Veron­ica Mars

RIP 2004-2007

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Film & Tv -

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? A then lit­tle-known Kris­ten Bell stars as Veron­ica Mars, a sassy, quick-on-her-feet teenager who works for Mars In­ves­ti­ga­tion to­gether with her sher­iff-turned-pri­vate- eye fa­ther, Keith (En­rico Colan­toni). The se­ries be­gan on a dark note, with Veron­ica hav­ing to deal with the murder of her clos­est friend, Lily Kane (Amanda Seyfried) by at­tempt­ing to solve the case.

In do­ing so, she ends up in a tan­gled web that sees her fall­ing into abu­sive re­la­tion­ships, deal­ing with her fa­ther’s fall from grace, and other trau­matic com­ing-of-age ex­pe­ri­ences. It’s not as bleak as it sounds, how­ever, as its cre­ator Rob Thomas (not the Match­box 20 singer) bal­ances out the se­ri­ous is­sues by hav­ing a strong fe­male lead that can be roughly de­scribed as a Nancy Drewmeets-Philip Mar­lowe gumshoe de­tec­tive. WHY WAS IT CAN­CELLED? The show was a mis­fit; it was all at once funny, dra­matic and dark – which didn’t play well with its sib­ling shows like ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Smal­lville’ on the CW Net­work. The show did re­turn to give fans the clo­sure they needed when a stand-alone ‘ Veron­ica Mars Movie’ was pro­duced in 2014 fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful Kick­starter cam­paign. IS IT STILL AVAIL­ABLE? No, but Net­flix does have ‘iZom­bie’, the other Rob Thomas show whose hero­ine draws com­par­isons to Veron­ica.

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