Netflix is Re-Releasing Arrested Development’s Fourth Season, This Time Recut in Chronological Order
If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll undoubtedly be celebrating Cinco de Cuatro this Friday. And what better way is there to do that than with a Bluth family binge-watch—only one in which the cult series’ long-awaited fourth season is slightly better than you remember from the first time around? Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz took to the show’s official Twitter to announce that a recut version of season four (which he first teased back in 2014) will be streaming on Netflix beginning Friday, May 4.
For many of the brilliant-but-cancelled comedy’s fans, season four was a bit of a disappointment, specifically because of its experimental narrative style (or what Hurwitz calls “a Rashomon-style of storytelling”), where each episode only focused on one or two characters—not the entire clan—which altered the spirit of Michael’s “family first” mantra.
“The goal was that by the end of the season, a unified story of cause and effect would emerge for the viewer—full of surprises about how the Bluths were responsible for most of the misery they had endured,” Hurwitz explained. “In some ways to be an experience for that viewer, perhaps, akin to eating some toast, then some bacon—maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey and realizing, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.”
Because of the edits, the revamped season—which is officially being called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences—will be comprised of 22 episodes versus the original 15 installments (though they’ll be shorter this time around).
Why drop the redux now? Well, because it’s Cinco de Cuatro, of course. But also because it sounds as if season five might be arriving sooner than you think. Though no official date for the all-new season has been announced, Hurwitz did promise that it will be “coming back to Netflix soon. Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking, ‘why are we all just hearing this now?’” (You can read Hurwitz’s full statement below.)
[h/t The Verge]