Sunday, December 05, 2004

Arrested Development

Just watched the latest episode of Arrested Development, and I have to say that I love this show. I started watching it last season and it quickly became a "must watch" show for me. The characters are so bizarre and the writing on this show is hilarious. It really is one of the shows that I look forward to every week.

Tonight's episode was really funny, as the family finds out that their father was killed in Mexico and plan his wake. Okay, as I type this I realize that it doesn't SOUND funny, but trust me - it was. No matter how dark the situation gets, the way this disfunctional family operates makes the whole thing funny.

Anyway, I like spotting hidden touches in the shows I watch, and this episode was a trip. My favorite "bit" was the way they played the Charlie Brown Christmas theme when a character was sad - the character would walk around all hunch-shouldered with the weight of the world on his back. Absolutely hilarious in action, but the funny "bit" was when I noticed it the first time, George Michael, the son of the main character, was walking by a doghouse that had a dog sleeping on top of it. It was pretty quick and you might not have noticed it if your attention wandered, but it was funny.

Anyway, that's it for now. I spent most of the day studying for my first final on Monday, so not much time for other things today. I'm hoping to do another Campaign Journal entry later this week.


Ed said...

My favorite joke from this episode came when George Michael pointed out his girlfriend Anne to his grandfather. After his grandfather gave him a puzzled look, George Michael responded "she's funny". This was a reference to the joke from last episode where GOB first saw Anne and made the comment "Oh, I get it. She must be funny". It doesn't get any funnier then that!

Jer said...

Yeah - I thought that was funny too. One of the things that I really like about the show is that they make references back to previous episodes. Sometimes its with a flashback/voiceover to make it an obvious reference, but sometimes its just a running gag that runs over multiple episodes. Its a pretty complex show for a sitcom when you think about it.