Friday, December 7, 2007

Postscript to the post on Arrested Development

Ah! I forgot the most important thing I was going to say this morning regarding the show: I'm sure it can be pulled off, but just try and picture for yourself an Arrested Development movie! This is being thrown around as a possibility lately, thanks to the frustration and infinite love of the show in Jason Bateman, but, in the end, do you think it could have the same effect? The jokes are built up over long, long periods in the series, and seeing them recur in installments is one of the satisfactions of watching it unfold! Could this happen in a movie? Formally, I'm suggesting, it would have to just be different: and this necessity is the indication that the show really grasped something crucial about the structure of the TV program when it was on.

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