From the moment she stepped forward out of the crowd of laughing high school students and cut a duct-taped, naked Wallace down from the school flagpole, snarking "Go, Pirates!", Veronica had me hooked.
You see, Veronica Mars? She's no superhero. She is a hard-boiled, cynical, high school student living in the sleazy, gritty California town of Neptune, where the wealthy 09er zip code dominates, but this isn't a formulaic detective show. And these aren't your regular teenage characters. This is noir, baby. Nothing is ever as it seems in Neptune.
As an amateur sleuth working part-time for her father (former sheriff turned private investigator) at his PI office, Veronica solves crimes for her fellow students for a price (especially from the 09ers), ranging from credit card fraud to cheating spouses to child abuse. She's sharp, she's snarky, she's sassy, and she wields a mighty taser. But don't think she's Miss Goody McGoodperson. She also makes mistakes, she jumps to conclusions, and she can be maliciously single-minded in her pursuit of answers and justice, no matter who is standing in her way. And her ofttimes questionable tactics tread the fine line between moral and Machiavellian. Honestly. What's not to love?! But the Mystery of the Week detective work is ultimately less important than the character-driven, overriding series mystery arc.
"You want to know how I lost my virginity? So do I."
Veronica's matter-of-fact delivery of that statement took my breath away. That's when I knew... this show was different. Last season Veronica needed answers to some key questions in her life: Why did her billionaire boyfriend, Duncan Kane, abruptly break up with her? Who murdered her best friend, Lilly Kane (Duncan's sister)? Why did her mother run out on her and her father? Who was really her father: Keith Mars or Jake Kane?... And who drugged and raped her at Shelly Pomeroy's party, and why?
After the local sheriff laughed at her-- "Look, she cries!"-- and advised her to "Go see the wizard" when she reported her rape, instead of crying and shouting "Why, God? WHY?!" or turning to lesbianism when life got too rough (*cough* Marissa Cooper *cough*), Veronica hardened. Now she believes in getting mad... and getting EVEN. So she sets out to solve the mysteries in an effort to bring everything back to normal. (Although-- as "normal" basically means going back to a time when she was unaware of her alcoholic mother's extramarital affair, the class war raging in Neptune, or the possibility of having had an incestuous relationship with her ex-- she is probably better of just moving ON. I'm just sayin'.)
This season Veronica is beginning to realize normal ain't all it's cracked up to be as she investigates who really killed PCH biker Felix and framed Logan Echolls for the murder. She also comes closer to figuring out who turned a busload of students into the Yellow Submarine of Death by detonating a bomb on board, sending the bus off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. A bomb that Veronica believes was meant for her. And through it all, she is still trying to make sure Lilly's murderer pays for what he did. Oh, and she's a senior now, so there's the whole graduation/valedictorian thing she's working toward. And, of course, there's a boy. There's always a boy, right? And what a boy!
Anyhoos, the dialogue on the show? Dazzles. The cast? Extraordinary. They sparkle. No, really. They are amazing. All this, in my view, makes Veronica Mars one of the best, must-see shows on television... like, ever. Even if it IS on UPN! If it goes the way of Arrested Development, I fear I will lose faith in the world of entertainment. I will rename it the world of ignorant people choosing Donald Trump and other stupid-ass reality shows over quality entertainment.
Rent the DVD's. You'll see.
(*steps off soap box*)
Seriously. I think UPN should pay me for that. I just plugged the hell out of that show.
- WILLIAM commented:
I have yet to watch the show but between here and A friend of mine who keeps telling me about it I figure it is only a matter of time before I do.
- » 4/17/2006 11:44 AM
- Odd Mix commented:
I have a temporary problem with watching VM - it is on opposite one of MDW's favorites shows and I haven't the heart to make her miss it - But wait! What's that on the horizon? DirecTV is putting in a second receiver for my TiVo? I can record two shows at once? VM, here I come.
- » 4/18/2006 8:35 AM