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'Veronica Mars': The fourth season lives! (On the Internet, anyway)

Brace yourselves, Veronica Mars fans. The late, great show’s much-discussed season 4 mini-pilot – which finds our heroine kicking off her career with the FBI – has made its way to the Internet. Getting a glimpse at the season that might have been (but, alas, never will be) prompted a long, nostalgic email chat with my fellow EW staffer (and Mars addict) Tanner Stransky. Check the pilot out for yourself (part 1 below, and part 2, after the jump), then join our discussion in the comments section below.

From: Jennifer
To: Tanner
Re: Veronica Mars season 4 mini-pilot
So I just caught the Veronica Mars fourth-season mini-pilot. I looooved seeing our girl doing anything, especially after sitting through another dismal Heroes last week just to get glimpses of Kristen Bell. And here she is, being all genuinely awesome and genuinely witty, instead of a Heroes-ed up imitation of such! “There’s lesbians to fend off and hazing rituals to be endured … I’m on a schedule.” Oh, man, there’s nobody I love this much on the fall schedule.

From: Tanner
To: Jennifer
My thoughts exactly: Is there any current freshman series with this much wit and such a likable main character? I also felt like this short presentation towed the line nicely between rebooting the old series and introducing new aspects of the character. She’s obviously got some baggage with her faux-Logan lover who pops up at the FBI, too. One of my main questions, though: Where’s Keith Mars? I’d be happy if he popped up at the FBI, too.

From: Jennifer
To: Tanner
OMG, Keith Mars!!! We need him around, for sure. I mean, we need him in the pretend pilot that isn’t happening. But a girl can still dream, right? (Heck, CBS is the CW’s big-sister network, and they could use some youth on the sched, right?) What I loved about this, too, was that it was a little–just a little–like having Alias back. Even better, Alias sans Rambaldi. And what would make it even more Alias-like? Having the spy daddy around, too. And I gotta admit, I would be aching for a Logan return. Veronica is even better with him as her foil, no doubt about it. I do hope they would get into solving more complex and–dare I say it?–multi-episode, maybe even whole-season-long, mysteries. Or am I just setting our imaginary show up to have all the ratings power of classic Veronica Mars and Alias…which is to say, the ability to virtually make viewers evaporate into thin air?

From: Tanner
To:  Jennifer
No, I’m totally with you on this one, Jennifer! Whole-season-long or,at the least, multi-episode arcs would be, or more accurately, would’vebeen, been essential, although you’re right, too, about it scaring offviewers. Why, why, why must these things be mutually exclusive? I didhave a quandary as I was watching this: Could I totally get into thisseries if it was mostly procedural with occasional personal-typestorylines (a la Women’s Murder Club)? If—gasp!—there were no extendedarcs? I’m thinking maybe, only because I’m such a fan of Veronica, theyoung gumshoe. One of my main beefs with procedurals it that theyaren’t sexy and don’t have younger characters I care about. Maybe thisnon-existent show is the answer to my great beef with proceduraldramas! Okay, but really, back to the gumshoe thing: I also loved thatVeronica was still a bad-ass, yet she wasn’t the top dog anymore. Like,she had some stiff competition in this first episode. Before, inNeptune, there was no one that could really take her down, but fromthis short pilot, I saw more than a few hard-asses (her partner, thatbitchy co-worker) who’d have no trouble giving Veronica a run for hermoney. Of course, Veronica would ultimately have to win, but I wouldn’tmind seeing her struggle a bit.

From: Jennifer
To: Tanner
Totally agree with you on the procedural front. I’ve never lovedwatching people I don’t really relate to solve heinous crimes that Iknow will be wrapped up soon enough anyway. But add a little Grey’sAnatomy to the genre, and I might be into it. Lord knows we have enough”quirky” crimesolvers in the new crop (Life, Moonlight), but the beautyof Veronica is that her quirk and sass come from an organic place. Ithink the reason all of us Marsites will stick with her throughanything–even awkward serial-rapist plot arcs–is because she’s whatyou call a genuine character. No TV show or movie can be great withouta totally unique, engaging person at its core, and V is exactly thatthanks to creator Rob Thomas and the genius work of Kristen Bell. Ifthere’s any reason why Heroes is failing this season, it’s becausewe’re not getting enough of that kind of flesh and blood in there, andeven having Kristen on for a guest bit can’t disguise that.

From: Tanner
To:  Jennifer
Okay, you just made me really nostalgic there. And I can’t even talkabout Heroes—even good actors can’t save that show from the fast pathto destruction it’s on. Ultimately, I suppose Veronica Mars is a showthat probably should have died, right? Sigh. Maybe that’s true. Buttruthfully, this little blip of a clip showing us where Veronica wouldbe four years from now is enough to satiate me for a while. And younever know: There’s always another pilot development season on thehorizon. Rob Thomas, you game to show us where you were really goingwith this?

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