What a completely disappointing and disrespectful revival of a once-beloved series, which had such a devoted fanbase that they raised $6 million in 2013 to fund a movie, which in turn eventually enabled this revival to happen :(!
In this new season (season 4, NOT season 1), there was so much potential for interesting plotlines and for further development of the characters and their relationships, particularly when it came to Logan and Veronica (whose relationship was a far-cry from perfect this season) and yet none of them were utilised.
- Instead of a tightly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing, it was sloppy and boring and barely held my attention. I guessed who the bomber was from the casting announcement months before the season was even released, but even if I hadn’t guessed, it was pretty obvious right from the beginning of the season.
- Instead of the smart, savvy, one-step-ahead Veronica we came to know and love in the original series, in this season she didn’t even solve anything, she was dumbed down in order to make the mystery work, and she was pretty much the most incompetent detective I’ve ever seen on TV.
- Instead of including the original supporting characters in a meaningful way, they were simply tossed aside as if they never meant anything to the show at all. One of the actors refused to appear in the revival when they found out they would not even be given a storyline.
- Instead of exploring Veronica's mental health and how she seemed to have regressed back to an immature teenager with no explanation, it was barely even acknowledged. In fact, this Veronica was barely even recognisable as the same character. She has always had a tough, no-nonsense exterior, but the reason the fans (and the characters) fell in love with her was because of her gooey, ‘marshmallow’ interior. However, this season, all of the kindness and compassion she possessed for 3 seasons, a movie and 2 books was completely gone… and with no explanation for why this had happened and no real attempt to have her deal with it. As a result, it made her feel out of character and un-relatable to the audience.
- Instead of Veronica and Logan discussing their issues, working on their problems and actually attending couples therapy, we got Veronica belittling Logan, mocking his therapy (despite the fact that she has a psychology degree), considering cheating on him (with creepy Leo, of all people – I thought we got rid of him years ago? His character serves no purpose, so why does he have to keep coming back?), and then suddenly agreeing to a quickie wedding, as if that would solve all their problems (newsflash: it wouldn't). I would have much preferred for either her to agree to attend therapy with him (which is what I assumed the entire point of the storyline was), or for Logan to walk away from the relationship for the sake of his own mental health.
- Instead of taking the route that made the most logical and narrative sense, which was to have Keith either retire or die by the end of the season, thus allowing Veronica to stand on her own as a PI and become the main focus (with Logan by her side), his health struggles were poorly-handled, unrealistically dealt with and deliberately used as a bait-and-switch to make us think he was going to die instead of the character who actually did die.
And then of course, all that potential for Veronica to deal with her previous trauma and for Logan and Veronica to actually sit down and work on their relationship problems, was blown up, literally, just for shock value, in a completely nonsensical way that was filled with plot-holes and inconsistencies. The ending of the season was completely disrespectful, not just to the fans, but to the character and the actor who devoted so much time, energy and love into portraying the character over the last 15 years.
After reading about the 'vision' Rob Thomas has for the show in the future, I have no desire to watch it ever again. This is not the Veronica or the show that I fell in love with, because everything I once loved about her and the show has now been destroyed, with the apparent intention of replacing it with a boring, been-done-before, show that looks like every other show out there, with nothing unique about it. Sorry, it’s a hard pass from me.