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Niteshade007 05-05-2008 03:03 PM

The Office (NBC)
 
At first I thought about making it about both the BBC and NBC, but with the BBC one all finished up and the NBC one taking a pretty different direction in recent seasons, it might get a little confusing.

So, now that the strike is over and we've had a few episodes of The Office, what do you all think of them? I'm still in love with the show, but these episodes raise a few questions...

-Will the show be the same after Jim and Pam get married? Well, obviously it'll be different, but will it still be interesting? I must admit I had my doubts about them getting together at the end of the 3rd season, but I think the strike worked for them, since we didn't get a full season of them being all happy and in love, turning off viewers because there was little controversy.

-Ryan has a drug problem? Pretty serious stuff. He also seems to have it out for Jim. What will this do for the show?

-Will Jan return as Michael's true love? Or will it be the chair model in next year's catalog?

There are so many things to discuss about this great show, so here is a place for fans to discuss.

nezobiwan 05-07-2008 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Niteshade007
-Will the show be the same after Jim and Pam get married? Well, obviously it'll be different, but will it still be interesting?

--I think that the new "Jam" suspense is "Will they get engaged/married?" instead of "Will Jim and Pam ever get together?" It's no Mr. Darcy/Miss Bennet but it will suffice. "Jam" is not the only thing that the show has going for it.

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Originally Posted by Niteshade007
-Ryan has a drug problem? Pretty serious stuff. He also seems to have it out for Jim. What will this do for the show?

--Ryan as the antagonist is SO SO lovely and perfect and that he's attacking Jim is only natural since Jim is the clear protagonist of the show. I like where this is going.

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Originally Posted by Niteshade007
-Will Jan return as Michael's true love? Or will it be the chair model in next year's catalog?

--Michael + Jan has been a bad idea since the women's appreciation episode where he told all of the Office girls that Jan tapes them during <<>> and critiques him with her psychriatrist! I know Michael's messed up, but he's not THAT messed up! I think there's a lot of potential in their storyline still though. The biggest and best hook at this time (IMO) is "Will Michael Scott ever get his kids, house, and white picket fence? Will he ever have an epiphany and realize that looks aren't everything? Will Ryan's jerkitude aid in this revelation?" I'm eating this one up!

I'd like to conclude this post by saying: "Ryan started the fi-yah! It was always burning since the world's been turning! Ryan started the fi-yah!"

YouNeverKnow 05-11-2008 05:47 PM

Well, I know that apart from loving every line and shot of the show (especially Creed's talking heads), I am completely and hopelessly in love with Jenna Fischer.

nezobiwan 05-11-2008 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by YouNeverKnow
Well, I know that apart from loving every line and shot of the show (especially Creed's talking heads), I am completely and hopelessly in love with Jenna Fischer.

Yeah my husband too.. but he liked Karen better and was really disappointed when she and Jim broke up. What a weirdo.

YouNeverKnow 05-12-2008 12:59 AM

No way. Pam has Karen beat any day of the week. Bahhh I can't explain it. She is just invincibly cute, and cuteness goes a long way over hotness (which she also has good quantities of).

But yeah this week should be good. I really don't want anything bad to happen to Jim and Pam. Nothing that perfect should get ruined.

I know I'm gonna miss the person that's leaving (I guess I won't tell it here).

No hope for Dwight and Angela???

Here's hoping Michael makes an important step towards achieving all of his goals. I can only laugh at the situations for so long until I feel really sympathetic.


Pretty stoked!

Niteshade007 05-12-2008 04:25 PM

You know who is leaving? Please tell me!

Snakes 05-12-2008 04:32 PM

Isn't it Toby? I might be wrong.

nezobiwan 05-13-2008 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Snakes
Isn't it Toby? I might be wrong.

*Puts fingers firmly in ears* LA LA LA LA LA!

Spoiler warnings, pah-LEEZ people!

nezobiwan 05-19-2008 10:30 AM

OMG the finale!!!

Would you like an M&M? I keep them on my desk so that no one can steal them.

Niteshade007 05-19-2008 01:18 PM

I really liked the finale. So much to think about though.

I wonder if Toby is the one who is getting the spin-off show. As much as I love Toby, I don't think he is interesting enough to carry a show. Same goes for Ryan, although Ryan seems more likely. I'm just not sure how much I'd enjoy a show about Ryan in jail.

Holly is great. She seems like such a perfect fit for Michael, and yet, I'm still pulling for Jan. I don't know why, but I really love Jan's character, and I want to see her and Michael together. I do think that Jan is lying though about the sperm donor. It might even be Hunter's, her assistant. Remember his song? "You took me by the hand, made me a man..."

nezobiwan 05-19-2008 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Niteshade007
Remember his song? "You took me by the hand, made me a man..."

Hahahahaha! That would be a funny twist! Good tip on that clue... :up:

My heart really broke for Michael when Jan said that he wasn't the father. :( Poor guy!

Holly is too perfect for Michael for them not to end up together. I like Jan's character, but I don't think that she's good for Michael. She's even more &^%ed up than him. And that's saying a lot...

Niteshade007 05-21-2008 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by nezobiwan
Holly is too perfect for Michael for them not to end up together. I like Jan's character, but I don't think that she's good for Michael. She's even more &^%ed up than him. And that's saying a lot...


But she's so pretty...

Indy&HanFan 09-18-2008 04:58 PM

The Office is amazing!
 
Just encase you guys didn't know, the 5th season of The Office starts September 25th! If you don't watch the show you should because it's hilarious. I wasn't a fan from the beginning but I am now. I rented the seasons on DVD, so I've been watching those lately. I'm still on the third season, so no one spoil it for me!

Niteshade007 09-18-2008 05:59 PM

I'm having "The Office" Party that night. I'm going to make jello with a stapler in it, and have lemonade with the little "~" over the "n." We're also going to play The Office DVD Board game. I'm really looking forward to it.

Indy&HanFan 09-23-2008 07:53 PM

i just finished season 4!
i'm so excited for the season 5 premiere!:up:
is it weird that i like michael and jan together? for some reason i wasn't really feeling the whole holly thing. although i thought it was pretty funny that she thought kevin was retarded

Niteshade007 10-16-2008 08:44 PM

Okay, three episodes in, and I'm not thrilled so far by this season. It's alright, but not hysterical like I've found the others.

AlivePoet 10-17-2008 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Niteshade007
Okay, three episodes in, and I'm not thrilled so far by this season. It's alright, but not hysterical like I've found the others.


I hear you, although I think things started taking a plunge already back when Michael drove the car into the lake. The sad thing about this show is that it seems to be getting less and less believable. I work in an office, and seasons 1-3 were great--plausible scenarios, clever writing. Season 4 took a slapstick turn with ridiculous ideas, and season 5 is perpetuating that trend. The writers don't know where to draw the line for a show that makes the cut based on its realistic edge, I'm afraid.

Moedred 12-07-2008 02:27 AM

Nice Raiders reference at the end of season 2's 'Conflict Management.' The storage box of complaints that caused so much strife is placed by Toby in the warehouse among hundreds of identical boxes stacked to the roof.

Gear 11-03-2009 12:39 AM

The Office
 
Anybody else love this show? Either the BBC version or the NBC. I think they're both great, but I've only seen a couple of episodes of the original.


It's been around a long while, but it's only been in the last few weeks I've started watching. I had heard people complaining about how stupid it was, but after watching some episodes I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. I see some inspiration from Mr. Bean, too.


I think most of us can relate to it, from both side of it's spectrum.




Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Halpert
The funniest part wasn't that Michael fell into the coy pond, but how long it took him to get out.


DocWhiskey 11-03-2009 12:47 AM

I just started watching it. My friend got me into it, so far it's really funny. I just seen the coy pond episode yesterday. Hilarious. I definitely keep watching.

Gear 11-03-2009 08:57 PM

Damnit! They put another thread in jello!
 
I searched for an existing thread using those exact keywords; "The", "Office", "NBC".



I'll be submitting a memo for the Official Complaint Box in New York.





The funny thing is, I have an awkward* friend who pulls failures like Micheal Scott.

The most epic in recent history was the day he was being a boob at lunch. Another friend punched him in the arm, maybe hard enough to give him a charliehorse. He tried to evade it, making a "GAH!" cry, but got nailed. He clenched his arm and screamed F*****K!!, making the present student body turn its head. He then stood up, grabbing the bottom of the round table, and tried to flip it over, but he could only lift it several inches on the one side, causing everyone's tray to simply rock around. Then he dropped it and ran out of the cafeteria.

Reminds me alot of the episode in which Micheal tries to prove his toughness by having Dwight punch him in the gut, against the advice of the others;

*Dwight double jabs him, Micheal snaps into a standing 90 degree angle*

JIM: 'Are you okay--'

MICHEAL: 'Oh, yeah.'

*Scurries into office, closes the door and a set of blinds, and collapses-knocking contents of desk to the floor*


But before I get to telling too many tails of others, just today I made it to school in the family pickup, which is older and has virtually no suspension. Before I left, I made a last mug of coffee. Full, and in a cup. Not even out of the driveway, it slopped, all down my groin. I was at home, so why didn't I get out and change jeans??

When I got to school, I should've said "I partially fell into a coy pond saving a small child from maybe falling into it."
God, how embarrassing and straightforward to tell them it was coffee...






* It often sucks, but I get it.

Gear 11-08-2009 02:30 PM

In light of recent developments...
 
Maybe... The mods should try this approach.



Gear 12-08-2009 02:16 PM

An Aweffice Christmas
 

Gear 09-26-2010 08:30 PM

TO ALL STAFF: In light of Season 7's premier;
 
(Possible spoilers)

I thought the season pilot was a good start off. There were a couple times that had me laugh out loud.

I'm curious to see what will come of
Dwight's purchasing of the Dunder Mifflin-Saber building. It's certainly congruent with his character.


Admittedly, I'm saddened that
this is Steve Carrel's last season on the show, but of course he couldn't just keep doing it the rest of his career. It's bitter sweet seeing Michael Scott leave the plot, however that may be (I speculate that he leaves DM-S likely with a boot from corporate). I wonder if perhaps the series should come to a close with this season also. I'm apprehensive of the idea of the writers coming up with a replacing figure for Michael to continue onward with. I don't think the chemistry of the show would really work. I think I'd rather see the series end with Michael's time at DM-S closing, thus departing his character, maybe even an episode before the finale. Then the last episode could take place a couple weeks later to show how Michael's absence affects the dynamic of the office and follow up with him on whatever he's doing/planning to do. It would also show the viewers how things are flowing at Dunder Mifflin Scranton with the staff and the new regional manager (Dwight??). Then we could leave The Office after seeing how the other characters plan to go about their lives, tentatively, maybe see some resolution and change within the setting(s) and characters. I'm just saying the producers may want to think about Rick Gervais' decision to only do two seasons of the BBC's The Office, so as to not make the show go stale.



On a side note, I find the character of Michael Scott to be very likable, for reasons other than the norm (whereas other people can't stand him, even if he is fictional). He's egotistical, immature, self important, stunted, a jerk, naive, and thick. But below the surface you see a man who is a good person, someone who will go out for the people he considers friends, if only misguidedly. He seems to me as a young soul, as opposed to an old soul, who has his own personal Hell to deal with; loneliness, sadness, and being lost.


As for the curve of the show so far; If you are a documentary crew observing and intimately spending time with your subjects, naturally you may become close after working with them for several years. However, I think they went a bit too sappy with the Jim/
pam--"the P-situation" :p --and strayed a bit far from the dry, ultra-ordinary-yet uniquely silly, tone that made it rich in previous seasons and the original UK show.

Maybe in this season, Jim moves up the totem pole. B.J. Novak said in interview that Ryan
moves out of his mom's house... and into his dad's.
I wonder what will come of he and Kelli?

Montana Smith 09-27-2010 01:38 AM

I loved the BBC original for all its irreverent humour, dry deadpan wit, and for Ricky Gervais who was perfectly suited to playing himself!

I couldn't get into the NBC version, though. The tone is so different that it feels like another show completely. Differences between American and British humour show themselves occasionally (at times when we aren't copying America), and especially so with The Office.

The British version seemed to take itself more seriously, closer to the reality shows it was mimicking. Thereby making David Brent a more cringingly pathetic character.

The NBC Office looked more like a traditional sit-com. I haven't seen many of the NBCs (since I couldn't get into the them), so I may have misjudged it.


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