Why the record-breaking success of the show's Kickstarter campaign is great news
It took me all of three seconds to decide to back the Veronica Mars Kickstarter movie campaign. And given how quickly creator Rob Thomas reached his goal—in less than 24 hours the project became the fastest campaign to hit $1 million as well as the fastest to hit $2 million in the history of Kickstarter—it is clear that a lot of fans felt much the same way.
I could tell you about how this young-adult drama was the best TV series of its kind since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I could also tell you all about Kristen Bell's under-appreciated acting talents. Instead, I want to point out that the support for this movie is one of the most encouraging signs we have had so far that America is ready to talk about date rape—you know, rape rape—in a real way.
Veronica Mars first aired on UPN in 2004. It ran for a measly three seasons before the CW, UPN's successor, cancelled it. As with most cult TV shows, fans—called "marshmallows"—campaigned to keep the show on the air. Unfortunately, thousands of petition signatures failed to convince the network of the show's viability. But Veronica Mars is more than a failed teen detective drama because, to this day, the show remains the only American series to address date rape and its aftermath for longer than a few episodes.