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Ugh, last night's episode of Veronica Mars, Un-American Grafitti, was a real downer.

I must have missed the previous episode where Keith Mars is appointed interim sheriff. What a perfect example of the corrupting influence of power and authority. As a private dick, Veronica's dad was cool and reasonable. Once he gets a taste of statist power, he becomes an asshat killjoy, going out of his way to crack down on underage drinking in the local bars of a college town.

His reasoning? A 19-year-old drunk bar patron with a fake ID stumbles outside and gets hit by a car, paralyzing him from the waist down. And if this unfortunate incident had happened two years later? What nonsense.

I can't wait for Keith Mars to go back to the private sphere where he - and everyone else, for that matter - belongs. At least then we can have the Mars father and daughter duo lampoon and show-up the Reno 911-esque doofuses who normally occupy the Neptune police department.

Respect Mah Authoritah!

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Keith as sheriff

FYI: Keith was made interim sheriff almost immediately after we find out Sheriff Lamb died ("Mars, bars" Feb. 20, 2007).

Keith Mars as Nanny

Yeah, that was certainly disappointing. What I'm wondering is whether some gov't agency (like the ONDCP) or nanny statist private organization might have put pressure on the show's creators to do this. I saw the episode where Veronica made those fake IDs for her pals, and there wasn't the slightest hint of shame or concern. Now they make a big deal out of it, with V's Dad giving her a guilt trip that he'd never have given her for (say) breaking-and-entering or impersonating a police officer. It just doesn't fit with anything we know about his character or the show's attitude. Weird.