Veronica Mars (season 4)

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Veronica Mars (season 4)
Veronica Mars 2019 Hulu.jpg
Promotional poster
StarringKristen Bell
Enrico Colantoni
Jason Dohring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
Season chronology
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List of Veronica Mars episodes

The fourth season of Veronica Mars, an American drama television series created by Rob Thomas, consists of eight episodes that were all released on Hulu on July 19, 2019.[1] It serves as a continuation of the 2004–07 television series as well as the 2014 film. Kristen Bell reprises her role as the title character, and it features the return of several characters from the original series as well as the introduction of new characters.[2]

Production and development[edit]

On August 21, 2018, it was reported that Hulu was planning an eight-episode revival of Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell returning in the title role and series creator Rob Thomas returning as well.[3] On September 6, 2018, it was reported that production would begin in October 2018 and continue through March 2019 in Los Angeles. Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge returned as executive producers.[4] On September 20, 2018, Hulu officially confirmed the revival, and announced it would premiere in 2019.[5] The season was originally scheduled for release on July 26, 2019,[2] however, during the series' appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, it was announced that season would be available that day.[1]

Along with Thomas and Ruggiero, the writing staff consists of Heather V. Regnier, David Walpert, Raymond Obstfeld, and former NBA player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[6]

The revival features a new version of the original theme song, "We Used to Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols, covered by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.[7]

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around a serial killer in Neptune murdering spring breakers.[5] Bell stated that the limited series is "going to be darker and bigger and more cinematic, a little bit different" in comparison to the original series.[8] Thomas stated the limited series takes place five years after the film and will "take Veronica Mars back to its hardcore So-Cal noir roots" and that it is "One big case [...] This is a detective show."[9]

Cast[edit]

Returning cast members Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring
Returning cast members Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra and Ryan Hansen
New cast members include Patton Oswalt, J. K. Simmons and Clifton Collins Jr.

Main[edit]

Starring[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

  • Eliza Coupe as Karsyn Farr, a wealthy client of Veronica
  • Josh Duhamel as Magnus, Dick's co-star in Catalina Heat
  • Rodney Rowland as Liam Fitzpatrick, head of the Fitzpatrick crime family who is now running a shady vending machine company
  • Ryan Devlin as Mercer Hayes, a serial rapist in prison at Chino who Veronica caught in season three[21]
  • James Jordan as Tim Foyle, the man who killed Dean O'Dell in season three who is serving time in Chino[22]
  • Sarah Hyland as Alyssa, a spring breaker
  • Adam Rose as Max, Mac's ex-boyfriend who is now running a marijuana dispensary[23]
  • Christopher B. Duncan as Clarence Wiedman, a freelance security guard
  • Mary McDonnell as Jane, Logan's therapist[24]
  • Kyle Secor as Jake Kane, software billionaire and owner of Kane Industries
  • Duane Daniels as Van Clemmons, principal of the newly built Kane High
  • Julie Gonzalo as Parker Lee, a former girlfriend of Logan[22]
  • Keith Morrison as himself

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
651"Spring Break Forever"Michael LehmannRob ThomasJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21601
662"Chino and the Man"Michael FieldsDiane Ruggiero-WrightJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21602
673"Keep Calm and Party On"Joaquin SedilloHeather V. RegnierJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21603
684"Heads You Lose"Rachel GoldbergDavid WalpertJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21604
695"Losing Streak"Scott WinantDavid WalpertJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21605
706"Entering a World of Pain"Tessa BlakeKareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond ObstfeldJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21606
717"Gods of War"Amanda MarsalisDiane Ruggiero-Wright & Heather V. RenierJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21607
728"Years, Continents, Bloodshed"Scott WinantRob ThomasJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)T13.21608

Marketing and promotion[edit]

The first teaser trailer for the season was released on April 12,[25] and the second on May 1, 2019.[26] A panel for Veronica Mars took place in June 2019 at the ATX Television Festival.[27] A full-length trailer was released on June 14.[28]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season has an approval rating of 91% with an average score of 7.98 out of 10 based on 64 reviews. The site's critical consensus is, "Marshmallows, rejoice! Veronica Mars returns in fine form, capturing much of what made the series so beloved while adding new wrinkles that satisfy more often than they mystify."[29] On Metacritic, the fourth season has a score of 75 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30]

Home media[edit]

The season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray via the Warner Archive Collection in region 1 on October 22, 2019, under the title Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season. Special features include the 2019 Veronica Mars San Diego Comic-Con panel.[31]

References[edit]

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