Veronica Mars: Weevils Wobble But They Don't Go Down / The Bitch Is Back (series finale)
(S03E19/S03E20) Well now I'm pissed. As if I wasn't already pissed before this episode aired, they go and end things with a big ol' fizzle. Unfortunately for all of us, Rob Thomas took a gamble that the series would get picked up for a new season, so we're left what feels very, very much like a season ender, not a series ender. And sorry, but a flash-forward reboot retooling can't possibly clear up the loose ends we're left with after this episode.
With that said, even though we all know this was a series ending episode, this was pretty decent for a season ender.
First of all, we finally got Weevil back into the show. What's Francis Capra been doing all this time? Nothing, as far as I know. He was sorely missed, and it's always a treat to see him back into his old 'hood ways. It's been sad to see him basically neutered from his bout in prison, which I guess is a valid message for this show to send -- crime doesn't pay. I do love the Martha Stewart defense he used; I'll have to remember that.
Veronica sure did love whipping her badge out any chance she could. I actually have to wonder if that's at all based in reality. What I mean is, are there really any 19-year-old PI's out there? Is that even remotely a possibility? Still, it was great to see her taking on her own cases in a more official manner, so to speak.
Something that became more obvious as this season went on was how very small Hearst seems. I mean, it seems even smaller than Neptune High in some respects. Veronica is once again humiliated in front of the entire school, and that's where things really do feel so very small. How can such a small school have such an insane computer system? I know, small details.
What I really loved about this episode was how they were able to fit in what felt like a season-long mystery into two hours. Finally we had a case with substance, something that felt bigger than anything Veronica had handled before. Once again the final mystery always seems to be very personal to Veronica, which I guess has always been what's driven her to do so well at her job. The more emotionally involved she is with the case, the more energy she exerts into it.
Random thought: I wasn't sure who to root for during that fight scene, Logan or Piz. I liked seeing them both bloodied up, so it's all good.
When Veronica happened upon the painting of Lily, I at first thought, "is that ... Parker?!" It wasn't that great of a likeness, but then I heard a familiar voice but couldn't place it. Then I saw the face of the man we heard, and I still couldn't place him quite yet. Then I paused the show and it dawned on me just before we saw the (better) painting of Duncan that this was Jake Kane! Now *that* was a great reveal. Honestly, that was a great shout-out to us long-time fans of the show and it just about made up for what was quickly becoming a lacking episode.
The whole issue with The Castle rang familiar to The Tridents Tritons we saw back in Neptune High, which I sorta felt was a cop out. It didn't feel as fresh as it should have, though the information Veronica had in her hands was far more important than what she had on the Tridents.
So, with the way things ended in this episode, we're left with a lot of "what the heck would have happened next" moments that will likely never be answered:
- What would Weevil have done with the ID machine he kept?
- Though it seems pretty obvious, who wins the election for sheriff? And if Vinnie wins, what will Keith do?
- Will Logan have the mob after him now?
- Did Veronica keep that info from Kane's hard drive?
- Not that I care, but would Parker still be around?
- Would Jake Kane make more of an appearance?
- Would Dick actually clean up his ways a bit more the way he seems to be trying ... somewhat?
(See tomorrow for a post I'm doing about the retooled show -- insider info and all that)
Well, even with the series ending in what I consider a sputter for what I think Rob Thomas and crew could have pulled off with a true series ender, it's been a pleasure doing these reviews for you all. I guess Veronica Mars will just have to live on in DVD form. To be honest, though, I think I'll stick with just season one.
Quote of the episode:
Mac: "Hey, anyone else hear there's going to be a Matchbox 20 reunion show?"
Piz: "So? Rob Thomas is a whore."
(Note: Yes, I know it's not the same Rob Thomas, but I'm pretty sure the joke was there.)
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