By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2013 at 4:29PM
In 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").
The 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."
One 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.