I’ve been rewatching the first season of Veronica Mars over the last two weekends in anticipation of the forthcoming movie, which started filming last week. I’m one of the Kickstarter backers (just $35 or actually $45 to include P&P to the UK) so get regular updates from Rob Thomas about production and so was inspired to do a rewatch. I was clearing out some shelves last weekend and found some old VHS tapes which included episodes of Veronica Mars. I have the DVD now, and no way of watching the old videos, which are going to the recycling tip, but it reminded me that the show was shown from 2005 on Living here in the UK. It wasn’t really publicised in the UK and don’t think it got much of an audience, although E4 then took it on and used to show re-runs, but the cult status of it is why VM fans loved it so much. It hasn’t been that long since it was shown, and doesn’t feel dated, but it was interesting to recognise some of the guest stars in the first season.
Melissa Leo (Oscar winner in 2011) who starred as the father of one of Veronica’s team-mates – who is now a woman.
Jessica Chastain (Oscar nominee in 2013) who starred as a neighbour of Veronica’s who was raped by her step-father.
There was also Jane Lynch as a teacher in the High School. Max Greenfield as Deputy Leo. And various other guest stars who were already ‘famous’ at the time such as Joey Lauren Adams & Adam Scott & Alyson Hannigan. And people we know who were in it and became famous after such as Leighton Meester as Carrie Bishop, a schoolmate of Veronica’s. Katie LeClerc who is star of the ABCFamily show ‘Switched at Birth’ starred in the Veronica Mars episode about Mac and Madison being switched at birth….
As Ryan Hansen explains in this really GREAT video, he appeared in one of the early episodes (with Paris Hilton in it) as a cameo who only says ‘Logan’ and it’s only towards the end of the season that he starts to get a more noticeable role. He then went on to Party Down. Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring have found variable levels of fame since. Enrico Colantoni, Keith Mars, was well known from Just Shoot Me. But what about some of the other main actors such as Teddy Dunn (Duncan), Percy Daggs III (Wallace) and Francis Capra (Weevil) who haven’t really done anything since? Maybe the movie will be a reboot for their careers, if they want one..
On the rewatch, some of the things I remembered about the show seemed different.
- Teddy Dunn/Duncan isn’t as bad as I remembered. I used to dislike him, but he isn’t that bad an actor or character.
- The Logan/Veronica (LoVe) romance does really come out of nowhere and they don’t ever even date or spend much time together as a couple, so the ‘shipping (now) doesn’t make sense. And it doesn’t make sense why Veronica would dump Deputy Leo for Logan (and I loved the Logan-Veronica relationship at the time).
- Veronica is hellbent on revenge, and a hard shell, but numerous characters provide an opposite to that idea, telling her that they don’t believe in revenge etc. It’s clear (now to me) that we’re meant to question her hard exterior and revenge mentality more than I did when I first watched it.
- Lilly Kane is a really good character. I wonder if the movie will incorporate an Amanda Seyfried flashback.
- Kristen Bell looks older than a 17 year old. She was in her 20s when she filmed it, and I knew that at the time, but now looking at it, it’s quite obvious that she’s not a teenager.
- Vinnie Van Lowe is only in one episode of season 1.
- I really hope the movie uses the Dandy Warhols theme tune to it. I love the episode which has the cue in when Veronica says ‘We used to be friends … a long time ago’.
- In the flashbacks, before and immediately after Lilly Kane’s murder, Veronica is a rather naive girly girl. She’s surprised by Lilly’s techniques at hiding things and doesn’t show any indications of being a natural sleuth. It’s surprising that within less than a year she’s become such a great private investigator with such natural instincts and intelligence about so many things when there’s no indication that she used to do any kind of detective work before then – her father wasn’t even a PI before, he was the sheriff, so she didn’t do any work for him either before so she had no experience until she becomes his assistant and is suddenly uber-resourceful.
So I’m looking forward to receiving my Veronica Mars t-shirt soon. Unfortunately we in the EU can’t have ‘Veronica Mars’ on the t-shirt because of copyright issues, so it will say ‘Mars Investigation’ on it instead. And looking forward to the film. It probably won’t live up to the hype (sorry), but it will be nice to see some of these great characters again. There were some really great side characters in Neptune High School, and if we can see a good range of them at the reunion that will be the setting of the film then that will be enough. The good thing about the show watching it now is that it doesn’t feel dated, and I would still recommend it and still rewatch it again.