Neither of us loved the season – the plot wasn’t very interesting and the series relied too much on self-referential humor – but Netflix tried a number of daring things that I think will pay off in the future.
The first is releasing the entire series at once. After we finished watching an episode of a different series on TV recently, Kristina actually said, “It’s such a pain when we watch a season that hasn’t already aired, because then we can’t just skip right to the next episode.” There is a reason that novels are more popular than serials.
Secondly, Netflix / Arrested Development tried a kind of choose-your-own-adventure style, where each of the episodes told the same story from a different character’s point of view. The original idea, as I understand it, was that viewers would be able to watch the episodes in any order and see different facets of the story. Ultimately, the episodes did have an order, and the different viewpoints proved confusing, but this is a pretty awesome concept and I can see future shows doing neat stuff here.
Eventually, I could imagine some sort of GoPro cameras connecting to actors, and we can switch back and forth as the show goes, seeing the same story from all different points of view, and each pass through the story is unique, based on when we choose to jump to different characters.