You’ve probably already heard of Veronica Mars, but as promised, today we’re going to talk about it anyway.
In my totally calm and cool and unbiased opinion, this show is, like, the awesomest, you guys.
I watch a lot of television, and it’s not often that I come across fast-thinking and even-faster-talking female characters who have their own range of interests that are outside of what their peers are doing, and who question why things are the way they are in their world instead of just going along with the status quo.
And when they do all that while they’re in high school? And they solve mysteries?! And they’re hilarious?!? Forget it. I’m a die hard fan for life. (Also known to fellow fans as a marshmallow. It’s a thing).
Marshmallows may sound all light and fluffy, but Veronica Mars is made of deeper, darker, more complicated stuff than that. It’s a film noir disguised as a teen soap opera.
Veronica grew up in small-town Neptune, California, the daughter of well-respected County Sheriff and girlfriend of one of the wealthiest and most popular guys in school. Sounds familiar, right? Then Veronica gets dumped. Still nothing new? Not quite.
While reeling from the breakup, her best friend (and ex’s sister), Lilly, is murdered, and the sheriff thinks Lily’s father is involved. Lily’s father also happens to be the richest and most powerful man in Neptune, and the accusation against him sets off a chain of events that result in Veronica’s dad losing his job, Veronica’s mom abandoning the family, and Veronica herself being drugged and raped at a party.
Remember when I said this show was hilarious?
Veronica cuts ties with her old crowd, cuts her hair (she’s a teenager – it’s symbolic) takes a part time job in her father’s newly-opened private investigation agency … and starts kicking a** and taking names. And is witty while she does it, too:
Veronica: I do favors for friends.
Jackson Douglas: I can pay.
Veronica: Sit down, friend.
It was only on the air for three seasons, but you can watch Veronica quip her way through high school while solving her best friend’s murder on dvd. And soon we’ll be able to see her on the big screen, too!
That was fun. Thanks for letting me unleash my inner marshmallow everybody! I hope to see you again tomorrow for WoW Friday!