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8/10
For British Eyes Only as seen by Canadian eyes
gizmomogwai30 June 2009
Warning: Spoilers
And so the decline of Arrested Development begins with the second episode of season 3. It's a season which doesn't really recover until its last five episodes. The decline isn't severe- not until Prison Break-In, anyway- and the show is still good, but not as good as it was in seasons 1 and 2.

This episode sets up the rest of the season: On a "Previously on Arrested Development" segment, which like the "On the next" segments of other episodes, doesn't actually refer to a real episode, we learn that George is now under house arrest at Lucille's apartment. That may have been a good choice; it keeps George in the show without doing things already done, like prison or the attic. Buster feels a bit ignored with his father living in the apartment again, which suggests it might have been a good idea to dedicate a whole episode to George moving back in, but the makers of the show instead chose to move onto other things. The problem is that some of these things spell trouble for the show: Michael suggests Buster should get a pet turtle (which will lead to a gross joke about its demise), Tobias gets hair plugs (which will be even more gross), George starts with his attempted escapes (which quickly become ridiculous), we start getting more recycled jokes (hop-ons become live-ins), and Rita is introduced. Rita may be a love interest for Michael, or she may be a British spy, or maybe she's just a stupid person. Her story is often selected by fans as being their least favourite part of the show.

At this point you may be wondering why I gave the episode a good rating. There's still some good material in this episode. Most of the writers of seasons 1 and 2 may have left the show, but some sharp humour remains. Be it a cutting shot at Donald Rumsfeld (yes, I am a liberal), or a double meaning of losing pounds or being "buy-curious," or GOB talking about feeling love and feeling erections, these are the things that make Arrested Development Arrested Development. We also get the ultimate chicken dances (we see George's for the first time, and it's good), with Michael's funny reaction, asking if any Bluth has "ever even *seen* a chicken." We also have the ultimate joke about Michael being a loser with women- the fact that he manages to compare Rita to a prostitute and himself to Jack the Ripper is good stuff. That's the Michael we love in what is still the show we love.
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2/10
Disappointing
jamesharoldfraser20 June 2018
I have to say being a Brit and a huge arrested development fan I was incredibly disappointing with the cruel stereotypes and cliches presented in this episode. It devastates me that the writers could offend me in such a way. I hope the rest of the series is better as this one really upset me.
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send me back to prison..
Arth_Joshi14 July 2018
Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

Season 03

The third act is actually more of a final act and hence the makers did put all the eggs in the basket, which delivers this ultimate culmination of plot revelations, dramatic sequences, morale conflicts and hilarious but more importantly non-sketchy sequences, claiming once again their throne which they deserve to be sat upon.

For British Eyes Only

The chicken dance still works and is funny along with other physical comedy but the premise isn't up to the mark which barely matters in here for the guest appearance and the distraction is too funny to not be lured by it.
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