Arrested Development Season 5 Part 1.
Man, I dunno what to think. Releasing it in two parts was probably a mistake. They have no idea what to do with Tobias anymore, Lindsey’s near-complete absence is felt very strongly, and the difficulties of getting all the actors together at the same time still hurts the show, since the characters play so much better when they’re all together to bounce off one another. And there’s a slight overreliance on callback jokes that didn’t really work for me.
But Michael feels like Michael again now that he’s trying to keep everyone together once more and not spending a whole season trying to avoid the family and do his own thing, and after an awkward detour, the George Michael and Maeby storyline was a highlight of the (half) season. I also pretty thoroughly enjoyed Buster in prison and the continued evolution of his missing hand.
GOB was a bit of a letdown this time around, but I think that was due to pairing him with George most of the time, who for some reason (unrelated to the Tambor controversy) didn’t work too well for me either.
I’ll have to reserve judgment on the season until the back half is released, but as it stands, it’s marginally better than season 4, but still pales in comparison to seasons 1 and 2.
Current AD rankings for me:
- Season 2
- Season 1
- Season 3
- Season 5A
- Season 4 Remix
- Season 4 Original