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    The New Arrested Development Is Something Genuinely New - Christopher Orr - The Atlantic

    A more plausible temptation, though, is to watch the show in sequence and then watch it again. (Like Spencer, my wife and I had no sooner completed Episode 15 than we went back and re-watched Episode One.) Indeed, the show is engineered to reward exactly such mania. It's not merely the solution to the central mystery of the plot that becomes clearer in rewatching; there were at least a half-dozen gags in the first episode that I didn't get—couldn't get—the first time around. (Michael to GOB: "Is that who you were with? I knew it! I always knew it!")

    Nor is this the only sense in which the show virtually mandates multiple viewings. The very structure doubles back on itself like a televisual Mobius strip, a narrative Ouroboros swallowing its own tail. The story begins with the show's central relationship between Michael Bluth and his son George-Michael (two of the first four episodes are from Michael's perspective), veers outward to encompass the rest of clan Bluth, and then returns to where it began, with two of the final three episodes shown from George-Michael's perspective. It's the Cloud Atlas of TV comedy.

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    Am I too impatient if I originally loved the show, but watched the first 3-5 minutes of the S4E1 and felt the overwhelming urge to turn it off?

    It just kinda felt like the same reason why Larry David fictitiously didn't want to do a Seinfeld reunion in S8 of Curb...

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    Discuss: Better Or Worse? Fans Make Chronological Edit Of The New 'Arrested Development' Season | The Playlist

    From 21-minute episodes to the finale, clocking in at 53 minutes, the fan edits are even more of a departure from the original seasons' airtight structure, and when Hurwitz was photographed scratching his head at the labyrinthine plot-lines last year, this viewing method probably wasn't central to his thought process. But like “Memento” or the “Star Wars” Prequels de Topher Grace, could this reconfigured 'AD' narrative shed new light on the fourth season, helping to emphasize jokes once the dizzying plot structure fades away? Or does it serve to ruin the intentions of the show's makers in regards to recurring jokes and character beats?
    I sure do wish I had a job that paid me for watching stuff.

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