Whoa, what a break. Guys, I might be less organized than I thought. Anyway, here we go. Most of this review was written three months ago anyway.
In preparation for the new Veronica miniseries I rewatched yet again everything Veronica Mars. As we’re talking season one, let the gushing begin.
Veronica Mars (S1)
Category: TV shows
Find it on: IMDb
What it is:
A cult TV show that started in 2004. Veronica Mars is a teenage sleuth, which works much better than it should. While she’s solving small-time high school mysteries for cash, she’s also working to discover who killed her best friend, Lilly Kane. It is all a stuff of myths from here.
How I found it:
I was aware that the show was on TV but I didn’t care then because the premise sounded so silly. But I kept hearing about it and finally gave it a try because who am I to frown upon silly shows happening in a high school? And wow, did I love it. I watched the last episodes of the first season on the edge of my seat. Since then I’ve already re-watched the show a couple of times.
This is one of the best first seasons in history.
Best things about it:
It is a well thought out season-long mystery that manages to gel believably with cases of the week. Neptune immediately has a strong, recognizable character as a noir town. Veronica is a unique heroine, simultaneously guarded and charming, and also capable of the best banter.
But who am I kidding? I am and always will be returning to the story for the hot gorgeous love story between Logan and Veronica, one of my favorite dysfunctional couples of pop culture.
Worst things about it:
If we’re nitpicking (and you know me, always am), I guess some of the cases of the week feel less essential and less organically arriving from the world of Neptune (my particular unfavorite is “Lord of the Bling”) but I don’t think you can avoid skippable episodes in a long season.
✤ Plenty of actors shine so bright in this show but I have to give the goldest star to Jason Dohring as Logan. He does a lot of things right (and some of the things his character does are downright repulsive but he pulls it off) but mostly throughout the story he shows such heartbreaking vulnerability. He should’ve gotten all the prizes. Also, when you know how their love will blossom, it’s such fun to look for the first sparks in the early episodes. But I’m a sappy romantic.
✤ Also, Kristen Bell is Veronica. I can’t see her in any other role and not see Veronica. She created a masterpiece in this role.
✤ An extra minor point: I like how Veronica Mars is a tribute to Buffy, from the diminutive evil-fighting blonde to the appearances of some Whedon actors. (Very much a side-note: I’m probably shorter than her so I’m using the word “diminutive” with all the caution.)
✤ I am just another one of those fans who hate on Duncan but knowing that he will go away for ever (spoiler) I don’t mind him so much anymore.
✤ A few of the issue-related themes don’t get old so well but nothing drastic, I think.
✤ I don’t get all the Wallace love. He’s a plot device at best, a distraction at worst (though that happens in season two, mostly). I’m learning to feel neutral about him but I don’t think I will warm up to him too much.
✤ Something absolutely unimportant from the show’s point of view but it bothers me increasingly every time I re-watch: why can’t Mac have a relationship with her blood family? Don’t get it. Really don’t.
How it enriched my life:
It gave me so much thrill, and not just the first time I watched.
Season 2 is alright, though not as perfect. I don’t like season 3. The movie disappointed me but the books, surprisingly, hold up. And the revival… well, I’m not sure.
I don’t know who it is not recommended for. People who hate great entertainment, I guess.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Next time: Season 2