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Veronica Mars Season 1 (2019) DVD Review

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“Veronica Mars Season 1 (2019)” is a real return to form for the series.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

The cult series “Veronica Mars” makes a grand return with a brand new season (which debuted on Hulu). For some odd reason, WB is listing this as season one (2019), but, in actuality, it’s season four. I’m as in the dark as you are. At any rate, the core mystery of this 8 episode season involved a motel bombing during spring break. Private investigators Veronica and her father Keith try to discover who is responsible for the bombing and the subsequent bombings that follow are led down a dark path with numerous twists. Other key storylines here include Veronica and Logan’s relationship, the shady Casablancas patriarch, a pizza delivery guy and true crime lover who survives the bombing named Penn, a mysterious ex-con that works for the Casablancas (Clyde), Neptune properties, and two assassins.

After the dreadful movie (let’s just pretend it never happened), “Veronica Mars” goes back to basics and focuses on what made the show great to begin with- the dynamic between Veronica and her father Keith. It’s no surprise that this is also the best part of the season as I could endlessly watch the witty banter between Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni. The two have such great chemistry together and play off each other so well.

In terms of the actual season, it may not be the most thrilling of mysteries, but it’s quality 8 episode arc that is full of twists and turns, loads of returning characters (minus Mac and Piz), new characters (including the memorable J.K. Simmons as Clyde and Patton Oswalt as Penn), and an eventful and controversial series finale with “Years, Continents, Bloodshed.” The finale has divided some fans, but I thought it worked. Not only does it create a potential new character arc for Veronica, but it shows her as fallible. She’s not the young hot shot she used to be and is a bit broken with commitment and trust issues. I realize this is all vague, but it will make sense when you see what I am talking about.

Overall Thoughts: “Veronica Mars” is back in peak form and I couldn’t be more pleased. Hopefully we get another season down the line.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. Grade: B

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. Grade: A-

The lone extra is “Veronica Mars At Comic-Con 2019” which contains 26 minutes from the cast and crew panel from San Diego Comic-Con. Show clips also included.

October 22, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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