Friday, December 28, 2007

Veronica Mars Season One Update

Clockwise from lower left: Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Teddy Dunn, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Kristen Bell

As some of you may know, one of my co-workers loaned me her copy of the DVD set "Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season" back in the fall (I wrote about it here). Because of time constraints, I am slowly working my way through the set (only 9 more episodes to go).

Below are some of the highlights so far:

Episode 2 (Credit Where Credit Is Due): Veronica (Kristen Bell) comes to the aid of the grandmother of her biker ally "Weevil" (Francis Capra), when the grandmother is accused in a credit card scam. In a case of an actress playing to her strengths, Paris Hilton guest stars as a spoiled rotten classmate of Veronica's.

Episode 4 (The Wrath of Con): Veronica helps a girl (played by Kyla Pratt of the "Dr. Doolittle" films) on whom her pal Wallace (Percy Daggs III) has a crush when the girl becomes the victim of an internet fraud run by game geeks.

Episode 6 (Return of the Kane): When dirty politics enter into a school election in which her ex-boyfriend Duncan (Teddy Dunn) is a candidate, Veronica springs into action. In a subplot, Veronica's nemesis Logan (Jason Dohring) causes a PR headache for his movie-star father when he's busted for organizing fight nights between homeless men. This is the first appearance by Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna as Logan's parents.

Episode 11 (Silence of the Lamb): Veronica's P.I. father Keith (Enrico Colantoni) assists the sheriff in finding a serial killer. The subplot involves Veronica's sideline business of doing background checks on her classmate's parents. This leads to an unexpected development involving her friend Mac (played by Tina Majorino of "Napoleon Dynamite").

Episode 12 (Clash of the Tritons): Veronica is accused of supplying her schoolmates with fake IDs. Veronica's attempt to clear herself leads her to a secret on-campus group (The Tritons).

Episode 13 (Lord of the Bling): Veronica's father is hired by a Suge Knight-like rap impresario to locate his missing teen daughter. Playing the impresario is Anthony Anderson ("Barbershop", "Hustle and Flow", and "K-Ville").

Along with plots that will keep you guessing as to what will happen next, the scripts feature dialogue that is smart-assed and witty, with a sprinkling of pop-culture references. Here is a sampling:

Wallace: I suddenly feel like I'm in a scene from "The Outsiders".
Veronica: Be cool, Soda Pop.

Meg: You believe me, right?
Veronica: You are the last good person here at Neptune High. I believe cartoon birds braided your hair this morning.

Principal Van Clemmons: Mr. Echolls, I was wondering if I could have a word?
Logan: Anthropomorphic. All yours, big guy.

Veronica: [surprising the Tritons with a camera] Hi, everyone! Say "repressed homosexuality"!

Wallace: [describing to Veronica what he said and did to a kid who used a fake ID at the store where Wallace works] Yo, fella, check it out, you're on Candid Camera. Gave him the 411 on our video playback capabilities. You know, leaned on him. Got all Shaft or something.
Veronica: Shut yo' mouth!

Logan: [about Veronica's car] Nice car. That must have been a *huge* cereal box.

I should have the complete series finished within the next couple of weeks. If time permits, I will do a follow-up post at that time.

Below is a clip from the "Clash of the Tritons" episode. The scene involves Veronica doing karaoke to help uncover who set her up in the fake ID scam.


The Rock Chick said...

I have never seen this show. I'm definitely going to have to check into the DVDs....espcially since there seems to be nothing left on TV with this writers strike!

I bought the hubby a blu-Ray player for Christmas to ease the pain of primetime TV withdrawal :)


X. Dell said...

I watched a couple episodes of Veronica Mars. It took me by surprise, for I expected it to suck (back then, I didn't have cable, and only had two channels not full of snow--so my tv watching was minimal). But I don't think it was bad at all. In fact, I rather enjoyed it.

Perhaps one of these days, I'll find out what made that bus go over the cliff.

Malcolm said...

Jessica: I just finished watching season 1 of "Veronica Mars" last night. Damn was it good! Even though I know how season 1 turns out, I still have plans to buy it. My friend says that she is going to loan me seasons 2 and 3 as well... I can hardly wait!

Just like you, I am going to take advantage of the writers' strike and catch up on some DVDs of mine that I haven't completely watched yet.

X. Dell: It's a shame that "Veronica Mars" never got any serious Emmy recognition. I think the voters considered it nothing more than a teen drama. The fact that it aired on UPN/CW probably counted against it as well.

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