Episodes two and three of new Arrested Development struggle to work as stand-alone pieces:
“If there’s a true failing these two episodes have, it’s that they don’t carry any of the emotional stakes that “Flight of the Phoenix” did.  That episode saw a man we care about brought low, and then lower still, while challenging him to claw his way out.  These two didn’t feel nearly as stand-alone, and while from a storytelling perspective I can appreciate the importance of setup time, that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it.  I’ve said since the beginning that this experimental structure will either be the flagpole from which this season proudly flies, or the stick that will be used to beat it.  Advocates of the latter point of view will be able to hold up this pair of episodes as examples of structural weakness, and they wouldn’t be wrong.”
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Episodes two and three of new Arrested Development struggle to work as stand-alone pieces:

If there’s a true failing these two episodes have, it’s that they don’t carry any of the emotional stakes that “Flight of the Phoenix” did.  That episode saw a man we care about brought low, and then lower still, while challenging him to claw his way out.  These two didn’t feel nearly as stand-alone, and while from a storytelling perspective I can appreciate the importance of setup time, that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it.  I’ve said since the beginning that this experimental structure will either be the flagpole from which this season proudly flies, or the stick that will be used to beat it.  Advocates of the latter point of view will be able to hold up this pair of episodes as examples of structural weakness, and they wouldn’t be wrong.”

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