I was asked to review the recently released box set of Veronica Mars: The Complete Third Season on DVD. I agreed, even though I’d never seen a single episode of the show before. I figured it would be possible to write a decent review based on viewing the bonus material alone; after all, that’s what makes most fans buy the DVD box sets in the first place, right? Anyway, here are some of my initial impressions about the box set.
The Complete Third Season is a six-disc set, with the first five discs containing the 20 full-length episodes that show Veronica Mars and her friends transitioning from high school to college. From what I’ve read of the series, the third season represented a bit of a departure from the previous two seasons in that the writers abandoned their usual season-long mystery arcs in favor of several shorter arcs that take just a few episodes to wrap up. The sixth disc in the set contains all the extras, which is what I’d like to talk about here.
The most intriguing bonus feature was the 12-minute pitch giving viewers a glimpse of what Season 4 would have been like had the show been picked up by the network. We see Veronica Mars several years later as a member of the FBI.
I thought this concept was pretty cool, and applaud creator Rob Thomas for being willing to make a leap like that. I can’t think of another show that has deliberately fast-forwarded through the characters’ lives. Probably 99.9 percent of the writers/producers out there would have wanted to keep Veronica and the gang in college for three more years before attempting to move on. But I thought the whole jump to the FBI looked like it would have been a real treat for fans.
Another feature on the bonus disc is an extended commentary by Thomas and series producer Dan Etheridge. In this portion, they discuss individual scenes from throughout the season, telling viewers what they were going for and why certain elements were important to the bigger picture. Since I didn’t watch any of the actual eps, I didn’t understand the commentary, but can definitely see how it would have value for regular viewers.
In addition to the Season 4 pitch and the extended commentary, the bonus disc also includes a gag reel, deleted scenes, set tours, and cast interviews.
Overall, I have to admit that I’ve become more intrigued about Veronica Mars now that I’ve caught a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action of Season Three. I think I’m going to try to get Seasons 1 and 2 somehow so I can watch the whole series in order.
In the meantime, if you’ve been a loyal follower of the show, then you need to get out there and buy The Complete Third Season on DVD today!