"Veronica Mars" spoilers coming up just as soon as I have a teen movie marathon...
I already dealt with the whole FBI thing in this morning's column. If Warner Bros. hadn't sent me both tonight's episode and next week's, I would be very ready to see the end of "Veronica: The College Years," because this one was a big flat dud, but next week's is a lot of fun. But we'll talk about the awesomeness of Mr. Paul Rudd next week, while right now we're stuck talking about some "Afterschool Special"-level speechifying about racial profiling and the Iraq war, plus the latest non-interesting development in the love quadrangle. (This show and "Battlestar Galactica" are really scorching the earth for all future TV quadrangles, aren't they?)
In fairness, I rather liked the Keith fake ID plot, and not just because I was glad to see Jack McGee employed during the "Rescue Me" hiatus. Keith runs a much tighter ship than Lamb, so a sheriff's department culture clash seemed inevitable. Plus, it provided some good conflict between Keith (back to being the establishment) and Veronica (still the outlaw), as well as some long-absent Keith/Wallace interaction (as well as him busting on "Stosh"). I also liked some of the non-quadrangle aspects of the party, like Dick getting his comeuppance and the inevitable meeting of Mac and Max.
But the mystery of the week was a snooze, and I'm long past caring about Logan and Veronica. The idea of Piz kissing Veronica into submission was a bit surprising, I'll give you, but I can't even get too invested in that because I know in the back of my mind that it's an incredibly slim chance that the show will return next year with Veronica still in college (and therefore, with this relationship in any way a factor).
I'm trying not to sound too harsh, because I really do like next week's show, but this wasn't exactly triumphant return. What did everybody else think?