Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kano's Khronicles

I thought I should toss something up that explains why my blog posts have been few and far between and may not improve that much until I figure out my best option of doing so.

You see, I have started my final semester of grad school which is student teaching. This will be taking up the bulk of my next 16 weeks and the rest will be given to my family and the rest of that toward the new Fall TV season (which I hope to comment on in the future).

For the most part, I have done most of my blogging from my office. Well, with student teaching I no longer have an office to go to, so I am now doing what blogging I have time for at my home (which is difficult at times).

I feel that I may have to try to do a week's worth of blogs during the weekend if there is time for it.

Anyway, I hope to continue with the reviews while in this final stage of my grad program and hopefully come back with some more interesting things when that is complete. I will keep my mind flowing in trying to come up with new and interesting things to post - I hope I can at least come up with a few ideas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Veronica Mars: Complete Series

OK, sorry for the lack of a post for the previous week. My plans sort of got flipped upside down and now I will be searching frantically for a way to make posts in a reasonable manner. I will figure it out, but it may take some time.

Alright, onto the review.

I had been hearing about this show for years now - most notably from the rabid fans screaming about its cancellation. And for the past few years those same rabid fans pleading that this series get a few movies.

This was apparently a WB/CW channel show that I just never really found. I am a huge Kristen Bell fan though, so I decided to finally check it out once I found the time.

Bell stars as the tititular character Veronica Mars. She is the daughter of the former sheriff turned private investigator, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni).

Each of the Veronica Mars seasons has a bit of an overall crime that Keith, and Veronica, are trying to figure out - with tons of smaller crimes and/or instances needing private investigating sprinkled in throughout the season.

The first season finds Veronica entering her junior year of high school after the loss of her best friend, Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried). Mars was the girl from the other side of the tracks that was welcomed in by the rich kids, including her best friend and her boyfriend, Duncan Kane (Teddy Dunn).

Keith mistakenly blames the death of Lilly on her father and loses his job as the sheriff and also gets Veronica shunned by her rich friends.

Veronica meets Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III) on the first day of school as she cuts him down from the flagpole - he had a run-in with the local biker gang and its leader Weevil Navarro (Francis Capra).

Wallace and later Mac (Tina Majorino) become Veronica's helpers in all things private investigating. During this first season she does all she can to clear both hers and her fathers name, and nail the right person who killed her best friend.

Another major character in the series is Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who is the former boyfriend of Lilly Kane and constant bully of Veronica - until he somehow falls for her.

During the second season the major crime is when a group of students get murdered in a bus accident. We are introduced to a quartet of major characters including Mayor Woody Goodman (Steve Guttenberg), brothers Dick and Cassidy Casablancas (Ryan Hansen and Kyle Gallner) and their stepmother Kendall (Charisma Carpenter).

In the final season we basically get two different crimes throughout the season - while Veronica and the gang move on to college. She is joined by pretty much all of her major classmates except former boyfriend, Duncan. The first crime of the season is Veronica figuring out who is committing the rapes throughout the campus. The final crime is the death of the dean.

In the final season we get introduced to Veronica's new boyfriend and Wallace's roommate Piz Piznarski (Chris Lowell) and Mac's roommate Parker Lee (Julie Gonzalo), a victim of one of the rapes on campus.

The end of the show occurs as Keith Mars is trying to get his job back as sheriff and is taking on another private investigator, Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino).

The first season of the show is probably my favorite. I liked the other two seasons and enjoyed parts of each a lot, but I felt it did slip a little after the first season. Not enough though that I wouldn't enjoy season a Veronica Mars film or two in the future.

It was also pretty fun to see a lot of the actors from this show also turn up in creator Rob Thomas' other show Party Down. That happened to star Ryan Hansen and had cameos by a lot of the Veronica Mars cast. But, Veronica Mars also had a few cameos itself from members of Party Down so that was pretty fun to see.