BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN ROMANCE FICTION
If 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.