I am LOVING all of this buildup to the upcoming release of Arrested Development’s long-awaited Season 4.
There’s the pop up banana stand in Manhattan, the banana rating system on Netflix, the service that will text you as soon as the new episodes are posted … I haven’t felt this sort of blissful anticipation since the last Harry Potter book came out!
My only question is, on the Big Day (May 26th), how do we celebrate? Unlike with Harry Potter, there will be no lining up to get your copy, no meeting up with friends to compare costumes, no figuring out in advance which book store will do the best job reproducing the Village of Hogsmeade.
Fans won’t be going somewhere to get a tangible thing, or even gathering at a movie theater to watch the premiere en masse. All of this excitement is building us up to an experience that will occur in our bedrooms, living rooms, or offices, on laptops and computer screens and phones.
And while there’s nothing wrong with that - it’s not all that different from the solitary nature of delving into a book - I’m just hoping that there will be some sort of presence in the real-world community of Bluth lovers. Some never-nude flash mob of bald dudes in cut-off jorts, or a convergence of hot cops on a boat somewhere. Sure, we can throw our own parties and make our own Banners, but on May 26th, I want to stumble upon a real-life “Living Classics” pageant.
The State Of Us: Ep. 3 - Millions and Millions of Nuggets
A coworker of mine recently introduced me to this hilarious series of news-style YouTube videos. The State of Us is only 4 episodes in, and I’m already quoting them, sometimes out loud.
The show plays around with that Daily Show/Weekend Update formula - two hosts taking real news stories and running with them far off into the world of nonsense. These guys do a great job of it. I watched the first 3 episodes back to back (the first is more of a teaser, but is still very funny) and had to stop drinking my carrot juice because I was laughing too hard and too suddenly to be safe from spitting it all over the computer screen.
I hope these guys hit it big time and this show keeps going and getting even better. For now, give ‘em a hand and spread it around. And if you like this episode, watch the rest of them here.
That’s right, Downton fans. Now we can all print out and play with our very own Dowager Countess paper doll with changeable facial expressions. We can act out the tension between Mary and Matthew, even deciding how severe Mary’s expression should be. The possibilities are endless with this (rather beautifully designed) set of paper dolls, which I am actually considering printing out. (I would suggest to anyone who does that they glue each sheet to cardboard before cutting out the dolls and their accessories, so that they can actually stand and the clothes don’t curl up. Man, I used to be really into paper dolls.)
My only worry is that Thomas’s bloody hand might fall off. But then again, doesn’t he deserve it?