What does Veronica Mars have to do with LIS or Law you ask? Well, in season 3 she worked in the college library for a while and her dad is the sheriff. See, fits in with other things on this blog just fine.
Anyway. The CW Network in the US (it was shown / is showing on Living in the UK) have decided that after 3 seasons it is time to pull the plug on VM. This is a shame since the programme was fun, well written, and even though the quality had slipped in the last season, was still better than most other things on TV, either side of the Atlantic.
Why was the final season less than firing on all cylinders? Sarah Hughes, the Observer’s digital TV previewer has an interesting post on the Guardian’s organ grinder blog about the problem American TV has with ‘college’, and how the college environment can often ruin/damage a previously good series – she takes Veronica Mars as her start point.
The Third season “we were given every American college cliché Veronica’s creator Rob Thomas could come up with. From the lazy, drunken, sexist jocks at their frat houses to the men-hating feminists who just happened to run the local university paper and lived to shut the frat houses down…”
One has to agree. VM the college years didn’t really hit the spot – although to be fair to those involved in VM, interference from the Network also contributed to a tying of one hand behind the back as far as storylines and developments went – move to short self contained mysteries (in stead of a season long main mystery). Anyone who has seen the first season of this series – the hunt for the killer of Lily Kane – will know what a exceptional piece of TV it was. It was good enough to lead Joss Whedon (Buffy/Firefly) to hail it the “Best. Show. Ever. Seriously”
I now await the DVD box set.