1. Wallace was awesome, as usual. There wasn't nearly enough of him, but what we did get had him being all around great. When he still took his engineering class after he flunked, and even dropped basketball? I punched the air. This was a man who was a consistently good person, and damn hot, and I loved, loved, loved his friendship with Veronica. (It was one of those things, where, I actually totally ship them in some ways because of my friendship kink, but understandably also don't because they're such great friends and who would want to ruin that?)
2. Keith! He was always wonderful, and in my heart, he didn't fall on his sword for his daughter, but won that election, because he's amazing. I also loved his relationship with Veronica. I often found it was what kept me watching, even through the major eye-rolling moments.
3. I was a little bit in love with Mac and everyone else should be too. I was really pleased to see her in the main credits.
1. I kept waiting, waiting that it would be revealed that Don Lamb wasn't dead because that was a profoundly stupid way to die for a quite brilliantly constructed character. But no, his last words really were a M.A.S.H reference. The fuck? Isn't there some kind of rule in fiction that good characters, even if they're 'bad' get to die in awesome ways? I feel like there should be. (This is kind of The Master all over again. At least The Master got a cackle! And a Viking funeral!)
2. The way Weevil was treated was so sucktacular, words can't actually do the situation justice. I just --- I'm all for them still wanting Weevil in the show, but why did they suggest he could work with Keith only to tear that away? Every time I saw Weevil dressed up in his uniform I wanted to punch the screen. It was so unfair!
3. On the one hand, I kind of liked Logan a lot more than in previous seasons, because he was fully human, and on the other, my God he was a pussy. And I don't say that kind of thing a lot, but seriously.
4. All the LoVe stuff was totally repetitious and gag-worthy, so it was frustrating that it took up so much time. Logan and Veronica just plain didn't work, and whilst I kind of like that the writers ended up acknowledging that --- that it's refreshing to have characters in fiction who love each other but just can't be in a relationship --- it was still repetitious and gag-worthy.
5. Anti-climactic badly timed ending. Bad. Bad!
A Bit of Both:
1. I actually didn't mind the more episodic nature of the show, but I wish it had been consistent. I can understand that it would seem a little bit far-fetched to have another season-spanning mystery revolving around Veronica, but I'm not sure that was actually the reason it didn't happen. It seemed way too much like they realised the rape case couldn't last the entire season, so went for a couple other serialised mysteries. The resolution of the rape case was way too quick given the build up; then again, I found that with S2 as well. Basically, the progression and pacing of this season was way off. I think that this wouldn't have concerned me had I seen S3 first, but after having seen the cleverness of S1, it was totally disheartening.
2. Dick was human. I feel like the thread was there, and the thread was awesome, but it needed to be capitalised on more. I really think they should have had Papa Casablancas show up earlier in the season so that we could get more of Dick's guilt-ridden scenes.
3. I liked Piz and Parker, but feel like they weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. Piz was sweet, and cute, and I think he could have done better than what Veronica had to offer at the time. (Sorry!)
4. This was actually an overall series thing, but, people really needed to stop using Veronica's full name. No one goes around using my full name (my full name is, admittedly, boring as fuck, but still no one does.) It seems there were a lot of things I could forgive the show (19 year old blonde, petite PI, what?) but that was not one of them.
I am glad I finally watched the show so I don't feel like the only person in the world who never did, and I think S1 was masterful plotting. I did end up liking Veronica, but I don't think I ever loved her for her. I liked her relationships with other people, but mostly found her infuriating. I have this same problem with Buffy. Maybe I just don't like petite kick-ass blondes? I have a little place in my heart reserved for Weevil, Wallace and Keith, and if that was made into a show, you bet I would be its number one fan.