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(Digital Spy)   John Krasinski on the final episode of The Office: "We have a really rare opportunity. We are not only bringing an end to a show that's been going for a long time, but bringing an end to a show that's been filmed by a fake documentary crew"   (digitalspy.com) divider line 50
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2012-12-02 06:40:57 PM
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2012-12-02 06:47:26 PM
That show is still on?
 
2012-12-02 06:48:09 PM
5 seasons too long......
 
2012-12-02 06:51:50 PM
to counter some of the "5 Seasons too long post": I actually think this season has been the best the show's been in a while. Even characters I didn't previously care for (nellie and Erin in particular) are much improved this season and the show feels like it's actually going somewhere.


that said, I loathe the change in Andy and his on/off relationship with Erin is a terrible and over-used plot.
 
2012-12-02 06:53:12 PM
This show is a great example on why sometimes shows should. E shut down while they're still good.
 
2012-12-02 06:54:16 PM
I still watch dammit. And agree, this season is generally better.
 
2012-12-02 07:04:29 PM
How I want the show to end:

Everyone casts a vote, sit down on a couch, Steve Carrell returns, and the votes are counted and the winner has to pose in Playboy. And it's a tie between Pam and Erin.
 
2012-12-02 07:07:46 PM
Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.
 
2012-12-02 07:10:45 PM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.


It had promise even when Michael left, but then they went insane and it turned into some kind of SNL parody of itself. I stopped watching when that woman from Doctor Who took over the office just by walking in. It's almost like they hit the self destruct button once they realized that most of the cast was moving on to movie careers.
 
2012-12-02 07:12:04 PM
What's funny is that this show has turned into an soul crushing tale of corporate bureaucracy, with Jim and Pam basically losing their souls to the corporate machine, while Parks and Rec has become a show about hope and the better angels of our nature winning small victories in the world of government. It's an interesting contrast between their stories and Leslie Knope who has devoted her life to trying to make her small corner of the world a better place and enriched herself with friends, success, and love in the process. I have to make sure to watch Parks and Rec after the Office because otherwise I'd want to slit my wrists. It has just become such a nihilistic show.
 
2012-12-02 07:14:29 PM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.


The should have also ended his story by revealing he was the Scranton Strangler. It's just odd that the subplot has continued. At this point I'm not sure if anyone would really even care if Jim turned out to be him.
 
2012-12-02 07:21:42 PM

Lobo2010: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.

It had promise even when Michael left, but then they went insane and it turned into some kind of SNL parody of itself. I stopped watching when that woman from Doctor Who took over the office just by walking in. It's almost like they hit the self destruct button once they realized that most of the cast was moving on to movie careers.


Michael was pretty awful for a while; no way was he really keeping that show together. The show just needed competent showrunners.


though as far as Nellie goes. I hated her last season and think she's much improved this season, if still otherwise pointless... but I've never really understood why Andy was in the right for abandoning his job and expecting to have his job back. I think it was a bigger stretch to expect Andy to get his job back rather than believing that the company would hire within a replacement for a manager who walked out.
 
2012-12-02 07:23:42 PM
Remember that season Michael met Holly? It should've ended that season, with Holly telling Michael she wasn't interested followed by the inevitable murder-suicide. Last episode is the funeral where the staff realizes they are partly to blame for letting shiat go so far.
 
2012-12-02 07:24:57 PM
this season has been really funny to me
 
2012-12-02 07:32:07 PM
after I got laid off from my office job (thank you jesus) the show was no longer relevant to my interests.

that was like 3 years ago. I was surprised to learn it was still on
 
2012-12-02 07:32:10 PM
I like both the Office and Parks & Recreation. I whole heartedly agree that the Office is getting tired, but I like how the series is ending and I look forward to the reruns.

My own idea was that the documentary crew was the Michael Scarn film crew who decided to film simply because they were being paid by Michael Scott...possibly for some kind of equally ill-conceived behind the scenes footage or predicting a documentary like Empire of Dreams.
 
2012-12-02 07:42:17 PM
ending your mockumentary show by asking the film crew to go away? Trailer Park Boys did it first.
 
2012-12-02 07:42:51 PM

Great Janitor: How I want the show to end:

Everyone casts a vote, sit down on a couch, Steve Carrell returns, and the votes are counted and the winner has to pose in Playboy. And it's a tie between Pam and Erin.


David Brent comes in and mows down the entire office.

Fixed
 
2012-12-02 07:46:47 PM
Ever since I read about the possible spin-off for Dwight's farm, I keep thinking they're trying to set up the same kind of spin-off opening for Jim & Pam with his new business venture in Chicago(?) or where ever it was. If just seems to me that they're giving those characters a very easy way to continue on to a new show, and I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of that either.
 
2012-12-02 07:49:33 PM

FeedTheCollapse: to counter some of the "5 Seasons too long post": I actually think this season has been the best the show's been in a while. Even characters I didn't previously care for (nellie and Erin in particular) are much improved this season and the show feels like it's actually going somewhere.


that said, I loathe the change in Andy and his on/off relationship with Erin is a terrible and over-used plot.


Yeah, it's actually pretty funny. Season 6 was shiat and they seem to have recovered somewhat. Still unable to return to the glory of seasons 3 & 4
 
2012-12-02 07:50:09 PM

The Man Who Laughs: Ever since I read about the possible spin-off for Dwight's farm, I keep thinking they're trying to set up the same kind of spin-off opening for Jim & Pam with his new business venture in Chicago(?) or where ever it was. If just seems to me that they're giving those characters a very easy way to continue on to a new show, and I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of that either.


Seems more like an in-show excuse to end it now that Steve Carell quit.
 
2012-12-02 08:01:09 PM
Michael was a metaphor for George W. Bush, and the office a metaphor for the country under him: A collection of mismatched people just trying to survive and make it through another day under an immature, incompetent boob who'd rather be liked than respected. Jim would have been good to replace Michael, as he was (loosely) analogous to Obama: likeable, good ideas, but inexperienced, too much a pushover, and up against people who will absolutely never accept him as their leader.
 
2012-12-02 08:54:55 PM
"I'm unbelievably proud to be a part of one that actually gets to end," he said in October. "Instead of being asked to leave, I actually get a shot at bringing the whole story and all the characters to a close."


Ominous. Perhaps the entire staff were downsized on Day One, as Michael Scott threatened--downsized with extreme prejudice, that is. In the last episode, they discover that they've been in purgatory the whole time, and the "documentary crew" are actually demons from hell.

I think that would fit nicely the original theme of the show.
 
2012-12-02 09:02:17 PM

The Man Who Laughs: Ever since I read about the possible spin-off for Dwight's farm, I keep thinking they're trying to set up the same kind of spin-off opening for Jim & Pam with his new business venture in Chicago(?) or where ever it was. If just seems to me that they're giving those characters a very easy way to continue on to a new show, and I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of that either.


Philly.

No one likes Pam and Jim anymore, so that would be a terrible show.
Dwight is good as a foil, but his own show would be terrible.

What we really need is an Office spin off where the whole show reboots with the Receptionist falling in love with new Jim. In the first episode they can put someone's stapler in a jelly.
 
2012-12-02 09:29:56 PM

FeedTheCollapse: to counter some of the "5 Seasons too long post": I actually think this season has been the best the show's been in a while. Even characters I didn't previously care for (nellie and Erin in particular) are much improved this season and the show feels like it's actually going somewhere.


that said, I loathe the change in Andy and his on/off relationship with Erin is a terrible and over-used plot.


I think Asian Jim was the funniest thing the show ever did.
 
2012-12-02 10:09:11 PM

Martonio: FeedTheCollapse: to counter some of the "5 Seasons too long post": I actually think this season has been the best the show's been in a while. Even characters I didn't previously care for (nellie and Erin in particular) are much improved this season and the show feels like it's actually going somewhere.


that said, I loathe the change in Andy and his on/off relationship with Erin is a terrible and over-used plot.

I think Asian Jim was the funniest thing the show ever did.


Definitely top three. I'd put the fire drill cold open from the post-Super Bowl episode with the cat getting tossed into the ceiling up there as well.
 
2012-12-02 10:22:27 PM
I've watched and re-watched the British original and the US version many times, and what I've noticed is that while both are really about the hopelessness and monotony of office life, they play out quite differently:

UK Version: Life is bleak and full of dullards who will drag you down, but hang on, because there is joy to be found in staying true to who you are.

US Version: Despite what you might think, it's OK to be goofy because everyone is weird in some way and misery loves company. And remember, good things grow old, and fresh passions grow into stale memories of glories long past. You will be beaten down by life, making you boring and forgettable as others rise to take your place.

In other words, the UK version has something to say about life, while the US version has something to say about the harsh nature of being an entertainer long past your prime.
 
2012-12-02 10:30:54 PM

Martonio: I think Asian Jim was the funniest thing the show ever did.


Definitely. The picture of his family was brilliant.

like a few others on this thread, I think this season has been an improvement over the past few, but I think that's due to it being a sprint to the finish now. I don't think they'd have made some of the decisions they have if they wanted/needed it to endure for another two seasons, and I don't think they'd be able to sustain this momentum for that long.

I also like what Nellie's character has become -- she had just the right level of crazy in the episode where Pam got to know her -- but it doesn't fit at all with what her character used to be. I hope they just use her for a few lines each episode from here on out ("Have you ever killed a woman? How many women have you killed? Please sir, will you not kill me?") and don't even try to delve into who she is by making her the subject of a B or C (or, God forbid, A) plot.
 
2012-12-02 10:55:22 PM

Forty-Two: Martonio: I think Asian Jim was the funniest thing the show ever did.

Definitely. The picture of his family was brilliant.

like a few others on this thread, I think this season has been an improvement over the past few, but I think that's due to it being a sprint to the finish now. I don't think they'd have made some of the decisions they have if they wanted/needed it to endure for another two seasons, and I don't think they'd be able to sustain this momentum for that long.

I also like what Nellie's character has become -- she had just the right level of crazy in the episode where Pam got to know her -- but it doesn't fit at all with what her character used to be. I hope they just use her for a few lines each episode from here on out ("Have you ever killed a woman? How many women have you killed? Please sir, will you not kill me?") and don't even try to delve into who she is by making her the subject of a B or C (or, God forbid, A) plot.


The big difference is Greg Daniels came back this year. The guy was basically given a shiat sandwich of a show and managed to turn it around almost instantly.
 
2012-12-02 11:04:24 PM

Life_is_a_carnivore: 5 seasons too long......


The minute Carrell left.
 
2012-12-02 11:33:01 PM

walrusonion: ending your mockumentary show by asking the film crew to go away? Trailer Park Boys did it first.


This. Although I did like a few seasons of the Office, I just lost interest.
 
2012-12-02 11:39:46 PM

Mad_Radhu: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.

The should have also ended his story by revealing he was the Scranton Strangler. It's just odd that the subplot has continued. At this point I'm not sure if anyone would really even care if Jim turned out to be him.


I haven't watched since Michael left, but I think the obvious choice would be Creed. Is he still around and basically the same character? He was one of my favorites.
 
2012-12-02 11:43:41 PM
John Krasinski has teased that The Office's series finale will be very unique.

www.adam-smith.co.uk
 
2012-12-02 11:47:52 PM

maxpower007: Mad_Radhu: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.

The should have also ended his story by revealing he was the Scranton Strangler. It's just odd that the subplot has continued. At this point I'm not sure if anyone would really even care if Jim turned out to be him.

I haven't watched since Michael left, but I think the obvious choice would be Creed. Is he still around and basically the same character? He was one of my favorites.


Creed would be way too obvious and a lame payoff. If the strangler is someone we know, I'd guess Ryan or Gabe. I'd also accept Toby as an outside possibility.
 
2012-12-03 12:54:08 AM

NeoCortex42: If the strangler is someone we know, I'd guess Ryan or Gabe. I'd also accept Toby as an outside possibility.


Maybe it's the camera man. The series ends because the camera man is revealed to be the strangler and there's no longer anyone to film the show.
 
2012-12-03 05:50:06 AM
"John Krasinski has teased that The Office's series finale will be very unique."

I'm guessing something to do with the reveal of Pam's mural. Heck, even Michael will come back. Then the building will burn done in some freak/funny accident and people will go on their merry ways.

Top 3 for me (in no order and subject to change on a whim)
- What kind of bear is best?
- Bill Buttlicker
- Hotel Hell

Runner Up: last week's throwback was pretty awesome-

"Dwight:When two gay men have sex, how do they know whose penis will open up to accept the other person's penis?"
 
2012-12-03 05:51:31 AM
*done=down

/argh!
 
2012-12-03 06:05:20 AM

RogermcAllen: What we really need is an Office spin off where the whole show reboots with the Receptionist falling in love with new Jim.


huh, I just realised that I think this is where they're trying to go with Erin and that new intern, coupled with turning Andy into Michael. That said, I don't really like that idea of the show's as it has made Andy really annoying and unlikable. Also, the relationship between Erin and Andy has always felt forced; to say nothing of the writers intentionally sabotaging their relationship before solely so they can milk that plot for longer.
 
2012-12-03 06:28:37 AM

taxandspend: Thursday's episode was the first one I've watched all season. Had some okay laughs, but I lost it when Dwight referenced the documentary crew.


It was a nice reference to the premise of the show.
 
2012-12-03 07:33:44 AM
The show definitely should have wrapped up a couple seasons ago, but this season has been pretty strong (mostly because it removed Andy for the last several weeks). Dwight's "friend" from last episode was spectacular .... exactly the kind of guy I would imagine Dwight associating with. When Kevin said he was Oscar because the guy was delivering a footlong Subway, I laughed out loud for the first time in years.
 
2012-12-03 09:21:00 AM

FeedTheCollapse: That said, I don't really like that idea of the show's as it has made Andy really annoying and unlikable.


They had the same problem with Michael. He overstayed his welcome by a season or two. The character went from idiot savant boss who wants his employees to like him all the way to petulant and annoying child. Michael was downright obnoxious by the time he left.
 
2012-12-03 09:59:24 AM
I thought the best part of that show was Michael's relationship with Jan. Got that was horrible, bad, and awesome. The episode where they have Jim and Pam and Andy over was one of my favorites. Especially when we find out exactly how Michael has to sleep.

That led perfectly into Michael's relationship with Holly. The tipping point that made him make a move was Jan telling him not to date her. Once she was written off the show, I lost interest. When they brought the new receptionist in and recycled the Pam/Jim storyline with her and Andy, I stopped watching altogether.
 
2012-12-03 10:10:48 AM
Erin. Lots of Erin. maybe jumping up and down. Thats my vote
 
2012-12-03 10:26:06 AM
One place I think the show went wrong is with Pam. Jim and Pam used to kind of represent ultimate ideal girlfriend/boyfriend material, and while Jim pretty much stayed Jim throughout the series, after they got together Pam started becoming almost a nothing side character.
 
2012-12-03 10:26:17 AM

NeoCortex42: FeedTheCollapse: That said, I don't really like that idea of the show's as it has made Andy really annoying and unlikable.

They had the same problem with Michael. He overstayed his welcome by a season or two. The character went from idiot savant boss who wants his employees to like him all the way to petulant and annoying child. Michael was downright obnoxious by the time he left.


pretty much my thoughts, though it's even more annoying with Andy as it seems like his personality for him has very obviously shifted rather than Michael's eventual petulance seems like an inevitable outcome of his personality taken to its logical extreme. When they made the decision to make Andy a lead character (as opposed to a background character like Kevin or Oscar), it feels like every subplot created for him feels extremely scripted and an unnatural progression. (i.e. "Jim and Pam taken to their logical end? Make Andy have a crush on Erin! Oh... that didn't really bring about any interesting stories? Break them up so Andy tries to win her back!"... and now they're breaking them up again...) I'm not entirely against the idea of turning Andy into Michael Scott 2.0, but the journey to that end hasn't been very fulfilling and it just seems like it will be Petulant Child Michael Scott rather than Idiot-Savant Michael Scott.

the writing has much improved this season (I've never liked Erin -too scripted- but she's much better this season. Ryan leaving was also something that should've been done years ago.), so it's kind of frustrating that the one area that has not improved is a rather big one.
 
2012-12-03 12:18:43 PM

spacemanjones: Erin. Lots of Erin. maybe jumping up and down. Thats my vote


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2012-12-03 06:28:00 PM

NeoCortex42: maxpower007: Mad_Radhu: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Could've ended at the wedding and that would've been fine. Should have ended when Michael left.

The should have also ended his story by revealing he was the Scranton Strangler. It's just odd that the subplot has continued. At this point I'm not sure if anyone would really even care if Jim turned out to be him.

I haven't watched since Michael left, but I think the obvious choice would be Creed. Is he still around and basically the same character? He was one of my favorites.

Creed would be way too obvious and a lame payoff. If the strangler is someone we know, I'd guess Ryan or Gabe. I'd also accept Toby as an outside possibility.


I think they could pull off Creed. Just as the final credits roll you see creed inthe background choking some one. maybe. Toby would be perfect, all his built up frustration from when he wanted to ask Pam out and never did and then he tries to kill Jim in the end. That's the best I can think of.
 
2012-12-04 08:33:24 AM

SpiritualRemains: NeoCortex42: If the strangler is someone we know, I'd guess Ryan or Gabe. I'd also accept Toby as an outside possibility.

Maybe it's the camera man. The series ends because the camera man is revealed to be the strangler and there's no longer anyone to film the show.


*shudder*
 
2012-12-04 01:06:24 PM
They'll probably end it with a shot of Bob Newhart waking up next to Suzanne Pleshette and commenting on a dream he had. Actually, they should just end all sitcoms that way.
 
2012-12-04 10:04:26 PM
The final episode should be the actual documentary that they've been shooting for years.
 
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