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Thoughts on “Veronica Mars: The Motion Picture”

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Max should be hired to work on this movie and given a producer’s credit

If you just poked your head out from under that rock you live under, then this should be fresh news to you: there’s going to be a new, Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie coming out soon. By soon, I mean it’s scheduled for a 2014 release.

No doubt you’ve seen all the articles discussing what the plot-line may or may not entail.  So far, we know this: Veronica has just passed the bar, after transferring away from Hearst College in Neptune, and she hasn’t done any P.I. work since her dad went to jail. Now, she’s apparently returning to her hometown for a ten-year high school reunion. Other than that, we don’t know a whole lot about the plot yet.

Many articles have already discussed what they do and do not want to see in the Veronica Mars movie, and I figured I might as well throw my hat into the ring and offer up my two cents.

Veronica and Love

At first, romance was kept to a minimum in the Veronica Mars universe. However, over time, the love crap grew and so do the amount of shippers who grew more and more satisfied. I would argue that this cut down on some of the intrigue of the show in later seasons.

Most fans seem to want Veronica and trust fund ex Logan (Jason Dohring) rekindle the on-again, off-again romance they had for three-ish seasons. I would like the opposite. (Side-note: Keep away from Piz (Chris Lowell) too, please. He’s essentially the Riley Finn of this universe – for any of you Buffy fans.)

For me, Veronica’s non-romantic relationships were the highlight of the show – outside of the mysteries, of course. Mainly, her relationship with her dad was the most compelling for me to watch. Papa Mars was not only hilarious, but the chemistry between Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni was great. I would love to see this played up in the movie.

Aside from the Mars family, it would be great to see Veronica’s friends – mainly Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (Tina Majorino) – once again. Those two were always fun.

Veronica and Friends

Speaking of Wallace and Mac, let’s not make them sad sacks, okay. I guess when there was talk of a fourth season, a time jump in which Wallace worked as a teacher in Neptune was involved in the discussions.

I’m not sure of the validity of that rumor, but if it was true, it would have made for a quite depressing and incredibly unrealistic fourth season.

Outside of characters like Logan, who was essentially running a Neptune-based business by the end of the series, it just doesn’t make sense for the rest of the characters to stick around.

Bringing everyone together through a college reunion is a pretty smart move, because it pretty much guarantees that Veronica won’t be coming back to a town that no one else but her has been able to escape from. So, hopefully, the others will be returning too, not just welcoming back old friends.

Here’s to hoping Weevil (Francis Capra) isn’t a Hearst janitor anymore, either.

Veronica and Veronica

Having a bunch of old characters show up sure would be nice, yet at the same time it could be a detriment to the movie.

I’m not opposed to seeing characters, but they should make sense to the plot. If everyone who was on the show at some point or another were to pop up in ten second cameos, then the movie would deteriorate pretty quickly.

Basically, I think it would be better to keep the amount of characters to a minimum and play up the mystery. Sure, it might be sad to miss out on some less significant, but just as beloved characters, but it would also make for a more cohesive mystery.

And really, when it comes down to it, Veronica and whatever mystery she’s solving is what this show is really about, right? That, and her dad of course.

If the movie stuck to that principal, I don’t see how it could go wrong. So, here’s hoping.