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''Veronica Mars''

By RD Heldenfels Published: March 30, 2006

I've been waiting several weeks for a really good new ''Veronica.'' I don't think last night's was it.

Part of my objection may be plot fatigue, which was also a factor in last night's ''Lost.'' This late in the season, I don't want just another hint. I want answers. And I don't feel as if I'm any closer to answers on ''Veronica'' than I was months ago -- that the show is toying with me because it doesn't know exactly where it's going. It's way too ''X-Files,'' a show that was notorious for painting itself into a corner and then throwing out everything you knew, just to keep the narrative going. And the Keith investigation wasn't as fleshed out as it should have been.

Was there good stuff in ''Veronica''? Well, yeah. The bizarre little homage to ''Arrested Development,'' for one thing. And Logan right now is the show's most intriguing, tortured and devious character. But even there, I didn't buy entirely into his romantic change in direction, especially when it was rooted in boredom with video games.

Please, ''Veronica.'' More, better, now.

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