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Thoughts on the end of "Veronica Mars"

Opinion by harold posted over a year ago
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The Bitch is Back...and pleased with herself!
So, "Veronica Mars" has ended its run on the CW network with the final episode of season 3, "The Bitch is Back". It was a bittersweet ending for a number of reasons.

First of all, it's hard to handle the fact that it's over, and that we won't be seeing these characters or their stories anymore. As a fan, I went back through all three seasons to watch the whole thing as an unified whole during the last four months or so. The show works pretty well for all that, despite season 3 neglecting to answer any of the lingering questions from the end of the second season. But with that, we've become really attached to Veronica, Wallace, Keith, Mac, Logan and many others...

A number of others have commented on the dissatisfying story arc of season 3: that the big mysteries had been solved several episodes before the end (both the rapists and the Dean's killer were found), and so Veronica was left with what felt like a long sequence of one-off investigations to wrap up this brilliant series. Really, there were only two through-lines to the last episodes: whether Keith would be re-elected as sheriff, and Veronica coming to her senses to realize that dating Logan was not healthy for her (despite the strong love they held for each other). The election was an interesting development, and clearly the show's writers wanted it to be compelling for us the viewers, but since Veronica wasn't paying that much attention to it, it never really grabbed us. As for ending the LoVe (Logan-Veronica) romance, that's really more character development than plot, isn't it?

The finale was surprising for the way it ended; sort of a bittersweet fading out rather than a punchy cliff-hanger or a tidy resolution, both of which many people expected. We leave Veronica on the verge of adulthood, in many ways: she's spent much of the episode in fine form, unleashing her fury on her persecutors (hence the episode title) and working up a lather of vengeance, but when it comes down to it, she is beginning to realize her own flaws. By the end we can hope that she sees how her actions have compromised the people she loves (while she isn't responsible for Keith's bad choice that will cost him the election, she shouldn't have put him in that situation) or just been pointless (her revenge schemes aren't justice anymore, just extortion, and she's the only one bothered by what happened - Piz has a much healthier attitude of indifference to what's happened because it's beyond their control, and repeatedly tries to stop her from going berserk). No amount of retribution will make the pornographic video disappear or return her to anonymity, so what good does it do other than to assuage her thirst for blood?

By the end, when we see her casting her vote in the now-hopeless election, we can hope that she is beginning to see these costs. Is causing her father to lose his job again in another public debacle enough of a wake-up call for her, or does Veronica have to have even more serious consequences to start acting a bit more circumspect? We don't know, and never will, because the show is over.

But there were some nice surprises in the finale, too: chief among them, the sudden reappearance of Lily was absolutely chilling. If that didn't send a little thrill of horror through your body, you haven't been paying attention.

As mentioned earlier, though, there are a lot of unresolved questions, many more of them raised by the finale rather than are answered by it. For instance, Clarence Wiedman would terrify Veronica if she knew about him like we did. Like Sandor Clegane (the Hound) in A Song of Ice and Fire, he is a killer without scruples who is mindlessly devoted to his masters, and will not think twice about doing what he perceives to be in the best interests of the Kane family, up to and including killing Veronica without blinking...and she crossed the Kanes really seriously this time. What are the repercussions of that? Would she continue upping the ante with them until one or the other was dead? If Duncan returned, with whom would he side? Will Wallace continue to suffer indignity and torture for the sake of milk, cookies and a rather one-sided friendship?

Again, we don't know...but we can suppose.
Keith Mars, little suspecting the ignominious end to his career as sheriff
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jfreeman said:
i was highly pissed!
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I think this was really insightful. I'm really upset that they're not continuing the show, but when you put it like that then it seems like the proper time to stop the show. Still, I would be delighted if they did another season.
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fakesmile said:
It didn't really seem like the end to me with all the unanswered questions but I'm going to miss it.
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cressida said:
Good job Harold! I agree with practically everything you said, although the bit about Wallace enduring torture for milk & cookies didn't sit quite right. I think he was took the torture more because he felt like he was to blame for Veronica & Piz's naked video, and by extension, Piz's thorough beating by Logan.

It just annoys me how the idea of Veronica being fast-forwarded into the FBI was planted in my mind and now how it won't be fulfilled. I was eager to see Veronica's transition from a Nancy Drew/Buffy to a Clarice Starling. Just THINK of the amazing/sinister/convoluted/fascinating plot lines you could make from the "America's Most Wanted" criminals she would be investigating!

On the other hand, with the ending of this season & series, in a way I wish I could erase the entire season from my mind (with the exception of Piz). Then Veronica Mars would have ended too soon but on the top of her game (with the deaths of the major villains of both season 1 & 2, the answer of her rape, the choice of Duncan vs. Logan being made, and all with Veronica as the good guy), as opposed to this "quasi-decent but makes me disappointed in Veronica" feeling that I'm left with. If anything, season 3 felt like it ended with Lamb's death. It should have too - then the last thing we'd have seen was Keith Mars having made it full circle, back in the Sheriff's outfit, in charge.

In the long run, I don't know. It's ended where it's ended & I could always go for more...but...I don't know.
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Belle1872 said:
i was very mad that that was the end of Veronica Mars, it's one of my favorite shows and i think it could have gone on for another season. And yeah there were a few parts in the season finale, that just didn't make sense to me
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bealoser said:
I've been away from the internet for basically the entire summer (I know! The horror! Don't even get me started!) so I haven't had a chance to peruse the forums to see how the rest of the VM fandom was handling the demise of the show. And I call it a "demise" for a variety of reasons that I can't bear to elaborate on now but reading your soapbox definitely gave me some perspective that I needed. (I also got goosebumps reading it - it was that good!) So thanks for taking the time to show such love and dedication to what could have been a phenomenal show if the world had given it as much as we, the fans, do. :)
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I am commenting in this without having seen the last season, as poor me is stuck in Germany, where VM is not part of TV. Can you imagine? Anyway, I am counting the days until I have the DVDs in my hands, but I have been reading a lot about the painful end of my favourite show.

From what I've heard, the end is very abrupt and I hate that. The fans deserved better, and let's face it, VM fans are among the best sort of fans anyone can have!

I really looked forward to seeing Veronica fast-forwarded to the FBI, maybe a little bit wiser and less revengeful. It seems like a fantastic concept and I'm sure would have managed to draw more people tp the show.

Let's hope that the rumoured VM-movie is still somewhere in the near future. At least I would absolutely flip and would do anything to see it. It's not a bad reason to finally take that trip to the US, is it? :-)
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I did not like the idea of fast forwarding to the FBI, because that would eliminate most of what i came to the show for, namely, Logan was my favorite character and i was a huge Lo.Ve. fan! I would not watch it if Logan didnt return.

I liked the way the series ended up somewhat because it left the Lo.Ve. qustion open i think...will they get back together? i dont know, I could only hope...
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jpolanco said:
I WAS SHATTERED! still am! how could it just end like that ! UGH
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Lila856 said:
i am SO with you! i started watching like a month ago (dvd sets) & i`m on the 2nd season, SOOO not looking forward to finishing LOL . i`m gonna miss veronica, wallace, keith & weevil the most! & hey don`t think it`s not as hard for me, you cannot measure SORROW :(
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Jenniko said:
I haven't seen season 3 yet either as I'm also "stuck in Germany" but I was sad to hear about this. nevertheless, nicely written article!
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doyouknow said:
Yeah it was. I hated the way it ended. I mean do Logan and Veronica get together or don't they? Does Keith get re elected? What was the point in all of it if it was just gonna end so abruptly?
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I WASS SOO PISSED! I was watching on my laptop in the car and I started getting mad and crying and my mom was like WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG!?
she watches it too but hadn't finished it yet but when she did she had the same reaction. :(
1. LoVe were SUPPOSED to be together
2. I miss them all
3. I HATE THE CW! (except for oth & Gossip Girl)
but seriously why did they cancel it I need to know why!
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sam9 said:
i was quite annoyed when it finished becouse of the unaswerd questions,.dnt get me wrong i like an ending wer i can quess whats happend but that was to much,also piz was just getting gd and didnt hav enough time to flourish.another seasson was needed.anyway i did think the programe was lacking towards the end the story lines to predictible but i am still a big fan.xx
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vmarsfanz said:
I WAS FRICKING PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED!!! i was expecting some highly wicked twist at the end. when lilly's picture popped// that was freaky. and that guy who murdered the dean.. wasnt he Lucky from the second episode or something? damn. i wish there was another season!
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Obviously, Clarence Weidman isn't going to kill veronica, because he couldve when Mr.Kane told him he didnt want to see Veronica in this lifetime, instead he asked if that was the right thing to do in their situation. As to what he did and the significance of her dad not being home when she woke up, we wont know.
& @chels125843 they cancelled because they didnt think there was enough interest in the show and thats the same reason they wont fund the movie.
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I have just watched all three series of veronica mars and i cant believe they stoped maken this show. SO i think who ever cancelled it should start if back up. they left you hangen at the end. Does veronica and logan get back together, does her dad get sheriff, what does she do with the fbi and what about dunncan? They just left you hangen and they need to finish the story line and what not. One of my favorite shows now and i cant wait til they come with more and the need too forsure.
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OMG i know right that last episode u don't know wat happens with veronica and pzz and dies she go back with Logan wat happens to wevil and Keith mars Veronica marsz dad. And what ever happens to all the romance or the suspence. Like what about the kanes software business thing
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devvi said:
Just finnish watching all 3 season. I replayed the last scene with Veronica, Logan and Piz.
To me it looked like Veronica's attitude to Logan changed dramatically when he defended her and then apologized to Piz. She looked at Logan with love, gratitude and respect and then glanced at Piz with a slightly guilty look as if she just realized that she still had feelings for Logan. That scene ended with Piz looking overwhelmed with the situation. Definitely Veronica and Logan were on a high at the end. To me this showed that he won her back. I think before she would always succumb to her fears with regard to Logan, but this time I believe that she saw his total commitment to her
and, in his sincere apology to Piz, his willingness to grow.
So even though I am so sorry not to see these great characters any more and all the great stories I am presuming that they came to a point of growth and to a different faze of their lives that would have changed the dynamics of the show altogether.
Even so I will miss it very much.
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jeremy73 said:
They did not give Veronica Mars a proper send off. the show was unresolved and i really wanted a fourth season. i am angry that they cancelled this brilliant show when it started to get good.
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I want to see season 4. Since the movie then the book came out, comes to reason that it would start with Veronica now in Neptune. Let's get eveyone here, the real fans to maybe raise some money or write to the creators and maybe get netflix to do a 13 episode arc via arrested development? What say you all?
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