Netflix A-Z: Veronica Mars (2014)

Next letter is V! I love it when things go my way! I had wanted to add Veronica Mars (the movie) to wrap it up this month and I just couldn’t figure out where to put it, then one day last week, it just got added to Netflix. Its rare I’m so lucky but man, I’m excited. Veronica Mars ended the series in this middle of nowhere situation and I just couldn’t handle being left stranded wondering.  I can’t wait to see Veronica Mars and the crew even after 9 or 10 years or whatever.  I mean, to me the series ended like a few months ago.

Veronica Mars (2014)

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Director: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffman, Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Hansen

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. –IMDB

The BEST way to wrap up this Veronica Mars business.  I mean, if they had a sequel, I’d be down for it.  Seeing as it was for fans, made by fans, it definitely helps.  There are so many little things that pay tribute to parts of the series.  Veronica Mars is still has her attitude.  She hesitates on whether she wants to get too involved in her past again but just the act of coming back shows that she is still has loyal as ever to her friends.  She is in fact a marshmallow.

The mystery itself was legitimately good.  It reminisced on what the cases used to be like and it involved the crowd.  The best part is that a lot of the same roles were retained by the same cast from the series, save for a few smaller characters that honestly, I didn’t even remember until I searched them up.  Other than that, they skillfully replaced the new faces with new roles and identities.  All that brings back a sense of continuity.  I wish more of my cancelled favorite shows had the following to make something like this to give it a more rounded ending.

What was great was that it emphasized on the few aspects that was important to the show (at least to me).

First thing was: Friends

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Reunion time is around the corner.  Wallace and Mac are both in solid careers with links to past relationships.  Its had to escape the rich folks of the 09ers elites and whatnot, right? Still, the sarcastic humor and little comebacks work so well together.  They are a silly bunch together and its just such a feel-good moment whenever they are together.  Plus, these friends know Veronica even after being apart for so long. Regardless of the situation, they still help her out.

Second: Her Dad

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Nothing quite makes up for the fun relationship that Veronica has with her dad.  I love Enrico Colantoni.  I love him a lot in Flashpoint and as Veronica’s dad, the chemistry is different.  While they are really open and talk about many different things, he always looks out for her.  However, no matter what does happen, he still has thoughts that differ from Veronica’s.  He knows whats good for her and actually this time, Veronica knows what good for her.  She just doesn’t necessarily know how to pull her out of certain situations and maybe the thrill of the chase isn’t quite over for her.

Third: (and the BEST aspect) LoVe

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You know what? I like a lot of on-screen ships and this one rings out chemistry the absolute most.  I love Jason Dohring.  Logan has the most growth in this.  He’s caught up in yet another mess. Veronica’s here to help again. But he’s changed.  He fights for the country now and is a lieutenant. He still has the same sort of drab sense of humor that he carries with him.  And he always picks the wrong girl but how can anyone be right when we know that while he’s a little dark and attracts all sorts of crazy to his life, that he is the perfect match for Veronica.  The chemistry was built so well here.  They seemed strange at first but then we saw the looks and glances.  I just love them! SO MUCH! 🙂

*takes a deep breath* Excuse my fangirl moment… I’m back to normal.

Point is, Veronica Mars stories have a little twist to them all the time but they are also a little predictable.  What I loved the most about Veronica Mars was her character and all the other characters, the chemistry and the attitude balanced each other well.  It just works good together.  This movie did exactly that.  At the same time, it paid tribute to the movie that if you are a fan of the series, you’d notice those little things. And if you’ve seen this, that last scene with Logan and Veronica got me right away.  I fell in love with them all over again. So yeah, I like Veronica Mars and went on to play it a few more times instead of writing NaNoWriMo or drafting blogs. That’s all I’m going to say.  I’ve tucked it away for a bit but I’ll take it back out again to watch it again. The ending makes a statement of Neptune and everyone involved that I do quite enjoy.

Are you fan of Veronica Mars? What did you think of the movie?

TV Binge: Veronica Mars [Season 3 Final]

With that, Veronica Mars comes to an end. I can’t believe that it only had 3 seasons.  Its a little sad because she’s a really awesome character and the characters (and cast) involved in this was really great also. In Season 3, there’s a few new characters as she steps in Herst College and the college itself has a few little cases that pop up which she is trying to trace.

Veronica Mars [Season 3]

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Creator: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Julie Gonzalo, Chris Lowell

Veronica, Logan, Mac and Wallace, (even Dick) head to Herst College.  Right off the bat, they are encountered with a “date” rape case that has been happening on campus.  A group of ladies believe its the sorority boys and their doings but when it hits a little too close to home with Mac’s roommate, she digs a little deeper to try and find out who is the true culprit.  While this is happening, the Dean also causes another case to pop up involving her criminology teacher.  What’s more, she gets recommended to join in in a FBI intern program.  At the same time, Logan and her relationships hits a few snags as they deal with Dick following the death of his brother.  As well as the addition of Wallace’s roommate Piz who is crazy about Veronica but too shy to do anything about it.

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I think that covers a good bit of the storyline up there. We have a little triangle, kind of, that doesn’t exactly happen because Piz is too shy to do anything and Veronica and Logan are too attached to realize when they should break it off. The main focus goes to the two big cases here which leads to a few smaller ones but those ones take up the majority of the season and are resolved a few episodes before the end.  I can only hope that they had wanted to build it so that there would be a season 4 which didn’t happen.  I wasn’t following the show back then so I have no idea what the intentions were.

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Still, Veronica Mars grows in this season.  She starts looking at the possibility of her future.  She tries to be more trusting but failing, expecting more from Logan which she realizes is not exactly possible, and starts seeing sometimes that her actions have consequences that linger. She becomes a college student and realizes that college is almost like high school. At the same time, she understands what loving someone and being in a relationship is although not exactly knowing when to pull herself out of dangerous situations.  But she also starts building stronger friendships, especially with Mac, especially while she tries to get over Beaver’s death from the previous season. Mac is a pretty smart character also so its nice that she’s getting more time for her story arc.

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If the end was expected in advance for Veronica Mars, they did do a good job of coming full circle to putting Veronica back into a situation similar to what happened to her before. It causes her to act the way she would except it ends with her making a more grown up realization of vengeance. At the same time, you can see the trust.  On a final note with a bit of spoiler, I am a huge Logan and Veronica fan because Jason Dohring in all his bad boy glamour is really protective and acts on his feelings.  But you have to admit that Piz kind of does win my heart over because he’s the good guy, the right choice and what is good for Veronica.  He can allow her to trust him in even the most suspicious situations but also turn her into a girl (Veronica’s words).  Its a refreshing take on how he changes her a little even if we only have a few episodes to see this interaction. Piz, played by Chris Lowell, always has that boy next door charm.

With that said, Veronica Mars Season 3 has a decent ending.  It does keep some open-ended questions for your own mind to decipher but Veronica Mars has grown up and we can see that she is a better person after seeing her in the three seasons.  I don’t think Veronica Mars should have ended where it did because its a genius character and the snark and witty humor in this is tons of fun but well, I guess all I have now is to get some answers in the movie. You should be seeing that review soon 😉

What did you think of the Veronica Mars series? Did you think it ended too soon?

TV Binge: Veronica Mars [Season 2]

Its been a while since I saw Season 1 of Veronica Mars and posted about it HERE.  When I ended that post, I was at the middle of Season 2 and actually, I stopped there.  I can’t remember why but I did.  And somehow, as I was thinking its time for a new series with the bunch of movies I’ve been reviewing, I thought about Veronica Mars again and to continue it.

Veronica Mars [Season 2]

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Creator: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Dags III, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Teddy Dunn, Michael Muhney, Tina Majorino, Kyle Gallner, Tessa Thompson

Veronica Mars picks up a little after the events of Season 1. Logan’s dad is put behind bars for his suspicion in being responsible for Lily’s murder. She’s now dating Duncan again and Logan has gone off the deep end again because she broke his heart. While right off, he gets accused for being responsible for the death of a PCHer called Felix on the bridge.  Shortly after, we see all this, the crazy doesn’t end until a school bus coming home from a trip plummets down a cliff after an explosion.  Linked to these few events, the season kicks off as Veronica Mars is hired and takes it on her own for other cases to figure out 1) who blew up the bus and sent it off a cliff 2) If Logan is innocent, who is responsible for Felix’s death and 3) How do they keep Logan’s dad Aaron behind bars? The story thickens and suspicions fly around.  Relationships form, new characters arrive and some old ones leave.
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In my Season 1 post, I already talked about how much I love the characters of Veronica Mars, notably Veronica Mars herself and Logan Echolls.  And I also really liked Keith Mars.  Its a lot of fun.  This season, its even more and better.  Right off the bat, episode one sets all the right stages for the rest of the season to develop.  Not too many plots but enough to keep us intrigued for the 20+ episodes coming up.  There’s a lot of room for change and surprises and that is exactly what we get, along with some pretty close calls and danger heading in Veronica Mars’s world.

Veronica Mars continues with her snarky and witty lines and her love life comes a whole lot more in focus.  Is being back with Duncan all its set out for? I never really liked Duncan as a character.  He’s super sketchy and definitely has some issues. I felt that way in Season 1 and Season 2 definitely didn’t do anything to change it.  While, we have her ex, Logan Echolls who manages to create some tension and chemistry. There’s something about the dynamic of Veronica and Logan that is just so awesome.

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But then, it could be because Logan is kind of that bad boy that you know has a good heart but he just makes these impulsive decisions.  Then when he knows he does something bad, he has those puppy dog eyes and then we just melt.  At least I do.  Its like that whole wanting to punch him in the face but also giving him hugs and tell him that it’ll all turn out good.  You have to admit that for a trust fund boy, he has gone through a good bit of damage.  Not that its an excuse for not being more able to treasure what he has instead of going around and ruining it all the time.

Moving along from Logan and Veronica (because it might start sounding like a creepy obsession), Season 2 does pull away from too much focus on them but expands it to other relationships with Wallace and his chasing the new girl in school and to their computer saavy friend, Mac.  It also puts the Casablancas brothers with a bigger role: two very different characters but adds a little extra to the events of Season 2.

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I know that I’m skipping out a lot of the plot but that’s totally because if you haven’t seen it (which might be a very small amount of you), then I just don’t want to put spoilers.  But, I will say this, I like that we’re growing up with the characters.  Granted, I’m not in high school anymore so the whole transition to finding a college and moving forward with life is fun.  It makes this something more to expect because it will be another place to move forward.  That whole episode visiting the Herst College was awesome.  Other than that, the story was great.  They paced it with enough to make it throw a few suspicions in various directions and it stays really fun and thrilling to watch.

Veronica Mars Season 2 is very entertaining. It has a good formula working here with its nice characters.  There is a lot of gradual change that builds to solve the big case amidst all the other small cases.  Veronica remains remarkably quotable and the chemistry with her and Logan despite not exactly having a lot of together time is still great.  Their characters play off of each other really well.  Veronica Mars is just a great character.  I can’t wait to watch the last season.  It should be soon 😉

Are you a fan of Veronica Mars series? 

TV Binge: Veronica Mars (Season 1)

Its taken me a while to get this together.  I’ve been mostly reviewing more recent TV series. I think the furthest I went was the first season of Downton Abbey and thats a few years back, I believe.  Anyways, Veronica Mars is even further back if I’m correct, seeing as the style and all that seems to be a little more my high school days…

In my last Pinterest Therapy, I already mentioned how I’m developing a massive girl crush for Veronica Mars but the Season 1 of Veronica Mars was all sorts of roller coaster rides.  It definitely was one hell of a ride, if you ask me.  I’m not exactly a Kristen Bell fan although her roles are slowly growing on me but Veronica Mars is pretty fantastic. Its sort of what I love in TV all mixed into one.  The snarky/witty/intelligent main character, investigations and cases, plus high school scenario and drama filled with some pretty charismatic characters.  That’s Season 1 of Veronica Mars in a nutshell.

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So what makes me like this?

1) Veronica Mars is all sorts of awesome as a character!

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What’s not to love about Veronica Mars? She’s smart and snarky.  She has a really awesome attitude and she stands up for herself.  Plus, she’s an excellent private investigator and can pretty much convince anyone to do something for her.  What makes her believable  is that she isn’t almighty.  She asks for help and has her limits.  Her life is destroyed, her best friend was murdered and her new best friend helps her out and her mom skips town and everyone at school doesn’t particularly like her very much.

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2) Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls! 🙂

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I may not have seen Veronica Mars until lately but I am a huge fan of the extremely short-lived show called Moonlight. It only lasted a season even if it should’ve stayed on for much longer.  I may have loved Alex O’Loughlin in Moonlight but I had an equally huge crush on Jason Dohring.  This guy is all sorts of cute.  The character of Logan Echolls is really fun with a ton of character development and the chemistry he has with Veronica Mars from the start till the end of Season 1 is awesome.  I love him! I just do! 🙂

3) Cameos from a ton of mildly to very popular stars now!

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Amanda Seyfried gets the role as Lily, who was Veronica Mars’s dead best friend which is where the investigation is focused on: finding the right killer, giving this role a pretty great significance. Also, Max Greenfield (New Girl) gets a few episodes as well and I really enjoyed that character.  On a more cameo level, there was Jessica Chastain, Jane Lynch, Leighton Meester, Adam Scott, just to name a few.  I’m probably forgetting someone (oh right, Paris Hilton…).

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I don’t know exactly where to mention this but Enrico Colantoni plays Veronica’s dad, Keith Mars and I love this guy, especially from Flashpoint.  The father-daughter relaitonship here is really good!

4) The Multiple Investigations

I love investigation series.  Whether its The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, Elementary and the list goes on.  Veronica Mars has a ton of great characters which is fantastic but what captures me even more is some really cool investigations.  Every episode has a case or two from the private investigation firm but it also never overshadows the fact that Veronica Mars is focusing on one, tracking her mom and two, finding out who is Lily’s actual killer.  With the help of some friends, she usually encounters a few snags which adds to the tension but also helps emphasize a little more on who Veronica Mars is, especially when it gets more personal.

Overall…Veronica Mars is probably one of the best series I’ve seen but as usual, a lot of great series don’t make it in the world of TV because survival is hard and its a chance the studio has to take, even if whatever comes along might be a million times worse.  I’ve only seen up to middle of Season 2 when this post goes up so I still have to see if it keeps up the awesomeness.  Season 1 was all kinds of awesome and I was hooked right from the pilot! 🙂

Have you seen Veronica Mars (the TV series)? Did you like it?