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Review: Arrested Development Season 4

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Review: Arrested Development Season 4 

Review by: Prof. Jenn

[GENERAL SPOILER ALERT]

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“I have just witnessed a 15-circle Venn diagram”–Prof. Jenn’s Facebook status, Monday morning post-season 4

I was one of those fans that sat down on Sunday and watched every one of the new 15 episodes of Arrested Development one after the other. In one sitting. I had rewatched all the old FOX episodes very shortly before the release of the highly anticipated new Netflix series, so the early shenanigans of the Bluth family were still fresh in mind as I embarked on Season 4.

Now of course the first thing anyone interested in this series wants to know is: Is it as funny as the previous three seasons? Well…

Is Season 4 as funny as the old seasons? No. Is it as entertaining? Yes. More so, if you’re the kind that likes interlocking plot puzzles (which I am). Each episode in Season 4 centers around one character as its POV character. So we basically see the same span of time (directly after the Season 3 finale with the boat, etc.) elapse over and over, with each different POV giving us more layers of what’s happening in the background of the other episodes, until by the time we get to Maeby’s story, our head is reeling with all the interconnected nodes in the plot web. This gives Season 4 much rewatchability, as there are plenty of clues and Easter-egg like treats as each episode nods to each other one.

Some highlights: the Maeby story. Maria Bamford. The scenes between Gob and Tony Wonder. The incredible goofy psychosis of Buster. Cinco de Quatro. Tommy Tune. The head-swimmingly interconnected plots. Actually I can really just call it one plot, with several different windows offering different views of it.

Bottom Line: Absolutely recommended, no question. If the first ep or two starts out slow for you, keep at it. Your brain will explode by, like, episode 7.

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Have you ever seen Arrested Development? Well.. I was watching it the other day, and naturally.. got a hankering for a Bluth Frozen Banana.. Unfortunately for me, there is no banana stand at the corner of my street.. Soooo… Macgyvering it was the next best option.
Here’s how to make yourself a tasty, frozen summer snack.. with what you probably have laying around the kitchen. The night before, I took three bananas, unpeeled them, wrapped them like cigars in wax paper, and stuck them in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need: your frozen bananas, chocolate chips, something microwaveable to melt the chocolate in, peanuts, and a plate/tray for your peanuts.

Now… with those chocolate chips, we’re going to melt those the quick and easy way.. so put those in the microwave on MEDIUM heat for 2 minutes.. you’ll just barely see the chips start to get glossy. Then, mix these up with a fork- they will melt as you stir them. If you need to melt these more [or need to reheat them at anytime during your banana shenanigans], put them back in the microwave [still at 50% heat] for no more than 20 second increments at a time. 

As for the peanuts.. suuuure, you can get crushed peanuts. And suuuure, even if you have whole peanuts, you can crush them with a culinary mullet or whatever.. but screw that. I felt like using a REAL hammer.. so while the chocolate is melting, crush your peanuts the badass way: put them in a ziploc bag, and BEAT them with a hammer. Have fun. Then pour them into your peanut tray/plate.

LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE ALL READY TO GO…

Here comes the messy part. 

One banana at a time… first dip it in the chocolate:

Once it’s coated.. move it on over to the peanuts: 

That really is all there is to it.. Now you have your very own Bluth Frozen Banana (or in my case, Bagwell Frozen Banana) to sink your teeth into! 

DAAAAAMMMMNNN TASTY.

Happy Banana’ing!

♥Jackie

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