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A brilliant farewell for one of TV's greatest ever comedies,
This review is from: Arrested Development - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Arrested Development's third and final season could have been doomed by the fact that, halfway through filming of the series, Fox cut the amount of episodes ordered from 22 to 13. In the hands of other programme makers, this could have been the death knell for the series. However, series creator Mitch Hurwitz and his talented cast and crew managed to keep the show afloat, and arguably funnier than ever before, for its remaining episodes. To be able to tie up the many dangling plot threads in such a limited time can't have been an easy feat, but it is managed brilliantly, as you will see when watching the DVD.
There are appearances from a host of popular recurring characters (Barry, Kitty, Oscar, Franklin etc) and famous faces, the stand out being Charlize Theron, who appears in 5 episodes as the mysterious (and hilarious) British babe Rita. The story-arch involving Rita gives the producers several opportunities to spoof the James Bond films, and the surprise culmination, in which we learn the truth about Rita, has to be seen to be believed! Another standout episode is S.O.B.s, which was filmed after the news that the show had been cancelled. S.O.B.s has thinly-veiled attacks on Fox, not to mention those TV programmes that go to extremes to increase viewers (such as killing a character, a live episode or celebrity cameos). It is a brilliant example of why 'Arrested' became a standout critical hit in its first season.
This DVD package contains 13 episodes over 2 discs, with standout extras including several commentaries (featuring cast and crew); 19 deleted and extended scenes; and a featurette which deals with the last day of location filming for the show.
The episodes in this final season are:
1. The Cabin Show
2. For British Eyes Only
3. Forget Me Now
6. The Ocean Walker
7. Prison Break In
8. Making A Stand
10. Fakin' It
11. Family Ties
12. Exit Strategy
13. Development Arrested