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Apparently Rob Thomas Didn't Take the Kickstarter Money and Run: "Veronica Mars" Movie Releases a Clip

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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So I hear some people are quite excited about the Veronica Mars movie, and so a trailer/clip should play pretty well in these parts. Let’s face it, you’re not reading this, you’re scrolling down to hit play as fast as your fingers can clickety. I really can write whatever I want above the video with impunity.

That makes this the perfect place to admit that I’ve never seen an episode of Veronica Mars. Not one. I see this video and think, yeah that show looks really good, I’ve been meaning to watch it forever. But when I don’t see the faces you see, I perk up because that’s Dell from the obsessively mediocre Private Practice and Sergeant Parker from the Flashpoint, the best Canadian procedural on Ion television late at night.

When the show first came out, several people explained to me that I would like it because it was like Buffy except without vampires. There were many problems with that line of reasoning which led me to other pursuits at the time.

Now under normal circumstances, there would be a virtual riot at my abject failure to properly entertain myself. But that’s the case here, because every single person who would judge is already watching the video.

Yep, this one:

Feel better? It’s like taking a hit that knocks you off the wagon for another year, isn’t it?

Veronica Mars is already being shown to test audiences, and is slated for a spring 2014 release.


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  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    "Like Buffy but without vampires??" WHAT ARE THEY, HIGH??

  • Nat

    Frankly, this whole Will They Won't They bullshit got tired in season 2, and to think Rob Thomas thinks so little of his fans that this is the first real glimpse we get into it is downright insulting. Not to mention the plot seems weak as balls. She's been with another guy for a decade and drops her entire fucking life to go help out an ex? That doesn't sound at all like the strong, independent, brilliant woman I admired as a teen.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    To be fair, this isn't really the first glimpse into the making of…if you're a backer! He's put out quite a few clips of some excellent looking scenes. And he also tweeted that V&P had recently reconnected in NY, so they haven't been together for a decade…

    I hope this comment didn't sound all WHOA-BITCHY-NERD-ALERT…

    I'm just so excited for the movie. And for my t-shirt to arrive SOON!

  • Nat

    Oh it doesn't matter if they just release a video that is nothing but text over the screen saying "fuck you, VM fans, fuck you to hell" I'd still be there on release day screaming like a Twitard. This is the first thing I saw so that's all I've got to go by.

  • Wrestling Fan

    I'm going to be 40 when this comes out
    (FORTY?? WHEN DID I GET SO OLD??)
    but man, I cannot wait for this!

  • Berry

    "I hear that on Flashpoint, he plays the SWAT commander, as Keith Mars playing the SWAT commander."

    I need help.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    The only thing I enjoy about Piznarski is saying his name. PIZ-NAR-SKI.

  • kdm

    Is it just me, or are the only Piz fans the writer/creators of the show? I found him to be the weakest character on the weakest season of an amazing show, and he and Veronica had zero chemistry. I also keep "accidentally" calling him Piss.

    Sidenote to the marketing team: Yes, Twilight made a ton of money but this does not mean that every movie needs to be advertised as a love triangle. I would rather have teasers about the rest of the movie, like why is Veronica getting shot at? Who is Logan accused of murdering? WHERE IS KEITH?!?

    I hope that Wallace and Mac get to have love lives too, because they both look dayum good.

  • Michelle

    I really don't think this was intended as a real marketing tool but mostly fan service to, well, us. There's no way that it makes good business sense to put out actual trailers that are as clearly intended for the guaranteed audience as this is.

  • Berry

    Upvoted for the Twilight snark. Well played, dear Sir or Madame.

  • kdm

    Why thank you! I make it my goal to snark on Twilight at least once a day.

  • Berry

    It's always good to have goals in life.

  • APOCooter

    "I thought our story was epic, you know. You and me. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined and blood shed. Epic."

    That's my answer.

  • calliope1975

    No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.

  • Berry

    Not a bad answer.

  • koko temur

    1. I think its a smart marketing strategy.
    2. Hopefully its completely irrelevant in the actual movie.
    3. This trailer just made "team dick" a thing. Well down on all accounts and meanings.

  • kdm

    After seeing the dancing video that Ryan Hansen made, I am totally on Team Dick.

    Wait, that doesn't sound right...

  • koko temur

    Exactly. He is the real winner of this whole thing. We come close second due to all the dick jokes. Wait... Thats not innuendo free either, damn it. Thanks, Dick.

  • Andrew J

    I always thought the love triangle stuff was the weakest part of the show but Rob Thomas seems to think the opposite... Luckily I'm the creator... Oh wait, damnit

    But yeah I'm actually less excited now, hopefully the trailer will show actual story

  • Kate at June

    Couple things...
    1. it's been 9 years since college and she and Piz are still just "dating?"
    2. Who in the ever loving fuck was a Veronica/Piz fan?

    Boo.

  • narfna

    I am an unapologetic Piz fan, but only because I'm totally in love with him and want him for myself. Veronica and Logan siiiiigh.

  • Berry

    Apparently Rob Thomas just tweeted that they reconnected only recently. So there's that at least.

    https://twitter.com/RobThomas/...

  • Mrs. Julien

    I haven't seen it either. I assume it's generational.

    Please remove yourself from my community green space, Frankly My Deer Park.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oh Pajiba, not one of you gets my reference? Not one? No one is going to say "Just think what we can do with textures!" or "Look! Soap you can see through!". Truly, my geek era has been left behind.

  • Mrs. J, you can watch the pilot for free here: http://www.thewb.com/shows/ver...

    Seriously, leave work and go watch now. Stop at best buy on your way home to pick up the dvds, because once you start, you'll want to watch it all.

  • alannaofdoom

    YES this happened to me. I caught one of the mid-season 2 episodes after my friend had been RAVING about the show for 18 months. When I told him that I wanted to catch up, my friend directed me to his favorite recap site; I read half of the recap of the pilot, thought, "This sounds too good to read about, I need to watch it." Bought the DVD on my way home Friday night, put in the first disc, and suddenly it was Sunday morning and I'd finished the season.

  • Michelle

    Agreed. The first season of VM is nearly as great as the first season of FNL. Totally different shows, obviously, but those two seasons stand out to me as some of the best in TV. Period.

  • Michelle, don't even get me started on the awesomeness that is FNL. I want to be Tami Taylor when I grow up...

  • Michelle

    Oh girl, don't I know it. Who doesn't want to be Tami Taylor when they grow up?

  • koko temur

    You would love it, i swear. Its completely un-generational. Just a weird (tonally) show to sell.

  • Berry

    I don't quite know how to feel about this Team This Or That as marketing strategy, but the actual footage looks good. Needs more Weevil though. And Keith. And Wallace. And Veronica solving the case instead of worrying about boys. And it's funny how they keep talking about how swell Piz is and then showing Logan and Veronica eye fucking one another. Which I support. The eye-fucking, I mean, not so much the Piz.

    Edit Obviously I realize the actual movie will probably not focus so much on V's love life, so concentrating on it so much here at the expense of all the other cool aspects of the Veronica Mars world seems odd.

    Edit 2: SPRING 2014? GAH!

    Edit numero tres "for those who are Piz and Veronica fans, is it going to be enough for them" THERE ARE LIKE FOUR OF THOSE PEOPLE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM SO MUCH!

    I'm starting to get a lot of feelings about this.

    And also 4 STOP TRYING TO MAKE PIZ HAPPEN, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

    ...

    I took their bait, didn't I? Shoot. Maybe stepping away from the computer for a minute or twenty wouldn't be a bad idea.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Yea, the Team This or That is probably just a really smart marketing move, actually.

  • Berry

    Oh, they're red herring it to the max for marketing, sure. It's not going to be Piz in the end, everyone knows this. But I wonder how smart it is, exactly. Does this really make the movie look appealing to those who haven't watched the show and therefore have no emotional investment in any teams? And as for the long time fans or even resent fanatical converts such as myself... well, I don't know. Something about it rubs me the wrong way, a little. Maybe because it seems like a rehash of material from the weakest season of the show. Maybe because it makes Veronica look like a prize to be fought over. Maybe because Piz as a character is under-developed and mostly useless, and his screen-time could have been given to people who are actually important in Veronica's life.

  • CQueued

    I think its a strategy of 'getting people talking about it with splashy love triangle drama' which does work cause hey look chatting! But what's coming out is mostly negative on a show that is built around really good word of mouth. As is evidenced by everyone who ever watched trying to convince everyone ever to watch it.

    Do "Teams" and love triangles really draw in ANY viewers anymore anyways? Especially with everyone (even the fans) basically having zero investment in said drama (because lets face it all the fans KNOW its Logan so...)

    It just seems like a strange strategy.

  • Berry

    "But what's coming out is mostly negative on a show that is built around really good word of mouth."

    Right. Whose bright idea was it to take the aspect of the show that people least liked and really build that up? Does not compute. But then I am not a Hollywood executive, so what do I know?

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