I’ll be honest, it can be really difficult for me as a straight white guy to pick up on some of those issues. I personally wouldn’t see Wallace as a do nothing role, but that’s probably got far more to do with my own personal perspective and experience than anything else.
It’s also very hard for me to go back to certain nostalgia pieces and look at them with a more critical lens. Watching Veronica Mars now is far less about the stories and the characters as much as it is bringing myself back to a specific place and time. Layer on to that it being a very specific place and time where I’m falling madly in love, and you can imagine why it’s kind of hard to cut through that to find the flaws.
Yes, certain things are inherently absurd. The rich elite going to public high school with a motorcycle gang, the fact that the richest kid in town with internet millions is driving a Nissan XTerra to school, the fact that loving father Keith Mars is seemingly alright with Veronica inserting herself into awful situations, the comical incompetence of virtually every adult in authority, all of it. To me it kind of inhabited a sort of comic book reality, we all agree that there isn’t any outright magic at play here, but the rules of plausibility are more like general suggestions.
I think Veronica Mars just hit at the right time and place and had the right mixture of things for someone like me to really click with it. That doesn’t forgive its issues, and I can absolutely understand why others would look at it and scoff for a multitude of reasons.