Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz warned fans against consuming the entire new season of the show in one big gulp this morning an interview with Vulture. Despite the fact that Netflix is releasing all 15 episodes at the same time (this Sunday at midnight) and that many fans are planning on binge-watching, Hurwitz warns, “You can’t take it all in at once.” He added:
“The whole show is like the selective-attention test. No one sees the gorilla! I’ll give you an example: When I was at the last sound mix with our editors and there was one of our bigger sight gags in the background of one of our more absurd conversations, nobody saw the sight gag, including me. And all we were doing is staring at the screen! What I like about the show is not that gimmick but that it gives fans something to pore over if that’s fun for them. If they want to go right back and check out the Gob episode and see how that was set up, they can … 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.”
After waiting seven years for new episodes of the beloved show and upon being given a whole new season all at once, I doubt fans (myself included) will show restraint like Hurwitz suggests, but for those of you with self-control, maybe listen to what the guy says.