Review: Arrested Development Season 4

We’ve all been waiting in anticipation for Arrested Development new season of AD on Netflix. When I first started watching the show I couldn’t wait for the things that made this series so popular. The plot of the new season of Arrested Development was extremely wide in scope and complex. Maybe a bit too complex. In the previous seasons of Arrested development. Time was extremely constrained and you could see how they  tried to fit in every possible joke or comedic twist in almost every possible moment. This made the shows  story flow very erratically but it was done in a way where you were always on your toes. The new season followed a different episode design in which every episode was done focused around a specific character. This didn’t work as well as it should have leading to so very lopsided favoritism on my part for certain characters.

Focusing on one character is fine and dandy in trying to catch up the viewer to what has happened since the last season but it also brought to light that some characters just aren’t that funny on their own. What made AD so funny previously was the crazy interactions of every family member to each other. The story was very clever and intricate but ended in a very anticlimactic manner. Hurwitz might have done this to leave open the possibility for the AD film he always wanted to do. This season was definitely funny and certain characters still retain their charm and appeal. Michael, George Michael, Gob, Lucille 2, and George Oscar Bluth were my favorites but the other characters left me wanting more out of them. If you’re a fan of the series, you probably can’t resist watching the new season. I suggest doing it in moderation and not binging. The tempo of the show has slowed down and has allowed for some interesting changes to it’s form of comedy but the basic DNA of AD is still there. Lets all hope the movie is greenlit so AD can live on!

3 thoughts on “Review: Arrested Development Season 4

  1. I couldn’t resist watching the show either but, for me, the ‘basic DNA of AD’ wasn’t there. The running jokes survived, and were often very funny, but the decision to split up the family was an error, in my view, because the whole show used to be based around the idea that these characters had to live with each other and interact with each other and somehow get along.

      • Yeah, I enjoyed Ben Stiller too. Slightly disappointed that he didn’t do his usual magic trick – grasping a painful area of his body followed by revealing a cracker or something. You’re suggestion that it was somehow ‘too complex’ is probably right.
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