March 13, 2014 at 7:55 AM ET
The long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie finally hits theaters Friday, and LoVe is in the air. Can you feel it?
"LoVe," of course, stands for Logan and Veronica, the star-crossed lovers in the cult classic about the titular teenage private eye played by Kristen Bell. Fans paid a cool $5.7 million for a resolution to the story, which ended on a cliffhanger when the show was unexpectedly canceled after three seasons.
There are a vocal minority who side with Team Piz — Stosh "Piz" Piznarski (Chris Lowell), who is still Veronica's steady boyfriend at the start of the movie.
But let's be honest: Most fans contributed to the record-setting Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of seeing Veronica and Logan finally get back together. It's their destiny!
Logan wasn't exactly the ideal boyfriend, so why does he deserve to win Veronica back nearly a decade later? TODAY asked his alter ego, actor Jason Dohring, to make a case for Team Logan.
"I will hold Chris Lowell away from this conversation and start by saying: One, (Logan is) honestly a good guy," Dohring said. "He probably doesn't even understand his emotions — like when he goes insane and freaks out, he can't help himself, man. But afterward he can feel that he (messed) up ... he is a good guy underneath it all."
Most important, though: "Logan loves Veronica," Dohring told TODAY. "He understands her. They've both been through tremendous family struggles. And I think they both even without speaking understand each other. I think that that (is what) the audience connects to, when they just look at each other, It's just like, 'I get you.' That's what's so beautiful about that relationship."
As for the flawed bad boy, "He's the best psychotic jack--- in the world," he said. "He's charming, he's witty, he's romantic, (but at the same time) he's a good fighter. You want a guy in your corner who can really throw a punch, if needed — but will also deliver a kiss that will make you fall over with joy."
Finally, the actor added with a laugh, "He's a little taller than Chris Lowell."
Height aside, Dohring himself acknowledged that on paper, Piz might be the better choice.
"I get it, man. I think Veronica and Logan maybe match up a little bit better from where they come from emotionally and in their lives. And they've had so much history together. ... But there is a predictable side that's very wonderful about just having a good solid guy there who's never going to involve her in any situation where she'd feel less, or betrayed, or anything like that. So I think that for that reason I can sympathize with those Team Piz fans. And I've worn the shirt to prove it."
But can Piz beat Logan in the bedroom? Everyone in Neptune has seen his moves, thanks to the sex tape secretly filmed by one of Veronica's many enemies.
"Piz is so amateur," Dohring scoffed, noting that Logan would "have a couple pointers" for his rival. But he quickly added, "No, I'm just kidding!" Logan was and always will be much more concerned about "murder(ing) whoever is responsible" for the tape. "It gives me a reason to fight, which is good enough reason for me."
Spoiler alert: That tape makes another appearance in the movie — which leads to another fight.
"It just wouldn't be the same (without one), right?" Dohring laughed. "These Kickstarters paid their money, they deserve a little fisticuffs!"
"It was just beautiful, man," Dohring said about reprising his "dream role" in the film.
"You get to play the bad boy and also have the love story" — which Dohring believed "wasn't even in the cards" when he joined the series. "You're never ever gonna be with the title girl," he thought — until the producers revealed "six or eight episodes in" that Logan and Veronica hooked up.
Dohring and Bell "both absolutely flipped out" when they heard the news.
"We're like, 'Are you crazy? There's no way!' (But the producers said), 'You guys better start warming up, because you are gonna be kissing in three episodes.'"
And what Dohring calls their "beautiful love story" was born — and sparks fly when they reunite years later in the movie.
Although Logan's "bad boy character (is) pushed even further in the movie," Dohring said, "At the same time I still get love stuff and I still get caring scenes with Veronica."
Does Logan win the girl in the end this time? We'll have to wait until Friday to find out. But make sure to stay in your seat when the film's credits roll.
"Don't leave before all the eggs have hatched, if you know what I'm saying," Dohring teased. "There's always an Easter egg around the corner, so just stay for the end."