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REEL TALK: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT SEASON FOUR

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It’s been years since the end of Fox’s fan-adored cult comedy Arrested Development, but the rise of Netflix and re-watching seasons repeatedly on DVD has finally paid off:

Arrested Development is back on Netflix, you blowhards!

And it’s fantastic.

In a spin from the original format of the show, each of the 15 episodes focuses on one specific Bluth (or Fünke) as they navigate life after the initial series ended. Life is never easy for the Bluths, with some hitting their rock bottom (and others getting trapped in rocks). There’s temptation to consider jumping around to get to your favorite character’s episode,

but don’t.

It’s hard to wait and the pacing is slower, but watching in order is vital for the story, which builds on each episode and stacks up the classic recurring gags (and great guest stars). I’d give you examples but I really don’t want to spoil anything; it’s too good. But I will say the Gob-centric episode seven is the series highlight for me.

(Except for this gem of a scene. It’s still funny the second time, promise.)

Season four of Arrested Development is a masterfully interwoven tale, with amazing artistry of continuity and layered storytelling. It takes the favorite jokes of the original series but adds in new quotables we’ll start using constantly (welcome back, “hot mess!”).

When I started watching, it honestly felt like this hazy dream I made up because show resurrections like this don’t typically happen.

The final episode leaves you craving more Bluths and the possible full-length movie feature follow-up. Now I wish I could pop a Forget-Me-Now and watch this season again, reliving its comedic genius as if I’d never seen it. But instead, I’ll remember this first-time screening and, in repeat screenings, discover even more hidden gems of the sort that make Arrested Development an iconic comedy classic.

 

About MELISSA SULLIVAN

Melissa is a reality TV and Jurassic Park superfan. When not watching anything and everything on Netflix, Hulu, and the interwebs, she tweets a ridiculous amount @melgotserved.
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