Although it only hit Netflix a week ago, much has already been made about the surprisingly different approach the new season of “Arrested Development” took in capturing the current trials and tribulations of the Bluth family. Rather than having the entire ensemble consistently interacting together, one episode would be devoted to a single character, with other episodes detailing other characters and their simultaneous experiences. The response to this new storytelling format, which might have been as much of an artistic choice as it was the result of the cast members’ busy schedules, has been decidedly mixed, with many viewers and critics decrying this departure in style and wishing they would have just stuck with the original, highly acclaimed formula.
Fans of the show has taken it into their own hands to try and recapture the magic of the previous seasons, with two users on the show’s reddit page posting episodes of the newest season that they recut to follow a more chronological structure that harkens back to the “Arrested Development” of old, making them available for high-definition download and giving each episode a new title. The reddit reception to these revamped versions of the season are just as mixed as the public response to the original one, with many users comparing the quality of each retooled version and others complaining that the editing on each is too rough and jarring. While on the one hand these undertakings are presumably illegal (Is there a copyright lawyer in the house?), they seem in strangely perfect accordance with the convoluted subjectivity of the show, illustrating that the crazy universe encompassing “Arrested Development” continues to evolve and expand, even after the season is over.