Although its ratings weren’t very high, Veronica Mars was a critical success from its very beginning, receiving praises from both critics and other writers in the industry. It also drew in a base of highly dedicated fans (or Marshmallows), some of who donated their money to help revive the show into a crowd-funded movie, which came out in 2014.
The show takes place in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and follows the popular-turned-outcast teenager Veronica, who works with her private investigator father, and takes on cases of her own from her classmates at Neptune High. While the normal teenager girl on TV might be busy attending parties and obsessing about boys, that wasn’t the case for Veronica Mars, who knew the felonies before she knew the state capitals.
During the course of the series she tries to solve cases like the murder of her best friend Lily, a bus crash that kills some of her fellow students, and the mystery of who slipped an illegal substance into her drink at a party.
The show’s creator, Rob Thomas, initially wrote the series with a male protagonist, but later decided to switch to female, thinking it would be more interesting. This was obviously a good choice, as he created a female character that was intelligent, strong, and able to stand up for herself – perhaps like never seen before on a teen drama show.
Veronica was the smartest person around, and everybody knew that they’d better stay on her good side, or they might just get tasered. Equipped with a camera and a witty comeback for everything, she was a force to be reckoned with.
Of course, Veronica wouldn’t be Veronica without the talented Kristen Bell, who portrayed her in an extremely believable and relatable way, making us see through the tough exterior and into her vulnerabilities. Kristen wasn’t the only one who delivered an outstanding performance in her role, but the show wouldn’t be the same without her.
The other female characters were often just as powerful as Veronica was. It was a woman’s world, and these women were highlight of the series. The show also dealt with many issues that teenagers, and especially girls, may deal with – like self image, reputation, intimate assault, and the struggles of different social classes, both rich and poor.
The series handled all these issues, and did it like a champ, using engaging storylines and in depth exploration of characters. Veronica Mars was cancelled over 10 years ago, which leaves us wondering where these fierce females have taken their careers in real life, and what other roles they’ve brought to life.