Originally Posted by fhall1
Anyone watched it yet? My wife and I are doing a marathon re-watching of Seasons 1 - 3 (we're up to the start of Season 3 now)....not looking for plot descriptions, just looking for overall opinions/reviews on Season 4.
The wife & I started the new season on Sunday & finished up the last 2 eps last night. Then went back & rewatched the first 3 again. In those 3 rewatched installments, the laugh quotient went up quite a bit.
Having the previous seasons so fresh in your memory will help, as there are dozens of gags that are throwback moments to S1-3.
Have you & yours been a fan of how the previous 3 seasons would toss out punchlines way before the actual joke hits the screen, sometimes 2-3 episodes before the joke (Buster, his hand & that seal being one that comes to mind immediately)? If so, then you will love Season 4.
Without spoiling the overall plot, the new season essentially follows the same chain of events (along with some flashbacks, both culled from moments in S1-3 as well as newly filmed ones) in the same time frame, but from the POV of one particular character per episode. Only Buster & Maybe get a single episode of their own, although both pop up in other installments to varying degrees. There are numerous moments, especially in the first half of the season, that do not become truly funny until much later. Be patient & keep watching. It all does come together rather hilariously. And perhaps even more than the initial run on FOX, the new Netflix series demands rewatching.
Metacritic currently has S4 @ a 72% positive rating. I think the format of S4 is the main reason for the mixed/negative reviews it has gotten from some early on. SInce the media did not get much of a shot at seeing the new AD in advance, many critics binged watched & maybe were taken aback by the non-linear format, then scrambled to meet a publisher's deadline before really soaking it all in.
The episodes are about 10-15 minutes longer in S4. Some have complained that this slows AD down. I disagree....and again, once you have digested the entire season everything falls into place & works.
The cast is as great as they always have been, even if the moments of the entire Bluth clan all together are less so than in previous seasons. IMO, though, the real stand out in S4 has to be Michael Cera.
It also totally sets up a resolution to the story to be hopefully played out in a movie. And to me, S4 plays out like an AD movie of sorts. A movie with some interesting editing.Edited by jwebb1970 - 5/30/13 at 9:27am