Parenthood, which aired its series finale last night, was a show that always made me cry. In every single episode, without fail, there would be a scene, a line of dialogue, a moment that would destroy me. It’s a pattern that I came to know well. And yet, there would be episodes where I would notice that I hadn’t cried yet and smugly think to myself, Hey Parenthood, I win this round. Inevitably, the show would come back after the last commercial break, Parenthood would stare me straight in the eyes and say, “Oh really, Ariel? You think you’ve won this round? I haven’t even broken a sweat yet.”
Of course I would cry. Who do I think I am, Ron Swanson?
Perhaps it was because I saw my own family in the big, crazy, loud, silly Bravermans. Their trials and tribulations were much more dramatic than my family’s dynamics, but at the core, there was a familial – and familiar – je-ne-sais-quoi.
But it’s true. Logan is not my boyfriend. He’s everyone’s “bad boy” boyfriend. That guy who drives you wild even though you know you shouldn’t give in. On this occasion, the worldwide premiere of the Veronica Mars movie, I couldn’t help but reflect on the eternal appeal of Logan Echolls.
He was A LoVer (oops, my Veronica Mars dorkiness is showing…) and a fighter. The Obligatory Psychotic Jackass started the series much like he began it — beating the crap out of someone/something. And yet, of every single character on the show — Veronica included — Logan is the only one who gained emotional depth; the only one who truly changed.
It’s classic bad boy formula: emotionally-or-verbally-or-physically abusive father + absentee mother = damaged/bruised guy. Bonus points if said bad boy can pull off puka shells and still smolder.
Think of all the other so-called bad boys of teen TV show history: Dylan (Beverly Hills 90210), Jess (Gilmore Girls), Pacey (Dawson’s Creek), Ben (Felicity). It’s the same pattern. These boys grow up unwanted, unloved, criticized, neglected… C’mon ladies, t’s downright irresistible.
But what about Duncan in Seasons 1 and 2? Or Piz in Season 3? To that I say, HA! If those were supposed to be examples of a love triangle, we’re talking an isosceles triangle here (can I get retroactive high school math credit for that one?). Logan was the most dangerous one to love because he could hurt you. Because he, like the bad boys who preceded him, always had nothing to lose.
A few Important Lessons Logan Echolls taught us:
1. FYI: If the cuddling is the best part, he didn’t do it right.
2. No one writes songs about the relationship that come easy.
3. Making out in public washrooms is HOT.
4. Gentlemen, THIS is how you do a first kiss.
It doesn’t really matter to me what happens in the movie. All I know? If he called me up, and said he needed my help, I’d say sayonara to Piz-who?-ski so fast.
Gah, that smirk! ::SWOON:: Be still, my beating heart.
I strongly encourage, nay I insist, that anyone who hasn’t watched Veronica Mars run — don’t walk — to Amazon (where it’s streaming on Instant Video) or iTunes. Maybe you won’t fall prey to the irresistible appeal of Logan. But if you don’t… then why are we friends?