Since the latest season of Arrested Development is found on Netflix, it is time to celebrate the return of the Bluth family by providing a spoiler-free review of the whole fourth season, along with tipping you off to a handful of the “issues” you may come across while trying to take in all fifteen episodes.
This year of Arrested Development is an exceptionally challenging tale that brings together the fan-loved characters of the series in what is, basically, a 15-episode inclusive story line. The overall story-line for the time isn’t as gratifying as many want to see from the show’s return after 6 years, but it surely is a serviceable narrative (albeit awkwardly presented) and is a considerably better showing than what any Arrested Development movie could provide. What’s more, the unique manner where this season is structured creates a brand new experience upon repeat viewing.
What is interesting about this year is its (probably random) barrier for entry. As in case that it’s reflecting the conditions which originally caused Arrested Development to get taken of the air, audiences are once again analyzed on their way of the series. If viewing a couple of episodes is your barometer for determineing the standard – or lack thereof – of the series’ return, you then’re sort of dismissing the series yet again, based not on what it shines at – narrative story-telling, callbacks, references and, above all, formerly established plots – but probably based on what you know or recall the show to be, after having had the opportunity to see all sixty eight original episodes, whenever or however you prefer. However, the brand new framework of plot driven episodes can make such knee jerk reactions a challenge to beat.
With all that having been said, Arrested Development season IV is also like any television program, and there are issues that appear throughout this new season. After being off the air for so long, actors’ age and hair styles update (Lindsay), yet the cast still seamlessly slides back into their roles as if season 3 happened only last year. Sure, the structure of each instalment and its manner of storytelling is different, but at its heart it’s Arrested Development, through and through. Although the first couple of episodes will make many feel differently, but by the end you’ll be prepared to see more – and due to the way this season is created, you will have the ability to do so.