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  • Arrested Development Season 4 Remix

    Mitch Hurwitz just announced that, in addition to Season 5 of Arrested Development hitting Netflix "very soon," on Friday they're going to release a "remixed" version of Season 4, which will recut the episodes (which you remember mostly focused on a single character at a time) and present the story in a more chronological fashion.

    I liked season 4, personally, but I find it fascinating to think of a creator completely recutting an entire season of a TV show. I'm definitely going to have to watch the Remix before season 5 comes out. (And if I have time, I'll need to binge seasons 1-3 again, too.)

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    That sounds interesting... one of the main complaints I'd "heard" about the season was the single-character focus...which dampened my interest at the time in catching up (I think I left off somewhere in season 2 some years back).

    I did watch a season 3 episode recently (I think?) with a brief cameo by John Belzer as Detective Munch.

    I wonder if Netflix will give or leave an option for the episodes to be viewed in both ways, or if the "remix" will entirely replace the old.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Walt Kneeland View Post
      I wonder if Netflix will give or leave an option for the episodes to be viewed in both ways, or if the "remix" will entirely replace the old.
      It sounds like the original cut will remain and the "remix" will appear, technically, as a different series entirely. Kind of like MST3K and MST3K: The Return.

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      • #4
        I remember hearing rumblings about it long ago, and I'm impressed that Hurwitz went through with it. I'm pretty intrigued to see what results it yields.

        Think about it... we all love comedy, but even an all-time great like AD, after a view watchthroughs you're not laughing as hard because you know what to expect. I like the idea of a comedy remix: working with the same raw setups, punchlines and callbacks so that even if the jokes are technically the same, the context is not and you don't actually know what's coming when, even if you think you do.

        I'd say I'm overthinking it, but it's Arrested Development... you can't think about this show ENOUGH.

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        • #5
          This is some "blood and guts" stuff that I like. I find a lot of things I read, watch and experience these days isn't just about the story, but how they tell it and why. And something like this is right up my alley.

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          • #6
            Looks like season five is going to drop on May 29! That should be enough time for me to finish the rewatch!

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            • #7
              Well heck. So much for feeling caught up on the TV I've been watching.

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              • #8
                I'm watching the remix right now. It's fun -- a very different experience than the original version. People who were put off by the non-linear nature will enjoy this more, but there are still long gaps where certain characters simply disappear.

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                • #9
                  I liked both versions. Apparently it was a ploy to get closer to syndication. Also it seems some of the Actors feel ripped off.

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                  • #10
                    I'm watching the remix right now. You know, none of these characters are actually GOOD people, but Tobias and Lindsey may be the worst parents in TV history. And that includes the methheads who got crushed under an ATM on Breaking Bad.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Blake M. Petit View Post
                      And that includes the methheads who got crushed under an ATM on Breaking Bad.
                      You mean they weren't superlative parents that simply met a tragic, freak end?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Blake M. Petit View Post
                        I'm watching the remix right now. It's fun -- a very different experience than the original version. People who were put off by the non-linear nature will enjoy this more, but there are still long gaps where certain characters simply disappear.
                        None of the Bluth's certainly, but possibly Stan Sitwell is a decent person.

                        As for the Bluth's the sad thing is when you think about it, the closest one to being a good person is...Maeby .

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