From where I used to sit,Veronica Mars was one of those shows that you were either a hardcore fan of, or not. I was in the latter category. However, after three broadcast seasons and a Kickstarter-funded movie, this neo-noir mystery drama recently found new life on Hulu as an eight-episode limited series, and let me tell you, I finally get what all the fuss was about. (The pictures accompanying this review, btw, were taken by my editor Ed Martin during Hulu’s Mars-themed lunch at the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association tour.) Created by Rob Thomas, Mars features writing that’s whip smart, mysteries that are enthralling and characters that go together better than free time and your favorite streaming service. But you already knew all that, didn’t you? I’m legitimately upset that I didn’t know about this gem sooner.