Pop Rocks: Watching the First Season of Veronica Mars for the First Time

Even if you loved the show, skip the movie.
Thus far I have seen all 22 of the first season's episodes and it has reminded me both why I enjoy television and why I didn't much care for it in the early part of this century. On one hand, Vernoica Mars is a fun, engaging show with plenty of interesting characters, many of whom veer well off the traditional path put in place by casting directors for decades. It breaks some stereotypes while heartily reinforcing others and that's fine, particularly when the bad guys all live in mansions and act about as smugly as humanly possible.

Still, the part that was somewhat off putting was the snappy dialogue. Clearly, Mars was produced as a teen homage to Mickey Spillane, but the level of banter from the cast was, at times, almost more than I could take. If at any point James Van Der Beek hopped out from a bathroom stall in the girl's bathroom at Neptune High -- Vernoica's unofficial office -- wanting to quote lyrics and cry deeply, it would not have shocked me.

But, for all that it shared with the whip-cracking dialogue of Dawson's home along the creek or even, God help them, Party of Five, Veronica Mars also worked from a place of real intellect that helped steer it just clear of a full blown teen soap opera and land it safely in the company of Freaks and Geeks, Felicity and the predecessor to all these shows, My So-Called Life.

No, Veronica didn't share Angela's melodrama and Logan, for all his bad boy posing, was no Jordan Catalano, but the show felt like its genesis was at least on the same end of the spectrum. Plus, it could be genuinely funny and quirky, with some Ally McBeal, David E. Kelley-ish tendencies. If not for the fact that Veronica was a high school girl, her blonde hair and waif-ly figure would seem to be an ideal muse for Kelley, whose obsession with casting skinny, Nordic-looking women has been a thing since Susan Dey landed a starring role on L.A. Law.

Anyway, I found season one enjoyable enough to decide it was worth venturing forth into seasons two and three, the film's ruinous attempt at a conclusion notwithstanding. They probably can't compare to the first, but it's worth a shot. Maybe I'll re-watch My So-Called Life next. Maybe not.

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Having been a fan from Day 1, I was so excited when I learned of the movie that I could hardly contain myself and I'm almost 50. It didn't disappoint; I loved the movie and can't wait to watch it again. I'm one happy Marshmallow!

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As a fan of the show, and kickstarter backer, the movie delivered what I wanted.  I can certainly understand its lack of appeal to those not familiar with the show - there was a lot of inside baseball/easter eggs.  My viewing companion felt the same way as you.  


You really should have watched the whole show before watching the movie. You would have known how the fans were left hanging by the end of season three and you would have seen how the movie was a big hit with the fans. Sure it is not the biggest production but it brings you right back to Veronica's Neptune. The sarcastic quips, the class war, Logan and Veronica, the mystery...its all part of the awesomeness of the show. 

Was it rushed? sure. Was is it supposed to bring some closure? absolutely not. The movie was definitely about bringing back Veronica. In fact the book that was released 10 days after the movie picks up right where the movie left off. 

I'm only writing this because i personally loved the movie. 

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