Veronica Mars season three -- an early look
Past TV Squad poster Ryan pretty much hates me right about now. First he heard of my early look at Battlestar Galactica's new season, and now comes this -- the first two episodes of the new season of Veronica Mars. They just arrived yesterday, and of course like a giddy, foolish schoolgirl, I watched the first episode pretty much right away. My wife thinks I waited to save the second one for tonight -- I guess it'll be good to see it a second time. Ssshhhh!
So, how's the new season seem to be shaping up? Read on!
The premiere starts us out right in the thick of things as we see Veronica on her first day at Hearst College. I know there are many who hate the comparison, but I couldn't help but get that "hey this is a lot like Buffy season four" feeling right from the start. None of the friends we've come to know have left for other colleges, and we're introduced to new characters who're roommates of those staying on campus. I wonder why Veronica is a commuter when everyone else opts to stay on-campus? Does Wallace really have all that much more money to afford on-campus housing?
Veronica wastes no time making herself (and her skills) known to the people on campus, and in typical Veronica fashion, she doesn't really care so much what they think of her.
As has been mentioned already, this season will feature several mysteries rather than one "big bad" that lasts the entire season. One mystery will come up, then about a third of the way through the season it will be solved. Repeat that two more times. The first mystery is clearly identified in the first episode, with possibly a teaser at another at episode end. After catching the second episode (which was in an unfinished state), I definitely got the feeling that the mystery is being moved along at a much quicker pace than seasons past; Veronica's wasting no time in figuring out what's going on.
One new character we meet is Piz, Wallace's roommate. Let me first say that I never cared for Teddy Dunn's acting as Duncan in past seasons and was glad to see him gone. Now here comes Piz, and, well, it's sorta the same thing all over again. I'm not really sure I care for his acting. Now, the character and his quicks I like, but the acting ... nosomuch. I think a lot of people will like himanyway, but this is just my opinion.
Besides Wallace, some other characters we see reappear in the premiere are Vinnie Van Lowe, Mac, Logan and Dick. Here's an interesting tidbit that I'm not sure was ever really implied before: Veronica and Logan are clearly having sex now. They're very much a couple, though Veronica may not fully feel the same way about that as Logan does. Oh, and Logan is still living in the hotel. Logan, my man, why didn't you just spring for on-campus housing? Oh yeah, no room service.
With the DVD was a list of things I was asked not to talk about or mention, so I'll avoid those. Here's a quick rundown of other cool tidbits that I'm pretty sure I can mention:
- There are some great references to a certain "curse word of the future" in both episodes that had me in hysterics. I'm not sure if this means the writers are fans or foes of said show, but it shouldn't be hard to figure out what I'm talking about.
- As if all the other Buffy-like things weren't enough, Veronica works in the Hearst library, of all places.
- No mention or word of Weevil or the Kanes, though there are plenty of people affected by what Cassidy did last season.
- Kendall does briefly appear in the second first episode and we learn what's was in that briefcase from last season's finale.
- Keith makes a big mistake that may have lead to a character we know being killed, and he feels awful about it.
- "It's exactly like we never left Neptune High."