My wife and I loved Arrested Development when it aired on Fox. Sure, it took some getting used to, but we came to adore its weird, quirky stories with such flawed, lovably dysfunctional characters. From week to week, I’d have a new favorite Bluth, which says a lot about the show’s magic.
When we heard it was coming to Netflix to continue with a fourth season, we were elated. Unfortunately, I’m enormously cheap and refused to open a Netflix account when we already paid for cable and Amazon Prime. I guess my love for Arrested Development was a conditional one.
However, we recently picked it up on DVD, and though it took a few episodes to get back in the swing of things, it once again won us over and proved itself a worthy addition.
In fact, I would argue it’s the most ambitious season yet in terms of pure story execution. If you haven’t seen it, the fourth season basically occurs over a few days. However, each episode focuses upon one character and their perspective pertaining to the overall story. At first it’s very confusing, to be sure, but as the episodes unfold, the audience begins to realize what’s happening. I can’t imagine the editing process for this season, but I’m sure it was a herculean task! Each character has a subplot, yet they all intertwine with one another.
I wouldn’t say it’s the funniest season, but it’s certainly funny and highly entertaining. A lot of the jokes were standbys from previous seasons, but still executed creatively. I especially enjoyed the “meta” commentary throughout.
The final episode took me aback though, because it felt a little anticlimactic and ended abruptly. However, that could very well be by design. After all, this news arrived just today.