As I am to so many moments in pop culture, I was late to the game in catching up with Season four of Arrested Development on Netflix.
I finally got around to binge watching the entire season last week.
I almost wish I hadn’t.
I discovered the original show years ago and was immediately hooked by the rapid fire jokes, the amazing acting, the convoluted story lines, and how refreshing it was to watch a comedy that didn’t require a laugh track to tell me when I was supposed to laugh.
It quickly became one of my all time favorite shows. I’m a huge fan of laughter in general. There’s room for slapstick, standup, hell, even tickling. But smart comedy is what I really dig. Comedy that makes you think. Comedy that has replay value. And the Bluth family had it all. Sitting in a room by yourself, laugh out loud funny. The show was, and is, wonderful, insane, and still hilarious.
Which made the season four experience all the more depressing. I understand that there were scheduling conflicts with the actors that changed the pacing of the show by making character driven episodes instead of the more ensemble approach. I also understand that the original show had some dark story lines, but that only added to the comedy’s shock value. Season four, however, got really dark. To the point of being cringeworthy. Disturbing, almost. It certainly had it’s moments, but for the most part the entire season felt like a parade of winks, nods, and callbacks to old jokes instead of concentrating on new ones.
I hear that season five is only a matter of when. And I’m cautiously optimistic that they took some lessons from season four and go back to a formula that works. I’m hopeful, because when you have writers and a cast who can pull off line like this on national TV, you are capable of anything.
I’ve been busy. I’m still here, though.
What’s going on?