Another year, another big TV revival on the way. For years, fans have been wanting to see more of Veronica Mars, a series that may have been ahead of its time in terms of its characters and storytelling format. A few years back, a Kickstarter-backed film hit, only seeming to please a small subset of fans. In reality, all they really wanted was a new series.
The idea of a new Veronica Mars series seemed to wallow in development hell. Plus, leading lady Kristen Bell is a very in-demand talent, so getting her on board for anything more than a new limited series would be difficult. Luckily, last month, it was revealed that there would be an eight-episode revival on Hulu, with much of the main cast returning to reprise their roles.
But what exactly can we expect from the show? Chatting with SiriusXM, Bell gave fans a bit of warning:
“It’s going to be a much darker world. It’s going to be a bigger world. It’s definitely not going to be what we did on UPN or The CW, so I want to brace fans for that. That it’s going to be darker and bigger and more cinematic and definitely a little bit different.”
This is pretty interesting to me because Veronica Mars isn’t exactly the feel-good show of the year. It’s not morbid, by any means, but it’s packed full of unlikable characters and a main cast that acts mostly independently of one another — a cast that seems to only be tolerating each other (the characters, not the actors). On the bright side, there’s nothing wrong with getting something bigger and more cinematic this time around.
Another interesting comment has to do with the idea of good protagonists — not good as in well-written, but good as in people who are genuinely fighting for good. She points to recent years where we’ve loved to indulge in anti-heroes. Now, she feels like the world is ready for genuine heroes again:
“Particularly now, I feel like you wanna see a girl who’s fighting for good. You wanna see a superhero without a cape who has nothing at her fingertips but her wit and her intellect and you want to see her better the world around her. I think people want to see a hero again. We had years of loving antiheroes and I think the world is too scary now. We loved Walter White when everything felt safer. It would scare me to watch a show about an antihero now. I want to see the good guys winning.”
What do you think of Bell’s comments regarding the Veronica Mars revival? Are you excited to see it get darker and do you think she’s right about the kind of heroes we want to see in our media these days? Sound off down below!
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