I am 11 episodes into the Netflix season of Arrested Development, and in my humble opinion the show is as good as it was in season 3, which in itself was the worst season of the show, even though it through some classic moments.
This new season starts incredibly slowly, but it just dawned on me that the show is not carrying the momentum of the first 3 seasons, and starts the joke snowball at the top of the mountain again, albeit with a few of the “greatest hits” thrown in for good measure. Mitchell Hurwitz also may have had the confidence that, unencumbered by ratings pressure he could build a slow start into a rousing finish and hold onto his viewership.
The scale of the storyline is huge, and I have to say there have been times when I have lost track of the plot, although this is partly due to my habit gained since AD went off-air, staring at my phone for roughly 50% of the time.
A few former golden moments are overused, like Ron Howard’s narration overlapping with characters dialogue, and characters swapping identity. I liked the attitude taken to the chicken dance, which was just hinted at. But a lot of it is masterful, confidently written comedy that doesn’t pander to anyone.
Overall I am very happy to see more of the Bluth family. Ultimately the real winners here are Netflix, who this week garnered huge brand awareness, and hopefully some of that rubs off into awareness of their original programming slate. Over to you, Jenji Kohan.