I just got finished watching the Veronica Mars second season finale, and it’s the best hour of TV I have seen since the season premiere. Not only do the big mysteries of the season get wrapped up in totally unexpected but brilliantly set up ways, old mysteries from the first season get new pieces added that make the whole thing mind blowing. Somehow they keep pulling things you thought were inconsequential or finished back out and showing you something entirely different. The last half of the show is an insane rush of revelations and set up for the next season. There were more questions answered and asked in this one episode than the train wreck of a show Lost has had for it’s entire run. Plus, just about every single person who has had any part in the main stories in either season makes and appearance in the episode.
I still love BtVS and Angel, but Veronica Mars is so consistently great, it’s moved above them in my personal list of best TV shows. Two seasons, 44 episodes, and it hasn’t misstepped once the entire time, not a single mediocre or dull episode. I still think Joss Whedon is the master of TV dialog, but Rob Thomas beats the crap out of him with arc and details.