Veronica Mars: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (22 Sep. 2004)

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Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered. Her father, Keith, then the town sheriff, accused Lilly's ... See full summary »



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Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered. Her father, Keith, then the town sheriff, accused Lilly's billionaire father of the murder. When another man confessed, Keith was booted from office. All of Veronica's friends stopped talking to her, and her mother left town. But as Veronica starts her junior year of high school, it becomes clear that nothing about her life is what it seems. Written by Alex

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In the original pilot, Lilly's body was dumped into a river and found later. The network found this a little too disturbing, especially because it involved Jake Kane disposing of his own daughter's body and had her body be left on the Kane property. See more »


During the flashback of Lilly's death, Veronica is seen running up behind Keith and then stopping next to him. In the next shot, Veronica is still running over. See more »


Veronica Mars: [voiceover] Let's not forget Logan Echolls. His dad makes twenty million a picture. You probably own his action figure. Every school has an obligatory psychotic jackass. He's ours.
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Fitting intro to the Veronica Mars TV series.
17 September 2014 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I missed the Veronica Mars TV series when it was on a few years back. However I recently saw the Veronica Mars movie which was partly financed by fans, and made to give them another dose of the characters.

So, being the curious type, I went to my public library and checked out the 6-disk set of DVDs containing the first season.

This is the pilot episode, 41 minutes long (not having commercial breaks sure is nice) and it introduces us to the locale and the characters. Kristen Bell, who was already well into her 20s, is high schooler Veronica Mars. Her dad, Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars, formerly was the sheriff but was ousted in a recall after a notorious local murder he was blamed for NOT stopping. Now he is a private investigator, and Veronica is his receptionist. But she is a budding PI herself.

This episode also introduces us to Neptune High and the student body, and how it seems that Veronica has no friends. But one of her friends had been Amanda Seyfried as Lilly Kane, daughter of the wealthiest man in town. Even though it was her murder, we know that she appears in a number of additional episodes, likely in flashback.

This episode deals with Mr Kane's wife hiring the Mars agency to spy on her husband, she thinks he is having an affair. Veronica goes on an overnight stake-out and, even though she misses photos of the women, she gets a photo of the license plate. Her dad sees it and says they are going to "drop it", but then Veronica finds out it is in fact her estranged mother's car from out of state. And, she finds something that makes it appear like she is somehow tied into the case of Lilly's death.

To be continued...

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