Review: Veronica Mars

Based on a recommendation I recently purchased the DVDs for the first season of Veronica Mars. While Misty and I have only watched about half of them, I am pretty impressed with this television show, which is now in its second season. Misty and I enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and we were promised more snappy comebacks and teen hijinks and the series hasn't disappointed.

For those that haven't heard about it, Veronica is a high-school girl whose father is a private investigator. They live in Neptune, California, where the class divide is rather wide. There's a bunch of rich & pretty kids, and there's the kids of the servants of the rich & pretty. Veronica's father used to be the Sheriff of the county where Neptune is sited, and so she managed to rub elbows with everyone in the school. Her father fell from grace, however, due to his handling of the murder investigation of Veronica's best friend—daughter of a powerful software magnate.

The plot is very complex and detailed, and the arc moves forward with details and glimpses. It's a great murder mystery with plenty of the other PI stories wrapped into the package, and it has the background of a 90210. It's got a little bit of angst, but not as bad as an argument between Buffy and Angel.

Misty misses Spike and I miss Cordelia, but this show is considerably more real than the Buffyverse. There's no super powers. However, Veronica is plenty sharp, but at least she makes mistakes. Her mistakes are less technical and far more reflect the fact that she has the emotional experience of a late teenager.

We're still working our way through the series, and we have to pay attention to the details! I like it a lot, so I strongly recommend it to others (so far).

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Nov 23 2005 10:20 AM

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If you think that VM doesn't reach the angst level of Buffy and Angel, just you wait. VM just might rival Buffy in the angst factor. Sure, Angel had that whole curse problem, but on VM . . . oh, I won't spoil you. ;)

Where Buffy used the horror stories as a metaphor for high school, the h.s. setting in VM is almost incidental. It's a backdrop to explore issues of class structure and racial divisions in America. The rich get richer and step all over the have-nots and don't even seem to notice, let alone care. And all that jazz. Good times.


Posted Tuesday, Nov 29 2005 02:53 PM

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