‘Veronica Mars’ Wasn’t Nearly as Dark as Creator Rob Thomas Planned

by Jeremy Spirogis
Keith (Enrico Colantoni) confronts Veronica (Kristen Bell) on

Veronica Mars burst onto the scene in 2004. A product of the now-debunked UPN community, the present was darkish and edgy for its time. Featuring Kristen Bell as a highschool pupil that moonlights as a personal detective, the present was moody and featured matters like assault and homicide — points that weren’t frequent plots in teen dramas at the moment. But if creator Rob Thomas had gotten his means, the noir sequence would have been a lot darker.

Keith (Enrico Colantoni) confronts Veronica (Kristen Bell) on 'Veronica Mars'
(L-R) Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars, Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars | Ron P. Jaffe/Warner Bros./Getty Images

‘Veronica Mars’ — How it got here to be

Fans of the sequence, known as Marshmallows, are most likely shocked to be taught the present wasn’t even speculated to be on TV. Screenwriter Rob Thomas initially deliberate to pen the thought as a younger grownup novel with a male protagonist. But he explains in a Huffington Post interview how the feminine lead developed as an alternative.

“What I wanted to write about, what was thematically interesting to me after teaching high school for years, was this generation of information overloaded media-savvy jaded-before-their-time teenagers. And I was interested in a story about loss of innocence,” Thomas mentioned. “A story about loss of innocence to me became more powerful with a female protagonist. It hurt more. It felt more poignant. So by the time I wrote it, [the protagonist] had gone from a boy to a girl.”

Sounds like his considering was proper on. It’s laborious to think about anybody else taking part in the teenager detective.

The darker facet of Neptune, California

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The sequence was set in fictional Neptune, California, and based on Screen Rant, creator Rob Thomas had concepts to make it even darker than it already was. Thomas had hoped to get the sequence picked up on a cable community like HBO so he would have a bit extra freedom with a few of his edgier concepts. One of these concepts was to let Veronica be taught that her boyfriend Duncan was her half brother. Scandalous by any means, the thought didn’t sit properly with UPN and whereas a part of that plotline made it into the sequence, it was revealed the 2 weren’t associated.

The sequence additionally handled unheard-of matters on the time — most notably, sexual assault in a teen drama. The community hesitated to air such a traumatizing ordeal however agreed in the long run. This determination was twofold. It not solely spoke in regards to the violence that was seemingly commonplace amongst ladies however based on CNN, it helped some survivors speak about their very own assaults and start the therapeutic course of.

It’s laborious to think about how a lot darker the sequence would have been if it have been picked up on a cable community. Due to its house on UPN, and later the CW, Thomas was pressured to make modifications and reduce on a few of his moodier concepts.

A Hulu revival

While the unique sequence had a cult following, it didn’t final too lengthy. Airing solely three seasons from 2004-2007, the present noticed a little bit of a revival in 2014 with a film persevering with the gumshoe antics of Veronica Mars and firm. But diehard followers needed extra, and in 2019 eight new episodes have been launched on the streaming large Hulu.

While the brand new season earned a number of reward, there are presently no plans for a fifth season simply but. There might not be plans for one more season, however that hasn’t stopped creator Rob Thomas from developing with concepts.  

Telling the Deadline, “They would all be eight-episode mysteries. For Season 5 the concepts I’ve been noodling with have all been form of Agatha Christie in that Murder In the Manor House type of concept.”

He says that each he and Bell are all for persevering with the present so long as it suits into their schedules. Guess we’ll simply have to attend and see what the tremendous sleuth has in retailer for us subsequent!

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