Awkweird Me
I just finished season 4 of Arrested Development. Thoughts:
I hate to say it, because I wanted to like it so badly, but this is probably one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever had in television.
I’m a big fan of the first three seasons, and have been waiting patiently for it to come back one day.
Unfortunately, we got this. I don’t even like to call it “season 4”, as it’s more like an extended reunion special.
I understand why they had to do it, but the major problem is that they weren’t able to get the whole cast together, and instead had to focus on one character per episode.
The best part about the show was the characters and their interactions with each other, and they’ve taken that away.
Moreover, having every character be at the centre of their own episode/s doesn’t work.
Take characters like Tobias or Buster for example. They’re side characters and they work best that way. They were funny when Tobias would come in covered blue, or Buster would do something with his hook.
I don’t want or need to know the inner workings of these characters’ minds. They don’t need all to have an emotional arc. They weren’t designed that way, and it all feels forced.
It even seemed like some of the actors had forgotten how to play their characters after so long.
Even beyond the character problems, I didn’t think the majority of the jokes were very funny anyway. It was often funniest when it was referencing an old joke.
I appreciate that the writers did try. I really do. The way they structured the story, so that it was like a puzzle that became clearer with every episode was sometimes pretty clever. Although, it was occasionally too convoluted.
The episodes ranged from really great, to okay, to no good and not funny.
The two Gob episodes were definitely the best.
It was impressive how many of the minor characters they got back too. Ron Howard having a proper role was cool.
Yeah, I don’t know. I’m making it sound like it was terrible, and it wasn’t. There were good parts about it. They were just too few and far between. Way too many episodes where I barely laughed at all. Even though they tried to recreate the show so hard, it never felt the same.

I just finished season 4 of Arrested Development. Thoughts:

  • I hate to say it, because I wanted to like it so badly, but this is probably one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever had in television.
  • I’m a big fan of the first three seasons, and have been waiting patiently for it to come back one day.
  • Unfortunately, we got this. I don’t even like to call it “season 4”, as it’s more like an extended reunion special.
  • I understand why they had to do it, but the major problem is that they weren’t able to get the whole cast together, and instead had to focus on one character per episode.
  • The best part about the show was the characters and their interactions with each other, and they’ve taken that away.
  • Moreover, having every character be at the centre of their own episode/s doesn’t work.
  • Take characters like Tobias or Buster for example. They’re side characters and they work best that way. They were funny when Tobias would come in covered blue, or Buster would do something with his hook.
  • I don’t want or need to know the inner workings of these characters’ minds. They don’t need all to have an emotional arc. They weren’t designed that way, and it all feels forced.
  • It even seemed like some of the actors had forgotten how to play their characters after so long.
  • Even beyond the character problems, I didn’t think the majority of the jokes were very funny anyway. It was often funniest when it was referencing an old joke.
  • I appreciate that the writers did try. I really do. The way they structured the story, so that it was like a puzzle that became clearer with every episode was sometimes pretty clever. Although, it was occasionally too convoluted.
  • The episodes ranged from really great, to okay, to no good and not funny.
  • The two Gob episodes were definitely the best.
  • It was impressive how many of the minor characters they got back too. Ron Howard having a proper role was cool.
  • Yeah, I don’t know. I’m making it sound like it was terrible, and it wasn’t. There were good parts about it. They were just too few and far between. Way too many episodes where I barely laughed at all. Even though they tried to recreate the show so hard, it never felt the same.
Cabaret (1972)
I didn’t quite love this film, but most of it was pretty good. Many of the musical sequences were a lot of fun. This was mostly due to Joel Grey, who was absolutely fantastic in this. I didn’t really feel the same about Liza Minnelli though - I didn’t care for her or her character. I liked that the film was sometimes quite dark and risque. I also thought the direction and editing was really interesting at times. Overall, it’s not perfect, but it has a lot of things going for it.

Cabaret (1972)

I didn’t quite love this film, but most of it was pretty good. Many of the musical sequences were a lot of fun. This was mostly due to Joel Grey, who was absolutely fantastic in this. I didn’t really feel the same about Liza Minnelli though - I didn’t care for her or her character. I liked that the film was sometimes quite dark and risque. I also thought the direction and editing was really interesting at times. Overall, it’s not perfect, but it has a lot of things going for it.