I finished the season and had some time to think about it. There were some funny parts and worthwhile moments, but a lot of frustration too. Young Gob was a good actor, but young Michael's hair was way too long for what I picture for buttoned-up Michael. There was a good payoff to Michael not remembering Cinco, when we saw him do the chicken dance and fall, but at the same time they claim that Buster really erased part of the security footage with Fakeblock, which doesn't work. They show the staircar photo with GM and Maeby, but again don't explain how/when they got the wigs from Michael and why Steve Holt isn't in the staircar with them. It feels sloppy and cobbled together wrong.
The intricate plan to trick the Chinese into buying Fakeblock reminded me of the Pier Pressure/Making a Stand lessons, and it just makes me wonder how did Michael suddenly get so competent, and Gob become such a good magician to pull that off? There's no J. Walter Weatherman helping them this time. I'm also glad that Tony Wonder survived, but disappointed that we didn't even get a kiss between them, just hints of running around in secret still in the closet.
The last episode had Michael and GM driving away in the staircar, but given Michael's "dreams" of spending 24/7 with his son in a suffocating way earlier in the season, I don't see them leaving together as a happy end; I see it creepy as Michael living in GM's dorm room, never letting go. I never got the sense that Michael learned his lesson to stop interfering so much, and to let his son have his own life. The show instead tried to validate him as a hero.
Also, while they were hiding plot twists, there was so much misdirection. So much was spent on Dustin Radler with Lucille, only for there to be a motherboy twist, and his dad Dustin Sr. With the gay mafia storyline, we are led to believe that the threats are real and deadly, that they killed Tony Wonder and gave his body to Gob to get rid of. Instead we learn that it was just a mannequin, and they only killed his career, by forcing him to work in Branson. Then Gob got him out of the contract by financing Guys and Dolls for five weeks, so no they don't really murder and break people's legs like real mobsters. We even learn that Gob never thought Tony was dead; he just thought Tony ghosted him. So why did we the audience have to suffer thinking him dead so long?
The rewrite of Lindsay's parentage upends a lot of Bluth history, and I see some fans rationalizing that the Nana who died in season 1 was a stepmom (even though the narrator doesn't say that). I'm not willing to give the show that much leeway, though. Sudden Valley had a whole neighborhood of houses in season 4 and the first half of season 5, but now we're back just to the model home and an empty lot to build a prototype wall on. The show tossed continuity out the window whenever it's convenient, and they haven't addressed GM and Maeby being married either. It's like they don't care about details anymore.