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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
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Veronica Mars: M.A.D.
Last night, we got the final "mystery of the week" storyline for Veronica Mars's first season. From here on out, it's all about solving some of the lingering mysteries that have been with the show since day one.

I'm becoming more and more impressed with this show. In this week's "on campus" mystery, Veronica is approached by Carmen for help. Seems that Carmen made a sexy video involving her, a hot top and a popsicle. Her boyfriend (who she longs to make an ex) will distribute it to the school if Carmen doesn't stay with him. Veronica steals the boyfriend's camera phone but the sneaky guy as a copy on his computer. Boyfriend is set to go to the Naval Acadamy, so Veronica and Carmen set him up to look like he'd fail the "don't ask, don't tell policy." Veronica assures Carmen that by having this evidence, it will be a stand-off of mutually assured destruction for both parties, so neither will fire the first salvo. That backfires and Carmen is humilated but takes the high road, refusing to destroy her ex in retallation.

Meanwhile, Keith is trying to find Duncan Kaine for the huge reward so Veronica can have her first two years of college paid for. He's also falling in love with Alicia, so much so that he's running an ad in the classifieds so he can divorce Veronica's mother for abandonment.

Oh yeah, and Veronica's relationship with Logan seems to be going well..that is until the final five or so minutes when it all hits the fan.

What I like about this show is that you've got all this going on, but none of it feels rushed. Nor do I feel like we're wasting time in one plotline when there are other ones that should get more attention. And the final segment of this episode where we learn a few more shocking little tidbits about the night that Veronica was raped were stunning. Veronica learns that the night Carmen's little Paris Hilton video was filmed was the same night and party as her date rape. She learns that Carmen was drugged, as was she. She finds out the supplier of these was Logan. All in the span of fifteen minutes of screen time. As if that weren't jaw-dropping enough, Clarence Weedman calls in Alicia (who works for the Kaine's company) and informs her that her career is over if she doesn't stop seeing Keith Mars immediately.

So many revelations, so little time. And it leaves me hanging for next week. UPN has the first few minutes of next week's episode on-line, but I'm not sure I want to see them just yet. I'm honestly afraid that it will leave me that much more anxious than I am now for how this all plays out.

One final note--loved the little shot at themselves. The second epiosde of the series featured a guest star turn by Paris Hilton, who is referenced here. I wonder if that was the writing staff's way of taking a shot at UPN for forcing the "big name" guest star on the show to generate some early season buzz.

Smallville: Spirit
Smallville came out of its repeat cycle last week and is now in the final run toward the season finale. It has been far too long since I watched a new episode, so I guess that's why I'm just confused about some things. So, Jason is now working for Lex in order to spy on Lex for his mother, who in December he hated for manipulating him to be with Lana. Alrighty then...

In this week's "what can Kryptonite do?" segment, we find out that if you're at the point of death, Kryptonite can turn you into a ghost who can inhabit people's bodies and be passed by touch. Wacky fun ensues as people act out of character a bit, to the point that Lois is possessed and takes Clark to prom. Oh yeah, and did I mention that becuase this one is told in flashback, we get to hear band of the week play their song twice and I can buy their album right now at the WB web site?!?

OK, so does anyone remember in the first season with Kryptonite had to interact with something in order to make the freak of the week come out? Have we forgotten this or did we just run out of things for it to interact with and are just saying--ah, the hell with it, let's just have some fun and blame it on the Kryptonite. And then, we've got characters changing loyalties mid-stream like Jason. It's one of those moments that is meant to be a huge shock, but it comes off as--OK, so why is he chaging loyalties now when up to now he's been all against Mommy dearest? (For a good way to pull off jaw dropping plot twists that work see this week's Veronica Mars.)

Honestly, I'm just not sure. I'm slowly beginning to think this season of Smallville has been a complete waste.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/27/2005 08:14:00 AM | |
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