Veronica Mars: Meet John Smith Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Things really get moving here. Veronica gets hired to track down a classmate's long-lost (or dead?) father, enlists Wallace to start taking records from the office, dates Troy, and tries to get to the bottom of the mystery around her own mother. Oh, and what kind of medication is Duncan really taking? [more inside]
Veronica Mars: Credit Where Credit's Due Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Veronica investigates credit card fraud. We see Weevil in a more sympathetic light. Logan is an ass (Logan is always an ass), but Troy seems nice, right? And, oh yeah, a role for Paris Hilton... [more inside]
Veronica Mars: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Introductions all around! Veronica Mars is a junior at Neptune High, formerly popular with the rich kids, now an outcast. Her best friend was killed, her boyfriend dumped her, she was roofied. Her father used to be Sheriff, but now he's a private eye, and Veronica helps him while solving her own high-school drama mysteries. This week's episode introduces Wallace, a new student at Neptune who is targeted by the local biker gang. Veronica Mars was first broadcast in 2004, just after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, and in a lot of ways it directly took up the mantle of kick-ass blonde high school girl empowerment. Never a ratings success, it was a critical darling from the start. [more inside]
When the class troublemaker is blamed for the spraypainting of dicks on every car in the faculty parking lot, two intrepid reporters from the school's morning announcement program tear apart the case against him in this eight part mockumentary. Produced for Netflix and very reminiscent of it's Making a Murderer, this spot on parody of long form investigative docmunetaries distinguishes itself by allowing its characters to grow beyond the stereotypes of nerds, jocks, and burnouts. At some point after the first few episodes you realize it stopped being just a comedy and has become as complex and asorbing a mystery as the documentaries its meant to mock. [more inside]
Riverdale: Body Double Books Included Season 1, Ep 3
In the third "chapter" of Riverdale, Cheryl comes clean about when she last saw Jason, Betty and Jughead investigate Jason's death, while Veronica goes "full dark, no stars" to get revenge for herself and others.
Riverdale: A Touch of Evil Books Included Season 1, Ep 2
Betty isn't sure who to argue with and who to be nice to, so doles a little of each out to everyone. Veronica apologizes with flowers, cupcakes, and mani-pedis. Josie & the Pussycats rock out while the cheerleaders perform. [more inside]
Rock 'n' roll kids plot to take down their school's fascist administration with a little help from the Ramones. Streaming video available for the moment only on YouTube. [more inside]
A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game. [more inside]
In the Flesh: Episode 2 Season 2, Ep 2
Kieren's attempt to leave for France are dashed by Maxine's imposition of an Undead travel ban, and the formation of the PDS "Give Back" scheme. There's high school drama with Jem her young class-mates, an undead party (complete with mood-altering ... substances), and Jem reconnects with Gary.