Unlike the rest of the internet and your social media feeds, this post contains no spoilers for season four, just a continuation of our love for canon leading up to it. The Veronica Mars movie is a love letter to the fans – after the series finale and a seven-year-long wait, it had to be. So, did we flail at the plot tied back to a season one episode, the cameos, the easter eggs, the banter, the epic-ness of it all? You bet your ass we did. Here is a comprehensive list of all the times we still overreact when we watch.
“People say I’m a marshmallow.”
Sarah: The noise that came out of my mouth when Veronica said that…this movie was somehow already a ride for me within the first minute, and it wasn’t even like I waited seven years for it like the Marshmallows who were smart enough to not sleep on this show the way I did? What the actual hell?
Maggie: In all seriousness, the JOY that this simple phrase brought to me, it like could not be contained in my body.
The craftiest “Fuck You” in all the land
Sarah: What a beautiful feeling to know that this gif is at your fingertips to throw at whatever this dumpster fire of a world has to offer. Bless you, Veronica Mars.
Maggie: I have never found a middle finger gesture to be so satisfying IN MY LIFE. Take that, douchebag in the law firm lobby.
We thought we told you that no one writes songs about Piz.
Maggie: yeah, we were not clear about that or something? Thank god for the exposition that they’ve only been dating for the last year, but UGH PIZ.
Sarah: I mean, I get that the movie was major fan service because it had to be, so they included as much as they could, but honestly…were there REALLY that many people who were Team Piz? Did he really need to be invited?
Maggie: NO HE DID NOT.
Carrie Bishop, is that you?
Maggie: Aside from Piz, the Carrie Bishop recast is the one flaw, especially when their stunt cast game has always been noteworthy. (Shout out to whoever planted the easter egg of Leighton Meester being the next topic the second time they showed a TMZ broadcast!)
Sarah: I agree that the recast didn’t feel quite right. But they kind of made up for it with casting Jerry O’Connell as Sheriff Lamb’s brother. I mean, yes, Neptune has to deal with yet another shitty sheriff, but god, I love that guy.
Maggie: Side note, why isn’t he a bigger deal??
Sarah: WHY INDEED.
The busker singing the show theme song!
Sarah: Okay listen, music placement is something I really respond to in TV and film; the right song can make or break a scene in a heartbeat. The music on Veronica Mars has always been on point, but good GOD I was so obsessed with Alejandro Escovedo’s cover of the theme song that I IMMEDIATELY went out and bought the soundtrack as soon as I got out of the theater. It’s exactly the kind of music I mess with on the regular.
A callback for the ages
Maggie: THE CASE WAS PERFECTLY TIED TO SHOW OMG REMEMBER MARS VS. MARS???
Sarah: I thought this was such a brilliant move, not only making Carrie Bishop the main focus, but then also tying in the mysterious death of Susan Knight into it. They could have done anything with that case, and to have it so strongly tied to Neptune High was amazing.
“I need your help, Veronica.”
Sarah: OF COURSE LOGAN CALLS VERONICA TO HELP HIM OUT OF THIS MESS. OF COURSE HE DOES. WHO ELSE WOULD HE CALL?
Maggie: Listen, she had Logan’s number saved on her phone AFTER NINE YEARS.
Sarah: Because their story is epic, Maggie. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined. Bloodshed. Epic.
Maggie: “…like, ever.”
Sarah: Also, when Veronica asks how he got through security, and Logan told her, “Bought a $49 ticket to Palm Springs. Totally worth it.” Again, the noises that came out of my mouth…
That good old-fashioned Mars Investigations homecoming…
Maggie: When she answers the phone in the office AND KEITH’S FACE WHEN HE FINDS HER IS THE BEST.
Sarah: The SHEER JOY when he sees her there, I will never be over it. I remember the entire theater bursting out laughing, it was such a great, happy moment.
WALLACE AND MAC
Maggie: God, it is so good to see them. (Hold up, Mac is working for Kane Software?!)
Sarah: Mac. I love you, and I know they’re probably paying you an obscene amount of money. But you seriously went over to the dark side?
Maggie: And Veronica asking Wallace for a student’s permanent file, just like old times.
Sarah: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
“Is anyone surprised that I’m the only one in this room who doesn’t have a sex tape?”
Maggie: DICK CASABLANCAS. Even though he just barely squeaked in redemption at end of S3 when Dick Sr. came back, I can’t help loving him.
Sarah: How is it that I loathe this kind of guy in real life, but I’m absolutely here for Dick Casablancas?
“Or does all that just bore the shit out of you, Veronica?”
Maggie: Going through her chest of old stuff! HER MESSENGER BAG. I remember Kristen Bell describing it as like Veronica’s security blanket.
Sarah: The taser, the camera, the fake IDs…this was just such a strong trip down memory lane and by the time that “Does all that just bore the shit out of you” voiceover happened, I just wanted to stand up and be like “YES. YES IT DOES.”
This glorious, glorious reprise:
Maggie: WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DO TO ME.
Sarah: They’re trying to destroy us, and they’re succeeding.
Oh hey, Dax Shepard
Maggie: Okay, the Dax cameo at the 09er was the only spoiler I saw between the movie coming out and when I saw it, and it still got me.
Sarah: Look, I know it happens a lot, but I am always here for real life significant others making cameos in their partner’s shows/movies where they end up turning them all the way off. I don’t care that it’s an easy joke. I love the hell out of it.
“We should take the long way home.”
Maggie: When I tell you, reader, that I YEARNINGLY REACHED FOR THE SCREEN IN THE THEATER.
Sarah: God, THOSE GLANCES. I just…how can anybody be Team Piz when you look at them looking at each other like that?
Maggie: They don’t write songs about Piz!
The parade of returning characters!
Sarah: They for real brought everybody back for this, and it’s honestly a testament to how loved this show is that all of these people were on board to be a part of the movie.
Maggie: Deputy Sacks! Cliff!! Gia Goodman?!! CORNY.
Sarah: THEY EVEN BROUGHT BACK CORNY.
Maggie: He sells duct tape wallets on etsy!
Sarah: Which is somehow exactly what I expected him to do with his decade away from Neptune High. Never change, dude.
LOOK AT WEEVIL, YOU GUYS.
Maggie: Weevil wears slacks and attends tea parties!!
Sarah: I love this version of Weevil so much? A wife and a kid? It just made me so happy for him, and made his trajectory throughout this movie all the more devastating.
“What are you gonna do? Use your stun gun on me?”
Maggie: PUNCHING MADISON FUCKING SINCLAIR IN THE FACE FINALLY.
Sarah: I’m not going to lie, that was insanely satisfying. Thanks, Rob Thomas.
“Hey, Mr. C. You miss me yet?”
Maggie: PRINCIPAL CLEMMONS.
Sarah: I know his part was so quick, but it’s one of my favorite moments of the whole thing.
Maggie: “It’s been boring.” MY HEART.
Sarah: MY WHOLE HEART. ALL OF IT.
The reunion afterparty
Sarah: I’m always here for a dance party, and I am very much here for all of Mac’s dance faces.
Maggie: BUT VERONICA HAS A CASE TO SOLVE.
Maggie: Questioning people at the reunion afterparty: classic Veronica.
Sarah: But it wasn’t like she was going to let a prime opportunity like this pass her by. I think I would have been disappointed if she did.
Fucking Celeste Kane
Sarah: Yes, hello, Celeste Kane is a horrible human being. Remember how we talked about people thinking it’s easy to pin things on Weevil in our episodes post? It’s good to know that in the last nine years, Neptune’s rich and powerful have evolved literally zero percent. Celeste shooting Weevil when he was just trying to help her? That gun being planted to make it look like Weevil was harassing her? COME ON, YOU GUYS.
Maggie: Like we said, this movie is basically a love letter to us, but this is a stark reminder of the Neptune these characters live in, and the world we do. Just… why did it have to be Weevil??
“I’m a prick, but also I love pizza.”
Maggie: LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO AND THE WAY HE TEASES SHE USED TO GET DOLLED UP (and the nod to the S4 FBI pitch) AND SHE BROUGHT PIZZA.
Sarah: Good lord, their chemistry just never fades away, does it? I don’t even have anything to add, I just love this.
“Let’s Go Back to My Van: The Vinnie Van Lowe Story”
Sarah: I seriously might have burned Utica to the ground a little bit if they didn’t bring Vinnie back. I know he’s a slimeball, but also Ken Marino is magic?
Maggie: No, I know, I’m pretty sure I clapped when I saw him on screen.
The death of Deputy Sacks
Maggie: When Sacks’ car gets hit and Logan saves Keith HOLY SHIT OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO INTENSE AND AWFUL.
Sarah: I knew something like that was going to go down, and it still made me jump all the way out of my seat when the crash happened.
THAT LoVe scene…
Maggie: Just when you think Logan is going to leave, VERONICA KISSES HIM AND THEY HOOK UP AGAIN FINALLY.
Sarah: BECAUSE THEY HAD TO. And the scene is already just chef’s kiss, but again, the music placement here is everything. Typhoon’s “Prosthetic Love” is just timed SO WELL with the action of this scene, and I can’t get over how perfect it is.
The death of Gia Goodman
Maggie: WHEN GIA GETS SHOT, OH MY GOD.
Sarah: LISTEN, that whole scene, from learning the truth about everything to Gia getting shot from across the street to Stu coming after Veronica, was so intense, it’s good to know they haven’t lost their flair for insanely climactic conclusions. I mean, god…Veronica typing out what she thinks is her final I love you to her dad? It’s so much.
Maggie: Oh my god, it WAS like a season finale! And you know how here we are for those. And by the way, I for one will never be over “400 Block of Exposition Blvd.”
Sarah: Isn’t that still what you have set as your Twitter location? I love that.
Maggie: IT IS.
THE EPIC SPEECH MAKES A COMEBACK.
Maggie: COME BACK TO ME. ALWAYS.
Sarah: THE. NOISES. THAT. CAME. OUT. OF. MY. MOUTH.
“Gin. Who’s your daddy?”
Sarah: It’s really stupid, because I literally finished the series two hours before I saw the movie, but I somehow forgot about the whole “Who’s your daddy?” thing, and then it happened here, and it was a definite “OH MY GOD” moment for me.
Maggie: I live for Veronica’s relationships with just about every character, but she and Keith really were the core of the show and this reference just GOT me.
Weevil falls back into his old life.
Maggie: Weevil. Deserves. Better.
Sarah: So much better. We mentioned it in our last post, but that feeling that nothing will ever change is alive and well…and proven, considering people are so willing to believe that he did these things in spite of his incredible turnaround over the years. So to see Weevil leave Mars Investigations with his gang in tow, I was crushed, but also a small part of me felt like it was inevitable.
Maggie: The girl I was sitting next to in the theater was inconsolable when this went down and I tried to comfort her, but nothing helped. I feel you, stranger. We all do.
One last job switch
Maggie: Mac working for Veronica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah: God, it feels SO RIGHT. Because honestly, fuck Kane Software.
Cue the end credits
Maggie: Sitting at the desk at the end going into theme song!!
Sarah: Please tell me I wasn’t the only one singing along to the original theme song at the end. It was just such a perfect way to cap off an incredibly satisfying homecoming, and it made me feel so good.
How about you, marshmallows? What made you laugh, cry, throw popcorn at your screen? Let us know in the comments!