Ten episodes in and I'm still not sure what I think. No real laugh out loud moments and the episodes overlap so much that it feels like I've gotten three or four episodes worth of actual new material so far.
Interesting you say that. I haven't seen them but wasn't the season supposed to be 10 episodes, than 12, 13, now 15, and they kept adding more episodes because of the extra footage?
Finished the whole thing just now and I completely agree with BillJ. This feels like it was all setup and no payoff. There is also not really anything to root for with these characters anymore. They're not lovably disfunctional, they're just assholes.
I almost wish it had just stayed dead at this point.
I'm going to go cry in a corner now.
I half agree. I definitely think what you say about it being all setup and no payoff is true. There's supposed to be a movie coming up, so basically this whole season was setup for the movie. That's unfortunate, because 1) we don't need 8 hours of setup for a 2 hour film, and 2) every season/episode should be able to stand on its own to some degree. I feel that these episodes make sense within the larger context of the entire series/a film, but they don't make much sense on their own. I can't see myself ever rewatching this season, as there wasn't anything hilariously funny enough to want to see again and most of the episodes (especially the early ones) are just different versions of what we see again in the later episodes.
Also, though I got used to the character based episodes, I really prefer it when they are all together. It's really an ensemble cast. The way that Buster, Gob, Lindsay, and Michael play off of each other is much funnier than anything they could do on their own. I know it was mostly the shooting schedule that caused them to do things this way, it's just unfortunate. I yearned for more family moments!
But at the same time, I am still glad that these episodes were made and I still found them enjoyable, though not as enjoyable as the first seasons of the show.