I’m almost finished. Not what Mitch Hurwitz recommended, but I couldn’t help myself. They’re just so good! I’ll wait until I have actually finished to recap. Below, my preliminary thoughts:
I know these episodes are still funny by the fourth time you watch them, but here’s the thing: I’ve already watched some of them four times. Because all of my friends are on different episodes. That’s what this is about. If you haven’t watched any of them, you can still read this post. It isn’t about spoiler alerts.
Spoiler Alert: Michael Cera still wants to make like a Targaryen and have icy and fiery sex with his cousin.
Okay no more.
If you use the internet, you know that Arrested Development, Season 4 – a “semi-original” series, premiered on Netflix at 12:01am on May 26th, and has been available for two-four-sev streaming since then, except when Netflix crashed a little bit.
Frankly, I’m a bit disgruntled with this all-at-once streaming situation. By the time it’s available, you’re already a whole season behind. The “I have to catch up” pressure that formerly only applied to shows like The Sopranos and The Wire (both of which I have yet to start watching. Shame.) now applies to new shows, too? Well, that’s a lot to handle, Netflix.
And since my friends aren’t all on the same episode, Arrested Development is the only thing we can’t watch together. But… but I love to watch TV with my friends!
Spoilers-wise, the streaming service is equally frustrating. I’ll be like, I mean, “can I just, improv my way out of a marriage?” and half the group laughs until someone in that half makes another Arrested Development reference and angers the second half of the group who realize that I’ve spoiled an Arrested Development joke.
And being on the “behind” side of the equation isn’t fun either. Feelings of social embarrassment, akin to the shame of not having finished the newest Harry Potter book two days after it’s been released, rise in my stomach and sit there with the worst of my middle school memories, making me feel nauseous and judged and skeptical of crop tops/UGGs/denim skirts.
In the interest of commenting on the original content being delivered to us in NEW AND INNOVATIVE ways of the future, I feel the need to express that I’d prefer that these episodes were released once a day, just to give everyone time to catch up.