Arrested Development – Back to Its Best?
Has the cult show reached the high standards that it set itself?
You’ve all probably binge-watched Arrested Development now, haven’t you; you consumer-obsessed bunch of popcorn eating, sleeping-bag-clad television addicts. But was it back to its best?
It’s not up to you, really. Sure you’ve watched it, but we have to let the experts decide whether something was good or not. The Telegraph – they’re experts, and they don’t think it’s back to the Arrested best. “Whether or not it was worth the wait depends largely on how tickled you are by the words ‘Steve Holt!’ or ‘motherboy’,” they write. “Embracing the impenetrably self-referential joke-within-joke formula that got it taken off the air in the first place, the new series makes no concessions whatsoever to new viewers.” The Hollywood Reporter were more impressed with the return of this cult classic. Not only is there a real brilliance to how the episodes are constructed,” they write, “but after a slow-ish start (as creator Mitch Hurwitz and his writers no doubt had to get their mojo back, but also because the structure is incredibly intricate and, at first glance, there seems to be a disjointed feeling to them), the comedic payout begins to multiply with each succeeding episode.”
The Arrested Development gang outside the infamous banana stand
A lot has been said about the format of this show; Netflix letting people watch every episode in a ridiculous marathon, if they want. But it does have a serious implication on how a show is written. With its quick-fire, joke-a-minute style, some have suggested that there were flat moments, which almost certainly wouldn’t be so clear had the public not consumed season four like a happy meal.
Jason Bateman and his beard at the Arrested Development premiere