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“A long time ago, we used to be friends . . .” – Thoughts and Speculation on The Veronica Mars Movie

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Unless you happen to have been living under a rock this past week, you’ve probably heard a little something about the Massively Successful Kickstarter Campaign to convert Veronica Mars from long-defunct television series to Movie for the Me Generation.

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So, now that us long-time VM fans finally have our movie, the logical next question is: “What’s it going to be about?”

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Series creator Rob Thomas has wasted little time providing us with a surprisingly detailed answer to that probing question.

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A 10-year high school reunion?  A high-profile celebrity murder?  A “friend” of Veronica’s accused of a crime he (probably?) didn’t commit?  It’s like all the best plot points of Season 1 of the series, rolled into one awesomely pint-sized package!  Kind of like Veronica herself .  . .

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And let us not forget the most important thing.  Logan Echolls . . . he’s SINGLE ladies!

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Having a Dead Girlfriend will do that for you . . .

Now, while the general film plot points are already in place, there’s still quite a bit of speculation to be had, about what sort of things we can expect to see in this film.  Of course, certain aspects of the film are already a given.  Here are a few things I am 100% positive will appear in the Veronica Mars Movie:

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1) Cast Cameos Galore

Nothing says fan-backed film like a full-on cast reunion.  Obviously, no Veronica Mars film would be complete without the likes of Logan Echolls, Keith Mars, Wallace Fennel, Mac Mackenzie, Dick Casablancas, and Weevil.

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But what about fan favorites, like the hilariously ruthless Vinnie Van Lowe?

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Deputy Leo (or as many of know him better, Schmidt from New Girl)?

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Logan’s troubled sister, Trina?

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That hilarious chick from Freaks and Geeks?

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And JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS as The Crooked CIA Agent, who inadvertently brought about the first Logan/Veronica kiss?

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But with every character we’d love to see return to the series, there are a few we’d just as soon relegate to the video vault, never to be seen again . . .

Like, for example, almost all of Veronicas and Logan’s annoying (why even bother trying) temporary love interests . . .

Piz . . .

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Parker . . .

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Hannah . . .

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That Drug Dealer Dude, who dated Veronica for three episodes . . .

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Pretty much, all of Wallace Fennel’s love interests . .  .

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That character played by that chick from The Hills .  . .

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And the “B from Apartment 23” (Sorry Krysten Ritter!)

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2) Celebrity Cameos that (hopefully) do not include Paris Hilton

Though the Veronica Mars cast was mainly comprised of young, talented, unknowns, who were still waiting to get their feet wet in Hollywood, quite a few well-established actors made notable appearances on the show, including, but not limited to .  . .

Leighton Meester . . .

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Kevin Smith . . .

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Paul Rudd . . .

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Michael Cera . . .

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Alyson Hannigan . . .

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and Joss Whedon . . .

We already know from Rob Thomas that Logan will be dating a pop star.  Wouldn’t it be great if a real-life pop star took on the role, in a self-deprecatingly exaggerated version of herself?  Someone like Carly Rae Jepsen, perhaps, or Taylor Swift, maybe even Britney Spears . . .

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What celebrities would you like to see featured in the new Veronica Mars movie?

3) Veronica Mars’ trademark snarky voiceover narration

One of the things I always adored about Veronica Mars as a character, was her distinctive voice. When done incorrectly, voiceovers can be an annoyance, distracting from, and hindering the main plot, with needless exposition.  But, somehow, Rob Thomas managed to make Veronica Mars’ voiceovers a welcome, and necessary, addition to the series.  They made you feel closer to the main character, almost like you knew her personally.  I’m hoping that Thomas opts to continue this trend, during the film.

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4) Oodles of Super Sweet (but not too sappy) Daddy / Daughter moments

Most shows geared toward a teen audience tend to substantially minimize the roles of any character over the age of 30.  Parents usually exist on these shows, solely as an impediment to the action of the main plot.  They ground the characters, to prevent them from going to the parties they need to attend.  They disapprove of their significant others.  They razz them about their grades and poor school attendance.

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Not so, for Veronica Mars.  As a young P.I., adults were an integral part of Veronica’s world.  They were her clients, suspects in her cases, and, sometimes, they were her friends.  But no adult was more important to Veronica’s life than her father, Keith Mars.  There was just something so real, and authentic about this daddy/ daughter relationship.  Unlike many TV parents, Keith Mars was a good dad.  He cared about his daughter, and related to her, not only as a guardian, but also as a friend, confidant and colleague.

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Now, that Veronica herself is an adult, I can only imagine that her and Keith Mars will come to regard one another even more as equals.   And I look forward to seeing their relationship develop, during the film.

5) Flashbacks, flashbacks, and more flashbacks . . .

Since one of it’s main characters was a corpse . . .

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Veronica Mars was a TV series that spent a lot of time in the past.  Hazy, dreamlike flashback scenes, became a mainstay of the show, often offering important insight into current character motivations, and, sometimes, even invaluable clues for solving the murder mystery at hand.

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Considering that The Veronica Mars movie will be taking place ten-years after the series’ conclusion, I suspect we will be treated to plenty of flashbacks that will fill in the blanks as to what Veronica, Logan and company have been doing during all these long, lost years . . .

6) Off the charts LoVe sexual tension!

Ahhhh, LoVe . . . sweet, sensual . . . dysfunctional, destructive .  . . LoVe.  It’s no secret that I’ve always been a big fan of this pairing, which still ranks right up their in my uber competitive list of the Top Ten TV Couples of All Time.

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LoVe fans were left with a bit of an ambiguous ending for this star-crossed duo, in the series finale of the show, which left off with the characters definitively separated from one another, but still making googly eyes at one another from across a crowded lunchroom . . .

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Based on the premise of the film, Veronica and Logan have not yet experienced their happily ever after.  We learn right off the bat, that Logan has been in as series relationship with someone else.  And Veronica’s love life, for the time being, still remains a mystery.

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But with a 10-year high school reunion looming large over their heads, and Logan in desperate need of Veronica’s sleuthing services, one can only imagine that this scorching couple will be falling into one another’s orbits once again.  And we all know what happens when these two come into close contact with one another . . .

Here are a few other VM plot points that may / or may not make their way to the silver screen:

1) A Surprise Mac / Dick Coupling?

She’s a cynical computer whiz, raised by a blue-collar family,  despite having come from silver spoon roots.  He’s the arrogant, airheaded son of a white collar criminal, and the brother of a murderous sociopath.

A match made in Heaven, this was certainly not . . .  And yet, there was just something about these two that made you wonder if Rob Thomas was contemplating coupledom for them, had the series continued on for a fourth and fifth season.

Perhaps, The Veronica Mars Movie will enable these polar opposites to finally attract . . .

2) A Ghostly Lily Visitation?

Though virtually unknown as an actress prior to receiving her role as the mysterious, complex, and deeply flawed, Dead Best Friend Lily on Veronica Mars, Amanda Seyfried is now, pretty much a household name, having landed major movie roles in films like Mean Girls, Les Miserables, and the critically acclaimed television series, Big Love.

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When your character is killed off a television show, bringing you back for the reunion is always a challenge.  But if there is a way to do it, rest assured Rob Thomas will find it .  . .

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3) Veronica’s return to Mars Investigations?

Given how heavily Veronica’s FBI aspirations were featured in the show, and how much time she spent working as a private investigator for her father’s firm,  I was a bit surprised that that Rob Thomas ultimately decided to make her a lawyer.  For one thing, it’s a pretty hefty departure from Thomas’ original ideas for the show’s fourth season.

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I’m thinking there’s a sob story behind this radical career change.  And if that’s the case, there’s a strong possibility that Veronica’s film happily ever after might set her back on her original path . . .

Speaking of Happily Ever Afters . . .

4) Love for Keith Mars

From alcoholics to married women to Wallace’s mom, Keith Mars was no stranger to messy, doomed, relationships.  Will The Veronica Mars Movie finally bring TV’s Favorite Dad his perpetual Plus One?  Here’s hoping . . .

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And finally . . .

5) A Veronica / Logan Endgame?

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Movie makers are artists.  But they are also, to some extent, hired hands, who are struggling to earn a paycheck, just like the rest of us working stiffs.  I’m sure you’ve all read the stories about the film creator who was forced to compromise his vision at the hands of the Big Studio Suits, whose hands were holding the purse strings.  Substitute those four or five Big Studio Suits for 55,000 intense TV fans, and you’ve got an idea of what Rob Thomas is up against, when he’s deciding how to properly conclude the Veronica Mars saga.

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Given that, I honestly can’t imagine a scenario in which Rob Thomas doesn’t conclude this film with a Veronica and Logan Happily Ever After.  And, I for one, am THRILLED that this is the case . . .

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But here’s the thing, when you care about a TV couple, as much as I care about Veronica and Logan, you want what’s best for them.  So, my hope for this story, is that the inevitable Veronica and Logan reunion is written in such a way that feels authentic and true to the characters . . . not like something that was just slapped on to the end of the movie, because the writers felt like that was what fans wanted.

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Obviously, a Veronica and Logan coupling is going to have complications, given the amount of offscreen time, during which they’ve presumably been apart.  And, of course, let’s not forget, the whole, “Logan’s Got a Dead Rockstar Girlfriend” thing . . .

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Of course, we’ve survived Logan’s Dead Girlfriends, before.  Despite Lily remaining a strong presence in both Veronica’s and Logan’s lives, the writers somehow managed to make the development of Veronica’s romance with her dead best friend’s ex-boyfriend feel genuine and not cheap.  But can lightening strike twice in this spot, especially when so much time has past?

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All fingers crossed . . .

So, tell me, Veronica Mars fans, what kinds of things are YOU expecting / hoping to see in the upcoming feature film?

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Fave TV Couple #2 – Logan Echolls and Veronica Mars – The Ultimate “LoVe” / Hate Saga

In continuing my tribute to the hottest, most swoon-worthy, couples of our pop culture past and present, I have honed in on a pair of characters whose complex relationship generated more heat and passion during their show’s brisk three season run, then some fictional television couples could muster in ten.  (I’m looking at you Ross and Rachel from Friends .  . .)

 

(Sorry guys . . . the truth hurts.)

Critically acclaimed, but tragically under appreciated by the mainstream public, Veronica Mars allowed viewers a glimpse into the day-to-day life of an intelligent, plucky, take-no-prisoners teen heroine who just so happened to be a private investigator.  And while the show’s various mysteries and crime capers were deftly plotted and placed the show a distinct cut above other teen dramas, it was the romance between Kristen Bell’s Veronica Mars and Jason Dohring’s tortured rich kid Logan Echolls that kept fans like me tuning in week after week.

Let us roll the opening credits, and begin at the beginning, shall we?

The Preamble : “A Long Time Ago, We Used to Be Friends . . .”

Interestingly enough, just like Ross and Rachel, this television twosome actually did start off as friends.  (The “hate” part of our tale came a bit later).  As illustrated by flashbacks throughout the first season, before the Pilot episode, Logan and Veronica were both part of the same exclusive clique, Neptune High’s privileged and popular 09ers.  At the time, Veronica was dating Logan’s best friend, Duncan Kane, and Logan was involved with Veronica’s best friend and Duncan’s sister, Lilly.

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The foursome’s friendship began to unravel when Veronica informed Lilly that Logan had cheated on her.  Shortly after Lilly dumped Logan, she was brutally murdered.  A heartbroken Logan soon lashes out against Veronica, under the belief that had Lilly not broken up with him, Logan could have saved her on the night she was murdered.

To exacerbate matters, Veronica’s father, who, at the time, was the town Sheriff, accuses Duncan and Lilly’s father of committing the murder.  Refusing to turn against her father, Veronica stands by him, and is ousted from the 09ers as a result.  Newly single and with a lot of extra time on her hands, Veronica quickly develops the tough exterior she needs to help her father start his own private investigation business.

And this is where things stand when we meet Veronica Mars in the Pilot Episode . . .

Season 1:  Nothing Says Loving Like Broken Head Lights. . .

Needless to say, things aren’t exactly copacetic between our two protagonists when the series begins.  As if to exemplify this, in the Pilot episode, Veronica frames Logan for in-school drug use  by planting a bong in his locker.  (Not a very nice thing to do . . .).  Logan retaliates by bashing the crap out of the head lights on Veronica’s car.  (ALSO not a particularly nice thing to do . . .)

Ah young love . . .

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Things stay fairly chilly between Veronica and Logan until Episode 15 – “Ruskie Business, ” when Logan convinces Veronica to help him find his missing mother, after television footage shows her jumping off a bridge to her death.  Refusing to believe his mother is gone, Logan, with Veronica’s help, tracks a woman using his mother’s name to a 5-star hotel and waits for her to reappear.  When the hotel patron turns out to be Logan’s sister, he is forced to come to terms with his mother’s death, and breaks down in tears, while Veronica attempts to comfort him. 

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It is at this moment that their friendship is reborn.  The question is for how long can they stay “just friends?”

Apparently, not for long.  In Episode 18 – Weapons of Class Destruction, Logan rescues Veronica when she is kidnapped and taken to a shady motel by a would-be high school terrorist named Ben (played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas), who ends up being a CIA agent.  Overcome with gratitude for Logan’s unexpected heroism, Veronica impulsively plants a brief kiss on Logan’s mouth.  Embarrassed, the young sleuth turns to run away, but Logan pulls her back.  The two stare at one another intently for a few moments before falling into a hot and steamy makeout session.  Yummy!

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And just in case, you thought this was just a one time thing . . .

Guess again . . .

In Episode 19 – Hot Dogs, Logan learns that the deceased Lilly slept with gang member Weevil, while the two were dating.  Logan explains to Veronica that he realizes that he loved Lilly more than Lilly loved him.  Veronica moves to comfort him, but Logan gently pushes her away.  “It’s OK.”  He explains.  “You know, it kind of lets me off the hook.  I don’t have to feel guilty anymore . . . about moving on.” 

 And before you know it, Veronica and Logan are necking again.  Given their differing social statuses and the impact their relationship will inevitably have on their mutual friend Duncan, the two decide to begin a relationship in secret . . .   Secret sex = so hot!

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But, of course, nothing can stay secret for long.  In the process of making out, the new couple inadvertently walk into a surprise party being thrown for Logan by his dad (and Lilly’s murderer, as we will soon learn).  The jig is officially up for these two.  And, because high schoolers can hold a grudge like no one’s business, the 09er crew does not take news of Logan and Veronica’s new relationship well.  In Logan’s entrance foyer, you can cut the tension with a butter knife.

(It’s a meeting of the Neptune Voyeur Society . . . They like to watch.)

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Logan, being the hard core guy he is, stands up for Veronica against his snooty friends.  “That’s sort of a general invitation,” he scolds.  “If you don’t like my girlfriend, you can start for the rectangle with the round knob.”

And, thus, in a single scene, we have illustrated the three things Logan and Veronica do best: making out, breaking things, and alienating others . ..

Season 2 – “I thought our relationship was Epic . . .”

One of the unfortunate things about this show, is that some of its most intense moments take place off screen.  And that is the situation here.  When the season begins, we learn that Veronica has dumped Logan over the summer and has begun dating Duncan. 

Say what?

As it turns out, Logan had kind of a crappy summer. The fact that his dad was being tried for the murder of his former girlfriend certainly didn’t help.  Then, after a drunken evening, he found himself wanted for the murder of a gang member, even though he remembered absolutely nothing about the night in question.  So what does our wise teen do, he burns down the public pool.  Wouldn’t you?

Arson doesn’t exactly sit well with our favorite teen sleuth, so she kicks young Logan to the curb.  But don’t be sad.  This is actually a good thing.  Because like all television couples, Veronica and Logan are at their absolute best when their love is unrequited.  And hence, we had an entire season of dialogue laced with sexual innuendo and longing looks . . .

Foreplay . . .

And it appears that Logan’s Superman complex has not gone away.  In Episode 2.08, Ahoy Mateys, Logan once again comes to Veronica’s rescue when she is attacked by some creepy Irish mob guys in a bar while investigating a case.  He pulls out a gun on their asses and Veronica escapes.  Later, back in the car, Veronica illustrates how much she still cares for Logan when she breaks down in tears.  Contrary to what you might think, she is not crying about being attacked by creepy Irish mob guys (which sure as heck would make ME cry).  Instead, she is crying because she fears that Logan’s heroic antics will get him killed . . .

The sexual tension between Veronica and Logan ALMOST comes to a boiling point in Episode 2.11, Plan B, where the not-so-couple share an intense slow dance with one another.

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At yet another dance, a drunk Logan confronts Veronica in what may have been the sweetest scene in the entire series.  (Why are guys always sweeter when they are wasted?  Or maybe that is only in my experience . . .).  Anyway, Logan expresses his fear that after graduation, he and Veronica will part ways for good, and will never be able to see eachother again.  He explains that she has basically ruined him for all other girls (which, as women, is always our ultimate goal, anyway).

 “I thought our story was Epic, you know, you and me,” he says. 

And now I have to bend over and retrieve my panties, as they just fell on the floor . . .

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Initially, at least, Veronica is not as easily won over as I obviously am.  She freaks out over Logan’s unexpected declaration and runs away before the two can share a kiss.  The following morning, she thinks better of this, and visits Logan at the suite where he is staying.  “I don’t want to lose you from my life either,” she admits. 

Veronica is about to offer to give their relationship another go, when Logan “claims” not to remember his big Epic speech.  To make matters worse, Veronica soon learns that, after she ditched him, he spent the night with a tarty older woman.  She doesn’t take it well . . .

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Fortunately, tragedy brings the couple back together!  Yay tragedy!  In the series finale, Logan rescues Veronica from a fellow student, who just so happens to be a homicidal maniac who killed a good portion of Logan and Veronica’s classmates by sending their school bus off a cliff.  Nice, right?  But it got these two lovebirds back together, so it was totally worth it . . .  (Man, am I shallow!)

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Season 3: Kicking ass and taking names . . .

I’m not going to spend all that much time on Season 3, The College Years.  Suffice it to say, that Veronica and Logan spent a majority of the time mistrusting one another, fighting, breaking up, and dating other people – and not in a good way.  Fortunately, in the Season Finale, the pair, in their own dysfunctional way, imply that they will be getting back together after the series ends.

It all starts with a sex tape being released of Veronica and her new boring boyfriend Piz.  Logan immediately assumes Piz made the tape and beats the crap out of him.  Veronica is understandably pissed off about this, particularly because it turns out that Piz didn’t make the tape at all . . . some jerky connected mafia student did. 

Since Veronica values her life, she is uncharacteristically silent when the real El Director de Porn confronts her.  But Logan doesn’t really care about his life.  Therefore,  he kicks the ass of Veronica’s tormenter for old times sake.  And I’ll be darned if Veronica isn’t happy with the results.

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“Hey Logan, you got some ketchup on your shirt . . .”

“Oh, that’s not ketchup.  That’s the blood of the D-bag who tried to mess with my girl.”

“OK then . . .”

So, it wasn’t exactly the romantic end we were hoping for.  But, given the unique nature of this relationship, I guess it was kind of par for the course.  It doesn’t make Veronica and Logan’s relationship any less EPIC, as far as I am concerned. 

Unfortunately, the series met its untimely end right here, after Season 3.  But we’ll always have YouTUBE . . .

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