Veronica Mars First Watch – “Pilot”

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With the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter being a thing that exists and many of the people I follow on the internet flipping out about it, I decided that now would be a good time to give the series a try. I saw a few episodes in college when my girlfriend’s roommate was re-watching the series on DVD. The show seemed cool enough but not anything that made me think, “Wow, I need to watch this.”

 But like I said up above, with the movie becoming a reality, and people I follow like Rowan Kaiser saying things about how Veronica Mars is really smart when it talks about social class, I decided the time is right for me to watch this 3-season series all the way through. I doubt I’ll write about every single episode, just the ones that really grab me. With that, let’s dive into “Pilot.”

Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching a ton of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over the past couple of months, but man I keep expecting Kristen Bell to morph into Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Another thing I noticed while watching this episode: the writers manage to cram in a lot of info and backstory into a fairly small chunk of time. On the same day that I watched this episode, I also watched the pilot episode of The Americans. That episode ran 1 hour and 8 minutes. Veronica Mars’s pilot only ran for about 39 minutes. Damn!

I really enjoyed the interaction between Veronica and her dad. Plus the mystery about who killed Lilly Kane is compelling. However, most of the episode felt like setup for the rest of the season. A lot of it was told through flashbacks and voice over narration. I’m not sure if that’s going to be a series staple or if it’s just a feature of the pilot episode.

Either way, I think this episode sets up the series arc nicely. Plus the character of Logan is really compelling in a terrible, spoiled rich kid kind of way. I think his interactions with Veronica could be a highlight of the series. Not quite sure if he’s going to be a “villain” the whole time.