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Heading back down the Veronica Mars rabbit hole

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars

I know I’ve been teasing a lot of science fiction and fantasy posts, but I want to shift gears now and discuss a show that is definitely neither genre. Here’s the deal: I’m awful at keeping up to date with “current” shows. Ask me what current shows I’m watching, and I’ll give you a blank stare. I generally wait until there’s at least one season available and basically binge watch it. There are also a number of shows that I didn’t even really know about until long after they originally aired. That is what happened with Veronica Mars: I didn’t watch the show when it originally aired. It was barely on my radar when it originally aired. But then I decided to give it a try when I had the opportunity to stream it (I think on Netflix, but if not Netflix, I must have watched it on Hulu). I fell in love. When I had the opportunity, I bought all three seasons on DVD. This is more or less what happened with a number of other shows: I discovered them when they were streaming and I decided to buy them on DVD so that I’d have the opportunity to re-watch them once they were no longer available for streaming. So what I want to do is take this opportunity to re-watch shows that I’ve seen before, loved, and subsequently purchased on DVD. While most of the shows that fall into this category fall into either the science fiction or fantasy genres, Veronica Mars obviously doesn’t. I’ve decided to start this re-watch journey with Veronica Mars because while I’ve seen and enjoyed the television show, I have yet to see the film. Additionally, it was recently announced that a rebooted Veronica Mars is in the works for Hulu and I thought now would be a good time to do a re-watch.

For those of you unfamiliar, Veronica Mars follows high school student Veronica as she solves crimes and other mysteries around her fictional town of Neptune, located in Southern California. It ran for two seasons on UPN and third (and final) season on the CW. What I remember about my first watch through of Veronica Mars is that I loved the first two seasons; there were overarching mysteries that were solved in the season finales and then smaller mysteries that were solved throughout the seasons. I found the third season to be a disappointment, largely because the show didn’t follow that format. From what I understand, the folks at the CW were afraid that having a plot that carried from one episode to the next would scare new viewers away (as well as discourage the sort of viewer who liked to dip in and out of the show) and pushed for the show to become more episodic in nature. Obviously, I think that was a mistake – though I suppose it could be argued that I’m looking at it as someone who currently has access to streaming services, DVDs, and other ways of watching episodes I missed that may not have been available when Veronica Mars initially aired.

As I said, I have yet to see the film. I don’t know if I’ll finish this re-watch before the reboot appears on Hulu, but I doubt it. My plan is to review one episode here per week until I’ve re-watched the entire series. Posts should appear on Wednesdays. I still plan on exploring various SFF shows that I haven’t seen before and may discuss them in the occasional Saturday post. Also look for other random posts to start appearing on Saturdays as well.

Until next week.

Being a nerd is not about what you love; it’s about the way you love it.

— Wil Wheaton
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