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DVD Review: Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season
Review by Craig Byrne - NeptuneSite Webmaster
August 10, 2006

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In A Nutshell:

Just a few weeks before the third season of Veronica Mars begins on the new CW Network, Warner Home Video will be releasing the complete second season of the show to DVD on Tuesday, August 22, 2006.

After solving the mystery of the death of Lilly Kane in the first season of Veronica Mars, things quickly moved into a new direction with the second season premiere as a horrible tragedy took the lives of several Neptune High students. The second year has Veronica solving this mystery and many other underlying mysteries throughout the season.

Regular cast members for Season Two include Kristen Bell as Veronica, Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel, Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars, Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls, Teddy Dunn as Duncan Kane, Tessa Thompson as Jackie Cook, Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas, and Kyle Gallner as Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas. Recurring actors in Season 2 included Charisma Carpenter as Kendall Casablancas, Steve Guttenberg as Woody Goodman, Jeffrey Sams as Terrence Cook, Krysten Ritter as Gia Goodman, Tina Majorino as Cindy "Mac" MacKenzie, and Michael Muhney as Sheriff Don Lamb.

The Episodes:

I'll be the first to admit that when the episodes aired, I didn't enjoy Veronica Mars as much as I did in the show's first season. However, being able to look at the episodes with the knowledge of what will come later and looking for early clues has, so far, been a lot of fun. Some episodes that may have seemed pointless the first time around seem to have some depth and purpose now.

Except maybe "Donut Run." But hey, that's what fast forwarding to the Lamb-and-Xena stuff is for. And, sorry, no, Jackie never really does seem to have much of a purpose, although I really do like Tessa Thompson and thought she did a good job.

All 22 episodes are on this set, and presented in widescreen format, which also makes me very happy. Although I have hi-def cable, for some reason unknown to me our local UPN station is not broadcast that way. Widescreen Veronica is cool.

The joy of DVD, really, is that you can jump around to your favorites. I especially liked "The Rapes of Graff" and it's guest star cast which included the return of Aaron Ashmore as Troy, plus Michael Cera and Alia Shakwat from the late, great Arrested Development. The season starts to become REALLY interesting as the season mystery unravels, and watching the last few episodes in a marathon style should be a treat.

You can also zap through the episodes to check out the many humorous shirts of Dick Casablancas. You can't go wrong there.

So, while the episodes on this season don't have the same "wow" as the Veronica Season 1 set did, there's still a lot of bang for your buck and I'm sure you'll find something you like.

The Extras:

First, I'll get this out of the way: No commentaries. Show creator Rob Thomas says something about how it couldn't be done on time for the DVD to still come out by August, but I say there's really no good excuse. It really can't be that hard to plan a year in advance "okay, here's when we're going to sit down and record this commentary for this episode." Rob will probably be posting a commentary on his website, but it's still unfortunate, because I would have loved to have had at least one on this DVD set.

Commentary would have been welcomed - and from not just Rob. As evident at the recent Comic-Con cast appearance, there are some real characters on the Veronica Mars cast, and how cool would it have been for goofballs like Jason Dohring, Michael Muhney or Ryan Hansen to be doing commentary on an episode? I know Kristen Bell is busy, but I can bet any of those guys would love to do it.

With that out of the way, there ARE some good extra features that did make it to the set. There's a gag reel, which even includes scenes from Season 1. Buffy fans should enjoy this since some of the gags involve Alyson Hannigan as Trina Echolls. The sound on the gag reel was a little off which was kind of annoying; the volume had to be lifted on it whereas on other features it was fine. At one spot, at least on my DVD, there seemed to be no sound at all.

The DVD features a good amount of deleted scenes on over a dozen episodes: "Normal Is The Watchword," "Driver Ed," "Green-Eyed Monster," "Blast from the Past," "Rat Saw God," "Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner," "Ahoy, Mateys!," "My Mother, The Fiend," "Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough," "Versatile Toppings," "The Quick and the Wed," "I Am God," and "Look Who's Stalking." These additional scenes should enhance the episodic experience.

Finally, there are two featurettes. One is a day on the set of Veronica Mars hosted by Kristen herself. It's a fascinating look at what is really there, but even moreso than that, props go out to Kristen for even taking the time to do such a thing. She's a busy girl, and surely overworked, but the fact that she did this really made me happy.

The other featurette, Veronica Mars: Not Your Average Teen Detective, takes a look at the show in general. I'd have hoped for something longer, but a short featurette IS better than nothing.

Not marked on the package but still on the DVD's is the CW's promo for VM Season Three. Say what you will about the CW's "Free To Be..." posters, but this video promo - also available to see at http://www.cwtv.com - is sweet.

The Packaging:

The disc art for this set is, well, really girly. To be a bit more blunt, it looks like something that would be more appropriate for a show like Degrassi: The Next Generation (not that there's anything wrong with that) than it is for the tongue-in-cheek noir that is Veronica Mars. I'm also not completely sold on the front cover, which spotlights characters like Duncan and Weevil but sends important people like Dick and Cassidy back to the back.

The DVD set comes with a booklet detailing the episodes, and Warner Home Video, as per usual, did a bang-up job.

Though it's not part of the physical packaging, the DVD menus look cool.

I am so thankful that Veronica Mars Season Two comprises of single-sided discs; however, I really, really hate the "two discs practically piled on top of each other" fold-out format, which seems to just lend itself to some scratching later on.

All in all though, the packaging seems consistent with the Season One set-up, which makes me happy because ever-changing DVD box sizes annoys me (I say as I eye my Dallas DVD sets of various different sizes).

The Verdict:

Ultimately, I like this set a lot. Like I said, Veronica Mars Season Two is better when you can solve the mysteries at marathon speed, and that a lot of the stuff that seemed pointless upon first viewing did have a point later.

I still wish there could have been some commentary provided on the set, but what can we do? DVD commentaries are an added bonus, a privilege - but it is a privilege that a lot of us have become accustomed to, especially when it concerns a show with a rabid following like Veronica Mars.

With that said, I give the Veronica Mars Season 2 box set a B. I think it's a good, solid set that could have been even better. I think that for most of us, the convenience of an entire season at our fingertips will make those shortcomings worth it.

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