I'm here to announce to gryfndor_godess and company that I've now watched all of Arrested Development. Stay with us for 10-billion-years-late reactions. The bridal raptor has nothing to do with anything.[what a fun, sexy time for us all]+:
- I love everyone in this morally degenerate bar.
- GOB is my everything. HE IS EVERYTHING 2 ME. (Listen. That my type of man is DELICIOUS GARBAGE has been well documented on this blog. AS IF THERE COULD BE ANY DOUBT.) In short, ACTUAL BISEXUAL MALE STRIPPER GIGOLO MAGICIAN UNFAVORITE TRASH SON OF MY HEARTLESS INTERIOR. ✿♥‿♥✿ ✿♥‿♥✿ ✿♥‿♥✿ ✿♥‿♥✿ ✿♥‿♥✿
- Lucille is everything I was promised and more. SHE IS BEAUTY, SHE IS GRACE, WOULD LET HER PUNCH ME IN THE FACE.
- When I grow up I want to be born con-woman and accidental film producer Maeby Funke.
- This is the only work in which I have enjoyed Michael Cera's presence.
- MICHAEL, EVEN!
- The extent to which this show is committed to incestuousness makes my heart SING. George Michael/Maeby 4ever, obviously, but also: Lindsay/Michael (not at all shocked by her eventually propositioning him, just sayin'), GOB and Michael's man love that will go on ("if you feel something moving down there it's my dove" A;SJF;KSJDFKSDJFSSJKFJ), the trollsome teasing of GOB/Lindsay (would watch in high-def, tbh), Buster and the Lucilles (eyes emoji).... God bless upper class in-breeding.
On that note, my only quibble is how underdeveloped Lindsay's relationships with her siblings were. We did get plenty of Lindsay/Michael, but practically nothing about Lindsay/Buster or Lindsay/GOB (save for him unsuccessfully propositioning her, bless). Though, amusingly, this is lampshaded during the arc in which Michael suspects they have another sister ("do you remember growing up with a sister"/"doesn't ring a bell"/"aside from Lindsay"/"OH YEAH, LINDSAY!" /hilar).
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I was warned about season 4 being disappointing, and ultimately I found it a mixed bag. When it was good (the second half, for the most part) it was as good as it ever was, in my book. Buuuut, as a whole it definitely is the most uneven season.
I'm not opposed at all to character-centric episodes (see below), but the great joy of original flavour Arrested Development was its ensemble chemistry and that was the key ingredient missing from the revival.
And--real talk--as much as I love everyone in this bar, only half the cast could actually carry their own episodes.
(To that point: Lucille/Buster/Maeby only getting one episode each while the likes of Michael/George Sr./George Michael get double?? Mess.)
Another quibble I had is that the entire non-linear conceit, while cool, didn't actually... go... anywhere? The climax of the season was supposedly the Cinco de Cuatro celebration, which happened... somewhere in the middle of the season... and was also more anti than climax inasmuch as the show never took the opportunity to tie everyone's stories together in a substantial way. And by "substantial," I'm talking major-players-significantly-affecting-ea
THAT BEING SAID, I'm still glad the season exists because it was nothing if not ambitious, and I value ambition in situational comedy.
Plus, what it lacked in cohesiveness, it made up for (somewhat) with character work. I'm not sure that any of the characters had actual arcs in the first 3 seasons?? (Speak up if you're so inclined.) Season 4, however, seemed committed to making everybody LOOK AT THEIR LIFE LOOK AT THEIR CHOICES, in the form of:
- Michael's descent into douchebaggery. Dude was always dubious (e.g. pimping Lindsay out to their """uncle"""....), but by the end of season 4 he's actually AWARE of it for once in his life. Possibly.
- Lindsay's supervillain origin story!
- Lucille the secret Invisible Girl!!!!!!!!
- Maeby conning her way into doom!!
- George Michael finally becoming a Bluth, much to his misfortune!
- GOB running out of forget-me-nows!!!!!!!!!! (In other news, what other show is gonna give me a storyline about their resident obligatory psychotic jackass accidentally falling in love with a man amidst a failed revenge scheme, I ask you. God is good. Jesus is alive and well and among us.)
... And if anyone has any idea what everyone else's episodes were supposed to be about, you are welcome to share the wisdom.
In any case, bring on season 5, whenever the hell that'll be.
By all means have a quote party in comments. I AM 10 BILLION YEARS LATE TO THIS FANDOM.
... I'm obligated to finish this entry with a meme to appease vergoldung, so let's have this eyeball-pleasing one invented by theramble (slightly modified):
--> comment with an on-screen character/idol/whatever and i'll reply with visuals of my favorite hair/outfit(s)/~LOOK~ for them