the show's silly spoofs of popular culture, the jokes aren't quite fresh, but the
writers carry them off well and they are fit the series' overall themes. Of course, Lucille would be the
ringleader in a show entitled the Real Housewives of the Orange County Prison
System. GOB would certainly be peripherally involved in a riff on "Entourage"
(and props to the bar titled "And Jeremy Piven").
wordplay in this season is the characteristic mix of the outrageously obvious and
subtly brilliant (creator Mitchell Hurwitz has explains the values of achieving this dichotomy). The themes of "home" on a personal level and housing on a
macro level are still culturally relevant (lucky for the show's creators, the problem of housing in America hasn't been
solved since the show's creation in 2003). Themes of baggage, transportation, and a desire to escape through travel or spiritual guidance, remain brilliantly
show continues to be simultaneously referential and filled with non-sequiturs. Netflix's tagline is that "Arrested Development" is about a
"family whose future got abruptly canceled." Ron Howard, the longtime narrator of
the show, plays a producer interested in making a movie about the Bluth family.
There is a fantastic bit where Cera's character is a collegiate
tech-startup genius, a winking reference to the purported public confusion that Cera played Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." For a muddled line, the narrator just repeats
what the character said, so you don't rewind and "end up halfway through
the Maeby episode."
of the running gags in the series is GOB's habit of ingesting his "Forget Me
Now" pills in order to forget something embarrassing he's done. Perhaps it’s
best that the viewers take a note from GOB and attempt to forget the previous seasons expectations and focus on Netflix's installment
"Arrested Development" for its own ambitions. Whether or not the show succeeds, it's trying to break some
narrative ground. While there's less laurel-resting than the hype led us to expect, there's also a lot of brilliance tucked away in there.