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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Arrested Development Season 4, Episode 7 recap/review in chronological order

Colony Collapse- Gob

Finally finally finally the Gob episode. We knew his episode would be the funniest, but what we didn't know is that all the episodes after this one would be good too. We are through the long night of the "meh" and ready for actual Arrested Development to start.

At the end of the season three finale, Gob is dating Ann, George Michael's ex girlfriend. Ann is less than an hour away from turning 18. 

Arrested Development season 4, episode 6 recap/review

Double Crossers- George Sr. Noooooooooo.

As we go through the last lame episode of this season, we shake our heads wondering how the writers, directors, and producers didn't know how hard the beginning would be for people to get through. The cast split up; the jokes still being set up, two George Sr. episodes and two Michael ones! Zzzzz.

But we're almost through the fog and into the episodes that feel like this show, albeit a really dark version of this show. We actually like the darkness. Hello darkness, my old friend. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Best almost news of the week

Dan Harmon is in talks to come back to Community.

That would be amazing. We would both start watching it again (only one of us is watching it now). The show was so much better when he ran it, jerk or not.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Fall- Season 1

A BBC show, The Fall, has come to America on Netflix. There is one season and it consists of five episodes. It stars Gillian Anderson, Archie Panjabi, and Jamie Dornan. This show was renewed for a second season on May 27, 2013. It will start production at the beginning of next year. As fans of a few BBC shows, we're used to long waits.

The Fall is about Detective Stella Gibson, a woman who specializes in the psychology of killers. She is brought in to hunt a man named Paul Spector who is pretending to be a loving family man while killing women in Belfast. 

First, the bad news:
  • The ending of the season is so unsatisfying! The last episode is very good, but we can't believe we have to wait probably more than a year to see it. That's an awfully long wait for a story like this. 
  • The show has kind of a slow start. Two hour-long episodes in, we almost quit watching and didn't love it.
  • The pacing can be off. We think the amount of actual plot they had could have been stuffed into three or four episodes, or even a movie with a frustrating "to be continued" at the end.
  • There's a B-plot featuring corruption that we didn't give two hoots about.

The good news:
  • It's well-written and beautifully shot most of the time.
  • Gillian Anderson. Not only is she great in this, but she's absolutely stunning.
  • Sheriff Graham from Once Upon a Time is getting work. Sure, it's as a serial killer, so we can't swoon over his hotness properly, but we'll take what we can get. 
  • The feminism. Holy crap is it good on this show. Stella calls out misogynists when it's appropriate and bites her tongue when she knows it won't be properly received. She's pretty bad ass too.
  • It's set in Ireland, so everyone has an adorable accent. There are little kids in it too, and they have adorable accents. It's like double the adorable.
  • There's a scene in the finale that's (sort of) between Stella and the killer, and it's electric. You won't be able to take your eyes off of it.

Our recommendation is that you catch up on other shows for now, but get into this right before the start of the second season. You don't want to be stuck waiting like we are. It's not worth jumping into just five episodes only to have to wait for freaking ever for the story to be picked up. But check it out when season two is up.

Show grade: B

Arrested Development Season 4, episode 5 recap/review in chronological order

A New Start- Tobias's first episode. 

Ah! Just what the show needed right? A Tobias episode? Well, it's definitely an improvement over focusing on Michael, Lindsay, and George Sr., but it didn't meet our high expectations for a Tobias episode. 

At the end of the season three finale, Lindsay is breaking up with Tobias and tells him that he is gay. Tobias is surprised to hear that people think this, and Lindsay assures him that this is a running joke in the family because of the misleading way in which Tobias speaks. The constant gay Freudian slips.

We love that this show doesn't make fun of Tobias for being gay, but rather for being in denial that he's gay.

Hannibal has been renewed for a second season

Yay! That's deserved. We have to get caught up.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Arrested Development Season 4, Episode 4 recap/review

The B. Team- Focal character: Michael Bluth

At this point in the season, this episode needed to be a slam-dunk. Enough was enough. We'd had two "meh" episodes in a row, preceded by a "pretty good" one. Sadly, this one was "meh" and really dragged the show down, making some lose hope for this comeback.

If they had put the Gob episode here instead of a Michael one, it would have saved the first half of the season. We didn't like what this episode did with the movie industry and Ron Howard plot lines. We thought those plot lines were going to keep being boring and drag down the entire season. Thank God they turned out better than they started off.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Arrested Development Season 4, episode 3 recap/review in chronological order

Indian Takers- Focal character: Lindsay Bluth-Funke.

Unfortunately, we have to talk about Portia De Rossi's looks in this episode, mostly because the internet was abuzz with comments such as "she looks so different!" and "she hasn't aged well." First of all, you guys are blind and she is beautiful. 

Second of all, she DOES look different, but it's mostly because she's wearing a wig in this first episode. When she chops her hair in the show and wears her real hair, she looks more like herself again. Third, she has lost a ton of weight, which doesn't look good on middle-aged women, because it makes their faces thinner and more haggard. 

We hope the dramatic weight loss isn't due to returning unhealthy habits related to her eating disorder. There's a debate over whether Portia had a nose job. We hope she didn't and that it's just clever makeup capitalizing on an old joke. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Arrested Development season 4, episode 2 recap/review in chronological order

Borderline Personalities- This episode focuses on George Sr. Meh.

We get to see a young Barry Zuckerkorn practicing law with his father, who is ashamed that Barry is even speaking. Young versions of George Sr. and Lucille hear Barry suggest that if something goes wrong, they could always take a getaway boat out of trouble. Hilariously, Barry didn't go to law school in this country. Nor, we find out later, did he actually pass the bar exam. He paid a lookalike to take it for him. Finally, the plot hole of how that man ever became a lawyer is filled.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Arrested Development Season 4, Episode 1 recap/review in chronological order

Flight of the Phoenix- Season four focuses on mainly one character per episodes. While a few other main characters are in this episode, it mostly focuses on Michael. 

It's 1984, where a young Lucille and George Sr. are played by a pitch perfect Kristen Wiig and a passable Seth Rogan. In a brief Grinch parody, Lucille decides to hold a holiday the day before Cinco De Mayo so that holiday supplies would be depleted and her Hispanic help would be around to clean her house. This plan backfired over the course of more than 30 years, because the Hispanic community profited financially off of it and even had a boat parade. Also, Lucille, cinco de cuatro would be April 5, haha. Nice little joke there.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Arrested Development Season Four is Great, It Just Takes Six Episodes to Get There

We’ve been watching Arrested Development season four all day. We started at around 1:30, took a dinner break at 5:30, and then powered through until the end. We aren’t the first to finish it, by far. There are people who started at midnight and went until dawn. Now thats hardcore. 

Watching Arrested Development

We're on episode 10 out of 15 right now, and we just wanted to let you know, we've made a huge mistake. Don't binge it. Watch one a day. We can tell it would be much better with a little time to process/more breaks.