Arrested Development: Season 2
DVD Reviews | Nov 2nd, 2005
Starring Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard
Written By: Mitchell Hurwitz
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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This is the funniest season of Arrested Development so far. The third season is currently airing but I haven’t really got into it as much as the first & second seasons. I just haven’t gotten around to figuring out when it airs, Mondays right? Maybe by watching all these episodes will make me want to watch the show more now. But this is the season where the show was on the brink of cancellation and now it’s back. The show was downsized from 22 episodes to 18, so the hilarious situations and plotlines are condensed into the 18 episodes. Makes for some funnier television….
Arrested Development’s second season starts off with Michael Bluth quitting the company and heads to Phoenix with his son. But he finds out that his Father has been killed in Mexico and heads back to be with the dysfunctional family. He later finds out that the death was faked and his Dad is secretly living upstairs in his attic. Meanwhile, Lucille begins an affair with George Sr’s twin brother, Oscar. Michael tries to get control of the company again, but has to work with Gob who runs the company now. Other things that happen in this season is Maeby manages to get an executive job at a movie studio some how, Buster enlists in the military and gets his hand cut off by a seal, Gob continues to piss off everyone around him and Tobias is still a closet homosexual, he just doesn’t know it yet. George-Michael dates this basket case Christian girl but still continues to fight his feelings for his cousin Maeby. Hey I’d have a crush on her too if she was my cousin haha. But there are so many different plot lines to follow but those are the main storylines of this season.
Like I said before, I enjoyed this season so much more than the first season. It seemed the writers and everyone associated with the show just went gung-ho with all the hilarious storylines and plot points since they had an idea that the show might not be returning. Just every episode is hilarious! Gob is one of my favorite characters because he’s such a horse’s ass and his character really comes into his own this season. One of my favorite moments of the season was when he was dressed up like a banana. Buster got pissed at him, and picked Gob up with a crane, and dropped him into the ocean. Just doesn’t get funnier than that folks. But the whole season is just as wacky as that episode.
I like how there’s more cursing this season, especially by Gob, but it would have been nice to hear it on the DVD uncensored. There’s more guest stars this season, like Henry Winkler, Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Christine Taylor, Thomas Jane, Ed Begley Jr, Martin Mull, Mo Collins, Martin Short, Rob Corddry, Andy Richter, J.K. Simmons, and Liza Minnelli returns as Lucille 2. So you can tell that a lot of people love this show just based on the guest appearances alone. I think what makes this show so great is the writing, and comic timing of all the actors. Plus there’s so many interesting characters on the show, and you don’t get sick of just one character because there’s a lot of them. Jason Bateman is the obvious lead role and holds the show together well. Ron Howard’s commentary is excellent and makes viewers follow the show better. Plus some of the stuff he says is funny. Will Arnett and David Cross are hilarious and Jeffrey Tambor is excellent as the great character actor he always is. Just everyone involved with the show is awesome.
The DVD contains a lot of deleted scenes for a lot of the episodes. I didn’t really get time to watch the extras but there are a few things to watch. They are spread out all over the three discs. What’s great about the DVD is how quickly the episodes go by, since the commercials are edited out the episodes. The episodes are only 20 minutes long so I got thru each disc pretty damn quick, because after one episode, you want to keep watching. So if you enjoyed the first season of the series, and want to watch the second season; then buying this DVD set is a no brainer.
Audio Commentary on selected episodes
“Season One in 3 Minutes” overview
Campaign videos from “The Immaculate Election” episode
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
English, Spanish, French
Favorite Scenes: Afternoon Delights, Queen for a Day, Ready Aim Marry Me, Hand to God, Motherboy XXX, The Righteous Brothers
Running Time: 396 minutes