Veronica Mars feels like a show on the cusp of genre. It's got a passionate fanbase years after cancellation, tons of genre guest stars (like almost everyone from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and there's even an entire episode where Veronica searches for a woman that her client met at Comic-Con. So we were stoked to see how many references in Season 4 made our little nerd hearts sing.
Luckily, SYFY FANGRRLS has rounded them all up for you in this adorable marshmallow package.
The below contains spoilers for Veronica Mars Season 4.
Episode 1, Revenge of the Nerds 2
In preparation for spring break in Neptune, the setting for the entire season, Veronica says she watched Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. Now, it's not exactly a genre movie, but it is a little bit of a hint for the next reference, which actually is super nerdy.
Episode 1, Dungeons & Dragons
Perception check! As spring break in Neptune reaches peak shenanigans, some boys at the Sea Sprite Motel are playing D&D while their buddy tries to study. Now, this sounds like my kind of spring break. Staying indoors and away from the sun? Goals. Unfortunately for Gabriel Flores, he leaves the room and just moments later is the victim of the first bomb of the season. RIP Gabriel. Luckily, D&D and pizza kept the other boys distracted enough to stay alive.
Episode 2, "I want Bruce."
In the midst of a classic Logan and Veronica fight about Logan's anger issues, he pulls out the big guns: an Avengers reference. Long-time Veronica Mars fans know how Logan's anger issues have consistently caused issues not only between the couple but for his life in general. But he has grown up and post-Veronica's rejection of his marriage proposal, he has been decidedly "chill." So when Veronica seems to dislike this "sanded down" version of Logan, he compares himself to the Avenger who is always angry.
Logan: You say you want Bruce Banner, but you really want the green guy.
Veronica: No, I want Bruce.
Then Logan punches a cabinet and they have really hot sex, so I guess it's safe to say that Veronica is a Hulk fan?
Episode 2, Far Cry
In the first three seasons of Veronica Mars, there were A LOT of video game mentions, so it's fitting to see another one this season. When Veronica calls to apologize to Logan for that previously mentioned argument, he's playing Far Cry with Dick. The original Far Cry was released in 2004, the year Veronica Mars first began airing, so it's even sweeter to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Episode 4, Dick's Thor
Dick is... well, a d*ck and likes to drop names in order to pick up women at the bar. So, of course, he mentions that apparently, he shares a stunt double with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. I won't deny that there actually is a general resemblance between the two actors, but let's be honest, Dick wishes he was as jacked as Thor.
Episode 4, The Resistance is female
Much of the tension in Season 4 of Veronica Mars comes from the businesses along the boardwalk protesting beautification changes which would make it almost impossible for them to stay in business. And one of the leaders of the local businesses was the Sea Sprite Motel owner Sul. He was helping to organize members to protest at council meetings in town, so it's not a surprise that a local business owner compares him to another resistance leader we're familiar with, saying, "Sul was kind of our Princess Leia organizing The Resistance.”
Episode 4, Neptune Assemble!
Halfway through the season and we've already got THREE Avengers references. This time, Logan once again proves his knowledge of the team when rival P.I. Vinnie Van Lowe teams up with the Mars duo to work on a case.
Vinnie: We’re like the Avengers, ya know?
He then casts himself as Tony/Iron Man (which is laughable) and Veronica as Pepper since she "runs errands." But he can't quite come up with an Avenger for Keith.
Vinnie: Is there a bald Avenger?
He eventually comes up with a dumb pun about “Captain No-Hair-ica” before Logan remembers there actually is a bald Avenger.
It's nice to see that Neptune pays as much attention to the MCU as much as the rest of us.
Episode 5, Arkham Asylum
Just hearing the words "Arkham Asylum" is enough to send a chill down the spines of any Batman fan. Would you ever want to encounter someone who has been housed there for any reason at all? The answer is no. So when Keith Mars invokes the name of the notorious prison in reference to a collar bomb strapped around a man's neck (eeek!) which exploded and left, uhhhh, a mess on the beach, it paints a picture.
Keith: The person who does something like that feels like someone just released from Arkham Asylum.
He's not wrong!
Episode 6, Katniss Mars
Veronica's investigation into the bombings doesn't earn her as many fans as you might expect. A political backlash and potential uprising from the have-nots in Neptune leads to Vinnie calling her Katniss. If only she had an arrow to shoot him with.
Episode 6, Veronica Poppins
Veronica and Weevil's relationship has always been delicate, to put it mildly. So when he bursts into Mars Investigation and calls out Veronica for destroying the life of a young PCHer, they get into a heated argument where perhaps one of Veronica's most annoying characteristics is on full display: she always has to be right.
Weevil: We can't all be like you. Practically perfect in every way.
When Veronica accuses him of helping "the richest assholes in Neptune," he doesn't take it too well, so she continues the Mary Poppins reference.
Veronica: You need a spoonful of sugar to make that medicine go down?
In reply, Weevil calls Veronica out for wasting her life in Neptune. It's one of the most uncomfortable scenes of the season and leaves us with a bad taste in our mouths. Maybe we'll take that spoonful of sugar.
Episode 8, He looks like a hobbit
Is it OK to give official descriptions to the police and detectives using pop culture references? Because this is exactly what happened. A witness was asked what they remembered about a pizza man who came to his house and obviously, he pulled out the best description he could.
"I remember Campbell kept calling him Frodo, because he looked like a hobbit."
Who among us wouldn't use this type of description? It's efficient and accurate, because everyone knows what a hobbit looks like!