Jason Bateman, you’ve made a huge mistake.
While the nearly decade-long wait between Arrested Development’s third and fourth seasons was comprised of “will they/won’t they” teasing that would put most soap opera sexual tension to shame, it’s been hard to remain invested in the cast’s hints regarding a fifth installment of the Bluth Family saga. This is mainly because the fourth season – which helped Netflix define their binge-watching mode of original series release strategy – was a crushing disappointment, each single character-structured episode sucking the life out of the show’s cult fan base, which had grown exponentially during its absence thanks to home video.
Not to get too hyperbolic, but Arrested Development S04 is basically The Phantom Menace of sitcoms, that slow sinking feeling setting in with each thirty-minute block that this new work not only fails to re-capture the magic of what you loved before, it’s just flat-out bad.
So – good news! Jason Bateman tweeted last night that he’s officially signed on to his own Attack of the Clones with Arrested Development S5:
Look very probable I'm going to put some miles on the Stair Car this summer. Just officially signed on to more ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT today.— Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) May 12, 2017
While it’d be cool if this possible prequel could right the ship and shake off Netflix’s initial season (the streaming giant would probably air S05, though Arrested Development is still owned by Fox), it’s still up in the air as to whether or not the remainder of the Bluth Clan will be joining Michael, as the rest of the cast has been silent thus far.
Oh, except for Will Arnett:
Good luck with it man https://t.co/PtbEUigRo0— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) May 13, 2017
That sounds less than promising. But if Jason Bateman hurries, he can down a fistful of Forget-Me-Nows and act like his contract doesn’t exist.
What do you think? Is this fifth season a terrible idea, or will a redux give Mitch Hurwitz & Co. a chance to atone for past sins? Sound off below.