‘Arrested Development’ Is Coming Back To Neflix But It’s Going To Be Good This Time
Fans have all blue themselves.
Good news — season 4 of Arrested Development is coming back to Netflix, but with a new, edited order for the episodes. Plus, they’ve announced that season 5 is coming “soon”. Taste the happy!
As series creator Mitch Hurwitz puts it, season 4 will be recut as a 22-episode series, styled more like the show’s three-season Fox run. Hurwitz described season 4 as an experiment in “Rashomon-style storytelling,” with episodes focusing on individual characters.
“The goal was that by the end of the season, a unified story of cause and effect would emerge for the viewer — full of surprises about how the Bluths were responsible for most of the misery they had endured. In some ways to be an experience for that viewer, perhaps, akin to eating some toast, then some bacon—maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey and realising, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.'”
Unfortuantely that approach… didn’t really work.
The problem stemmed from the fact that the original cast of Arrested Development had all become extremely famous since the end of the third season, making getting them all on set at the same time a logistical fucking nightmare. The “solution” was to give each character individual episodes, which left the season lacking cohesion.
Hopefully the new cut will help remedy this. They’ve called it Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences, which is a great name for anything.
The remixed season 4 will be available on Netflix on Friday May 4, which is the date of the Bluth family’s premature holiday of Cinco de Quatro. Producers say the long-awaited fifth season will premiere “like, real soon”.
Fans are hopeful that the remix will help salvage a fairly garbage season.
— JPLS (@FakeJPLS) May 1, 2018
Super excited for Arrested Development's Season 4 remix coming out Friday.
The structure of the narrative put such a strain on its humour, since each character really is only bearable in small doses – returning to traditional format should fix most problems.
— Lee Brady (@LeePaulBrady) May 2, 2018
The only thing getting me through this week is the random season 4 remix of #ArrestedDevelopment getting dropped this Friday
— Amanda Budde (@budde__) May 2, 2018
Funny stuff! #ArrestedDevelopment as crazy as my schedule is, narration is always look forward to. Hard to keep a straight face tho #MitchHurwitz & co and hilarious cast are killing it in these episodes. pic.twitter.com/5YgrhdC51y
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 2, 2018