Posted by Maximilian Conte at Thursday, March 13, 2014 8 Comments
Trying to get friends to watch the series based on my descriptions alone is usually a losing battle. Yes, I realize the premise of a teenage detective named Veronica Mars solving crimes in a town called Neptune sounds ridiculous. So do the writers. But if you put any great series in a nutshell the premise should sound a bit strange. What made Veronica Mars so appealing from the get-go was how surprisingly deep and dark it was. The characters were identifiable, the dialogue out of this world, and the stories were expertly plotted out and always entertaining. Kristen Bell was given the best material of her career as our titular heroine, and her performance was one to remember. The first season was startlingly strong, setting up nearly impossible standards for the following two to match. Of course if you’re reading this you probably know the premise by now - Veronica, once part of the in-crowd, became an outcast after the murder of best friend Lilly Kane. With the wrong man behind bars and the entire town of Neptune against her & her father, Veronica sets out to bring Lilly's true killer to justice. The reveal at the end of the first season was nothing short of breath-taking, and it redefined how well a 22-episode network series could unfold a mystery. Now with the film on its way, a similar high bar looms over the movie incarnation of this beloved series. Can it possibly live up to the original 3 seasons and nearly a decade worth of fan affection? I think so.
As I prepare to see Veronica Mars at a fan pre-screening tonight, my hopes are high. From what I’ve seen the film aims to stand on its own, but also truly please die-hard fans of the series. The mystery is, after all, built around a character from a case-of-the-week in the first season. If you don’t remember Carrie Bishop, go back and watch “Mars Vs. Mars” before you watch the movie. In terms of film quality, SpoilerTV contributor Caitlin Anne Rice summed up fans expectations well telling me, “I hope that the end product can live up to the hype. The cast and Rob seem to think that it will and I pray that it does, but there's always that little bit of worry in the back of your mind.” Indeed, while there may a bit of worry in the back of every fans head after all this time, we have every reason to trust that Veronica Mars the film will not only live up to the series before it, but add to the shows legacy as well.
More ambitious, even, are the hope that this film will lead to a larger life for the series either as films or VIA online streaming. There are already two books written by Rob Thomas set to follow the film, continuing the narrative in hopes of bridging the gap between this and whatever the next live-action Veronica Mars we see may look like. I’ve collected some fan-favorite quotes from the series and shared them below, hit the comments and let us know what you’re hoping to see in the film and why you’ve loved Veronica Mars for so long.
SpoilerTV Veronica Mars Fan Survey - Favorite Quotes
"It's all fun and games til one of you gets my foot up your ass." - Veronica
Chosen by Wilson Crawford
"I thought our story was epic, you know? You and me... Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, blood shed. Epic. But summer's almost here and we won't see each other at all. And then you leave town, and then it's over."
Chosen by Jamie Coudeville
"I think we all learned a valuable lesson about faith. You give it to the people you love. But the people who really deserve it are the ones who come through, even when you don't love them enough." - Veronica
Chosen by Justyna Kubika
(Reading something written on a recovered bill) "Veronica Mars is... smarter than me." - Sheriff Don Lamb
Chosen by Christopher Reilly
Veronica Mars is in select theaters tomorrow, Friday March 14th.
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