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the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelled

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:31 am
by DonRetrasado
Happy Arrested Development Day! I've just watched the first five episodes of the new season with the fam'. What's everyone's thoughts?

My initial impressions:
The first two episodes were really, really slow. And more depressing than anything. But it picks up over time. I think the issue is that unlike the original series, which had a lot of standalone episodes, the new series is just one giant story arc (in fact, every episode takes place at the same time). It's also there to tell fans about what all the characters have been doing, and also to set up the highly anticipated future movie. Anyway, it's pretty funny, but not as funny as the original series. Some of the callbacks are also a little hamfisted, which I understand is just to impress fans who've been waiting to hear all the old catchphrases, but frankly isn't pulled-off as well as the original.

I also don't understand why they released all the episodes simultaneously. I feel like the interest surrounding the new season is gonna blow over pretty quickly as a result. I think they were trying to do a high-concept thing where "oh, it all happens at the same time, so every episode should be RELEASED at the same time." Since maybe some crazy person is watching the episodes out-of-sequence, even though that doesn't really make any sense.

Re: the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelle

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:30 pm
by Apocalyptus
It's because that's what Netflix does with their original series, I imagine because they're trying to make the point that they're not a television channel, so once the show is ready viewers can watch it according to whatever schedule they want. Their other shows Hemlock Grove and House of Cards were available all at once too.

I haven't actually started watching it yet, because Mr Apoc and I are hosting an AD marathon on Thursday with some friends to watch it all at once.
I will be making frozen bananas.

Re: the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelle

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:00 pm
by Edminster
I just finished it, and I largely disagree that it was not as funny as the original. It was funny in a different way, for reasons not least of which because it had to explain exactly what they had been up to for the past eight years as well as tell a story that sets up for the movie. I do agree that many of the references felt hamfisted though.

Overall, I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. It definitely had a different pace as compared to the original series and there were some very questionable decisions made, but for the most part it felt right. More specific thoughts behind the spoilers, rot13'd for that extra bit of protection from stray mouse cursors.

A COUPLE OF MASSIVE WHOLE-SEASON SPOILERS AHOY!

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There were a ton of unresolved plot points though, and I kind of wish they had a few more seasons to explain it all rather than just one movie to tie it all together and end.

Re: the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelle

PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:22 pm
by Asherian
So I was only introduced to the series since the new season, and I have to say I've really enjoyed it.

Also Ed your cypher thing is pretty neato.

Re: the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelle

PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:55 am
by GUTCHUCKER
Handy, but vaguely disappointing because the cypher is so uncomplicated.

Re: the story of a family whose future was abruptly cancelle

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:52 pm
by Kaharz
Haven't seen it yet. I just introduced my girlfriend to the original seasons a little bit ago and am still catching her up before we watch the new episodes. We have the last partial season plus a few episodes from the season before left.