It is hard to articulate into words how brilliant something can be. There are definitely adjectives that can help but only to an extent. The new season of Arrested Development is one of those things that was ahead of its time back in 2005 when the show was abruptly cancelled from Fox due to its low ratings and outrageous content; it can even be argued that here in 2013 the show is still ahead of its time because it is a story told in a way that in my opinion comes from one of the greatest minds to enter a writing room, Mr. Mitch Hurwitz.
As an aspiring writer myself I cannot fathom the idea of what his whiteboards and index card lined walls look like, I am assuming it is a spider web of connected stories, plots, point of views, and subplots that would be confusing to the naked eye. I’ll admit that 8 hours on a couch with a few friends and intermittent breaks every four episodes made the day feel like the most unproductive productive day one could have.
Fans of the Bluthe family have been waiting for seven years to find out what happens to them and it was honestly worth the wait. Complex stories about these crazy characters with outrageous cameos from countless Hollywood A list celebrities made for a season to remember. In classic Arrested Development style, I am sure I will have to watch the episodes at least three or four more times, all in which I will discover jokes I didn’t catch before and facial expressions that will require a few rewinds to take in.
With so much hype building up to the release of the show’s new season on Netflix I was skeptical on what to expect, after all expectations are generally too high, but I was mistaken. There are always scenarios you want to be done different but I trust the show’s creator and the actors and actresses who have taken on the life of a member of the Bluth family. Nothing was in bad taste, and it inevitably left the audience wanting more. With the episodes leaning towards the notion that a movie will not be in the Bluthe family future, all we can do is hope for more seasons down the road in any format that can be available to us. The sheer brilliance of this basic yet extremely complex story is too good to pass up and one that the audience will never get full of.
As a fan of the show, I am confident that I can speak for a majority of the others in saying, “Thank You” to everyone involved with making this season happen but more importantly to Mitch Hurwitz and the entire cast for putting into place a world of characters, ideas, and jokes that have left an uncontrolled smile on our face. Hours before the release, Mitch Hurwitz left this hand written letter on the show’s Facebook page, for those who missed it, here is a copy.
To our friends, fans, supporters, detractors, haters, enemies, and arch enemies,
I’m writing on behalf of everyone who has worked so hard to bring back a show that’s very special to us to say thank you for your ardent support of this show with the exception of the haters, detractors, etc.
We are also grateful for another chance to bring these characters to life and could not have done so without your consistent effort to “spread the word” about it. Although obviously in the case of the enemies, the words you spread were “don’t watch this show!” You know I probably shouldn’t have even included them in the salutation — but I’m writing this in ink + making all sorts of mistakes. Did you notice the “s” at the end of the word “done”?
Anyway — it’s been our great joy to bring this to you on Netflix where you can access it whenever and however you want.
Except, you know, it’s really meant to be watched in order.
And you really should watch them all — because they build and, I’m just saying “eventually.” If you can. All 15.
But really this is yours now.
Except for the obvious copyright issues. And you have to subscribe to Netflix.
So it’s not completely yours I guess.
I’m not going to write in ink anymore.
I love you,
Mitch HurwitzCreator: Arrested Development
Although it is disheartening to know that it will be a while at least for a new Bluth family scenario to come into play, I think it is safe to say that they have “Unmade a huge mistake!”