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Veronica Mars in LoVe

vmars-promotionalIf you’ve seen any of Veronica Mars’ four seasons and a movie, then you know that private investigator Veronica Mars is romantically troubled. In season one, which began back in 2006, she’s a popular girl turned dark by personal trauma and her best friend’s murder. Along the way she struggles with feelings for the charming but bad boy Logan Echolls. Can he be made good enough for our teen-detective, or is it his swagger that makes her want him?

It’s 2019 now, and Hulu just released a short season 4. Veronica is no longer a teen detective, but she hasn’t exactly grown up, either. She’s still struggling with her relationship to Logan, who has matured considerably. He has a respectable job and is in therapy. Interestingly, as a viewers we are still suspicious of his changes–since we’ve seen his explosive nature unleashed for so many years. He is hardly the same character.

Without giving too much away, it is telling that he has a small slip up. His composure breaks during an argument with Veronica. Veronica too seems to recognize the old Logan and responds with unhealthy excitement. The next morning, he suggests she give his therapist a try.

It was a different kind of will-they, won’t-they. A question of growing up and changing together. Veronica definitely has other options, in the form of attractive FBI agent Leo D’Amato, played by Max Greenfield who is best known as Schmidt from New Girl.

The longest running relationship in the show, between Veronica and her father, is the backbone of the show, but the romantic relationships along the way are the spice. So, after watching season 4, we’re left wondering whether Veronica can be happy. We’d like her to be, after all Kristin Bell is unfailingly charming in every role, but the character of Veronica is one complicated ball of trauma. Much like Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, another female noir detective, romance seems like a problem, not a solution.

Humphrey Bogart didn’t get the girl in Casablanca. Perhaps they never do. But I hang on to hope. After all, these detectives are good at finding solutions.

 

About Lela Bay

Lela Bay is the author of Ruined Reputations. She lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela
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