In anticipation of the "Veronica Mars" movie -- which hits theaters March 14 -- a "Veronica Mars" newbie began binge-watching the series from the beginning for the first time 10 years after it premiered on UPN. Check out her reaction to the game-changing Season 1 finale here and the emotional Season 2 finale here.
I have a bone to pick with all my friends and co-workers who told me to binge-watch "Veronica Mars." "It's so good!" they said. "You'll love it!" they said.
Everyone told me how amazing this series was, and yet ... how come nobody warned me how angry I would get when the final seconds of the Season 3 finale ended? Why didn't anyone tell me how abruptly it all just ... stops? I literally thought there was another episode left, before I realized that I had already finished the entire series. And that's when I yelled, "Noooo!" to my empty apartment at five in the morning (yes, I pulled an all-nighter to finish the series because I was hooked).
It's not like there was even a shocking cliffhanger, or a specific question that needed to be answered posed in the final moments. There was simply no closure, at all. Now I get why the fans were so gung-ho to fund the Kickstarter! If I had been a die-hard Marshmallow seven years ago, I would have been dying for closure, too.
I need to know if Veronica (Kristen Bell) really had destroyed her father's chances to get re-elected as the sheriff of Neptune. She had all this blackmail information readily available to take down Jake Kane, but he still pressed charges against Keith? How is this going to affect Veronica's relationship with her father? Watching Veronica walk out into the pouring rain all alone after casting a probably-insignificant vote for her dad was depressing, symbolic (rain in SoCal?), and just downright unsatisfying. How could this show have been canceled? Sorry for my anger being seven years late. I know you all went through this and have had time to grieve and get over it by now, but it's so fresh for me.
And what about Veronica's love life? Because hello, Piz. Oh, Stosh Piznarski. You incredible, adorable, perfect human being. How you oh-so-stealthily wiggled your way in between the show's core couple in such a short amount of time is incredible. And what's even more incredible? You recruited this die-hard Team Logan member onto Team Piz, without her even realizing it.
That's right, all you Piz-haters to the left, because I am an out and proud Team Piz member. I am not ashamed to admit that at five in the morning when I finished the series finale, I immediately ordered a Team Piz T-shirt that I will proudly wear to the theater when I see the "Veronica Mars" movie. I didn't even realize it until halfway through Season 3 that I would be Team Piz until I die. He snuck up on me and LoVe never be the same.
Yes, Logan is hot, sexy, broody, has crazy chemistry with Veronica and clearly loves her with all his heart. But he is so toxic for her. He constantly hurts her without even realizing he's doing it or trying to. Why should Veronica have to live with all that pain when she has this stable, nice, funny, adorable, caring, sweet guy who also clearly loves her? Piz and Veronica have their own kind of chemistry: Heartwarming, not heart wrenching. It's the polar opposite of LoVe's and that's a good thing. Yes, emotionally devastating fights and intense make-ups are powerful, but they're also exhausting. There's only so much heartbreak one can take.
Plus, Logan and Veronica tried to have a relationship, twice, and both times, Logan screwed up royally. They tried in high school and then gave it the old college try, and it still didn't work. He even started dating one of her few female friends at college! Come on. It was time to move on.
And Veronica did! She gave Piz a chance and she was happy. The only bump in the road for Veronica and Piz was when the Castle leaked a sex tape of them, but it wasn't either of their faults. Of course, that didn't stop Logan from beating the crap out of Piz (which only affirmed my love for Piz even more, despite how hot Logan's anger on behalf of Veronica was). When Logan found out it was actually that jerk Gorya Sorokin who leaked the video, he beat the crap out of him, too. The look Logan and Veronica shared standing over Gorya's bloody face was intense, and worried both me and Piz, who saw it too.
Did seeing Logan defend her honor reignite the spark between them, or did it just serve as a happy reminder of her time spent with Logan? Would it lead her to end things with Piz and get back together with Logan, or would she stay with Piz? Would Piz even want to stay with Veronica after witnessing the look she shared with her ex? Aghh so many questions that will never be answered!
I know the movie will partially answer what happened between the love triangle since it's 10 years down the road and they're all in the movie. But it will gloss over what happened in the past decade, when what I want is a scene that takes place immediately after the cafeteria fight. Too bad I'll never get it.
Just like with my card-carrying membership to Team Piz, I've got another unpopular opinion to share: Season 3 was my favorite season. I loved how there wasn't one big over-arching season-long mystery. The mini-mystery installments taking place over 3-6 episodes were easier to follow along, more realistic and more gripping. During Season 2, I had trouble remembering all the little details and didn't like how all the separate mysteries didn't connect until the finale. If I had watched Season 2 back when it aired, I would have needed Wikipedia to help keep up ... except Wikipedia didn't even exist back then (whoa). And while Season 1's mystery was the most relevant to all the characters, it took too long to play out and once again didn't make sense until the finale's a-ha moment.
When the mysteries had a smaller scope, it was easier to focus on the character-driven stories instead, which is what I cared about. That's what "Veronica Mars" did best: Get viewers to care about all the characters, even ... gasp, Dick Casablancas? How did that happen? Rob Thomas, you evil genius. Making one of the most disgusting, reprehensible characters sympathetic after two seasons of macho-man jerk ways? Brilliant. Sneaky. Impressive. Dick became a real person -- understandably so, after his father was indicted for fraud, his step mom slept with his best friend and ran off with the Irish mob, and his younger brother mass-murdered his classmates and raped Veronica and committed suicide. Dick was all alone.
Of course, that didn't stop Dick from being Dick, and he could always be counted on to deliver some hilarious one-liners. But at least by the end of Season 3 those one-liners were balanced out with moments of real emotion. Who knew Dick Casablancas would become likable?!?
Ugh, thank god there's a movie coming out. You can find me in the audience on opening night, wearing my Team Piz shirt that I rush ordered ...
"Veronica Mars" hits theaters March 14.
We all knew the new rule on "Grey's Anatomy" wouldn't last.
Last Thursday, the board of Grey Sloan Memorial instated a rule banning all inter-hospital relationships, excluding already married couples. But did you think that rule would fall apart immediately? Because it sure did, on Thursday's (March 6) episode, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away."
Not only did unmarried-but-still-together couple Alex and Jo continue to see each other (first trying a fake breakup and sneaking around until they were caught in a closet by Webber), but the head of the hospital, Owen, hooked up with Yang!
That's right, not only did the person supposed to upholding the new rule hypocritically break it, but he broke it by cheating on his girlfriend and reigniting the spark with his ex. Wowza. And the cherry on top? He realized he doesn't want kids after all. He wants to come home at the end of the day not to a stay-at-home-wife and kids, but to his love, and trade each other's OR stories. Meaning he wants Cristina back, and the one thing that was standing in their way as a couple is no longer an issue.
Does this mean Cristina and Owen are getting back together for real? Or was this just a one-time fling? What does that mean for Cristina's future, since we all know Sandra Oh is leaving after this season? Does that mean if Owen and Cristina get back together, it won't last? Or will Owen leave with Cristina, and Kevin McKidd will follow Oh's suit and exit the series?! And how will this factor into it?!? So many questions!
Other notable moments from the episode:
- Alex tells it like it is when the board reprimands him for his banned relationship with Jo, screaming that they're all a bunch of hypocrites since the hospital was built on all of them "feeling each other up in the on-call room." He's totally right. Why should he and Jo have to suffer for finding each other after all the other doctors found their soul mates?
- April and Jackson finally confess their married status to the other doctors, and everyone's reactions are adorable. Loving this newlywed couple.
- Turns out it was Leah who lodged the complaint that started all this relationship rule business in the first place, not Stephanie. Looks like that's going to bite Arizona in the butt.
- Meredith and Cristina are finally back to being friends, thank goodness. How refreshing was it to see the two besties drinking wine and gossiping about their love lives? Missed this so much.
- The POTUS wants Derek to head up the research, not just be a part of it! Impressive. McDreamy is going places.
Uhhhhh ... guys? Where did Katherine just go?!
Instead of going gentle into that good night (which she didn't plan on doing anyway), the 500-year-old vampire was sucked into some dark vortex on Thursday (March 6) night's episode of "The Vampire Diaries." Yeah, not only is Katherine -- the best character on "TVD," hands freakin' down -- dead, she's gone permanently. There is no second chance, no plan B, no loophole, no coming back from the dead or playing Passenger in someone's mind. Katherine is gone, ripped from this world, and sent ... not to The Other Side, but some kind of hell, according to executive producer Caroline Dries.
The introduction of this darker Other Side -- let's call it The Dark Side, for consistency's sake -- is interesting to say the least. It opens the door to so many new questions. First of all, why is Katherine the first person we've seen to be sent to The Dark Side? She's obviously not the first person ever to go there, since Bonnie clearly knew what was about to happen when Kat couldn't pass through her. She had a look of pity on her face for Kat. She knew, and she couldn't stop it. Bonnie said she couldn't control it, so who did? Who judges who goes to The Other Side and who goes to The Dark Side? These are some deep questions, man. Scary territory.
But seriously, why Kat? She's certainly not the biggest supernatural villain our Mystic Falls crew has faced and dispatched. What was it about Kat's life that deemed her unworthy of moving on? Why is she the one to be punished for all of eternity? That just hardly seems fair, especially after Kat really tried her best to be a loving mother to her dying daughter. How amazing was it seeing Kat as a caring, devoted, doting mother? That's a side we've never seen before and it added another layer to the already extremely complex character that we'll never see again. Sob.
That final scene between Kat and Nadia, where Kat gave her daughter the perfect memory as she died? Just brutally, absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. Katherine knew Nadia's perfect day would be playing outside in the woods and telling her mother all about it as she was tucked in for the night, trading mother/daughter "I love yous."
And then, you realize: This wasn't just Nadia's perfect day ... it was Katherine's, as well. The life they both should have had, but tragically would never get, not even in the afterlife, since Nadia was allowed to pass on while Kat was ripped away to The Dark Side. RIP mother and daughter. And the tears start flowing and never stop. Ugh, Julie Plec and Caroline Dries. How do you keep doing this? You magnificent, brilliant geniuses.
And you know what's even crazier? That huge twist only encompasses about three minutes of the entire episode of "Gone Girl." Yeah, a lot of other insanity went down, and we've only just scratched the surface. Before Katherine was sucked away, she was trying to save Nadia from Tyler's werewolf bite. No, that doesn't mean we got another "The Originals" crossover with Klaus (BOOOOO). Kat enlisted the help of dastardly, duplicitous Dr. Wes to study werewolf venom to create an antidote in record time. Yeah, if that sounds like a long shot that's because it is.
Maxfield never even tried to find an antidote, that snake. He just used the sample of venom-laced blood he took from Nadia to enhance his Augustine vampire virus, making it lethal to whichever vampire he injected it into. Lovely. And guess where that new, extra-strong virus was injected?
Straight into Elena's gut, by Katherine. She knew Nadia was going to die, and Stefan and Co. kidnapped Nadia to lure Kat back to Mystic Falls so she could say goodbye to her daughter one last time. She also knew Stefan and Co. had the Traveler-killing knife. So she knew she was heading to her doom, and went anyway. That's why she left Elena with a parting gift as an extra "screw you" -- the enhanced Augustine virus coursing through her veins. Uh oh.
Now we've got two ripper cannibal vampires on our hands. At least they've got the feeding schedule down to a science ... or, math, more accurately. Thanks to Caroline's brain calculator, they know they have to feed Damon four ounces of vampire blood three times a day to keep his cravings at bay. Will that math be the same for Elena? Interestingly enough, hybrid blood seems to have more potency, as Damon was sated for a while after attacking Tyler.
How intense was that, by the way? It was obvious what Damon was doing, baiting Tyler into coming close so Damon could chomp on the hybrid's neck. But Tyler was still so angry about Caroline and Klaus that he let Damon manipulate him. Damon did bring up some good points about how Tyler has nothing left for him in Mystic Falls. Why is he still there?
That's why, after getting attacked by Damon, Tyler and Caroline finally confronted the giant Original elephant in the room: Klaus. Their conversation was extremely meta, and totally awesome. Caroline can't understand why everyone won't let up about her hooking up with Klaus when just a few moments earlier, Tyler's bite killed Nadia. Tyler says that people just expect more from Caroline but she's sick of it; she's allowed to make mistakes, too. She finally just yells, "Get over it!" And everybody cheers (oh sorry, that was just me? Go Caroline!).
Speaking of Tyler's bite killing Nadia, let's give a cheer to the ultimate gentleman, Matty Blue Eyes. He tried to give Nadia peace before she died, going along with her hallucination and pretending to be Gregor. He, as Gregor, forgave Nadia for causing his death. It was so incredibly sweet. And after Nadia passed on, Matt wouldn't let anyone just dig her a shallow grave out in the woods. He said that she deserved better, and went to give her a proper burial. He is literally the best. Also: Twist! We got to see a flashback to his three-way with Nadia and Rebekah, and it turns out he wasn't on vervain for his entire summer. He trusted Rebekah that much! Seriously, Matty Blue, so sweet.
But the deaths didn't stop at just two ... oh no. Dr. Wes finally got what he deserved. That's right: With one quick phone call to Enzo (who had just completed his mysterious task for Wes ... what was it?), Damon found Wes' new lab, and just straight up tortures the sadistic jerk until he dies. Damon finally got his revenge for the five years of torture the Augustine society put him through, and for what Wes injected him with. RIP Wes. You were a slimy, horrible, cruel villain, but you certainly gave us a lot to remember you by.
"Gone Girl" was one incredibly strong episode. It had powerful emotional moments, meta commentary, a proper and delicious goodbye to one of the series' best characters (Katherine's goodbye speeches? Spot. Freaking. On.), and a big WTF ending reminiscent of old-school "TVD" episodes. Plus, did anyone else get a "Supernatural"-esque flash of Dean getting dragged into Hell by invisible hellhounds? Eerily similar, knowing nothing could be done to help either Dean or Kat to save them from their fate.
So goodbye, Katherine Pierce. You said it best: "This has truly been the role of a lifetime."
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