Arrested Development - Season 5

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  1. photoshopgrl

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    Oh I did wonder why there were so many on a single day but not all.
     
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  3. Tony_T

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    NY Times:
    Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Chases Its Past, Slowly

    Now the story of a classic sitcom that lost its mojo, and the audience that had no choice but to keep coming back to see if it had gotten its act together again.

    It’s “Arrested Development,” and I can report that the fifth season — whose first eight episodes arrive on Netflix on Tuesday — eventually re-approaches the manic pleasures of the show’s heyday. Unfortunately, it takes its time getting to that point, and it doesn’t stay long.



    Nostalgia is limiting for a TV series, because it’s always going to be partly conscious of recreating what it was rather than becoming what it could be. I can’t reasonably argue that Season 4 was “better” in execution than this more reliable new season. But it was trying to be something new, rather than something it never could: the seasons of the show that might have existed a decade ago had Fox not canceled it.

    All that said, the first half of Season 5 is perfectly fine. Mostly funny. At moments scintillating. It’s a good time as long as you keep in mind what the show is now. “Arrested Development” was once the story of a wealthy family who lost everything. Now, it’s mostly a story about having watched “Arrested Development.”
     
  4. LoadStar

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    Meshes with TV Line's review:
    Arrested Development Review: A Tired Season 5 Feels Like a Huge Mistake
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Tim Goodman (THR) in his podcast said that the first few episodes of S5 spend way too much time explaining what happened in S4. But once it gets past that, then S5 starts to recapture some of the original magic.
     
  6. hefe

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    I'm re watching the season 4 remix before season 5. I just didn't remember what happened very well.
     
  7. getbak

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    Yup, that's pretty much the reaction I had. I just watched the re-mixed Season 4 a couple of weeks ago, so the recaps felt repetitive, but if I hadn't watched Season 4 since it first came out 5 years ago, I probably would have appreciated it more.
     
  8. Hoffer

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    Watched the 8, season 5 episodes that are available. Not good. Season 4 was odd, but it still felt like the show. Season 5 just feels like some weird thing. Like some half ass attempt. I don't think I laughed once.

    I think Maeby's storyline was the most enjoyable part of it for me. That felt like Arrested Development. The rest just seemed pointless.
     
  9. TAsunder

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    I've watched only 2 episodes and laughed more at it than I do at most comedies I watch. It is definitely weird though.
     
  10. Hoffer

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    I just rewatched the entire series in the last couple weeks. Maybe going right from season 1-4 and into 5 was my issue?? When the rest of season 5 comes out, maybe I'll rewatch the first 8 episodes again.
     
  11. TAsunder

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    Could be that. I haven't watched any since the week that season 4 came out. The show's style feels fresh again to me. :)
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I just rewatched the re-mixed S4 and the 8 available episodes of S5 over the last week or so. I probably should not have done that. I got really burned out on S4 by the time it finally ended. Because of the way they re-edited it, it seems like it just goes over the same basic storylines over and over and over again. And then the beginning of S5 is basically another recap of S4 for those who haven't seen it.

    So if you haven't seen S4, or haven't watched it recently, I'd recommend just jumping into S5. The show will fill you in on what you need to know and you should enjoy it quite a bit.

    If you're a completist like me, and feel like you have to watch the S4 remix, then I'd recommend doing it over a longer period of time, and then waiting a bit before jumping into S5.
     
  13. hefe

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    Yeah, it did seem there was some over-recapping. But I have to say that beyond that, I really did enjoy the episodes out so far. Not as great as the original run, but there's some good stuff there.
     
  14. Hoffer

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    When season4 remix came out, I watched it and then rewatched the original season 4. Then like 2 weeks later I watched season 5. I mentioned earlier that I didn't think season 5 was all that great. That maybe it was because I'd just watched season 4. That when the second half of season 5 comes out, I might rewatch the first half of season 5. Unless that will burn me out on the second half of season 5. :)
     
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    How did you rewatch the original S4? It's not available on Netflix anymore, at least not that I could see.
     
  16. BrettStah

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    It's under Specials, or something similar.
     
  17. hefe

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    Netflix Didn't Delete the Original 'Arrested Development' Season 4 - Here's How to Watch

     
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  18. TAsunder

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    I finished season 5. I actually liked it less and less as it went on. I would chuckle now and again at some jokes, but overall it fell flat. It felt like I missed episodes because some things were set up and then abandoned so quickly. A lot of the plot lines weren't funny or interesting, too. Tobias and Buster were great, though.
     
  19. zordude

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    You finished half of season 5. If it felt like there was unresolved story, it's because there are 8 more episodes coming.
     
  20. TAsunder

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    I was referring to things set up in one episode and then quickly abandoned or ignored in the next. Unless they are going to go back to all the episodes from the first half of season 5 and do some sort of weird season 4 ish time hopping then they will remain unresolved. I doubt that.
     

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