Since Arrested Development Season Four is available on Netflix, it’s time to observe the return of the Bluth family by giving a spoiler-free overview of the whole season, together with tipping you off to a handful of the “problems” you may run into while striving to take in all fifteen episodes.
This new season of Arrested Development is an incredibly challenging narrative that includes the fan-favorite characters of the series in what is, fundamentally, a fifteen episode inclusive narrative. The overall storyline for the season isn’t as satisfying as most want to see from the show’s return after six years, but it surely is a serviceable tale (although awkwardly presented) and it is actually a somewhat better showing than what any Arrested Development movie would provide. What’s more, the unique way in which this year is structured creates a new experience upon repeat viewing.
What’s interesting about this season is its (likely casual) barrier for entry. As assuming that it’s mirroring the circumstances which originally caused Arrested Development to get taken of the air, people are once again analyzed on their approach to the show. If watching a couple of episodes is your barometer for determineing the characteristic – or lack thereof – of the series’ return, then you’re type of dismissing the series yet again, based not on what it shines at – narrative storytelling, callbacks, references and, most of all, previously recognized plots – but likely created on what you know or recall the show to be, after having been able to see all 68 original episodes, whenever or however you prefer. However, the fresh construction of character specific episodes can make such knee jerk reactions a challenge to overcome.
Considering all that said, Arrested Development season IV is, in addition, like every television program, and there are issues that appear throughout this new season. After being off the air for such a long time, actors’ age and hair-styles update (Lindsay), however the cast still seamlessly slides back into their roles like season Three occurred just last year. Sure, the construction of each episode and its own style of storytelling is different, but in its heart it’s Arrested Development, through and through. Although the first couple of episodes will make most feel differently, but by the end you’ll be prepared to see more – and due to the way this year is structured, you’ll have the ability to do so.