Arrested Development: Season Three

DVD Reviews | Aug 19th, 2006

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Starring Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard
Written By: Mitchell Hurwitz
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
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This is the final season of the critically acclaimed, but viewer-less sitcom Arrested Development. It’s a shame because this show was very unique and extremely funny. Everybody in America only cares about talent-less karaoke singers singing to Paula Abdul. But maybe there is a slight chance this show could be made into a movie or put on another network but this show ended on a perfect note…

Arrested Development Season Three picks up where the other season left off. Michael finally realizes that Oscar is serving George Sr.’s sentence in prison and tries to go get him out. Also, he goes to Reno & Vegas to locate George Sr. who got a job with the Blue Man Group. PLUS, while all this is happening he’s trying to re-connect with his son George Michael. Speaking of George Michael, things get a little awkward between his cousin Maeby and him. After they kissed at the end of the second season, they were trying to avoid each other; which was kind of hard since they slept in the same room. The rest of the family is back with their usually crazy ways. Bad magician Gob is still trying to spend some quality time with his Father, but ends up being a father himself. Tobias is still trying to fool everybody that he’s a straight man and that he wants his wife back. Maeby is still working as a movie executive, Lucille is still a snobby drunk and Buster is well, still a dullard and a Mama’s boy. Some of the episodes in this final season are about Michael dating some British women (Charlize Theron) who’s gorgeous but there’s something mysterious about her, George Sr. mistakenly delivers a “Scared Straight” lecture to a bunch of gay men, Lucille starts to date a prison warden, Michael & Gob teach George Sr. a lesson for pitting each other against each other, and so on and so on.

The last season ended on the right note, and even though I like the show; I don’t think it should be brought back. I think it ended the way it should have ended, but I won’t complain if the series is brought back. It’s still one of the most unique and most hilarious show on TV..or was. Though some things weren’t laugh out loud funny, but the series has always been dry humor and I liked it that way. And thank god there was never any laugh tracks or anything like that. One thing I didn’t really realize until now, is that Ron Howard’s narration on the show is perfect and very good. It seemed like it was funnier than normal. I don’t necessarily think this season was good as the others but it’s still got its moments. I crack up when Maeby’s working as a movie executive on the side, and I giggle my ass off everytime Gob’s theme song comes on for his magic. Yes you know it as the Final Countdown by Europe! God that song rocks…NOT! I liked the storyline of Charlize Theron and how you think she’s a British spy, but they did an 180 on the audience. I didn’t expect them to make her out to be some retard (no seriously!). But you know, if I was Michael, I would have still went on with the marriage. Hey at least when you get in a fight with your wife, you can just wave your keys in her face and she’ll get distracted. Yes I’m going to hell and i’m taking all of you with me!

I thought the acting was just as good as any season, but some of the storylines or episodes weren’t as good as the previous seasons. I don’t think you can top them, but that doesn’t mean this final season is bad or anything. It’s far from that but it just wasn’t as good as the others. I liked how a lot of celebrities were on the show this season to show support to the series. But at the same time, some of it felt cheap and just a way to draw in viewers (guess it didn’t work). Some of the guest stars that appear on the show this season are Charlize Theron, Scott Baio, Justine Batemen, Andy Ritcher, Dave Thomas, Jeff Garlin and a bunch of other people like Ben Stiller, Zach Braff, Andy Dick, etc etc etc.

There were a few bonus features on the DVD set like audio commentary with various people, deleted and extended scenes, Season 3 blooper reel and a featurette on the last day of shooting. The deleted scenes had a few funny ones in the mix, but I can see why they were cut. The blooper reel was funny and quite foul too! I love when actors screw up and just let the curses fly too. There’s also montages of them dancing to music and doing fart jokes. David Cross even does the “Dutch Oven” on Portia De Rossi. The on location featurette was too short and didn’t really have much to it. Just showed people doing their lines and getting upset that it was the last day of shooting the series.

The series is over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it over & over again on DVD. Season Three was really funny, but I don’t think it was as good as the previous 2 seasons. Although, the writing was really great, the actors were hilarious, and the episodes had a lot of funny moments. If you loved Arrested Development, might as well get the DVD when it comes out, you won’t be disappointed.

Audio Commentary
Deleted/Extended Scenes
Blooper Reel
Feature: The Last Day on Location

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Cabin Show, British Eyes Only, NotaPusy, Fakin It, Development Arrested
Rating: NR
Running Time: 285 minutes
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