A Long Time Ago… We Used to Be Friends

Guest post by Priya Chhaya

All day long I’ve been humming the theme song to Veronica Mars. After three seasons (the finale aired in 2007) this witty, noir-filled, modern-day Nancy Drew series went into my bucket of shows I love that ended too soon (Sports Night, Firefly). But this morning, fans got an unexpected surprise.

My reasons for loving this show are wide and varied: excellent mysteries, awesome friendships (Wallace Fennel rules!), and a lead female character who was smart, tough, and unafraid.

Since the show’s cancellation I’ve casually followed the career paths of the cast. I watched Moonlight for a glimpse of Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), and was pleasantly surprised when Tina Marjorino (Mac) started showing up on Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. And like many others, I laughed hysterically when Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) shared her love for sloths on Ellen.

I’ve also paid attention to the work of creator Rob Thomas, listening to rumors about possible additional seasons or movies. (Veronica the FBI Agent! Veronica after Graduation!) I never really believed it was possible. Until today.

Here’s the reason I’ve been singing The Dandy Warhols track. This morning Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars movie. Essentially, if they can raise $2 million dollars from the fans, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will support, distribute, and market the film. As I write this I have no worry that they won’t reach that goal – they reached 50% support four hours after launching, and are now mere $500,000 away from being fully funded.

So it’s nice to know that we’ll get another chapter in Veronica’s life. Her gumshoe talent, combined with her ability to meet challenges with raw emotion and a reality check, are what makes this story strong (and I hope she brings Backup along for the ride).

Tragedy blows through your life like a tornado, uprooting everything, creating chaos. You wait for the dust to settle, and then you choose. You can live in the wreckage and pretend it’s still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild. Because after disaster strikes, the important thing is that you move on. But if you’re like me, you just keep chasing the storm.

from Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations Into Veronica Mars, by Rob Thomas & Leah Wilson

As of this posting 26,046 backers have pledged $1,691,964!

Update: ClubJade shares more about the show and catches it pass the $2,000,000 mark this evening!


Priya is a historian who loves the written word. When she’s not reading anything she can get her hands on she is writing about the past and its intersection in our daily lives on her personal blog …this is what comes next.

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