Veronica Mars, “The Wrath of Con”

11 Aug

It is not easy to find good caps from episodes of Veronica Mars.

  • Lilly Kane and Amanda Seyfried are still the driving force of the series, and Seyfried is still a force of nature, sashaying around in a slinky gold dress, telling the story of walking in on her parents having sex with a killer impersonation of Celeste, and generally making a tribute to Lilly seem like it should have been the raucous one Logan stitches together.
  • Veronica, though, gets a chance to be a little Lilly-like in this episode, and Kristen Bell does naughty well. The ditzy “Amber” voice, clueless gamer girl, and drunk partier are all characters, and even if Bell only has to hit their notes for ten seconds, she does it perfectly.
  • Furthermore, Veronica’s skinny-dipping at episode’s end is handled wonderfully. Setting the stage for it with a tribute to Lilly that leaves everyone smiling and remembering her fearlessness is smart, but Bell makes the dip seem at once like just another thing Veronica has control over and a moment of liberating mischief. And though it’s not exactly a hard shot to get, the cinematographer should be lauded for getting Bell in the silvery moonlight at the end.
  • Wallace finally gets something other than friendship from Veronica … and it’s just Kyla Pratt, who had been on UPN’s Moesha, The Parkers, The Hughleys, and One on One before her VM spot. If you are an actor who has appeared on five UPN shows, you have “pulled a Kyla Pratt.” IT IS SO DECREED.
  • I barely cared about the A-plot here. It did get Veronica into a Japanese schoolgirl outfit, and it did allow the show its plug for The Matrix Online, but the mystery of Lilly’s death is about 453 times more intriguing than anything the show can trot out for its procedural concession, and all the characterization revolves around that at this point. I’ll probably keep having this problem until Lilly’s death gets resolved, but the longer arc is more than compelling enough for this to be a quibble.
  • I like that Keith mentions parties and a motel before sweeping the rug out from under Troy with “You won’t mind that I cancelled your reservation at the Four Seasons, then?” Do the 09ers really have to slum it in motels when they want to sneak away for sex? Also, do the normal rules about age limits on reserving hotel rooms not apply in Neptune?
  • Veronica as an 09er seems far more comfortable than Veronica post-Lilly.
  • Wallace to Troy: “I stopped trying to figure her out on day one.” Is that more resigned or wise?
  • Sure, there are a lot of reasons why having few adults involved in teenagers’ lives makes sense in a richie-rich part of California. But it’s still something that stands out; when Bell’s only asked to act opposite teens, she stands out.

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