Three words: Veronica. Mars. MovieThatI’mSoExcitedForICan’tStandIt.
Okay, but seriously. Something insane happened last week involving my beloved Veronica Mars and it made me realize I needed to write my column this week on that show. I’ve briefly touched upon Veronica Mars before but now’s the time to really get into yet another beloved show of mine that only survived three seasons (I’m looking at you, Arrested Development).
Now, admittedly, I’m part of the problem. I’m sorry. I didn’t START watching Veronica Mars until it was finishing. I blame this partly on being in college when it premiered and just not being up-to-date on new shows (I also WAS in Dublin for the fall of 2004 so cut me a little slack). But the point is, I’m now on board and I’m now in love.
Obviously the center of Veronica Mars is Kristen Bell, who, as a result of this show, I totally think I’m close friends with. (Side bar: I actually met Kristen Bell once through work and she convinced me to get a gel manicure kit for my home and she was right and now I love her even more.)
Also, if you’ve watched Party Down you’ve met like, a LOT of the Veronica Mars cast so you can experience the reverse OMG joy that I experienced.
Here are five ways Veronica Mars ruined my life:
1. I Obviously Want to be a P.I.
How can you not come away from a series about a teen girl helping her Private Investigator father without thinking YOU could be solving cases?
They literally have a P.I. database to just search for…anything. She has the best after school job I’ve ever heard of, she gets to save the day ALL the time, she has cool cameras to spy on people, she’s too smart for her own good and, most importantly, she can use her powers to get back at jerk boyfriends.
Since I used to keep a diary of “strange occurrences” I can only imagine what my life would have been like had I been 12 while watching Veronica Mars.
Probably about the same as me being 23 while watching it.
2. Made Me Feel Like I Was Being Reunited With Old Friends
I mean, really! As I said, there is a Veronica Mars reunion every second of Party Down but there are also so many old friends within Veronica Mars.
I was a huge fan of Just Shoot Me! (My brother and I used to act out this one scene from Cheri Oteri’s appearance on the show that still sends me into fits of laughter. And I still can’t eat a chicken pot pie without seeing this video in my head.) So basically seeing Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars in this was like some kind of heaven to me. I always loved him on Just Shoot Me! and this was just a perfect addition to my love for him.
I also loved when Tina Majorino showed up and I got to say, “oh my god, the little girl from Andre?!?!” And I do love seeing her on Grey’s Anatomy nowadays. Then you throw in Buffy kids, Charisma Carpenter and Alyson Hannigan and I’m sold.
But the kicker for me was Ken Marino. I was already deeply in love with him from his performance as Professor David Wilder on Dawson’s Creek. So seeing him as Vinnie Van Lowe pretty much solidified my love for him.
And, spoiler alert, I saw him on the street in L.A. once and almost fell out of my chair. So good to know that I’m a normal, rational human with normal, reasonable responses to celebrities who I don’t know.
3. Wish I Could Put My Sarcasm to Good Use
I mean, Veronica Mars is smart. You know? She’s legitimately intelligent and perceptive and very very sarcastic. And I can respect that. I think I’m pretty smart…sometimes, but I KNOW I can be sarcastic. So I am constantly jealous of Veronica’s ability to be sarcastic and hilarious and win every argument or conversation with my cleverness. All I can do is make people say, “oh, someone’s feeling feisty today.”
Here are some awesome Veronica lines for your enjoyment:
Logan: Do you even know how to play poker?
Veronica: No, but it must be really hard if all you guys play.
Keith: So how was your date?
Veronica: Oh, you know. Lousy conversation, but the sex was fantastic!
Keith: That’s not funny.
Veronica: I don’t know. I’m pretty sure it was.
Veronica: J. Geils was right. Love stinks. You can dress it up in sequins and shoulder pads, but one way or another, you’re just gonna end up alone at the spring dance strapped in uncomfortable underwear.
4. Max Greenfield as Leo D’Amato
Long before New Girl, Max Greenfield was on Veronica Mars and was adorable as ever.
So, when I first started watching New Girl, all I could think was LEO D’AMATO!!!
Poor Leo though. Veronica is a tough cookie and he really does like her and then all those feelings just translate directly to New Girl. Bravo, Max Greenfield.
5. Had a Season Two Finale That Still Murders My Soul When I Watch It
If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to be spoiled, BE WARNED. (I’ve never felt compelled to put a spoiler alert on one of these before but I really want everyone to watch Veronica Mars if they haven’t so just take this as a You Should Watch This Now.)
But okay, if you HAVE seen the season two finale of Veronica Mars, you know season two culminates in one of the most dramatic things I’ve ever witnessed in my life.
Briefly, Veronica thinks her dad is on a plane which she then sees explode while being attacked on a roof.
I’m getting chills thinking about it.
At least Logan is there. (I didn’t even get into my obsession with Veronica/Logan. Oh man.) This episode alone is one of my favorite parts of the show because it is just a perfect wrap up of drama ending with just a heart-wrenching moment of horror. (Fun times, right?)
It’s one of the things I watch when I need a good cry.
Hey, Veronica Mars, a long time ago, we used to be friends and I HAVE thought of you lately…(see what I did there?)