How ‘Veronica Mars’ Season 4 Fails The Show’s Most Interesting Relationship Dynamic To Date (Column)

Variety | 7/19/2019 | Caroline Framke
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Any good teen show worth its salt has a tortured romance at its core, and the one in “Veronica Mars” is, as one half of the couple once put it, “epic.” The moment when steely spitfire Veronica (Kristen Bell) first realized she’s attracted to complicated jerk Logan (Jason Dohring) made for one of the best TV kisses of the era, and their subsequent on-and-off relationship became one of the show’s most reliable sources of chemistry and conflict. Logan and Veronica — dubbed “LoVe” by their most devoted fans — were magnetically drawn to each other despite their better instincts. As Logan said in almost the same breath he called their dynamic “epic,” he saw their love as something that “span[ned] years and continents, lives ruined and bloodshed.” When Veronica raises an eyebrow to content that “no relationship should be that hard,” Logan’s ready with a comeback: “No one writes about the ones that come easy.”

The passionate speech is romantic as **** on the face of it, making for the kind of Tumblr-ready quotes that ‘shipping dreams are made of. But the idea that the only interesting relationships are the ones forged in fire is to say the least, concerning. Whether Logan realized it or not, he was also acknowledging that even if he and Veronica were good with each other, they weren’t especially good for each other.

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Flash forward to 2019’s fourth season, however, and the roles Veronica and Logan played in that crucial exchange as teens have almost completely reversed in their renewed relationship as 30-something adults. Veronica’s restless, and repeating old habits in her P.I. job; Logan is an intelligence officer who carefully orders his life to keep his worst instincts in check, regularly going to therapy and suggesting that Veronica do the same. Not only does Veronica...
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