It’s Shipper Month at Zap2it. Throughout February 2015 we’re exploring TV relationships, both the ones viewers see on screen and those that fans form with their favorite characters and couples, and how it affects what they watch.
When the “Veronica Mars” movie righted what many fans saw as a wrong at the end of the series — Veronica and Logan not ending up together — there was much rejoicing. Going back to Season 1, the two of them seemed destined to spend their lives together, dysfunctionally ever after.
Looking back on the show’s pilot, however, that might seem like a crazy thought. After all, in the beginning Logan was a sociopath who ran a bum-fighting ring and harassed Veronica. Once viewers saw a peek at his heart of gold, though, it was game over. Boring goody-goody Duncan Kane never stood a chance.
“It’s so funny. You forget that, because the actor [Jason Dohring] is so charming and the character is so compelling,” former “Veronica Mars” executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright tells Zap2it at the 2015 TV winter press tour. “It’s fun when you have a Wallace [Percy Daggs III] pointing out, ‘Maybe you should be with guys who don’t get accused of murder.'”
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Introducing one of those guys set up a new possible road for Veronica. “That’s why Piz [Chris Lowell] suddenly becomes a more realistic and better choice, because he’s been good from the beginning,” Ruggiero-Wright explains. That’s not an option the fans were willing to settle for. They knew Veronica didn’t need the boy scout who does no wrong. She needed someone like her — flawed and learning from past mistakes.
Logan and Veronica’s imperfections, while a constant source of drama between them, made them stronger. They both knew the pain of troubled family lives and were at one time or another pariahs in their small community. Those are the experiences that shaped them as adults and are something most others couldn’t possibly understand.
Still, that doesn’t mean Veronica’s relationships away from Logan were a bad thing. While they were able to grow up together in many ways, both of them had some maturing to do apart from each other. That’s why men like Duncan and Piz were good for Veronica. They provided a sense of security and normalcy Logan just couldn’t give her at the time. Likewise, it took Logan joining the armed forces to grow up and become the man he wanted to be, which led him back to his true love.
As for what happens next, the movie ended with them reunited as adults, and as of the second novel — “Mr. Kiss and Tell” — they’re still making the relationship work, even if it’s not always easy. The next step is anyone’s guess, but those who know the series know there’s only one way for this particular story to end. Logan and Veronica will face their drama-riddled life together.