Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move. Despite of being hefty and almost walking parallel to the political crisis of the current society, there is very little to offer on terms of an innovative illuminating idea.
The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.
There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them. The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast; exception being Michael Cera and Will Arnett whose pretending-to-be-a-ruffian attitude never disappoints.
The second take on the fifth chapter of the series is a bit downer on terms of carrying out a meaningful theme from all the razzle dazzle it goes through, yet with too much of a narration going on behind the screen, surprisingly, Ron Howard's is the best input in this eight-part half season.
Saving For Arraignment Day
This is the episode where they are basically setting up and creating shady unproductive and irrelevant plans that clearly doesn't work, the highlight of the episode is the conversation in the beach that ensues laughter like never before.
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