I heard something really disturbing yesterday. They want to cancel Veronica Mars. Either that, or fast forward it to four years in the future to when Veronica is at FBI school, with none of the cast members except for Veronica. Or maybe that last bit is just about the trailer.
Actually, maybe it isn’t so disturbing. After all, right now, VM is pretty much pointless. All of the things that made the first season so exquisitely Heathers-meets-Chinatown is gone now. Logan is toothless; the other secondaries are given silly scavenger hunts that have nothing to do with the story and doesn’t have any bearing on their lives in order to fill up their contractually obligated screentime. This part in her life has no angst or drama to it. Which you know, not so bad. She needs a little down time after the past three years of her life (including the one before the show started where her best friend was murdered and she was raped and her mom left her dad and her dad lost her job and was a national laughingstock but she stuck by him even though it meant total social ostracization). So maybe Rob Thomas has a good idea.
So here we are in the future. V is an up-and-coming FBI hopeful, when suddenly, she’s called back to Neptune because her dad, the sheriff… what? Is he murdered? That could be cool. And it wouldn’t be like Keith was getting less screentime. After all, Lilly started out the show murdered and she was in a ton of episodes (and stole every one of her flashback-lighted scenes). And maybe Logan could be a suspect. Talk about angst! Or maybe Logan marries Parker and then Parker is murdered and Logan is a grieving (or is he?) widower and Veronica’s father once again is the lone voice of reason in a world crying out for another Echolls’s head and Keith loses his job again and Veronica has to step in…
Yeah. That could be cool. Much cooler than anything going on now. Because while I will say that the first season of VM might be the best single season of television I’ve ever seen anywhere ever, the second was only decent, and this one basically sucks. Spinning wheels. They seem to have no idea what to do with themselves. I’m feeling none of the dramatic tension I got in the first season. I don’t think I’d be unhappy if it was canceled. After all, I have my DVD of Season 1, which I will watch over and over and over again.
So that’s my news. Oh, and that Heroes is apparently not necessarily picking up any of the same storylines from the first season for Season 2. that’s right, folks; I’m here for all of your television gossip.