made me want to see it all over again :)
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Now I wanna marathon re-watch Veronica Mars! I wonder where I put my DVDs...
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Veronica Mars is, and always will be for me, my favourite show. EVER. The combination of wit, a crazy-good main cast, Veronica and Keith's relationship, the music, the issues they deal with (more of them in season 3), Veronica's wardrobe...hell, I love everything about it. VM showed what fantastic tv can do to you, and what relationships could be, just how badly they can be broken, and how one girl dealt with those problems, admirably, and sometimes not. Proud to say Veronica is one of my heroes. Yeah, I know she's fictional, and she's not perfect, but she's someone anyone could learn from. Watch it, if you haven't. Then join the campaign for a VM movie here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-will-go-see-Veronica-Mars-the-Movie/172328699489235
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