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Neptune, Calif., hasn’t changed much since we last saw Veronica Mars walk away from us in the rain. The cops are still corrupt, crime is abundant, and there is a constant class war among the residents that, if anything, has only escalated—and though Veronica has escaped to New York City to pursue a budding law career, we all know that addicts simply can’t say “No” when their drug is blatantly waved in their face.

Days before the Neptune High 10-year reunion, Veronica (Kristen Bell), who is allegedly happily in a relationship with Piz (Chris Lowell) in NYC and about to accept a high-paying job as a lawyer, sees on the news that her former love, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Bonnie DeVille (Andrea Estella), a.k.a. their former classmate Carrie Bishop (originally Leighton Meester), when the now-songstress is found dead by electrocution in her bathtub. Obviously, Veronica tries but just can’t quit her obsession with the private eye life—and Logan—and ends up heading home to Neptune—also reuniting with her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni)—to help Logan find a good lawyer before supposedly returning to the East Coast to meet Piz’s family—or so she thinks. Unfortunately—and expectedly—Veronica gets wrapped up in a reunion with old friends Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (Tina Majorino) as well as a new case that involves old friends and foes and even endangers some of those she loves the most… But is Logan innocent? And who actually killed the pop star? Practically anyone is a suspect, even characters we’ve come to forget in the years since Veronica Mars was cancelled.

The Veronica Mars movie, which we all know by now was funded mostly by fans on Kickstarter, is purely fan-service—but that shouldn’t ever be taken as a negative. Few cancelled TV shows get resurrected, and the results can be mixed (let’s not discuss how boring the recent Arrested Development season was—did anyone watch the whole thing?)… but in this case, while Veronica Mars may not break box office records, it did break Kickstarter records and will undoubtedly finally bring some form of closure to a premature end to a show that was beloved by fanboys and fangirls alike. Veronica Mars was done for the fans, and that is a beautiful thing.

For the most part, Veronica Mars is filled with references to the show as well as to current pop culture (as the show was also known for), giving fans a nice hour-and-a-half or so of pure bliss. While not everyone may be pleased by the outcome—after all, not everyone is a LoVe shipper, nor is everyone a fan of Mr. Piznarski—true fans will be pleased by the references to the show (Veronica’s box of “accessories” is more than enough to make fans squeal, revealing her stun gun and camera parts that we’ve come to love)… And the reference to the possible future is equally amazing—Mars, after all, could have been an F.B.I. agent, “Maybe in another life.” (Check out YouTube for the pilot clips from a possible take on Season Four.) Then there’s the “Hellmouth” shout-out (Many Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, after all, also followed the Mars universe thanks to urging from Joss Whedon), the mention of solo Rob Thomas (you know, of Matchbox Twenty—not the show’s creator, also named Rob Thomas), and also the random James Franco (because why not?)… Overall, the film is filled with shout-outs, inside jokes, past references and pop-culture bits that make the plot inconsequential.

As for the plot, well, we don’t get anything ridiculously left-field (save maybe Logan suddenly being a Navy guy, who looks fairly dashing in his uniform)—and perhaps that’s for the better. This movie, after all, is for the dedicated fans—not for the Academy. This film will probably not win any Oscars, nor is the plot exceptionally original—we mostly see familiar faces throughout the movie as well as familiar plotlines and updated stories of beloved characters. There is no reason, however, to discount Veronica Mars if you’re a fan of the show, and perhaps it may even bring a new audience to the Mars universe. A simple plot with familiar faces is all we need to propel a movie that is dedicated to all the fans who have loved the show from the start—and especially those who donated to the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a reference to Kickstarter in the movie? Because why not?

Without revealing any details of what happens, let’s just say that Veronica Mars was satisfying to those who wanted closure after the premature finale. While not everyone may be happy with every character’s outcome, they can’t please everyone—but at least we can finally have closure on what has been up with Veronica (over the past few years, at least). The plot is acceptable and the references and character updates are all beautiful and sometimes unexpected (Weevil [Francis Capra] has a kid?!), but then again, that’s what it’s like going to a reunion, right? The only question that remains when the movie is over, however is: should we expect more from Rob Thomas and K. Bell in the future? Because let’s be honest—we will always need more…

Marshmallows, this one was made for you.