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TV Series Review

Neptune is in trouble once again and private investigator Veronica Mars is back on the case. It’s been 15 years since UPN introduced us to the quippy, murder-solving teenager. And while the titular character is no longer a teen, and the show has moved to Hulu, Veronica Mars continues to chronicle the life of a young woman out to crack down on crime, woo men and keep her father’s life straight…sometimes all in one day.

Much like her high-school self, Veronica has a certain penchant for solving cases. Using her quick wit and handy Taser, she brings down the bad guys (sometimes literally) every time. Sadly, Veronica’s actions—sabotage, lying, revenge—can be as corrupt as the social evils she’s out to thwart.

Her relationship with her dad, Keith Mars, is still refreshingly close-knit. But unfortunately, pops still tries to protect his daughter by keeping secrets from her. (She’s a PI for crying out loud! She’s going to figure it out eventually, Keith.)

Logan Echolls returns as Veronica’s longtime beau. He’s now a decorated Naval intelligence officer, as the 2014 Veronica Mars movie revealed, and has probably gone through the greatest personal growth of any character on the show. Gone is the angry, philandering party boy of the past. Logan has taken responsibility for his behaviors, sought therapy (which Veronica scoffs at), and wants to settle down and start a family with Veronica¬--if she can stop sleuthing long enough to realize how much she loves him.

Revisiting the Past

Back in the day, Veronica Mars garnered a TV-14 rating, but how it justifies that rating for the reboot is beyond me. Neptune has never been short of drugs, sex, or violence, but Season Four takes a much more graphic take on the content, covering it up with clever camera angles and a pro-feminist agenda.

Unlike the 2014 movie, the show does manage to steer clear of the f-bomb due to a bet between Veronica and Keith to see who can go the longest without dropping it; however, it’s substituted with the word “cuss” and used in the exact same context—a clever ruse on the part of the creators.

In earlier seasons, the show’s dialogue was often insensitive to the realities of sexual assault. Veronica would even make light of these tragedies, despite being a victim of rape herself. In the latest season, these jokes are reserved for antagonistic people, showing that sexual assault is no joke.

Given the harsh content throughout all four seasons, it’s no mystery why some viewers avoid following Veronica’s trail of clues. Though this heroine enjoys predictable success in her quest to clean up the town, families would be better served if writers would clean up the show. Case closed.

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Episode Reviews

July 19, 2019 (Episode 1): "Spring Break Forever"
July 19, 2019 (Episode 8): “Years, Continents, Bloodshed”



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Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars; Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls; Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars; Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel; Francis Capra as Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro; Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas; Daran Norris as Cliff McCormack; Max Greenfield as Leo D’Amato; Ken Marino as Vinnie Van Lowe; Patton Oswalt as Penn Epner; Izabela Vidovic as Matty Ross; J.K. Simmons as Clyde Pickett; Clifton Collins Jr. as Alonzo Lozano; Frank Gallegos as Dodie Mendoza; Mido Hamada as Daniel Maloof






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