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A long time ago, we use to be friends, Roni Mars and I…

…until the station pulled the plug and left me hankering for a real resolution to the series.

How I missed that there was a 3rd season I don’t know.

But I rectified that with a quickness when I found out that I could watch full episodes of the Veronica Mars TV show online on Amazon Prime.

I began to stream Veronica Mars Season 1 through Season 3 immediately and found myself disappointed that there was not a Season 4.

(Random thought, but did anyone else hate what they did with the Veronica Mars We Use To Be Friends theme song in Season 3?!?)

Enter the Veronica Mars kickstarter program and the crowdfunding of a Veronica Mars movie.

I was super stoked when I first watched the Veronica Mar trailer on Youtube.

I was satisfied with the Veronica Mars Movie

I say satisfied because, omg, it left me with because it left me with so many new questions.

First off, I had to do an imdb Veronica Mars search to refresh my memory regarding Carrie Bishop.

The original actress was Leighton Meester (of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl fame) but was portrayed by an unknown Andrea Estella in the movie.

No wonder I didn’t remember.

Ok, first thing that seriously bothered me is why Wallace is working at the school as a coach.

After making such a big deal about Wallace studying mechanical engineering or whatever it was all throughout Season 3, why isn’t he working in that field?!?

And what is going to happen to the Kane’s. How’s Duncan doing on the run with the baby (the Kane security guy knows where he is or, at least, was the last one seen in contact with him after he did the hit on Aaron Echols). Did Veronica really let it go about Jake Kane being the one to release her sex tape? Why didn’t Weevil finger Celeste Kane as the one who shot him?

Speaking of Weevil, is he back in the gang for good or will he go back to being daddy goody two shoes with his wife and kid.

Is Dick Casablanca really on prescription weed? Can’t really blame the guy after all that he has been through. He personified tears of a clown if you ask me. Or, to be more modern, fake it til you make it. His slogan is now wake, bake, fake, and make.

BTW, did you know that you can catch Dick Casablanca, PI on Play It Again, Dick.

Are they just going to leave the murder of Deputy Sacks unresolved?

Will Keith Mars become Sheriff again?

(Speaking of Keith, I really miss Backup. I guess 10 years would have been unreasonable for them to have the same dog. ~sigh~)

Why didn’t Stosh “Piz” Piznarski fight more for Veronica after being together almost 9 years. And why was she justing meeting his parents now?

What happened to Wallace’s Mom and Brother?

And we all know that Veronica decided to stay in Neptune but will she be a lawyer, a PI, or a conglomeration of the two? Will she work with her dad or branch of on her own?

Apparently fellow Marshmallows, there is a Veronica Mars book that takes off just where the movie ends.

And it is written by Veronica Mars show creater Rob Thomas.

No fan fiction here! Woo Hoo!!!

Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

I gots ta have it!!! Lol.

I have a google alert to see if there is ever going to be a Season 4 or another Veronica Mars movie.

So far, nothing concrete yet.

Hurry up already!!

We Marshmallows are waiting!



{March 19, 2014}   Review: Amazon Prime

I had originally planned to review Amazon Prime last as it was the last video streaming service that I invested in but seeing as today is the last day to get Amazon Prime for $79/year, I thought I better hopscotch it to the front.

Last Day to Subscribe to Amazon Prime for $79

What is Amazon Prime?

Initially, and primarily, Amazon Prime is Amazon’s priority shipping program. If you see the check box with the word Prime next to it Prime that means that not only is there no shipping charge for Amazon Prime members but you will receive your package in as little as two days.

In addition to the shipping, you also have access to unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video on any compatible device. Yep, the streaming of free movies and television shows is included in the price.

And, if you own a Kindle, you can request to “borrow” one free book per month from the Kindle Owners’ Lenders Library. You can only borrow one book at a time but there is no due or expiration date.

A program that I am just reading about today is Kindle First. With Kindle First, you can download one of four editor’s picks a month before the official publication date. This is available to everyone but it is free to Amazon Prime subscribers. Hm.

What I do like about Amazon Prime.

I like that I can start off with a free 30 day trial.

Cover of "Veronica Mars"

Cover of Veronica Mars

What I actually spend the most time using is the streaming. I have found shows that are not available on Hulu Plus or Netflix. I have finally watched all 3 seasons of Veronica Mars and my friend and I are planning a day to order the newly released Veronica Mars movie. Yeah!!

And I have been slamming House Hunters even though the skip several seasons with no real explanation.

I also like that I can share my two day shipping benefit with up to 4 other people. Especially as I have 3 teenage kids who order from their own Amazon accounts.

What don’t I like about Amazon Prime?

My first turn-off was that I couldn’t use my Amazon gift card balance to pay for my Prime. That $79 debit on my card came as a bit of an unpleasant surprise. Especially since I asked an Amazon chat representative if they would charge my balance and got a positive response. Apparently, my representative was incorrect.

So far, the shipping itself has been fine. I don’t always go with Amazon Prime because it might not be the lowest price. On the other hand, if time is of the essence, than I immediately seek out Prime offerings. Other members on my plan, however, have been killing the shipping savings. Lol.

One thing that sincerely bummed me is that the only way to borrow a Kindle book is if you own a Kindle device. If you are using the book apps on your phone, you are pretty much out of luck for this aspect. Although, I do wonder if I had a Kindle device  and borrowed a book, would it also show up on my Android phone. Hm. (Anyone know the answer to this, feel free to leave it in the comments. :-))

My final criticism is about the streaming videos. First off, I was very disappointed to learn that not all of the videos were not available to be streamed.  And, of course, I loathe the way the try to plump up there offerings by having each season separated so that I have to add/remove each one as I go along. And if you plan to watch a particular show, you better hop on it quick as it could be taken off of Prime at any time. I was watching Californication under my Prime account but just the other day, I logged in to find that it is now $1.99 an episode. Boo!!

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

The Closer

The Closer (Photo credit: srqpix)

So, is Amazon Prime worth it? For my family, yes. I stream a lot. As a matter of fact, I am streaming The Closer as I write this post.

Compared to Hulu Plus and Netflix, it comes out about even. While Hulu and Netflix offer more shows and the interface is more logical, I can’t discount the value of the free shipping. I used it just this morning to save $3.75. And the package that I ordered shipped just a few hours later and is expected to hit my doorstop on Friday.

For me, it is definitely worth it. Although I order frequently, it is not frequently enough to reach $35 each time. And my family, yeah, it seems as if we have packages delivered every week.

Don’t forget, if you want to lock in the $79/year price, you have to at least sign up for the Amazon Prime Free 30 Day trial by the end of today and upgrade to paid membership by April 17, 2014. After that, the price is $99/year.

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I must say that I have fallen woefully behind on my Upper East Side shenanigans

Gossip Girl Season 4

Gossip Girl Season 4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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But since subscribing to Netflix, I have been womanfully attempting to catch up.

Starting with Season 1, Episode 1, I am now up caught up to Blair’s engagement to the Prince of Monocco.

Since I never watch regaular television any more,  I wasn’t even aware that this was to be the last season of Gossip Girl.

So, I was completely blindsided when my friend Jeanette let the beans spill that the series finale revealed that Gossip Girl is…

….wait for it…..

….total spoiler alert here…..

Dan Humphrey

Dan Humphrey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DAN HUMPHREY!!

Frankly, I knew it had to be one of the main characters of the show although I didn’t really rule out anyone.

I figured that when it was finally revealed, the writers would have to ignore any and all inconsistencies and plot holes.

What I didn’t like was that Lily and Rufus did not end up together.

And even worse, I hated that Lily ended up with William Van Der Woosen.

Yuck!

But I guess that I will have to get caught up to see what happened there.

Reading comments though, I giggled when one reader suggested that Rufus changes to suit the woman that he is with, which is totally true!

And Lily never really respected him as a man because, like her daughter and Blair, she is actually attracted to men who treat her just a wee bit bad…I mean, um, present a challenge to their strong personalities (yeah, right!).

Other (obvious) spoilers:

Blair and Chuck get married. It was very anticlimactic and I absolutely hated Blair’s dress (I hardly ever liked the clothes they wore on the show anyway.) They have a son but I guess I have to get caught up to find out what happened to Blair and Louie’s baby?!?!

BTW, those two park Blair/Chuck know-it-alls have a vital role in the marriage but where are Blair’s minions??

Georgina’s so-called scheme was lame and was just a rounding up of all of the usual suspects. Yawn.

Flash forward five years and we see Dan and Serena tying the knot (I hated her dress too.) but I would have loved to see how they finally made it to the alter.

Apparently Blair does get a career in fashion (I have no idea what Serena ends up doing).

Lil Jenny Humphry makes a brief appearance with a designer purse that reads J by Waldorf so…..

But she doesn’t get any lines. Lol.

Ivy writes a tell all about duping the rich for their money. I need to get caught up there. I just got to the point where she is being blackmailed by her ex for $500,000.

Let’s see…who’s left…

Cover of "Veronica Mars"

Cover of Veronica Mars

Oh, yeah, Nate…he ends up running a very successful magazine and they hint that he may be running for Mayor. No girl for him, apparently. They should have put him back with Vanessa…power couple to take on Chuck and Blair. Lol.

Oh, and why wasn’t Scott at the wedding?!?!

My favorite (really, the only part that moved me besides being angry at Lily) was the cameo “I thought is was Dorota” moments from real life celebrities. My fav being the voice of Gossip Girl herself, Veronica Mars alum: Kristen Bell.

No clue the significane of the Rachel chick but I actually squeeled to see Ronnie. Lol. And that wink…too cute….

And, of course, they had to send Gossp Girl to bed with a warning that since there will always be an outsider with a need to be “in”, there will always be a “Gossip Girl”.

XoXo

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