Number One: Arrested Development
The long awaited season four of Arrested Development has finally arrived, but did it live up to fan’s expectations? For me, it met me halfway, but I am nowhere near close to being satisfied. The good news is that Mitchell Hurwitz isn’t done providing his audience with new material, how that material may be (new episodes? or the movie that has been promised?) delivered has not yet been addressed. While Hurwitz has said a movie is the end goal, Netflix wants more seasons of Arrested Development. Before we go to deep let’s talk about what Arrested Development did right, and what they did wrong.
What Arrested Development Did Wrong:
Season four of Arrested Development had it’s hilarious moments, but they broke up the dynamic a little bit by having the character’s do “their” own episodes. This family is better together, much to Michael’s (Jason Bateman) demise. Although some character were able to hold their own in their respective episodes (Job, Buster, Tobias), most of the characters suffered (Lindsey, Maeby, Lucille, George). Also the broken time line made some of the episodes drag on, I could have replaced George Bluth’s (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lindsey’s (Portia de Rossi) extra episode for an extra episode for Tobias (David Cross) and Buster (Tony Hale); they story might not have progressed, but at least I would have enjoyed it. We also lost the father/son dynamic between Michael and George Michael (Michael Cera), and were treated to an awkward father/son love triangle with Ron Howard’s illegitimate child Rebel Alley (Isla Fisher). Many people also stated that the episodes kept them at bay, but the cliffhanger didn’t leave them wanting more.
What Arrested Development Did Right:
That cliffhanger, it leaves so much potential open that the next storyline can literally go anywhere; it may not have excited many, but it did excite me. Also another benefit of these season was the guest stars, we got Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio), Herbert Love (Terry Crews), Ron Howard, Lucille Two (Liza Minnelli), Andy Richter and his many brothers, Warden Stefan Gentles (James Lipton), Sally Sitwell (Christine Taylor), Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler), Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller), and countless others. Although some of the episodes did drag on, most of them were hilarious and dealt with the issues left open from season three such as Maeby’s (Alia Shawkat) Hollywood job, Gob’s (Will Arnett) relationship with his son Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade), Lucille’s (Jessica Walter) relationship with Buster, and Tobias’s and Lindsey’s crumbling relationship. Plus the kept most of their running puns going (Hello Brother, It’s not magic, it’s an illusion, forget me nots), while introducing new ones (ostrich much?) to maintain the Arrested Development series going. It was a treat for new and old fans alike.
- Arrested Development streamed new episodes on Sunday, May 26th on Netflix