Then there is the tale of Dick Casablancas, a simplistically complicated creature whose permanently chill lifestyle was dealt a harsh blow at the end of Season 2 when his bullied younger brother Beaver — a rapist and a murderer — committed suicide. Add that to Dick’s father running off, and then later returning this season, and you get one fucked-up budding alcoholic. It’s easy to hate Dick based on his childish, sexist antics (especially when it comes to tormenting the campus’ feminist group), but there are moments sprinkled throughout the episodes that redeem him, such as his eventual breakdown over the way he treated Beaver and his apology to Mac. By the end, it seems that his desire to change is sincere (albeit clouded by booze). And let’s be honest: Dick Casablancas is the funniest person on Veronica Mars.
Season 3 also introduces Piz, Veronica’s new love interest and public enemy #1. I like Piz. I adore Piz. I completely understand the appeal of Logan and Veronica (plus, the actors’ chemistry together is intense as fire), but Piz is easily the better choice. He’s genuinely sweet, he’s funny, he’s motivated, and he can actually show his love for Veronica without beating the shit out of someone. I would have spent all of Season 3 hoping Piz and Veronica would be together forever if it didn’t mean total hell for Piz — which is exactly what happens in the penultimate episode, when Logan does some serious damage to Piz’s ribs and face.
Speaking of, how can anyone possibly hate the last season when it has those final two episodes? Veronica is at peak rage, raining down fire and brimstone on every shitty guy who had any involvement with the sex tape. She is back in high school: walking past the whispers of classmates, angrily clutching her Taser, and defying her father — and her own personal safety — to reveal the truth. It’s a perfectly frustrating cliffhanger that puts Keith’s position as sheriff in jeopardy and ends with social outcast Veronica walking away, presumably leaving Neptune forever.