Veronica Mars Show Notes

We’re talking smart mouthed teen detective, Veronica Mars!

Since Veronica Mars has had a few different iterations along the way we decided to focus part one of our conversation on the first three seasons of the show. We talk about the movie and season four in part two.

Here you’ll find notes for the things we discussed and recommended in both part one and part two of our Veronica Mars conversation.

About Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is a teen noir mystery drama television series created Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California and stars Kristen Bell as the eponymous character.

The show begins after Veronica’s best friend has been murdered and she spends the first season diligently trying to solve that murder.
The show’s original run was from 2004 to 2007. And then in 2013, Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a feature film, which was released in 2014. A whole five years later, in 2019 a fourth season was released on Hulu.

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Part One: Rob Thomas Buy Us Drinks

Prefer to read it? Check out the episode transcript.

A few things we discuss in the episode:

  • The problem of ‘cinematic’ television
  • The many threads that came together to make Veronica Mars
  • Whether or not we care about mysteries 
  • How the show got us hooked by not giving us too much information
  • How Lily Cane lives on after death & the only dead girl content we’ll accept

Mentioned in Part 1:

Part Two: We’re Not Angry, Just Disappointed

A few things we discuss in the episode:

  • Veronica grew up quickly, and then stopping growing at all
  • How does the Veronica Mars movie fit into things?
  • Did Rob Thomas know this would be the final season?
  • You gotta be single to solve crimes, apparently
  • Days of Wine and Roses (or how the season should have ended) 
  • Can you have too much of a good thing?
  • All.The.Feelings.

Mentioned in Part 2:

For fans of Veronica Mars

Bill Recommends

Chelsee Recommends

  • Neptune Noir – Edited by Rob Thomas
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Brick (I said the film was “Chinatown in a high school” but that’s actually the setup for a different movie– Assassination of a High School President– which I recommend if you want a teen comedy turned noir) 
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show)

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