Finishing The Office

My life has been something of an emotional roller coaster these past few weeks, and it is largely due to The Office.

This show follows the lives of several employees in a paper company. That’s the basic premise, but the viewer quickly realizes that it is so much more than that. This show has true heart and amazing humor, and some very memorable characters. I can’t get into it right now, but I just wanted to say a few words about the show itself.

I finished The Office tonight, watching the season 9 finale and the entire series finale. There were some beautiful callbacks to the show’s history, and the writing in the finale and the penultimate episodes was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about this show, but after the somewhat rocky previous season (due to writing and shifting plots), my faith was restored in the final season. The show got back to its roots, began examining its characters again, but also delved into new characters and stories with incredible finesse.

Yes, every show has its flaws, but what The Office had in flaws, it made up for in its brilliant plot progression and witty, dry, often going-too-far humor. The character development of Michael Scott in season 7, building to his departure at the end, displayed not only Steve Carell’s great acting, but also a truly touching end to a character’s tale. And the development of the relationships between Jim, Dwight, and Pam (John Krasinski, Rain Willson, Jenna Fischer) during season 9 made for a compelling season and an extremely touching one. I cried throughout the final two episodes, and while I won’t spoil anything, I will say that the show fully delivered in the quality it had lost in season 8. They went all out in giving the show a swan song, and for that I am so grateful.

This was a beautiful show for so many reasons, and has had a massive influence on me as a writer and overall person. That sounds crazy, but no other form of entertainment, be it a book, movie, or show, has made me cry like The Office, nor has anything made me laugh nearly as much. I’m so emotional because of it, and that, to me, is the biggest achievement: garnering emotion from the audience.

In short, I love The Office. To the actors, writers, producers, directors, and everyone else in that show, thank you for nine amazing seasons.

 

-J

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