Joel and I just finished watching the last episode of the last season of Veronica Mars last night, and now I understand why longtime fans were so desperate to get a Veronica Mars movie made (the ending is pretty abrupt) but more importantly, now I understand why the season three love triangle has polarized fans in the ensuing years.
With the movie coming out in just a few weeks, I wanted to take a moment to declare that I am staunchly Team Piz.
1. I get really tired of good girls choosing the “bad boy” in movies and television. Characters on the screen should choose the person who is easy to be with, because that’s how real life works. Sigh. I know I can’t expect TV to be anything like real life, but this is a case where it really bugs me.
I also think that Ilsa made the right choice by leaving Rick in Morocco, in another love triangle that polarized its fans.
2. I get really tired of TV shows abusing the will-they/won’t-they plot line for their entire run. Veronica Mars didn’t take this as far as, say, Friends or Scrubs, but it’s really boring to watch an on-again-off-again couple break up and make up countless times over the course of all the years the show airs.
When Veronica and Logan got together in the first season, I dug it. It was a fun tryst. Vulture posted that creator Rob Thomas is Team Logan, or at least felt that way when watching season 1:
“When I started writing the movie, I would get on my treadmill each day and watch an episode,” said Thomas. Eventually, he reached the season-one episode where Veronica and Logan have their first kiss … and he broke down. “I rewound it and I rewound it and then my wife entered and I have tears in my eyes,” Thomas laughed. “It was an embarrassing moment that I’m watching my own work and crying … but it just felt so earned to me!”
But three years later, it was equally earned when Veronica and Piz had their first kiss.
I’m sure this makes sense only to the one or two of you out there who are also Veronica Mars fans (marshmallows? Am I using that right?) but I wanted to put it out there because I’m really excited about the movie. I hope I’ve sided with the team that gets the girl, in the end, but I have my doubts.