"A lot of the early action of Season 4 feels almost like the writers are trying to decide what they think of Dory Sief," says Brian Tallerico. "The question of if viewers are supposed to like Dory anymore came up a lot in interviews about Season 3, and the narrative here seems to confront that issue directly, even allowing Dory to question her own actions and that of her friends in ways that she never did while she was on trial. The problem is that Search Party is at its best when it’s surreal and plot-driven, allowing character development and commentary to come from the narrative instead of forcing it into unbelievable and uncomfortable places as in the worst parts of this season. The good news is that highlights do start to emerge as the season goes along and the tonal balance is mostly regained. Great guest stars pop up to add flavor, including Ann Dowd, Griffin Dunne, and Susan Sarandon. And the momentum of the season really comes together when Drew, Portia, and Elliott are reunited with a purpose, finally allowing the show to feel like it did in those first two seasons again. It’s then that the fourth season of Search Party feels like it’s finally…sorry…found itself, and it really sticks the best season finale since the first year. It’s unclear now if there will be a fifth chapter in the saga of Dory Sief. Let’s hope that the writers haven’t lost her forever."