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evan

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« Reply #80 on: 01-23-2005 20:57 »

*ka-bump*

The long periods with no new episodes are really hurting the flow of this show.  I remember watchign the whole first season in like 4 days.  It's been like a month since the last new episode, right?

I liked the return of the Hot Cops.  Little bits of continuity  make this show great.  Tobias as a gang member is awesome in such a lame way.

I'm not digging the Maeby as an executive thing, but I suppose they needed another reason to continue the George Michael/Maeby incest thing. Poor George Michael never gets ahead.

I like that the Bluth Company is under new management.  Gob needs something to do, and he does work best as the clueless president.  I'm not huge on Lucielle 2 being the controller of all Bluth stock, but it does add an extra needed wrinkle to the show.  Finally, the Bluths will be united against one common enemy.
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« Reply #81 on: 01-24-2005 15:18 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
It's been like a month since the last new episode, right?

Actually, there was a new one last week.  Don't tell me you missed the Bluth-Sitwell company softball game?  Or Buster getting transferred to the USO?

Anyway, I like seeing Henry Winkler's character again (but when did he get out of jail?).  I've always enjoyed the character, and he just keeps getting more sleezy.  ("You can't tell, but I just winked at you."   laff )

I'm also enjoying how Michael is gradually becoming as selfish as eveyone else on the show... or maybe he's always been that way, and I'm just noticing now.  In any case, I'm loving it.

But is it just me, or are they not giving Oscar enough to do?
David A

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« Reply #82 on: 01-25-2005 13:26 »

 
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I'm also enjoying how Michael is gradually becoming as selfish as eveyone else on the show... or maybe he's always been that way, and I'm just noticing now.  In any case, I'm loving it.

Well, there was that episode where he took a chair home from work
evan

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« Reply #83 on: 01-25-2005 15:05 »

I rewatched the extended pilot with commentary on the DVD, and Jason Bateman admitted that Michael's always been a dick.  It just so happens that sometimes he snaps out of it at the wrong time.  Of course, his dickishness was necessary to survive against the rest of his family, but it's always been there.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #84 on: 02-02-2005 11:31 »

Funny show, can't wait until the new episode, the 13th right?
FishyJoe

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« Reply #85 on: 02-10-2005 10:04 »

The new episode looks lame though. Martin Short? Why, Arrested Development producers, why? Hopefully it's just a five-second cameo that FOX is overhyping. (they've had some lame-o promos before, and the actual episodes have turned out alright)

I'm too lazy to find a link, but zap2it and other TV sites are reporting that FOX is cutting it's Arrested Development order. Yup--it's being replaced in the post-Simpsons by super-crappy American Dad. And now we're only getting 18 episodes in the second season. Way to go, FOX.
David A

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« Reply #86 on: 02-10-2005 12:01 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:
The new episode looks lame though. Martin Short? Why, Arrested Development producers, why? Hopefully it's just a five-second cameo that FOX is overhyping. (they've had some lame-o promos before, and the actual episodes have turned out alright)

The idea of Martin Short being on the show scares me too, but I'm withholding judgment until I see the actual episode.

 
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I'm too lazy to find a link, but zap2it and other TV sites are reporting that FOX is cutting it's Arrested Development order. Yup--it's being replaced in the post-Simpsons by super-crappy American Dad. And now we're only getting 18 episodes in the second season. Way to go, FOX.

I really hope that this is just a rumor.  If it's true...

*sigh*  I had just started to like FOX again.  I don't wanna go back to hating them; I don't have the energy for that anymore.
evan

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« Reply #87 on: 02-10-2005 15:46 »

About Martin Short, I wasn't too keen on Liza Minelli having a recurring role at first either, but she really surprised me with how well she pulled off Lucille 2. I'm going to just wait and see if Short is as bad as expected.

David A: I heard about AD getting cut for ADud. I'm not sure if it's just this season being cut, but I really really doubt that Arrested Development would be outright cancelled for American Dad. American Dad has gotten nothing but terrible reviews from the critics, while Development is a multiple Emmy winner.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #88 on: 02-11-2005 10:17 »

Good point with the whole Liza Minelli thing. However! At least she's a fairly normal character. Looking at this week's promo, it looks like Martin Short's gags are all weird and cartooney and, well, Martin Short-ey. It just doesn't fit with the Arrested Development style at all.

I'm hoping it's just a bizzarre dream sequence that lasts exactly five seconds, or something.
El Oso

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« Reply #89 on: 02-11-2005 11:40 »

I like the show, its just the hairless guy Ive gotten tired with. And I've only seen two episodes. And for Maritin Short, if they didnt have the over-exaggerated(i know spelt wrong) broken legs gag, it might expected to be funnier.


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David A

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« Reply #90 on: 02-11-2005 12:49 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:
Looking at this week's promo, it looks like Martin Short's gags are all weird and cartooney and, well, Martin Short-ey. It just doesn't fit with the Arrested Development style at all.

Yeah, that's what worries me.  Martin Short can actually be funny when he isn't trying to be so Ed Grimley about it.

Still, this is Arrested Development we're talking about.  I'm not giving up hope that it might actually be good yet.
j_ohanley

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« Reply #91 on: 02-11-2005 21:48 »

Yeah, if Arrested Development could make Liza Minelli, Martin Short is a breeze. Sitwell is getting a little boring though. He's not a bad character or anything, he just doesn't seem like a guest star worth bringing back all the time.
evan

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« Reply #92 on: 02-11-2005 22:31 »

Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #93 on: 02-12-2005 00:09 »

It sounds like a funny episode, but then again I am super optimistic all the time.
evan

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« Reply #94 on: 02-12-2005 01:07 »

I never thought I'd say this ever, but I kinda wish they'd show some repeats of Arrested Development later in the week. While I have the first seaosn on dvd, I think it would help build the audience if they got to see the show from the begining. Unlike other sitcoms, AD episodes really build on each other. If you miss one episode, then there's some continuous plot you may have missed.
David A

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« Reply #95 on: 02-12-2005 11:56 »

I do think that they should show the repeats more often.  During the first season, they showed a marathon on New Year's eve.  I think a couple of my friends got hooked on the show that night.

 
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Didn't they already do that?  Or do you mean that they're bringing her back?
FishyJoe

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« Reply #96 on: 02-12-2005 15:26 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
I never thought I'd say this ever, but I kinda wish they'd show some repeats of Arrested Development later in the week. While I have the first seaosn on dvd, I think it would help build the audience if they got to see the show from the begining. Unlike other sitcoms, AD episodes really build on each other. If you miss one episode, then there's some continuous plot you may have missed.

I agree with this brave, handsome man. I basically understood the gist of it when I first watched Arrested Development, but less smart mainstream viewers are easily confused,  and would benefit from seeing older episodes.

A few weeks ago I was with a whole group of friends/fans watching the show. I forget what the episode was all about--basically all I remember is the male strippers were dancing at some club that Tobias bought. But the whole room was in hysterics, except for the one girl there who had never seen Arrested Development before. I have never seen anyone more confused in my life.
evan

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« Reply #97 on: 02-12-2005 17:38 »

David A: Yeah, I read the wrong episode description.  She will return more often this season,
. I wrote the wrong name is all.

Well, I was lucky enough to see the entire first season on dvd, so I didn't have that problem of getting lost. But there have been like two or three episodes this season that I've missed, and it'd be really nice if FOX would let you play catch up. After all, they've already reran like 3 episodes of the Simpsons that aired this year, why can't they do that for AD?

This may be from one of the episodes I missed, but whatever happened to Anyong?
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #98 on: 02-12-2005 22:38 »

I think he was deported, I missed that episode too, someone told me he was sent away as punishment by Lucille.
evan

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« Reply #99 on: 02-12-2005 23:48 »

He was sent to Milford Acadamy. It's in one of the episodes I missed the first time around. Personally, I thought he didn't have much to do without Buster there.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #100 on: 02-13-2005 14:46 »

Yeah, agreed. 

Do you think he'll be back?
evan

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« Reply #101 on: 02-13-2005 17:40 »

I dunno. Without Buster to torment or without Lucille to love by way of tormenting Buster, I don't see a whole lot for Anyong to do.  On the bright side, I will never ever forget what the Korean word for "hello" is. Ever.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #102 on: 02-13-2005 23:04 »
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Or the Spanish word for brother.

Great episode tonight, I thought Martin Short was great, and alot of funny stuff with Tobias.

Tobias- (to himself) Tobias, you blow hard.

I also liked the use of Buster's army training.
Not to mention the loud obscenities from Lucille.

If you missed tonights episode, you missed a great one.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #103 on: 02-14-2005 01:12 »

On the plus side, Martin Short was better than I expected. On the minus side, I still hated him. Way too exaggerated, and I just don't buy him as a 90 year old(even a scary Jack Lelanne-ish 90 year old).

I don't understand Fox's need to add goofy sound effects to the promos. I remember they did this last season...they showed a scene were George Sr gets tazered, and they have goofy cartooney lightning bolts running through his body. The actual scene in the show was much more realistic/funny.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #104 on: 02-14-2005 01:15 »

That's certainly one thing this show has going for it. The tasers. They kick ass.
evan

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« Reply #105 on: 02-14-2005 01:25 »

I didn't care for Short either. It seemed really out of character for Michael to pimp out his sister to a creepy old guy. Usually he's more upright than that. Aside from that, I liked Tobias finally realizing all the terrible things he's been saying and Buster's new military training. Sitwell can go, though.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #106 on: 02-14-2005 01:30 »

I'm not sure that Tobias "got it", can't wait for March 6th.
Gorky

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« Reply #107 on: 02-14-2005 08:21 »

I can't believe that I've never noticed this thread before.

Well, anyway, last night's episode was pretty nice. Funny, as always, and Short wasn't as bad I would have thought. Yeah, you can't really buy him as a 90 year old, but there were still enough funny moments to go around (I loved Buster putting his military training to good use, and Michael prompting Tobias to tape record himself was a nice touch--as was the fact that, as Lrrr said, Tobias didn't get it). Also, evan, I had a little bit of a problem with what Michael did, but if you consider the fact that he thought the business was going under and was going to be sold, I guess that he thought it was the right thing to do--he had to make Uncle Jack happy.
David A

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« Reply #108 on: 02-14-2005 10:44 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:
On the plus side, Martin Short was better than I expected. On the minus side, I still hated him. Way too exaggerated, and I just don't buy him as a 90 year old(even a scary Jack Lelanne-ish 90 year old).

Yeah, they didn't even really try to make him look old.  It's like they told us he was 90 years old, and we were just supposed to pretend that he actually looked like he was.

Other than Martin Short, I thought that it was a pretty good episode.

 
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Originally posted by evan:
It seemed really out of character for Michael to pimp out his sister to a creepy old guy. Usually he's more upright than that.

I thought so too, but then I remembered what you said:

 
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I rewatched the extended pilot with commentary on the DVD, and Jason Bateman admitted that Michael's always been a dick. It just so happens that sometimes he snaps out of it at the wrong time. Of course, his dickishness was necessary to survive against the rest of his family, but it's always been there.
evan

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« Reply #109 on: 02-14-2005 12:20 »

To survive "against" his family, not "toward" his family. There's a difference between being rude to your sister after she's failed in a simple task and pimping her off to a 90 year old man just so he can give you money to save the company.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #110 on: 02-16-2005 18:18 »

It seems like Michael's been letting his dark side out.  I wonder why?
mikey

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« Reply #111 on: 02-17-2005 03:02 »

I got the season one DVD and watched the remaining few episodes. It all came together so well. George Snr desperatly wanting George Michael's Hair so he could pose as oscar to excape and George Snr commiting "Light treason".
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #112 on: 02-17-2005 18:02 »

"No Touching!"
Zoidypoo

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« Reply #113 on: 02-19-2005 17:50 »
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God, I tried getting into that show! but it's too weird coming in at the middle! Cuz you got no idea what's going on! And the style in weird cuz there is no lagh trak like other sitcoms and the cinamotography looks like it's you vidio taping it with your SONY vidio cam. But that just be my opinion. 
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #114 on: 02-19-2005 19:31 »

Accually they are filming with a handheld, and i'm glad there is no laugh track, do you need to be told what to laugh at?

Maybe you could rent the first season.
Zoidypoo

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« Reply #115 on: 02-20-2005 10:12 »

Yeah, a laugh track is not a nessesitiy but you start flipping the channals and 1/2 the shows have them. All i'm saying is that we have been programed  to have a sitcom with a laugh track. 
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #116 on: 02-20-2005 20:14 »
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Heh. The Office would pwn you.

Laugh tracks are the tool of the devil.


In AD related news: why oh why is it not on local TV any more? They took a break for the bloody tennis, but when the tennis thing finished, neither AD nor Scrubs returned to their timeslots. 's annoying.
evan

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« Reply #117 on: 02-20-2005 21:02 »

After AD, I can't watch shows that use laugh tracks anymore. For example, I caught a syndicated episode of "That 70s Show" a few days ago, and I hated how every line was punctuated by canned laughter. I had to turn the show off after like 5 minutes. Cartoons and AD are all I can stand now.
mikey

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« Reply #118 on: 02-21-2005 10:11 »

I get annoyed watching shows without gob and tobias. "Dooche Chill!"
Zoidypoo

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« Reply #119 on: 02-21-2005 13:50 »
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 HAR HAR Slack Jawed Moron. I know what "the office" is it is a brittish show that is now trying to be relived on Canadian I live in Vermont I get Canadian channals.      big grin     big grin
 There is supposed to be a new Eposiode with Julia
Something Dryfeson in it you know elaine from singfeld.

Zoidberg is great...Accept it.
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