Veronica Mars (2004– )
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Entering a World of Pain 

As Veronica learns more about Nicole's past, her suspicion deepens. A frantic phone call from Paris leads to a search for Matty. Veronica unwittingly does legwork for Leo.

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Tessa Blake
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Veronica Mars
Enrico Colantoni ... Keith Mars
Jason Dohring ... Logan Echolls
Francis Capra ... Eli 'Weevil' Navarro
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Alonzo Lozano
Frank Gallegos ... Dodie Mendoza (credit only)
Max Greenfield ... Leo D'Amato
Mido Hamada ... Daniel Maloof
Kirby Howell-Baptiste ... Nicole Malloy
Dawnn Lewis ... Marcia Langdon
Patton Oswalt ... Penn Epner
David Starzyk ... Richard Casablancas
Izabela Vidovic ... Matty Ross
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Amalia Maloof
Paul Karmiryan ... Alex Maloof
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As Veronica learns more about Nicole's past, her suspicion deepens. A frantic phone call from Paris leads to a search for Matty. Veronica unwittingly does legwork for Leo.

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19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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The teleplay for this episode was cowritten by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with his writing partner Raymond Obstfeld). Although he is by far best known as one of the all-time greatest basketball players ever in the NCAA and the NBA, he has also had a second career as a writer. He has authored or coauthored fifteen books (including memoirs, fiction, and nonfiction) and numerous published articles and essays. In an April 2019 interview on TV Line, showrunner Rob Thomas told the story of how Abdul-Jabbar came to write for Veronica Mars: Thomas said that Abdul-Jabbar published a column on the five young adult novels that everyone should read, including Thomas's novel Slave Day. Thomas asked Abdul-Jabbar to write a foreword for a new edition of that book, and Abdul-Jabbar agreed--on the condition that he could play a zombie on Thomas's show "iZombie." On that set, they started discussing Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld's interest in writing for TV, and Thomas suggested that they could start by joining the Veronica Mars writing staff to "see how a television show works? And so they did. There was not a day in the Veronica Mars writers' room where, when Kareem walked in, it [didn't] sort of weird me out. It's a stunning thing....They handed in a terrific script that I'm excited about." See more »

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Eli 'Weevil' Navarro: We can't all be like you: practically perfect in every way.
Veronica Mars: Sure you can. It's easy. First, stop working on behalf of the richest asshole in Neptune in a plot to drive you and your people out of town. Sorry, does the truth hurt? You need a spoonful of sugar to make that medicine go down?
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Veronica is over 35 years old. She still has absolutely no idea what it means to be a friend.
28 July 2019 | by alexshawasSee all my reviews

For all the criticism the Veronica Mars movie gets for being "fanservice" and "nostalgic" (as though either is a bad thing), it was still 100% Veronica Mars. Veronica was still our Veronica, but she was also something more: she was, at long last, a hero. Veronica has not been a hero since season 1; she lost all her positive traits in later seasons. The movie managed to still keep her as Veronica, but also enabled her to grow up and become a hero again.

In season 5, she is once again, a Hero in Name Only. She is paranoid, abusive, insensitive, inconsiderate, dismissive of other people and their needs, and generally exhibits no real desire to change herself. But the biggest change though is her immaturity. This season completely disregards the growth Veronica had in the movie and the two books and returns her to the same place as her childhood: self-destructive in every way. At over 35 years old, she has learned absolutely nothing.

I will not spoil the ending (there are plenty of other ways to do that). But I will tell you that it was absolutely HORRIBLE. This did not need to happen. Veronica did not NEED to experience needless tragedy, just when her life was finally looking up. To give you an idea of just how bad the ending was: More than 2,600 fans (in counting) have specifically said they will *not* watch a potential season 5 unless the final twist is undone.

Hulu, if you are reading this, please do not reward the lazy and self-projecting writing of Rob Thomas. Please do not renew Veronica Mars.


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