You know how things are gonna be now, don’t you? You have to know.   

I haven’t had time to talk about last night’s Heroes finale which I liked a lot more than most. What else is new, eh? I still don’t have time to talk about it as I want to get this post up first.

Where to start?

To say that Veronica Mars means a lot to me would be the understatement of the year. This show didn’t make me love TV. I think I had that covered long before it came along. It didn’t change how I view TV or my desire to talk about it. It did, however, give me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise (visiting the set, meeting the actors, making new friends) and from those opportunities I realized how much I’d like to be apart of the world of television. In that way, this show has changed my life. (Oy, the cliche!)

The good thing? Hell, the great thing? I’m never going to lose what this show gave me. The really sucky thing? It was my deep abiding love for these characters that kept me so invested and talking about the show. And those characters? I am losing tonight. I’m grateful for the three years we got but I’m going to miss tuning in to see just what’s happening in Neptune each week.

So, yeah, it sucks and I’m sad and prone to getting tears in my eyes every so often throughout the day when I think about the show. I know it’s crazy to be that invested in fictional characters in a fictional world but, damn, if I can’t help it. It’s a testament to the writing that these characters have such a presence and depth to them that it feels like I’m losing real people tonight. Don’t worry, I’m not that crazy. I know they aren’t real and I will crawl from the rubble and rebuild. I’ll move on. There are new TV shows just around the corner and, even if none of them capture my heart in the same way, eventually one will come along that will remind me that I need to stop getting so caught up in fake worlds!

I started on a goodbye video this weekend. I had hoped to finish it in time to include in this post but time got away from me. Ain’t that always the way? I’d like to go through and pull out quotes that I love or scenes I can’t ever get enough of but, really, who wants to read through every line of the show?

I do want to thank all of the actors who are on or have ever made an appearance on the show. They brought life to the names on the pages and they did a wonderful job of it. Every encounter I have ever had with them has been memorable. They were always gracious with their time and appreciative of their fans. I’ll miss them and wish them all the luck… they’ve got a fan for life in me.

And then there’s the crew and all the people behind the scenes who obviously loved this show a great deal. It was obvious when I visited the set and has remained so through the stories I hear. May they all go on to bigger and better things.

Most importantly, the writers. Together they created some of the most memorable characters out there. Whether we love them (the characters, that is) or love to hate them, we’re not likely to forget them any time soon. Did the writers always get it right? Ha. Who does? But when they got it right, man, they got it right. For that, I am grateful. It was an incredibly talented mix of people and I’m sad to see them seperated. Here’s hoping they all get staffed on shows they care as much about as this one.

I include Rob Thomas in the comments above but I have to say a little something extra about him as well. I know people hate him. I don’t think I’ll ever understand why. It’s not that I think he’s perfect. He’s got his faults… many of them I knew and acknowledged before falling heads of heels for this show. But, in the end, he’s the one who created the girl I got to know (and love) so well and, for that, I can’t thank him enough. I’m glad to see he’s being recognized for the talent he’s got and I wish him continued success. He doesn’t need that from me but it’s pretty much all I have to give and the least I can do for the three years of stories he has given me.

As for Neptune and all of the people who live there? You’ve got more flaws than I can count. You’re very rarely fair and, despite all of the beautiful people, your face sure is ugly at times. But, underneath your tawdriness, there’s a marshmallowy center. You’ll always be in my heart.

Veronica Mars, it was worth getting overinvested in you. I’m gonna miss you.

8 Responses to “You know how things are gonna be now, don’t you? You have to know.”

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    redact_it says:
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    afrocurl says:

    Aww..thanks for this Rae.

    I think that this sort of look at the show, without getting too teary is going to get me through tonight.

    Let’s hope it does at least.

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    redact_it says:

    It was worth getting taped to a flag pole.

    Oh and perfect icon!

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    holly96 says:

    *cries*

    And…that’s all I can say about it right now. It’s just all too much.

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    cdn_tvaddict says:

    Aww. *hugs you tight* So lovely. And I’ll be there to help pull you out of the rubble if you need.

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    catatonia00 says:

    Just like I am so so grateful for this experience and everyone that made the show possible. *sigh* I can’t seem to conjure up the energy to write something as eloquent as you guys.

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    eolivet says:

    (Oh man, I think I inadvertently stole the idea that VM changed my life from your post — I apologize!!!)

    This one sentiment makes me extremely happy, though:

    It did, however, give me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise (visiting the set, meeting the actors, making new friends) and from those opportunities I realized how much I’d like to be apart of the world of television.

    Because you write so well about TV, and you have great instincts about it, and I think the TV world would be a much better place with your input. :D

    I wish I knew more people in high places, but I can only wish you success because you deserve it!!! :)

    I’m so glad VM brought us “together.” :D

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    raelee says:

    Nah, you didn’t! Several people have said it so I think it’s just something we all think. :)

    Because you write so well about TV, and you have great instincts about it, and I think the TV world would be a much better place with your input.

    Aww, thanks! That makes me smile and gives me hope. Hopefully I can find the right place for me in TV (and soon!). If nothing else, I have a passion for it that would make work fun no matter what I was doing.

    I’m glad too!