Spoilers for The Office can be found throughout this post. read at your own risk!
This article started as a review, but I think its more about The Office as a whole then it is a review. I really wish this show had some more time on the air, as I’d love to go through and review every episode one at a time. I wish DigiBytes had been started 9 years ago, but here we are, in the present. perhaps a retrospective review series is in order for this amazing, beautiful, heartwarming show. I will miss it more then anyone can ever understand. it has brought me great joy in times of sorrow, and many episodes have touched my heart in ways a TV show shouldn’t be able too. I tried to write this review with a unbias, but again.. it really became more about The Office as a whole. and after watching the series over 3 times, I believe I’m allowed to be a little bias.
9 years ago a fantastic show started. Someone got the idea for making a mockumentary based on a paper company. of all things a paper company. Yet this show captured the hearts of millions around the world, and although Season 7 lacked what all the others had, it still captured my heart. it still held me close. The Office was a really special show for me. I started watching around 2009 after the episode where Dwight K. Schrute cut the mask off of the CPR Dummy. My family quickly bought all the seasons and got up to date, and started following the show throughout its final seasons. Season 9 has really been something special. it showed Jim and Pam in their weakest moments, Dwight and Angela (FINALLY) getting together, and Ryan and Kelly running off into the sunset.
The Offices series finale compiled such a legacy, such a good comedy, and gave it a beautiful and much deserved ending. although it felt a little dragged out at the end, The show deserved it. It deserved to give each and every character a proper send off.
What made the finale was a truly touching moment, as Jim tells Dwight the minister said that the best man has to be older then the groom… and the camera pans over to reveal Michael Scott standing in the doorway. We’ve seen a lot of series ending these past few years, House M.D. comes to mind first.. and we’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of very well written and beautifully acted characters. Although the characters and the series will continue to live, in a sense, there is a small empty feeling inside of me at this moment in time.
I don’t know what I can say about the finale that will convince you its really that good. I think a TV show finale really has to be something you’ve followed for awhile, and a show you REALLY care about. I for one ADORE comedys. They are probably – no, they are for sure – my favorite TV shows. I love Community, The Office, Arrested Development(10 days!), Parks and Recreation… but The Office always brings a smile to my face. I recently watched through all 8 seasons for the third time(I do believe), and I think for that reason the finale has had a great impact on me. As always, the finale featured beautiful acting and although I hate Nellie, I still have to love her in a way. The character brought an almost annoying presence to the show, to the point where I almost stopped watching. but I trekked through to when she became more of a side character and have learned to love the strong British woman.
Some of the final scenes in the show reveals that Jim and Pam will be moving to Austin, TX to work on ‘Athlead’ which is now ‘Athleap’ as the company continues to grow. . Dwight takes the resignation and decides to fire them instead to give them a severance package. Throughout the episode you see Dwight mend the friendships he had broken through firing(as he was recently made branch manager), over the past couple of episodes we also got to see Jim and Dwights kinder side.. Although the pranks were always done out of love, and it was quite clear the characters had a bond, the impact wasn’t really there until this season. Dwight had fired Kevin when he became branch manager, and upon seeing him in his bar(as Kevin decided to purchase a bar), Kevin and Dwight mend the bridges and Dwight explains that his decision was purely work related, and not personal. Apparently Kevin never saw that side and quickly accepts the .. apology? and they move on.
Dwight and Angela’s wedding was a much needed closure to the series. Dwight and Angela had an on again off again relationship through the entire series, Angela marrying the senator at one point – who turns out to be gay – Dwight purposed to Angela in last weeks episode, and the two are finally rightfully married. Dwight and Angela have a son conceived out of wedlock, Phillip, who Oscar is the Godfather too. I think what I really liked about this season it focused quite a bit on Oscar and Angela. They always had this presence of a Love/Hate relationship, but it wasn’t really ever looked into that much. I feel like it was given a good nod of the head, and the cast brought together the ending perfectly.
Steve Carell made a great, yet very brief appearance. However I had read earlier articles and was told he wasn’t supposed to be in it(although I suspected he would be) I am SO VERY HAPPY he came back for the last episode.
In hindsight I will probably not like the review I have written of this series, yet I feel like this is more then an episode review. this is about saying goodbye to a much loved series that will be missed deeply. I will continue to watch it, and in however many years, when I have kids that are teenagers, I will be sure to sit down and watch this show with them. I certainly hope they have the patience to watch through the ‘Old style’ show that I do not have to sit through something like Cheers or Friends, yet my parents enjoy.
Saying goodbye to The Office will be a big challenge for me this year. The show has helped me through so much, and for the past 4 or 5 years it has been something I could turn to when I was upset, just to get my mind off of things. I will still have this, but a series seems a lot less enjoyable when you know its over. The Office has done a great job in breaking the 4th wall, and I really feel like the actors are the characters.. Although I know most of the names of the actors or actresses, I prefer to refer to them as the character name over their real names. We recently saw the boom mic guy approach Pam and comfort her, and we also saw the documentary get released in their world – almost making it like an actual, real, place. and I think that was the goal of this show. I think it was to show the beauty in the workplace. the beauty that can be found in everyday, boring, life.
One of the highlights of the past few seasons was actually Michael’s goodbye episode. It showed that Michael was getting what he wanted, he was going to start a family with Holly. he loves her more than anything. and I think that shows very easily. Its funny to think of the different ways that the relationships have been portrayed in the series. Dwight and Angela’s was a secret for the longest time, Jim and Pam were ‘The Couple’ of the show, Andy and Erin never really lined up, and its kind of sad to think they never actually got together. But sometimes that happens. and sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you find someone who is perfect for you. and you might not get them right away, but take a lesson from Michael – don’t give up. don’t. (Disclaimer: Myself and Digibytes are NOT encouraging stalking, or harassment of any kind)
Still, one of the best scenes was from Michael’s goodbye episode when Pam and Michael get their little moment together. Watching the retrospective of The Office, Pam’s actress explains that she was told to run after Michael, and because their was no sound, they actually got a genuine goodbye moment.
I think, if we had to look at the characters subjectively, Pam would be one of the best characters in the show. she somehow befriended Dwight K. Schrute(Who states in the finale that Pam is his best friend), and although sometimes she has difficulty’s and she can be a bit of a .. well, a woman, she is a beautifully done character and really deserves props. The only thing bad about The Office is that I will never be able to look at the talented group of people and not think of The Office.
The Office has had an amazing run, and the cast should feel proud that they have impacted the TV scene the way they did. They should feel proud that they took something, as silly as a paper company, a potentially dying business thanks to technology, and made it funny. they made it heartwarming. and they made it an overall great experience and something amazing to watch as the characters developed and grew to love one another.
I’m going to end by hopefully getting this quote right.
“I wish their was a way we could realize we were in the good old days while were in them.” – Andrew Bernard, Former Employee of Dunder Mifflin.