‘Veronica Mars’ Review: Gritty Revival Doesn’t Pander to Fandom – It’s Darker and Better (Spoiler-Free)

IndieWire | 7/15/2019 | Staff
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Be careful what you wish for, Marshmallows.

“Veronica Mars” is back yet again with the detective series’ second revival, thanks to Hulu. But it’s been 12 years since creator Rob Thomas’ original series ended and five years since the Kickstarter-funded sequel film. As such, the plucky teenage P.I. has grown, and so have the stakes. “Veronica Mars” has dealt with grim subject matter before – it all began with the murder of a teenage girl, after all – but this new eight-episode limited series that serves as a fourth season is far darker and more melancholy.

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Even Chrissie Hynde’s new cover of the Dandy Warhol’s original theme song feels extra poignant and haunting as she sings:

But I haven’t thought of you lately at all.

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But it’s not all nostalgia and remorse. “Veronica Mars” has always been a helluva good time, delivering humor, cleverness, and action in equal measure. Newcomers will find it easy to adopt the wise-cracking father-daughter detective team at Mars Investigations in the seedy seaside town of Neptune, California. Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is as resourceful and unflappable as ever as a champion to wronged spouses, while her father Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) gives good banter, even as troubling health problems threaten to slow him down. Their loving yet jocular dynamic never misses a beat, a comforting continuity from the show’s inception.

Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni, “Veronica Mars”

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Their stability is at odds, however, with Neptune, a town chiefly known for its sordid murders and as a Spring Break destination. This new season combines both as a mad bomber has targeted the tourists who turn the bustling boardwalk businesses upside-down in their pursuit to “get loose, get lit, and get laid.”

Enter Veronica, who opens the series with words tinged with pain and regret. Her voiceover usually serves to impart some needed exposition...
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