Ross Luippold: How Arrested Development Haters Blue Themselves Once Again
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
The backlash to the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development -- which, let's face it, is hardly a backlash by Internet standards -- is undercut by the fact that it was an inevitable byproduct of such an ambitious and risky project. What's more, it will hardly be as toxic to the show and its legacy as some are predicting.
"Chalk one up for the Internet: It has killed Arrested Development," proclaimed the New York Times' Mike Hale upon reviewing the show. This assessment seems to be representative of the consensus reaction: Netflix stock even dipped upon the release of the show, with many pointing to middling reviews of the new season as the culprit.
But the Times piece also reflects a strange, and problematic, attitude about the expectations set for the series. The unenthusiastic reaction that many had for the show is not due to Hurwitz and his co-conspirators' failure to deliver ("The actual execution was carried out by the producers of the show's fourth season
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