Reboots are the trend du jour in television right now, but their success can be hit and miss. Last week I finally saw the news I’ve been waiting for since Veronica Mars picked up her zoom lens and walked back to the streets of Neptune. Everyone’s favourite private eye is reportedly hitting our screens again in a limited series with Hulu. With writer Rob Thomas involved and Kristen Bell stepping back into her iconic role I’m betting this reboot is going to be nothing short of spectacular.
Don’t consider yourself a marshmallow? Or just haven’t thought of it lately at all? It’s never too late to dive deep into the mean streets of Neptune, California.
I didn’t start watching the show until after I saw the film’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Had it not been for the chunky flip-phones, cargo pants, and Paris Hilton’s cameos in early episodes, I wouldn’t have guessed the show’s mid-2000s vintage. Veronica Mars felt light years ahead of its time in terms of subject matter.
The first season centres on Veronica’s quest to solve both the murder of her best friend and her own date rape in a confronting and emotional exploration of trauma and sexual assault. Assault and societal attitudes to abuse are repeatedly discussed throughout the three seasons, alongside parental abuse, alcoholism, teen relationships and class warfare.
Although Veronica seems tough as nails and always has a whip-smart sassy comeback, the strength of her character lies in the fact that her vulnerability is also painfully exposed. It’s why she will forever be one of my favourite television characters. She’s loyal and independent, the on-screen leading lady I needed to see as a young woman.
The character development in Veronica Mars is off the charts. Watching the pilot episode it’s hard to believe anyone would want to see our fearless heroine with the arsewipe rich kid that is Logan Echolls. Yet by the movie, I was swooning over this man and his crisp navy uniform. Only incredible writing can take someone through such an overwhelming transformation. It is the cast of characters which made this show iconic. As much as I adore Veronica, her depth of character wouldn’t have evolved without those around her.
Alongside my regular favourite characters, watching Veronica Mars is also a trip down memory lane of guest stars. Everyone from Paris Hilton and Leighton Meester, to Paul Rudd and Amanda Seyfried has popped up on the show. Just take a look at this definitive ranking of every guest star.
As if this wasn’t enough reason to watch Veronica Mars, then the ridiculously addictive plot should be enough to win you over. You know when you find a series you can fall in love with, but it’s like five episodes?! The seasons run for 20-24 episodes with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. As well as the season-long mystery, each episode focuses on some new crime for our sassy sleuth. Plus there’s the movie fans were begging for to satisfy the lack of closure at the end of season three.
Are you a marshmallow? Tell me your favourite thing about Veronica Mars.