Throwback TV: Veronica Mars Season 2

Throwback TV: Veronica Mars Season 2

After the addictive, thrilling, and funny first season of Veronica Mars, most viewers will immediately plunge into the second season of the show, which continues from where the first season left off.

With the murderer of Lilly Kane behind bars, Veronica is now a senior, and continues her battle against the elites of Neptune, the issues at her school, and the race war that is on the cusp of exploding on the streets of her hometown.

v2There are many great things to further enjoy in the second season of this show. The story of Aaron Echolls continues, as he tries to prove his innocence for killing Lilly. His son, and Veronica’s sometimes boyfriend, Logan, is also in his own fair share of trouble, as he has been accused of stabbing and killing one of the PCH bikers. There is that little matter of her still not knowing who raped her at a year end party the year before….

Season 2 moves these stories along, as well as introducing a new problem that serves as the central mystery for the season: a bus crash after a field trip to Shark Stadium kills several Neptune High students. Luckily, or strangely, all of the richer kids were not on the bus ride home, having opted to take a limo ride home. Thus, the questions begin to come out. Who’s fault was it that the bus crashed? How did all the rich kids know to get off? Who was targeted with the crash?

The bus crash leads us on an intriguing mystery over the course of the system, that also cleverly ties in to older mysteries that the show began in it’s initial year.

As with the first year, Veronica works to solve mini-mysteries while she works on the bigger one at the same time. She still puts herself in overly dangerous situations, she still possess a razor-sharp wit, she still is forced to look in the mirror now and then and wonder who she really is, and what her role is in the destruction of the lives of people around her.

All of the main characters from the first season remain, and her inner circle is expanded from only Wallace, to more frequent appearances by Mac, and more important roles by Logan, Meg, Dick, Duncan, and Cassidy/Beaver. These characters play secondary roles in Veronica’s life, and this is something else she needs to deal with. Is she out there to help other people out, or is she in danger of becoming too self-centered and focused on her own revenge to truly be able to call herself a friend?

The secondary characters are also given stronger story lines, including Wallace becoming involved with his father, taking some time away in Chicago, and getting into some issues with a vehicle incident.

Veronica Mars, the second season, offers more of what viewers learned to love in the first. It is an endlessly clever show, with strong writing, great acting, and carried by the excellent lead of Kristen Bell as Veronica.

If you have watched the first season, I am going to guess that you are hooked, and year 2 will definitely not disappoint.

From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (TV Review)

From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (TV Review)

Netflix has been pretty consistent in delivering original TV series that are well worth our attention. Shows like Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards have been excellent examples of what the streaming company is able to do with television. Provide viewers with fresh, original series, while giving it to us one entire season at a time, so that we can devour it as quickly as we choose.

The latest effort from Netflix is a little different, in that episodes were released on a weekly basis, so someone would have to wait each week if they began the series at the very beginning. The newest series is a TV adaptation of the Robert Rodriguez cult movie, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn, which originally starred George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, and Salma Hayek, among others. The basic film plot revolved around a pair of criminals who kidnap a family in order to get across the border to Mexico. Once there, they stop at a bar which turns out to be a haunt for vampires. Fighting ensues.

duskAs for the TV show, the plot (to the point in the series I have reached, at least) is fairly consistent with the movie. However, it is much more detailed, as it has taken several episodes for the brothers to even get to the border. This has allowed for more in-depth character and plot development, which is an added benefit that the time a TV series has to offer.

Not all of it works, however. The show does use an interesting time frame, as there are flashbacks and overlapping scenes in order to tell the complete story, often from the perspectives of multiple characters. There are some parts that don’t work too well, and some of the writing and acting is definitely questionable.

And some of it is simply awful.

Part of the point of the film version was to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the TV show tends to take itself too seriously.

One of the brothers, Richie, has visions of evil laying all around him. He sees the beastly, or demonic, side of people, and this leads him to murder. Many of his thoughts are guided by the beautiful Santanico Pandemonium (the role that was brought to life by Salma Hayek in the film- who can forget her famous introductory dance with the snake in the movie ?), as she wants to be found, or saved, or something (I haven’t got to that part yet).

dusk2The film was a campy adventure that was full of blood and gore, and the TV series has its moments of the same. It is definitely bloody, but it is missing the cheese of the original work. However, I have still found this to be a watchable series, and even though I pretty much know what is going to happen, it is a bit of a fun adventure on how we are getting there. Despite the many negatives of the series, it is not enough to ruin it for me. It is still something that I will complete, as I am nearing the end of the first season.

For fans of the movie, it is worth watching From Dusk ‘Till Dawn. It is different enough to keep you entertained, and provides enough new material if you wanted more from the film. And if you don’t take the whole thing too seriously, it can be a pretty fun ride.

New Trailer: Veronica Mars

I am unabashedly a huge fan of Veronica Mars. A great, fun, smart, and intriguing TV show when it was on, I have definitely poured through the three seasons of the show more than once. It was one of the shows that ended at the right time, before he storylines were too stretched out or the characters became caricatures of themselves.

Veronica_mars_introAnd Veronica herself, played incredibly by Kristen Bell, is one of the great female TV characters of all time. Sure, seems like high praise, but she is really that good. She is witty and tough, but held a deep vulnerability that made her irresistible as a character. Because of being Veronica Mars, I will watch pretty much anything that Kristen Bell is in, and am a huge fan of hers (she is currently excellent on House of Lies).

The big news for Veronica Mars nerds was the impressive Kickstarter project, where fans donated enough money to raise a budget to make a movie of the show they so dearly loved. This will be the first big-name project to be done in this way, which makes the movie a true labour of love. Fans wanted it so badly that they actually paid to have it made. That is an impressive following.

There has been significant buzz about the movie, obviously, and now there is an official trailer out. The movie will debut in March, and the trailer looks…awesome.

All of the characters are back. Veronica has left the life of being a PI, and is now a lawyer, but she is pulled back to Neptune when her old flame Logan is accused of murder. The events are centered on a reunion at Neptune High, which is an awesome way to get everybody back together and have Veronica hash it out with all the people (good and bad) from her past.

The trailer has everything you could expect and hope for. It looks dark, it looks funny, Kristen Bell appears to be in fine form. And despite not having the backing money of a huge studio, it looks like a very high end production. No cheesy look to this film.

I will confidently say that this movie looks like an absolute winner, and even though I rarely go to the theater to see movies any more, I will definitely make an exception for VM. I am excited.

Here is another link to the trailer.

http://theveronicamarsmovie.com/