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Veronica Mars season three -- an early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 15th 2006 12:21PM
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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."
Got anything else you'd like me to know? Ask me in the comments below and I'll see what I can do. Unfortunately now, for me, I have to wait even longer for a new episode of the show. Ah well, it was worth the quick fix.

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Random question- I am in LOVE with the handbag Kristen Bell is carrying in the season premiere episode- does anyone know where I can find it?

October 04 2006 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

see epguides.com
it's after GG (Rob Thomas said the network probably is hoping to keep 80% of the GG-viewers). So it starts 3 october.

September 22 2006 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When does VM's new season start on the CW? I can't find anywhere on the Internet where they say when the first episode airs. Any info would be great.

September 19 2006 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

B.Y.O.N. ("Bring Your Own Newbie!") Veronica Mars averaged about 2.56 million viewers last season. Compare this with Gilmore Girl's 4.4 million and you see why it is in trouble. Veronica needs viewers now. If each of the 2.56 million fans got one other person to start watching, the show would continue to air. Better make it two other people, just to be on the safe side.

September 19 2006 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I l've Veronica Mars!!!!!!

September 18 2006 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Emma -- It's really up to your interpretation of Veronica's reaction to a question Piz asks her. That's all I can say.

September 18 2006 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Troy is gone. Aaron Ashmore will be playing Jimmy Olsen on Smallville so is unavailable to play the role. I suppose they didn't bother approaching his twin brother.

September 18 2006 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marco Garbelini

Frack Yeahh !!!!

September 18 2006 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, this is my third try asking a question (I messed-up my e-mail address)

"As for L&V... It's questionable. She's asked about her status with Logan, and her silence says it all."

I think I missed something - what does this comment mean? Does this infer something negative about Logan & Veronica's relationship?

Also, is the Logan/Veronica romantic chemistry as good as seasons 1 & 2?

September 17 2006 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No Troy evident in the 2 episodes I saw.

September 16 2006 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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