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YMMV: Veronica Mars
Accidental Innuendo: In a rare serious example, after the season 2 finale many fans thought Cassidy had raped Mac. He hadn't, and the writers never meant to imply that, but the scene, dialogue, and the fact he had raped Veronica threw people off.
Anvilicious: "There's Got To Be A Morning After Pill" rather bizarrely ends with dead serious narration of a Bible verse about forgiveness.
Arc Fatigue: The trial of Aaron Echolls in season 2, which only served to drag out the wrapping up of a story that got plenty of closure at the last season's end, to the point that people started wondering if the show was trying to make us suspect he wasn't the killer.
The Hearst Rapist is basically a standard mystery of the week story stretched out to half a season.
In Weevil's case it could be argued that he didn't so much decay, as grow up, and become a responsible adult, realizing that his old ways of behaving did not lead to great job security.
Broken Base: Many fans believe seasonal rot set in at one point, but no one can agree on which season - and many others enjoyed all three seasons.
The reveal in the season 2 finale that Cassidy raped Veronica. Is it a satisfying twist to the story that gets rid of Unfortunate Implications, or a clumsy retcon that kills the flow of the scene?
Complete Monster: Mercer Hayes stands out as one of the vilest rapists in the setting whose crimes are not treated as backstory. He selects college girls with his accomplice who sets it up for him to drug random girls at the local parties, creating a panic on the campus. He rapes the girls and shaves their heads afterwards just to humiliate them further. His reasoning amounts to "getting into a girl's pants the normal way takes too long".
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The pilot goes a wee bit overboard in dumping the weight of the world on Veronica. Thankfully, it lightens up a bit aftewards.
Die for Our Ship: Anyone who dares to get in the way of Logan/Veronica. Duncan, Leo, Hannah, Piz and Parker all got the brunt of this.
Sheriff Donald Lamb. Both Casablancas brothers, most notably Cassidy.
The writers did intend for Cassidy to be a likable character up until the climactic scene in "Not Pictured", however. And interestingly, the scene in which he is revealed to be evil is even a Shirtless Scene.
Drinking Game: If you're watching on DVD, take a shot every time Veronica asks someone for a favor. Seeing as it usually occurs at leastOnce an Episode...
Veronica and whomever she wasn't with at the time. She's with Duncan? The fans wanted Veronica/Logan. She's with Logan? The fans wanted Duncan back. Not to mention those who wanted her to get together with Weevil or Wallace.
Mac and Cassidy were quite popular too, before and after the Season 2 finale.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Mac, Cassidy, and Logan are all extremely popular among the fandom, due primarily to the former two being the Fan-Preferred Couple and the latter being a prime source of hilarious one-liners.
Fan Wank: The reason for why Sheriff Lamb was killed off was never officially stated by actor Michael Muhney, Rob Thomas, and the rest of the writers. As such, two theories have persisted as the reason for such a controversial move: 1. Writer Revolt as far as Rob Thomas and the writers being appalled by fans liking the character or 2. Michael Muhney was caught leaking spoilers to fans of the show, leading to CW ordering him fired.
And more fuel was added to the fire when he was fired from The Young and the Restless in 2014 for groping a co-star.
Foe Yay: Logan/Weevil, Veronica/Lamb, Keith/Lamb, Kendall/Cassidy (which edges on text in "The Quick and The Wed"). Technically text with Veronica and Cassidy, on his part at least, what with the rape and all.
In the penultimate episode of season 2, Weevil tells Cassidy (who is helping him with algebra, long story): "If this is your idea of terms I'll understand? I'm going to kill you. Or myself. It's a toss up." One episode later, Cassidy commits suicide.
Dick manages to give two painful FAMs in one episode (2x13 "Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough"), first by being Cassidy's brother and ripping into Jackie, because she's Terrence's daughter. Second, he mocks Mac and Cassidy by asking her "You gonna pop his cherry? 'Cause you gotta take it easy. Don't go busting out any tricks, you don't want to spook him. Just take it gentle and slow," not knowing about the sexual abuse Cassidy has suffered. And inflicted.
Season 1's "Like A Virgin" features someone pretending to be Veronica sending an email to Duncan, saying she had VD when they were dating. Late in season 2 it is revealed Veronica has chlamydia... which she contracted being raped by Beaver, on the same night she slept with Duncan. It sucks to be Veronica.
Also in "Like A Virgin", the plot becomes darker when you realise just how bad Meg'sparents really would have taken it.
There's the rather odd discussion of Chlamydia/Crazy Bitchy Teacher between Veronica, Gia and Dick, which is a bit uncomfortable to watch given Veronica got chlamydia being raped by Dick's brother, who got it being molested by Gia's father.
Growing the Beard: The first couple of episodes of the series were extremely hit or miss, in particular the show's second episode which feature a network mandated guest-appearance by Paris Hilton. It wasn't until episode six ("Return of the Kane") that the show truly found its footing.
A couple of incredibly creepy ones from "A Trip to the Dentist" given that episode's later RetconBeaver being told to "suit up, you don't know where [Veronica]'s been," is very ironic, given he gave her the STD. and Veronica's "You're here!" to Duncan when he finds her, given that Cassidy just raped her.
Dick picking on Jackie when her dad is suspected of the bus crash.
Lamb's callous attitude towards rape, after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for groping a co-star.
Logan's "Please say "High School English Teacher". Please say "High School English teacher"" Considering Jason Dohring's latest role
In similar fashion, Logan saying he avoids places with stained glass and pretending to be burned when placing his hand on a Bible becomes funnier when you realize he later played a vampire.
Leighton Meester as the "the gossip queen of Neptune High. Also her character's last name is Bishop
Katie LeClerc's first television appearance ever is in the episode where it's revealed that Mac was Switched at Birth.
In the episode "Driver Ed", Wallace claims he got the idea a reporter might be posing as a high school student from the movie Never Been Kissed. Cress Williams, who appeared in the movie, would show up an episode later as Wallace's long-lost father.
Duncan is last seen in Australia with his daughter that he abducted. In 2013, a similar case surfaced with a girl living with her mother who had abducted her being found in Australia.
If the show was made now, Veronica's mock obsession with ponies would come off rather differently.
After knowing the cult better, Veronica was scolded by her father (and agreed with him) for letting herself be brainwashed. How foolish it is to actually KNOW something before judging. She should just chant "cults are bad, cults are bad".
There was the whole matter of the cult harboring a minor runaway.
Iron Woobie: No person should go through as much crap as Veronica does, and the majority of people would have some kind of breakdown - but no. She'll move on with a plan and a quip, and try and help people.
Hell, even Dick starts to fall into this in season 3.
Veronica herself may be an unintentional example. While she is put through a truly gobsmacking amount of suffering (see Woobie for further details), she can be manipulative, inconsiderate, single-minded and just plain unpleasant to a lot of the people she meets (just look at the way she talks to Tim Foyle in the season three opening, even if he's a bit obnoxious himself). In fact, she seems to see nothing wrong with using friends and various other people for her schemes. The only thing that redeems her is that she uses her skills for good and does have a genuine desire to help people. She's still a good character but it's difficult not to wish the writers had a greater sense of awareness about her personality.
Mainstream Obscurity: The series was frequently mentioned in the context of "The fact that this show is struggling is proof that humanity is in trouble," yet its ratings were always mediocre. It frequently made lists of "The Best Shows You're Not Watching," but no one really got the hint.
Many fans thought the revelation of Dick's role in Veronica's rape served as this for him. The show didn't seem to think so.
The pilot featured Sheriff Lamb crossing the horizon towards the end of the episode via the reveal of what happened the morning Veronica attempted to report being sexually assaulted.
Narm: Mercer'sMotive Rant, which happens completely out of the blue for no reason other than it's the end of the storyline and they needed to talk about his motivation somehow. And even then, it's incredibly simplistic after the mysteries of seasons one and two.
Jake Kane bellowing Veronica's name in the series finale, giving about the same performance as John Lithgow's "For free!" in Santa Claus The Movie.
Some of Lamb's jerkassery is so absurdly over the top that it comes out this way, like when he reports to a rape case and tells Veronica "Please tell me it was you."
Narm Charm: Logan and Veronica's "epic" conversation in "Look Who's Stalking," which is saved by being completely believable as two teenagers' idea of what a romantic conversation is.
Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: C'mon, obviously Harry Hamlin, Steve Guttenberg (Though he didn't actually do it), and, of course, James Jordan's return to the show with a wig and fake beard.
Relationship Writing Fumble: Keith and Alicia's relationship just sort of...fades, with her not appearing through almost all of season 2, then showing up in the finale with no mention of it. Then she's gone completely in season 3, and Keith is clearly single. It's easy to Fan Wank that they weren't able to get past the reveal about Wallace's father, but would it have been asking too much to see them break up onscreen?
It also doesn't help Piz's case that his musical background and love of Guitar Hero make him seem like a self-insert for Rob Thomas.
Seasonal Rot: The third season departs completely from the format of the rest of the show, with the last third featuring stand-alone episodes. It also didn't help that the show spent the first third doing a rape mystery that utterly danced around Veronica being raped and how Sheriff Lamb refused to believe her, or that the second mystery was pretty much solved by most fans as far as the killer, leading to weeks of drawing out an arc that everyone else had figured out. And then came five more episodes of aimless standalone stories. Veronica turning into a smug, self-righteous jerk-ass didn't help, nor did the arbitrary breaking up of the Veronica/Logan pairing, the lack of fall-out from season two's ending, and Sheriff Lamb being killed off in anti-climatic fashion.
The dream sequence at the end of "Leave it to Beaver":
Lily: Don't forget about me, Veronica.
Veronica: I could never.
Veronica's meltdown in her car after Koontz first calls her parentage into question.
The scene of Mac and Cassidy at the Sadie Hawkins dance with the extremely fitting lyrics "It was you who picked the pieces up when I was a broken soul, and then glued me back together, returned to me what others stole" becomes this once you've seen the second season finale.
When Veronica tells Wallace about the night at Shelly Pomroy's party, and shows him everything she had about the Lilly Kane investigation.
Veronica: This is so not an "I told you so," but do you see why I kind of keep things to myself.
The Hearst Rapist storyline: fans where anxiously awaiting this storyline since it would have meant that there would finally be a confrontation between Veronica and Sheriff Lamb over his treatment of Veronica when she tried to report being raped, especially after the season two finale revealed that Veronica had indeed been raped after all. What could have been an epic showdown that had been built up since day one of the show (as well as a way to flesh out the character of Sheriff Lamb) got ignored save for a single, by-the-by line of dialogue where Lamb told Veronica that he still did not believe that she had been sexually assaulted. Plus, rather than the varied and interesting pool of suspects in seasons one and two, all we get are a bunch of interchangeable and equally unlikable randy college guys, making it pretty hard to care about who the rapist is. Tying in to that, after the complex motivations of the season 2 culprit, it's rather a letdown when the entire motivation of the rapist is "Because I want to."
Lamb's death also counts; some fans think he should have died during the denouement of the Hearst Rapist storyline, possibly being killed by the rapist's accomplice, the nerdy RA after arriving on campus to help Veronica arrest the rapist. Instead, Lamb was completely absent in said episode (having essentially slept through the entire unmasking of the rapist at his home} and was killed off several episodes later, in a lame collateral damage death in the second mystery arc).
The revelation that Lamb had been abused as a child in the same manner that Veronica suspects Meg's sister is looked like the start of some serious Character Development. Lamb even lets Veronica and Duncan go and seems seriously unhinged by what he saw going on. And yet he is back to being the writer's go to bad guy next episode and the issue is never once brought up again even when Veronica is trying to rescue Duncan's daughter so she will be spared similar treatment.
Tying into this, nothing more is heard about Grace, and for all we know she's still stuck in that closet at the end of the series.
Very little is done with Keith losing his trust in Veronica in "Donut Run."
Unfortunate Implications: Veronica, you weren't raped! You just had consensual sex and forgot about it. One wonders if this was part of the reason for the retcon in season 2.
Season 3 has an entire story arc devoted to portraying Take Back the Night, a real life group that campaigns to stop violence against women, as a bunch of Straw Feminists who have no qualms about making false rape claims. They seemingly don't care at all about stopping the actual rapist, and are exploiting the real victims to get the college's frats shut down.
The number of times Veronica turns into a Damsel in Distress who has to be saved by someone else while confronting the latest Big Bad. It takes until the last major mystery for her to be able to do it on her own.
"Versatile Toppings" ends with an implication that we're supposed to at least partly approve of someone forcibly being outed by their girlfriend.
The frequent use of the derogatory term "hooker." Eventually the show got better about this, with Veronica noting "They prefer to be called escorts."
The reveal of season 2's Big Bad can easily come off as meaning being raped made him turn evil.
"Poughkeepsie, Tramps, and Thieves" has an...odd portrayal of sex workers which is extremely demeaning. Including that somehow stripping is a more shameful job than prostitution. And a line from Veronica herself about how only men can possibly like comic books.
The utterly bizarre way the show wants us to see Madison (who unknowingly gave Veronica a roofied drink) as more responsible for Veronica's rape than Dick (who actually put the roofie in it).