Having worked this one in over several evenings, I'm not in agreement with the reviewer. The format and structure of "prestige TV" made a massive change in the years immediately following the VERONICA MARS network TV incarnation. It's actually refreshing not to have a "mystery of the week" usurping as much narrative space in the Hulu reboot. And the plot outcomes (save for the one at the very end) are satisfying in the sense that they emulate those in BREAKING BAD and elsewhere, which re-assert that random forces can bring about bad outcomes to bad folks just as easily as innocent victims.
Rob Thomas remains a bit too derivative in his plot-character set-ups, stealing a bit too blatantly from more original material, but he has a knack for using dialogue and voiceover to keep his story pulse moving forward even as it recursively wallows in the ongoing peccadillos of his characters. That writing strategy was employed in the original TV show to stretch the action over 20+ episodes; it's less prevalent in the eight-episode reboot.
The reviewer doesn't seem to acknowledge the function of the 2014 movie, and appears to conflate some of the action that occurred there with what happens in the reboot. It leads to a muddled review and a sloppy assessment of the new show...