I agree, character development is improtant and season 5 seemed to focus more on that.
Well! Good to hear your opinion’s changed that way then! Maybe when you watch it all at once it makes more sense, you get a better sense of continuity, whereas when we only get an episode a week or so a big part of the effect is lost. I still think it had some weaknesses, but it’s good to hear you enjoyed re-watching it!
Hi. Huge apologies for not replying sooner, but aside from everything else, I’ve also been contemplating how to respond. To be honest, I can’t say any objective reason why season 5 wasn’t as strong. Personally, I just found most of the episodes, apart from the last 5-6 maybe, not memorable and slightly bland. Perhaps the humor got a bit repetitive? And people who have been messaging me seem to think it wasn’t as strong too, yes. Overall, I think it was a good season, there was plenty of character development and good scenes, but maybe the humor needs refreshing.
Some episodes that center more around Haley that I can think of are “Three Dinners” (5x13) and “iSpy” (5x14) from season 5, and “Schooled” (4x02), “Party Crasher” (4x12) and “Arrested” (4x07) in season 4.