Well, Veronica season 1 used to be available on thewb.com for free, but they switched it to season 2. Which led to me buying the pilot on iTunes, but really, I should own it so it’s cool. I have the DVD somewhere, but like the location of my favorite black heels and my passport, it must be lost somewhere in my apartment. In other words, I won’t find it unless I hire Veronica herself to solve the case of the missing DVD.
So, while watching this episode, I couldn’t help noticing how much BACKSTORY there is. In a novel, that would probably never work, but the backstory is necessary for establishing the essential mysteries of the season: Who murdered Lilly Kane? How did Veronica lose her virginity? What really caused Veronica’s mother to join the ranks of other absentee parents in fiction?
I also found it interesting that they first established Veronica as an untouchable tough girl who only cuts down the victim of bullying because she just doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. And then throughout the episode, they make Veronica more and more vulnerable and sympathetic. She is by far my favorite fictional protagonist ever.
I just adore the relationship she has with her dad. That’s something you don’t see very often in books because usually parents are kept in the background.
I love the visual effects on the flashbacks, how they appear overexposed and have some kind of Starglow effect applied to them. (I do these kind of effects in my day job and starglow is a plug in that easily creates the look of the flashbacks.)
I remember when I first watched that I REALLY didn’t like Logan at first, but I found myself sympathizing with him last night even if he was kind of a jerk and smashed Veronica’s headlights. It was the scene where he teared up over Lilly’s death.
I still find the mystery of the week in this episode WAYYY too complicated. I’m not even entirely sure I get what happened or how Veronica solved two cases at once. I think the Loretta Cancun case needed another beat to really establish what was going on, but I also get that the mystery was more about introducing all the players and not about really getting into an episode-long mystery.
"Be cool, sodapop."
"Who’s your daddy?"
"Wanna know how I lost my Virginity?" Long pause. "So do I."
So what did you think? Please keep spoilers to a minimum because some new viewers may be joining us. And don’t forget to spread the word!