The loose narrative is simple. Ryan Hansen (or “Ryan Hansen”) is set on creating a Veronica Mars spinoff centered around Dick Casablancas. There are many problems with this idea, as everyone constantly points out to Hansen — Dick’s character isn’t the best choice for a main character because, as Kristen Bell puts it in the pilot episode, “If you were really paying attention to the story, [Dick’s] a likely date rape enabler.” Plus, it makes no sense for Dick to suddenly become a private eye. Hansen turns a blind eye to all of this and forges full speed ahead with a pitch to The CW.
In order for this to fully work, Hansen (both the real and fake versions) has to enlist the help of Veronica Mars alumni. Play It Again, Dick could even be considered the Ocean’s 12 of web series: Much of its existence seems to stem from the fact that these friends just wanted to keep hanging out together — but at least this time, the audience is in on the joke and the fun the actors are having is almost tangible. Jason Dohring appears in the second episode and gets too invested in Hansen’s idea too quickly, trying to take over with his own version of a buddy comedy spinoff. In case you’re wondering how much this show caters to Veronica Mars fans, here’s all you need to know: Dohring spends a large amount of the episode shirtless and/or working out; later, Chris Lowell shows up for a funny vid-chat session with Hansen.
There really isn’t any point to Play It Again, Dick, but it’s funny nonetheless, and full of in-jokes (and eye candy) for Veronica Mars fans. It won’t satisfy anyone who’s looking for a continuation of the series, but if you liked the show and the actors enough to spend a few extra minutes with them every week, it might just delight you. Now, if only Ryan Hansen can parlay this into a lead role in his own sitcom.