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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
(2012)
I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(2012)

I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.