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LAist Watches: Veronica Mars

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Our favorite show in a fictional Southern California town returned this past week and all is right in the world. Well, all is right if you just really enjoy when just about everything is wrong in the world of Veronica Mars. Sure, she's back with Duncan, who isn't much less creepy off the meds, and is in the good graces, somewhat, of the One-Niners again but Logan isn't any less tortured or troubled, Weevil wants Logan dead and despite wanting to just be a happy kid for awhile, Veronica can't just give up sleuthing when her friends are in trouble.

She wants to get out but they keep bringing her back in. LAist had some fear that without the major overarching storyline of the first season the show would lose some of its charm and intrigue. We shouldn't have been worried. The last scene of the premiere episode features the return of a ghostly Lily Kane and a school bus crash, the latter of which should become the major focus of Veronica and the rest of Neptune for this season. Veronica also showcases some of the snottiness that only reared its ugly head in flashback last season now that she's back with Duncan again and everything is "normal". Thankfully, though, when you're living in the beachfront community of Neptune, normal generally includes murder, mystery and kids with more baggage than they know what to do with.

Yay.

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LAist's Take: Veronica Mars more than held its own in the ratings war on Wednesday night garnering it's largest audience ever. We couldn't be happier. Underneath the brilliant stunt casting of buffy alumni (Charisma Carpenter looking super-fine as the sketchy older woman) and 80s icons (Steve Guttenberg who just might be running for Mayor of Neptune and is our bet as the "big bad" this season -- bus crash as political cause anyone?) and spot-on soundtrack is a show built on full-bodied characters and amazing dialogue that is always fun to watch. We'd say Lost is the best written show on network television but Veronica Mars might be a close second (with probably a third of the budget). Thank goodness it looks like it will succeed on its new night and give UPN more reasons to develop interesting program like it and Everybody Hates Chris.