Most of the fans have no idea that their favourite show ‘Arrested Development’ has a bonus season 4 – a remix. What is it all about?
‘Arrested Development’ is often called the sitcom tragedy of the century. The greatest sitcom that faced the worst ever fate for a TV show of its calibre. As most of the fans know, the show was abandoned forever after 3 seasons. However, it was later revived after 6 years by Netflix. As of now, ‘Arrested Development’ has a total of 5 seasons. After the revival, Netflix has premiered 2 original seasons of ‘Arrested Development’ – season 4 and season 5. However, do you know that there is another bonus season for ‘Arrested Development’ – ‘Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences’.
Let us find out what this bonus season is all about.
- What is ‘Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences’?
- The season 4 remix – A recut in chronological order
- A short review of ‘Fateful Consequences’
What is ‘Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences’?
‘Arrested Development’ is one of the best sitcoms ever made, and this might come as a surprise to those who never heard this name. ‘Arrested Development’, thanks to its super-fresh approach in the 2000s, could never attract enough eyes to earn a longer run.
Thus, Fox had to cancel the show merely after 3 seasons. The show debuted on Fox in November 2003 and was abandoned in February 2006.
‘Arrested Development’, for its first season, won 5 Emmys and later received a dozen nominations. The show was also hailed as one of the greatest sitcoms ever made by “Time magazine”, “Entertainment Weekly”, and many more. Yet, the show could not attract enough viewers and was, therefore, cancelled.
However, during the later years as the trends of TV shows changed, once a failure, ‘Arrested Development’ became highly popular among the audience. The show created by Mitchell Hurwitz soon achieved the status of a cult classic.
The season 4 remix – A recut in chronological order
In 2011, Netflix licensed the new episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ to serve as the revival of the cult classic. ‘Arrested Development Season 4’ – a Netflix original premiered on the streaming platform in May 2013.
The new season was created to bring along the fans of the original ‘Arrested Development’, and also to introduce the brilliant piece to the new-age audience. To fill in the timeline gaps, the new season had 15 episodes, with each episode focusing on the journey of one key character throughout the years. Each episode was set in a similar timeline and travelled through the same amount of time.
In this way, the network brought every character to one place after so many years of gap in the reel world and the real world. This format severed as a re-introduction of the characters, rather than a story.
‘Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences’ came into the scene when creator Mitchell Hurwitz announced a recut of the original season 4 in May 2018. The recut of season 4 was made to tell the story of the season in chronological order.
While discussing the season 4 remix of ‘Arrested Development’, Mitchell Hurwitz told Vulture:
“It will shuffle the content from 15 individualized stories into 22 interwoven stories, the length of the original series.”
A short review of ‘Fateful Consequences’
When Netflix revived ‘Arrested Development’ with season 4, expectations of fans were shooting through the roof. Most of the original cast returned to revive their characters, including Carl Weathers, Henry Winkler, Ben Stiller, and others.
However, the time gap, difficulty in getting all the actors in one place, and other problems, forced Netflix is taking a new approach with the season. Which, as we all know, turned out to be a blunder.
Fans were forced to see the stories of one character at a time for an entire hour. In most cases, those characters weren’t even capable of handling one scene on their own.
Events were happening at different places, the story arcs were forced to connect in bits and pieces as they managed to get the actors on one screen, and so much went wrong.
This is where ‘Arrested Development Season 4 Remix’ came into the scenario. The creator’s remedy to the original season 4 of ‘Arrested Development’. The remedy came 5 years later in May 2018.
The remixed season was less blotted and in lighter cuts of 22 minutes each for 22 episodes. The re-edit required a lot of fresh work, which included almost entirely new narration by Ron Howards.
The season tried to connect all the dots in chronological order through heavy edits and patches, but did it solve the issue?
A re-edit simply cannot solve the issue so deeply ingrained in the structure of the original ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4. And that’s exactly what happened.
While the remixed season did a good job of saving viewers from the torture of watching one character for an entire hour, it still ended up as the second weakest season – second only to the original season 4.