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The fourth season of Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” dropped in its entirety one week early on July 19 to the surprise of fans – and journalists – everywhere. If you’ve already found the time to binge the season in its entirety, feel free to dig into this review of the full season, which wades deep into spoiler territory to dissect what did and didn’t work about the latest entry into the show’s annals. If you’re not caught up, check out our spoiler-free review.
You’ve been warned.
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Season 4 of “Veronica Mars” is consistently entertaining, a welcome return to a fully realized universe that never got the exploration it deserved in its original, three-season run. There’s a full cast of characters that returns and for the most part nothing has changed. And that’s great! Except when it’s not.
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So let’s talk about our good buddy Veronica (Kristen Bell).
After the events of the (abysmal) “Veronica Mars” movie, our hero sets her law degree aside and opts to move back home to Neptune, under the auspices of helping the town she claims to hate. It’s a simple return to the show’s original dynamic, except when you realize that instead of a show about a plucky teen girl detective, you’re now watching a series about a 30-something woman who is kneecapping her own future for no discernible reason.
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Thank goodness she’s there, though, because Neptune spring break finds itself under siege by a mystery bomber. It’s a series of crimes that seems disproportionately outsized, given that a Mexican crime gang, a United States congressman, and J.K. Simmons all end up as red herrings at one point or another during the investigation.
Crimes aside, what’s really blowing up Veronica’s life is her longtime relationship with Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who...
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