Tag Archives: Steve Carell

Branch Closing – A Farewell to ‘The Office’

We very clearly remember the moment that we fell for The Office, the NBC stalwart that closes up shop at Dunder Mifflin tonight after nine mostly great seasons. It was the fall of 2005, when The Office was starting to find its legs after a rocky and uneven six episode first season, and we in our first autumn post-college, back at our parents’, and for the first time since we were four-years-old not attending school. We were at our best friend and future roommate’s house, hanging out, maybe barbecuing, maybe drinking a few beers, maybe watching the first season of Lost on DVD, which dominated much of our time (and thoughts) during that period. We knew about the The Office, another blatant attempt to import a UK hit stateside, but missed its brief run earlier that year, as was the case with the aforementioned Lost, as the only shows we watched religiously during our final year of college (and last few months before true adulthood) were The Simpsons and Survivor. We did, however, recall reading that it was an imperfect translation of the original, and the Steve Carell-led vehicle – who was then best known as the other Steve from The Daily Show –  was not likely to resurrect NBC Thursday night Must See TV, let alone make it past Season 2. So with the middling reviews in mind, and the fact that we were unfamiliar with the original Ricky Gervais version, we didn’t go out of our way to watch the show. But that night changed everything.

More: But that was just the beginning…

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Across the pond, Back to the Past, Brilliance, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Freak Out Control, Good Humor, Is That Still On?, LOST, Must Flee TV, Must See TV

Must Flee TV: Managing Expectations – An Uneven Season of ‘The Office’ Comes to the Close

This week we’re looking back on the just completed/completing seasons of NBC’s Thursday night comedies.  Today we check in the senior member of the team, ‘The Office.’ 

For quite some time we were religious with our Office recaps, but then two things happened 1) we were working a paid job more than full-time and 2) the show became, well, inessential.  We hoped to check-in during Steve Carell’s final season, but analyses was few and far between.  But even though we weren’t providing regular reviews, the series was still required viewing.  We might not follow-up the next morning with our thoughts, but we were still going out of our way to watch it Thursday night, as much out of habit as desire.  But this season, with Carell’s Michael Scott off to Colorado, the show became the least appealing, least critical member of the lineup.  Wait til Friday to watch Community?  We’d rather not.  Skip an episode of Parks  and Rec?  No way.  But go a week without watching the latest The Office?  Sure.  View an episode of Robert California’s Dunder Mifflin out-of-order?  Fine.  We just didn’t care that much anymore.

But a funny thing happened at the end of The Office’s eighth season.  We were actually invested.  We almost felt things, things that just nearly came close to approximating the real emotions that the show’s best seasons elicited.  For the first time all year, the series seemed to find its voice.

More: How Andy Bernard got his groove back…

1 Comment

Filed under Analysis, Back to the Past, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Good Humor, Must Flee TV, Must See TV

Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Electric City

Remember in the cold winter days of December 2005 when “Lazy Sunday” premiered and basically made YouTube an inextricable part of our lives?  That was a seminal, society altering, comedy-changing moment.  Well, that’s not what people were looking for on our blog, they were searching using the term “michael scott dick in a box.”  But, unfortunately, we don’t have that, a combination of Steve Carell’s Office character and the cultural successor to “Lazy Sunday” that became a phenomenon in its own right.  But, what we do have is a combination of Michael Scott and “Lazy Sunday.”  So, here we go, the ode of suburban Pennsylvania, “Lazy Scranton”:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Leave a comment

Filed under Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Gratuitous Search Term Bait, Saturday Night Live, Virulent

‘The Office’: Eee Party

In last night’s The Office episode, “Viewing Party” Michael comes to view Gabe’s presence as a direct threat to his power, and subsequently sabotages said viewing party of Glee.  But wasn’t Michael Scott all in a dramatic tizzy a couple weeks back because he felt that Darryl was challenging his authority?  That just happened, right?  And he had the same reaction to Charles Miner (the indomitable Idris Elba) a couple of seasons ago, didn’t he?  And last year he grew petulant because co-manager Jim gave Phyllis permission to dress as Santa for the Christmas party, in turn sending Michael on a holiday cheer sullying temper tantrum.  Which is to say, we’ve seen it before, and, we think, we’ve seen enough.

Continue: The eventual Michael Scott departure, more sweet than bitter? Plus, Kevin in a blanket and Kelly Kapoor nails it…

Leave a comment

Filed under Analysis, Dillon Panthers, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Must See TV

Riding the Bus with Michael Scott: Brief Thoughts on Last Week’s ‘The Office’

Well the good vibes had to end at some point, and after a string of strong and then stronger episodes, that run ended rather abruptly with last week’s episode, “Christening.”  We actually don’t have too much to say about it, which is to expected since it aired a week ago, but also because it was a rather forgettable episode.

And it didn’t have to be, that’s what was so frustrating about it.
More: Michael and Andy drink the Kool-Aid, Jim and Pam drink NyQuil, and Toby gets hosed down with Holy Water

Leave a comment

Filed under Analysis, Bad Humor, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Must See TV

The Many Loves of Michael Scott

We might never know from whom Michael contracted herpes, or if the unsightly sore on his face was in fact the nasty little disease (although, we can probably trust Meredith’s expert diagnosis).  But what we can surmise is that the unflattering blemish is perhaps the best thing that has ever happened to Michael, because it has put him on a path towards genuine self-reflection and, we can only hope, reconciliation with true love Holly Flax.  Who ever heard of an STD bringing two people closer together?

Read on: How Sex Ed is the answer to Casino Night. Plus: The return of the real Andy Bernard

Leave a comment

Filed under Analysis, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Flashback!, Good Humor, Must See TV

‘The Office’: Fleet Week

[note: not sure if that title will have anything to do with our reaction to last night’s Office.  We just liked it.]

Week 3 of the Michael Scott death march brought us “Andy’s Play,” which slots below last week’s Michael Scott – Toby Flenderson tete-a-tete “Counseling” but above the season premiere “Nepotism.”  It exhibited many of the symptoms that have plagued the show in recent seasons, but also demonstrated some encouraging signs, some beats that harken back to the show’s roots.  Uneven, sure, but with a strong finish.  And as some porn star was probably once told, it’s better to finish strong than start strong.

Read on: Michael is up, couples are down, and the wine is going all around.

1 Comment

Filed under Analysis, Broadway!, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Good Humor, Must See TV