So yesterday I woke up to a big white box being delivered to my front door.
This is unusual- I pretty much never receive promotional swag like many bloggers, so it was quite a surprise to see the box was from Netflix. I opened it to find this…
My confusion vanished at the sight of the bag, which I opened up to find a small variety of Arrested Development nicknacks, like a pair of maracas, a stuffed ostrich, a faux-wooden iPhone case (that I admit I don’t quite get the purpose of), a poster, and a stick of blue paint.
The last item though, was a banana USB drive, which I popped in and discovered contained a series of family Bluth family portraits and a batch of stills- some of which I had not yet seen. I’ll share those with you below.
Strange box or not, I’m as excited as anyone to see the new season. It drops on Sunday, but if you listen to show creator Mitchell Hurwitz, it may not be a great idea to binge them all in one day (via Vulture).
“You’ll get tired!” says Hurwitz. “One of the producers came by when I was in post-production recently, and he said, ‘Can I see some of them?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, we’ve got seven episodes.’ ‘Great.’ And I heard him in the other room laughing and laughing, and then I heard him laughing a little less, and then a little less, and then later I saw him getting a drink of water and I said, ‘What do you think?’ He goes, ‘I’m just getting a little tired. I love it, it’s great, but you can’t really laugh the whole time. You have to take a break. There’s so much material… Don’t feel obligated to watch it all at once. It’s a comedy! It’s not like Lord of the Rings. Comedy takes a lot out of you.”
He also now notes that post-production definitely changed the show and that the season unfolds sequentially and should not be watched out of order, so disregard his comments from many months ago about watching the show in any sequence. Apparently jokes build and pay off as they always have, so the order Netflix gives them to you is the proper way to watch them.