ESSENTIAL VERONICA MARS

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Hey there marshmallows! Well, here we are, just a few days away from the wide release of the Veronica Mars Movie, and speaking for myself and my wife, we couldn’t be more excited. So excited, I’ll go out on a limb and say you might even be seeing some Veronica Mars content from her this week as well. As contributors to the Kickstarter campaign that started this Veronica Mars resurgence (although, I was limited on my donation, because at the point the Kickstarter began, LJ was not yet one of the initiated. Trust me, if she had been, we would have donate MUCH more to the Kickstarter), I thought this would be a good time to run down a list of what I think are some of the more essential Veronica Mars episodes. This list is not attempting to be an objective “best” list, or even necessarily my “favorite” episodes, because, I don’t think that’s a list I could create if I had a gun to my head. Alas, here are a few episodes I would recommend before heading to your local Cineplex (assuming you have a participating AMC nearby) this weekend.

6. An Echolls Family Christmas (Episode 110): This episode has it all…The first, of many, confrontations between Veronica and the Kane’s, a poker game heist, a stalker stabbing Aaron Echolls…Please, tell me what is not to love?! Veronica starts putting together some pieces about Lily’s murder in this episode, seeing that the Kane’s are hiding even more than she and Keith thought they were. The episode also includes a trope the show used maybe one too many times: Something winds up stolen, and Weevil gets blamed. And, as is often the case, Weevil is not the culprit. This may have been the first time that was used, so I think we have to just let that slide.

  • Quote: Veronica–You know…There are some people who think Christmas is about the birth of Christ, not baseball. Keith–Well, we are all entitled to our own religions, Veronica.

5. The Bitch is Back (Episode 320): Many fans were disappointed with the Veronica Mars finale. I’m not one of them. The show was never presented to us as something that would end with everyone happy, with the good guy winning and the bad guy admitting defeat. In fact, the show very often went out of its way to say this is simply not how the world worked. That’s what happened here. Keith does what he has to do to protect Veronica, just like he always has, and always will, but it does cost him what they fought for the entire series. For Keith to get back his rightful place as the sheriff. And, Veronica winds up right back where she started, as the outcast she has probably always deserved to be.

  • Quote: Mac–You’re like Kirk in Wrath of Khan. You refuse to believe in the no-win scenario. Veronica–You’re like one of the nerds in Revenge of the Nerds with your Star Trek references.

4. Like a Virgin (Episode 108): This episode makes my list because of the character(s) it introduces us to. First, though we may have previously been introduced to Meg, this is the first episode where we get to spend a significant amount of time with her. And, Meg obviously becomes increasingly important to the story of season 1 and season 2. But, we also are first introduced to Mac. Mac winds up being part of the Veronica Mars team, along with Wallace, acting as the computer expert for Veronica. Mac works with Veronica to solve the case of the purity test, and help out Meg in doing so. Meg’s place here is also important because she introduces Veronica to the idea that not all of the 09er’s have turned on her. There are still some good people left out there.

  • Quote: Veronica–Meg, you’re the last good person at this school. I’d believe cartoon birds braided your hair this morning.

3. Spit & Eggs (Episode 309): SO much happens in this episode. Veronica solves the rape mystery. The new mystery (Dean O’Dell’s murder) is presented. And most importantly, Logan and Veronica break up for the last time. Logan may have been introduced as the bad boy, but he grew to be so much more. And, he was also the one that, along with us, had to suffer through Veronica’s difficult attitude. As beautiful, charming, smart, and funny as Veronica is, she’s also cold and closed off to everyone around her. She pushes people away and refuses to let anyone close. Not that she doesn’t have her reasons. But it makes her hard to love sometimes. And, Logan was the one most often on the short end of that stick. He finally had enough…

  • Quote: Logan–And I think we have a choice. I think we can take a tough, but survivable amount of pain now…or stay together and deal with unbearable pain later. So I vote for the pain now. But I’m always here if you need anything. But you never need anything.

2. Not Pictured (Episode 222): The episode where everything changes. The gang graduates high school (save for Weevil, who is arrested literally at graduation), Veronica learns the truth about who raped her and how she got chlamydia, Mac comes to a scary realization about Beaver, a child molester is found out, Veronica thinks Keith has been murdered, and someone jumps off the Neptune Grand (see what I mean?!).

  • Quote: Veronica–So this is how it is. The innocent suffer, the guilty go free, and truth and fiction are pretty much interchangeable. There is neither a Santa Claus, nor an Easter Bunny, and there are no angels watching over us. Things just happen for no reason, and nothing makes any sense.
1. A Trip to the Dentist (Episode 121): One of the biggest reasons I’m putting this episode in the top spot is because Rob Thomas himself has said that he thinks this is the best episode of Veronica Mars they ever did. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me. One of the darkest episodes of the show’s run, Veronica finds out about Logan and Luke having a date rape drug the night of Shelly Pomroy’s party. Duncan finds out that Veronica is his sister (not really though). And, most importantly, the world finds out that Logan and Veronica are an item, whether they are ready for it or not, when Aaron throws a surprise birthday party for Logan. Oh, and there’s the whole thing about Veronica finding the cameras in Logan’s pool house.
  • Quote: Logan–You do not want to start with me today, Paco. Weevil–Are you sure? It was in my day planner under “Goals.”
  • Quote 2: Logan–You have a problem with Veronica, you leave. Actually, you have a problem with Veronica, you’re pretty much dead to me, so just, like, evaporate or something, I dunno. That’s pretty much a general invitation. If you don’t like my girlfriend, then start heading towards the big rectangle with the knob.

-CJ

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