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Veronica Mars: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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For my three-hundredth review, I am pleased to give "Veronica Mars" five glowing stars. I will try my best to keep this review short, because I tend to gush when I talk about this show at length; so keeping things simple seems to be the best way to go about this.

THE PLOT: Veronica Mars is an intelligent young girl (Junior in High School when the series beings, Freshman in college when it ends) with a Private Detective father, a bad reputation, and a whole mess of ambition. She often takes on her own PI duties, sometimes looking into small things like petty theft for classmates, but she also gets serious when a bigger case hits close to home. The majority of VM episodes are standalone, but both of the first two seasons also form bigger stories, in that you can watch an episode by itself, but watching a whole season forms a bigger, coherent story line. The third season, instead, is divided into three sections, the first two being shorter mystery arcs, and the final five episodes being completely standalone. The plotting of "Veronica Mars," especially in the first two seasons, is ideal for television because the story is kept fresh with each episode offering side mysteries, but the pay-off of the "big mystery" at the end of a season is heart attack inducingly climatic.

THE WRITING: Here is where I start gushing. The writing simply couldn't be better. Much like Joss Whedon of Buffy fame, the writers of this show--headed by creator Rob Thomas--find a perfect balance between drama and comedy, driving it all forward by snappy dialogue and some of the best characters you'll see on television. Also, the consistency of this show's writing is literally unrivaled. Even the most quality of television shows (such as Angel,Six Feet Under,Firefly,Wonderfalls, and the aforementioned Buffy) tend to have weaker and stronger episodes, but "Veronica Mars" goes on for stretches of virtually flawless episode after flawless episode. The weakest writing you'll find is in late Season Three, when the network demanded that each episode be self-contained, but it's also astonishing to see how the writers worked with these restrictions and still made television better than 99.9 etcetera percent of stuff out there.

THE CAST: Kristen Bell stars as Veronica, and it's pretty much pointless to talk about how great she is, because then I KNOW I'll start with the gushing... but I'll say this: Her performances are laced with subtext and deep understanding of the character, and her chemistry with her nearly equally brilliant cast mates is a physical force. She can make you split your sides laughing one moment and cry the next. The rest of the cast--particularly Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Ryan Hansen--are all phenomenal at playing their characters.

EVERYTHING ELSE: The special effects in this show are actually rather good. There are many dream/flashback sequences, and the lighting and coloring of those scenes highly contribute to the mood of the show. The extras are great (there are a few in the first two seasons and an entire disc for the third).

Critics (everyone from Joss Whedon, to Kevin Smith, to Stephen King, to pretty much anyone with taste) love it, fans still mourn its wrongful cancellation, and I can pretty much guarantee that you will fall in love with this show. It's one of the best I've seen, if not the best. That's it.

10/10 Classic.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This is not a special collector's edition like the ones recently put out for Stargate SG-1 or the X-Files. This is only a bundle of the show's three season DVD sets. As it is you will pay about forty dollars more for these three seasons in a bundle than you would if you just bought the three seasons separately.

I hate to compare this show to Buffy, but it does merit comparisons in several ways - the snappy dialogue, a teenage girl as resourceful heroine, an overall season-long story arc, plus each individual episode has a mystery to be solved that is pretty much stand-alone. The final comparison is that Veronica Mars, like Buffy, seemed to lose something once Veronica went to college. Buffy had three great seasons before this happened, Veronica Mars only two. Since Veronica Mars didn't have the sizeable ardent core fan base and surrounding mythology that Buffy had when it went through its troubled college transitional season, and ratings were quite bad during its third season, the show was cancelled. However, if you liked the first two seasons of Veronica Mars you should enjoy the third, and it is worth owning. Just buy the seasons separately, not like this.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 17, 2007
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Let me just say the first season of this show is fantastic! The second season lost it's focus, and the third was just frustrating. You should buy this series...just not in this set.

The list price and amazon price is about $75 too much! Seeing how you can buy it at target once and a while for $19 a season. $160 is WAY too much. Who ever picked it at that list price should be fired. $89-99 is more reasonable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
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We found this series through our daughter, as we had never watched it when it was actually on (what else would one expect from old fogies?). It was a delightful set of mysteries, with lots of twists and turns. The cast was just superb. The production folks get an A+ for this one (and of course we all know that good series like this get canceled. Too bad!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2010
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There are a few shows I watch on television that I really enjoyed once: CSI, The Medium, Castle, and the Mentalist were among my favorites.
I once laughed at the wit of Two and a Half Men. Then along came Veronica Mars. And now those shows seem tedious, or like watching TV in black and white.
There is just no way you could know what I mean without watching at least the first season. It is the most compelling, heart wrenching show I have ever seen. And the wit!
I will own everything I can find on Veronica Mars. I am still in grief that it is over so soon. And I have a pressing question:
WHO KILLED VERONICA MARS???
I never heard of it until I stumbled across it on Netflix. And it must have been fate because if I didn't know it was there I wouldn't find it now. I try going through the links to see how I did come upon it the first time and nothing but the name will bring it up.
Whoever was responsible for getting the word out, for promoting this show, should find another job, if he can't sell Veronica Mars.
Now every night I pray to whatever powers there be, "Don't leave me like this, please. Bring her back, her and Logan, and Weevil and her wonderful father Keith Mars. Life just ain't the same without them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2013
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Very happy with this collection. Best option out there until these someday end up on BluRay.my love couldn't be happier!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2007
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Veronica Mars: A show so brilliant that the CW decided to cancel it rather than let it air. A great shame, this is the work in it's currently limited entirity.

Were people to save this show from the ax, and with the writer's strike, that is still possible, people might come to understand it's brilliance.

It's not about cheesecake, and it's not about teen life.

It's noir. Good, solid noir, the kind you don't get anymore. Veronica is at her best when the show is so hardboiled that an egg could stand on end.

If you buy enough DVDs, a real ending might one day be possible.

In the meantime, I dream my dreams of Neptune, that sad city by the sea, and hope that you all will join me in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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I thought the first two seasons of this were excellent, the 3rd season a bit of a let down. Veronica Mars is sort of a latter day Nancy Drew, and she often has personal involvement in her cases. There are ongoing multiple plots which make this good for repeated viewing as well. Often witty and cleverly written, many remarks will probably be lost on some of the younger viewers, who I am sure make up much of the target audience, as most of the primary players are high school students. Kristen Bell is nothing less than fabulous in her lead role, and Enrico Colantano, who plays her father, Keith Mars, does an outstanding job, also. If I have any criticism of this at all, it would be that a clue or the needed help to find a clue is sometimes a bit too convenient. That is to say, now and then Veronica seems to luck into something, or just happens to be in the right place at the right time. Probably nothing other detective shows are not guilty of, though. I suspect that this show was slated for cancellation about 1/2 way through the 3rd season, as that was when it really lost steam. In fact, the 3rd season was so weak compared to the first two, that if I were buying these again, I would seriously consider only buying the first two seasons, especially if that was a cheaper option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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i love this show and wish there were more like it. hate that it ended so abruptly but can't wait for the movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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Though the second two seasons don't live up to the perfection of the first and the series ends rather precipitously, this show deserves to be recognized as great TV. Interesting characters, youthful vitality, and a dark edge permeate the show. A gripping seasonal arc of a mystery combined with intrigue that's tied up by the end of each episode makes this show special. And Kristen Bell is smart and attractive and troubled. I'm looking forward, now more than ever, to the upcoming kickstarted movie.
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