At least Mermaid is learning more about roofies and rape and college than she ever did watching DiGrassi (yuck).
Veronica seems too wise, hip and knowledgable to be a real high school student, and even at her level of income (her fathers) she and just about every other student has a car. She does things no high school student should be able to do, and she looks much too old to be a high school student. So do all the other actors. That said, the show is great fun, except for some time in the second season, when Veronica's love life took over her detective work. I for one had a hard time distinguishing between her two rich boyfriends because as far as I was concerned, they were both equally skeevy, priviliged and identical, and the number of mean girls and rich kids was boggling.
It's hard to believe that Veronica was ever as innocent as she was meant to be in her graduation dream flashback. After all, all her skills had to come from somewhere, right? Even before her friend Lilli was murdered and she was booted out of the rich kid club. I'm not convinced she was ever as naive and sweet as she pictured herself, or however her boyfriends preferred her from her current suspicious incarnation.
I lovelovelove the relationship Veronica has with her father Keith. Colosantos is a terrific actor. His character is warm, tough, loving, sympathetic, and has one of the best father-daughter relationships on television I think I've seen for a long long time. It beats out Castle's father-daughter relationship by a marathon of miles. Veronica here isn't used as a device to help her dad solve cases. Here, she touches base with her dad, and they *help each other out* as they learn things about their cases and when their cases intersect.
I also like her friends/sidekicks, Wallace and Mac. I really love Mac's actress, because she all the right notes for being an awkward, not-movie-star weight girl compared to all the slim and thin girls around her. Wallace is awesome, too. He'll do almost anything for Veronica (though I'm not clear on why) and they don't flaunt his athleticism. He's more dorky than an athlete, and that's nice, because thank god, not all athletes are overbearing assholes--although there's a reason for that stereotype.
Anyway. Tonight Mermaid is having sleepover at a friend's house and we're getting a break from Veronica tonight. We were all up until 3am watching the third season, and saw the Dean murdered, and the college rapist caught. I get tired just thinking about it!