As with the first “Veronica Mars” novel (last year’s “The Thousand Dollar Tan Line”), the follow-up, “Mr. Kiss and Tell” (January, paperback), is a wonderful continuation from the TV show and movie. With Rob Thomas writing (along with Jennifer Graham), it’s no surprise that I can easily picture Kristen Bell saying Veronica’s lines, and that the mystery plot is intelligent and twisty.
Veronica Mars returns to her roots in more ways than one in her first novel, “The Thousand Dollar Tan Line,” continuing from the events of the movie, which hit DVD earlier this month. As we saw in the movie, she’s back in Neptune and determined to make a go of it as a full-time detective at Mars Investigations, but the film left us with an uneasy relationship between daughter and father. Keith would have preferred that she stick with lawyering, where she’d be safer.
“Veronica Mars” is back in movie form this week on DVD in a wonderful relaunch of the franchise (the first of a new line of novels is also available) where everyone effortlessly slips back into their old roles yet time has clearly passed. The film is set during the gang’s 10-year anniversary from Neptune High, thus making it 2016, and we see that Neptune’s corruption has increased at a steady rate that mirrors what has happened in the real world.
Following the delicious Lilly Kane Mystery and the not-quite-as-great Bus Crash Mystery, “Veronica Mars”Season 3 (2006-07, The CW) takes a different tack: The first nine episodes comprise the Campus Rape Mystery, the next six explore Who Killed Dean O’Dell and the final five are mostly standalones.
The second season of “Veronica Mars” (2005-06, UPN) isn’t as tight as the first, which had the gripping “Who killed Lilly Kane?” plot, but it’s nearly as entertaining from week to week as the actors and writers master this show’s unique cadence.
“Lost” was all the rage in the 2004-05 TV season (so was “Desperate Housewives” — remember that one?), but even at the time, I was all about the first season of “Veronica Mars” (2004-05, UPN). Even knowing the identity of Lilly Kane’s killer, it held up very well on my repeat viewing. After all, it is more than just a mystery show (but it’s also more than a teen show, which is why the premise should work well as a movie next year, too).
Two of my favorite franchises, “Star Wars” (which regular readers may have noticed I’m obsessed with) and “Veronica Mars” (my No. 6-ranked show of the Aughts, and on my to-do list for “rewatching and reviewing the classics”) showed different approaches on how to treat their fanbases this month. Disney broke fans’ hearts by canceling “The Clone Wars” after five seasons (about two more seasons of stories were planned, with several character arcs yet to be wrapped up), while “Veronica” copyright owner Warner Bros. is working with creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell to make a movie.