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Veronica Mars () mixes noir and teen drama and how this creates a dark vision of .. often revolve around relationships, family and sexuality. Veronica and Piz versus Veronica and Logan. It's no news that the love triangle is a trope, especially when it comes to TV focused on teens or young adults. . but throughout the movie, her relationship to detective work is framed as an despite the fact that long time fans know their tormented history. Throughout the first half of season one, Logan and Veronica are shown to virtually dislike Dating History: On again/ off again ().
When he refuses, she shows him the contents of the briefcase — which the audience doesn't get to see — and he agrees to take it. A few episodes into season 3, we learn that the briefcase actually contained a van Gogh painting, not cash.
Duncan and Veronica are not siblings, although both thought they were at different points. Anyone who knows better leaves Veronica alone. Anyone who doesn't learns very quickly. It only takes a few hours for her to ruin your life.
After all these years, how do you not instinctively fear me? The Bus Came Back: Having fled to Australia halfway through the second season, Duncan returned for a brief cameo in the finale.
Bus Full of Innocents: The second season revolves around the Bus Full of Innocents crashing. The Butler Did It: Or more accurately, the butler's son did it. With his mother committing suicide, his dad being an abusive jerk, being framed for murder twice, and a whole other things, man, does it suck being Logan. California University - Hearst College. Calling the Old Man Out: Given how common terrible parenting is in Neptune, it's not surprising this happens every once in a while: In the season one finale, Veronica finally calls out on her mother about everything, the drinking, the abandonment Logan gets a few of these; most notably the scene when he and his Dad are sharing a jail cell and Logan yells at him for Lilly's murder.
Trina calls out her BioDad in season 2, for, y'know, abandoning her at the prom of the school he taught at. Dick gets a big one in season three, when he gives his dad hell for the way they treated Cassidy, and asks if it's their fault he's evil and dead. Wallace sings out his with "Papa Was a Rolling Stone. At least half the episodes have this, though that's unsurprising considering the character is a private eye.
The girls are pressured to join a dorm-wide party where everyone decorates their rooms like a different country. They give a Take That! Veronica will, without fail, get to the bottom of any mystery, embarrassing the guilty Jerk JockAlpha Bitchor idiot sheriff in the process.
Despite this, the town residents only ever react to her questioning them with smug indifference. Not only that, but she spends the entire first season trying to figure out who killed her best friend, Lilly.
It turns out to have been Aaron Echolls, the father of Lilly's ex-boyfriend and Veronica's boyfriend at the time she figures it out. Unfortunately, when it goes to trial he gets off Scott free not counting getting shot in the head by Wiedmann because Logan destroys the sex tapes, and no one believes Veronica or Logan when they testify that they saw the tapes themselves.
Even worse, Aaron nearly burned Veronica to death and beat the crap out of her father, but in the trial he claims that Veronica accidentally crashed her car, and they were waiting at the nearest house when Keith found them and attacked him. And the only other witness, the owner of the house, mysteriously went missing.
Seriously though, you think these people would learn to trust V's gut once in a while. Kevin Smith shows up in season two as a convenience store clerk. One of Logan's friends recalls that he used to have a crush on Rosie Perez as a kid, who showed up to one of his birthday parties Logan's father is a fictional A-list actor named Aaron Echolls who frequents the same circles. However, he was pretty annoyed when she mistook him for a girl. After the big reveal, Trina confides to Veronica that she had always dreamed that her real parents were movie stars.
To which Veronica answers: It plays a similar name game with other notable fictional detectives. Veronica, infiltrating a rival school, went by the name Bettysaying she was Horny, the mascot for the Rhinos, the team at her old school On one occasion, Veronica went to a church group and pretended to be pregnant. Her chosen alias was Hester.
Also prominently features the Mars family as opposed to putting the father in the background. All the time but rarely ever in the same episode. If there's some brief mention of something out of the main line in an episode then it will be used one or two episodes later e.
A deputy mentions he's a bouncer at a club, three episodes later he is used as an explanation as to how Veronica was able to quickly get into the club. Duncan in "Not Pictured". It seems like he was only there for a flashback but it turns out he had Clarence kill Aaron The Chessmaster: Veronica pulls off several of these to catch criminals.
The plan she uses to allow Duncan to escape the USA with his child crosses into roulette territory. There's also the epic scheming of Cassidy Casablancas. Not only did he kill a dozen people, keep any attention off him for months, manipulate and blackmail his way through the stock market, he's also the only person I can ever remember lying to Veronica's face and not having her suspect at all. And he's just Seen at a Christmas party. Mallory Dent, in the opening credits as a main character for the first handful of episodes and then never seen again.
Hand Waved into Put on a Bus some time later with a vague reference to the character being on maternity leave. The Cult in a season 1 episode was actually a pure variant of the hippie religions founded in The '60s.
Rather than a front to grow pot and practice polygamy, the cult legitimately involved happy, spiritually sound people who nevertheless believe in aliens.
While talking to his daughter's abusive boyfriend, Aaron Echolls shows him some scars on his hands.
He recounts how his alcoholic and incredibly abusive father something Aaron himself inherited put out a cigarette on his hand when Aaron tried to stop his dad from beating his mother. He then gives the guy a better view. Veronica spends a lot of her time doing this. Usually it's either her or Eli being accused, but other people get their turns occasionally. Season One ends on several cliff hangers. Aaron Echolls has been arrested, but it's unclear how Veronica's relationship will be affected.
The audience knows that Logan had an incident on the bridge where he contemplated suicide, although the characters don't. This is the subtext of the second season when a parent commits a crimetheir children have to walk the walk of shame. In "Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough", Jackie is volunteered to sit as target in the water balloon carnival booth, in a bikini, being pelted with cold water by people who hate her.
It's also a common occurrence for people to be stripped naked and duct-taped to the high school's flagpole. One second-season episode has Logan and Weevil trying to convince Veronica to bug a confessional, as they're convinced that the priest is involved with a drug ring. She refuses, but agrees — with reservations — to plant a camera with no mic, so they can see if any drugs are being handed off. Why the network demanded season 3 have smaller arcs than the season-long ones of season 1 and 2.
They made it too hard to attract new viewers. The second season episode "Plan B". As Veronica just tries to save Gia from Logan's rather not-friendly honest opinion, they end up dancing to "Sway" by The Perishers.
The lead character is witty, attractive, fashionable and generally benevolent. Veronica's unpopularity is ostensibly due to her father's insistence that local hero Jake Kane was a murderer.
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It wasn't until later on, when she becomes more than a little infamous for her ability to figure things out, that she regained some respect — her Minute Retirement at the beginning of the second season proves that.
Once again, Buffy-style, at the end of the second season, she's given a minor ovation from her classmates as she accepts her diploma. In Veronica's case, it's arguably on purpose. She's pissed at them for essentially abandoning her when she needed her friends the most. The ones she eventually forgives are generally the ones who had their own issues regarding Lily's death Logan and Duncan are pretty much the list. The theme song was well-chosen.
Wallace Fennel, Veronica's best friend is also an example of this. He's at best marginally popular, despite being the star on the basketball team, very nice, funny and dating the super hot daughter of a baseball legend.
In Wallace's case, it's at least partly intentional. As he said, he'd rather hangout with the chick who cut him down when duct-taped to the flag pole than the people who just stood and laughed at him. Jake Kane, to a point.
Big Dick Casablancas eventually proves to be a clearer example. Corruption of a Minor: In a third season episode, Veronica's client is a young man who was forced to join a militia in Africa at the age of six. Oh, if only this wasn't network television, Kendall Casablancas would've gotten whupped: I trust you're well. Why, if isn't little miss teen getaway.
Your dad and I were just dealing with a little trouble. Like, trouble, with a capital T, that rhymes with C, that stands for— Keith: I was gonna say cute. Neptune is a town divided into the rich section of town the "09ers" and pretty much everyone else, as far as being a town where you are insanely rich or working low wage jobs for the incredibly rich.
The town police is run by an evil jerk whose pettiness towards those who he doesn't like is matched only by his laziness, as well as filled with people who blindly support the wealthiest guy in town when he's accused of murdering his daughter.
In addition, the county supervisor is a pedophile, the local business mogul is a Corrupt Corporate Executiveand the town's famous actor resident is an abusive psychopath and murderer. Yet to people who don't live there, it probably just seems like any other Southern Californian town filled with Hollywood A-listers, pristine beaches, and millionaires.
Near the end of the second season, there's a closing-episode montage set to Alejandro Escovedo 's "Falling Down Again", which features children singing in the chorus and laughing during the fade-out, playing in conjunction with the imagery of Thumper chained to a urinal, struggling while the stadium is being demolished.
Played with, or perhaps subverted in season one, in which the Kanes commit various counts of conspiracy mislabeled in the show as obstruction of justice in order to conceal that Duncan did not kill Lilly.
Well, technically, they thought he killed her and that's why they covered it up. In their defense, they did find him in a position where he was covered in her blood. Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Vinnie Van Lowe Cult: A subversion of the usual stereotypes appears in the first season. Secrecy sort oforganic diet, isolation, authority clash The kid VM "saves" is "deprogrammed" back into a jerk, though she learns about his real soft spots and he remembers her somewhat fondly from her time infiltrating the cult, making him a useful source of information in a later episode.
Implied with Tanner Scott and Lianne. Though it's not explicitly stated whether he married her for this purpose, having a wife and new son in tow surely made it much easier for Tanner and Aurora to pull off a con with a high media profile when the opportunity came their way, since it made them seem like more of a respectable nuclear family, and might have stopped any old creditors who knew them as a father-daughter team from recognising them.
Zigzagged with Aurora and her gay male best friend: Really, it's just a short step from this to faking Aurora's second abduction and screwing over Tanner for his ill-gotten ransom money.
Made all the more badass by the fact that he can't walk without a cane at the time. The first novel was released on the same day as the movie, with the second novel announced in an interview with Rob Thomas the same week.
However, the second novel was eventually delayed from October to January Whether this was a direct result of the above trope, or whether some other factor came into play, is unknown.
Kiss and Tell Veronica has caught the bad guy, but Grace has to drop out of school because she couldn't afford her tuition. She's also had to reveal herself as an escort to her friends and family. Lamb is ousted from office, but Keith is wary of the new sheriff.
Weevil's friendship with the Mars family is shaken. While Veronica admits she's in love with Logan, she's uncertain how their relationship will last with him away and in danger with the Navy. Some reviewers of The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line have pointed out that the second missing girl being revealed as Veronica's step-sister via her Missing Mom Lianne had no actual impact on the plot, and seemed to just be a way to re-introduce a character from Veronica's past into the books for added drama.
However, it's pretty true to form for the franchise, and for noir mysteries in general come to that, for a case to end up having an unexpected personal significance to the detective; so it's not necessarily out of place.
Logan only appears in three brief scenes, via Skype chat with Veronica. Kiss and Tell Wallace only appears twice. Dick is only ever mentioned. Kiss and Tell rapes and chokes escorts because they don't report rapes and if they do, their claims are dismissed. Sheriff Lamb even asks if Grace's rape should be considered shoplifting. From Bad to Worse: She runs away from home and becomes an escort in order to afford college.
Then she's raped, tortured and left for dead in a junkyard. Grace accuses a Neptune Grand employee of raping her because she knew he had been deported and there was no way to test for his DNA.
She wanted to sue the hotel for her tuition. Grace was however raped, just not by the man she initially accused. Friend on the Force: Hero of Another Story: We hear that he is going on a mission and that he did something to lose his internet access but only in passing.
Grace Manning and the other escorts in Mr. Kiss and Tell work out of expensive hotels, book their clients through websites and even receive reviews on a Yelp-like service. Little Miss Con Artist: The second missing girl, Aurora, who's also Veronica's step-sister, turns out to be a ruthless example of one: Nearly every surviving recurring character from the TV show and films shows up for a scene in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, even if it doesn't strictly advance the plot to have them there.
Kiss and Tell with Dick, who's only mentioned in passing at one point and never actually shows up in person.