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#1 Posted on 3.3.06 1312.45
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Kind of surprised there was no thread on this yet.

Good episode overall. Dwight channeling Mussolini was great!

Loved the intro with the football toss. Michael's look of exasperation toward Dwight before chucking the ball at Pam had me laughing.

edit - Aw, hell, how could I have left out Thermostat Wars? Kevin's "69 degrees" slow smile and nod was a highlight, especially after the Hedonism suggestion.

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#2 Posted on 3.3.06 1346.19
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Another solid show this week, thank God the Olympics are over. The lack of posts for this show makes me wonder what the hell people are watching instead.
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#3 Posted on 3.3.06 1422.23
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    Originally posted by kentish
    Another solid show this week, thank God the Olympics are over. The lack of posts for this show makes me wonder what the hell people are watching instead.
I watched "CSI" but "Earl" and "Office" still await us on the DVR. (Also, I didn't find anything particularly thread-worthy about "CSI")
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#4 Posted on 3.3.06 1431.31
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    Originally posted by kentish
    Another solid show this week, thank God the Olympics are over. The lack of posts for this show makes me wonder what the hell people are watching instead.


I watched the show. I just didn't have much to say. I thought the episode was just good (as opposed to AWESOMELY GREAT like we've been getting), although I did enjoy Dwight's interaction with the bobblehead and the Jim's vacation sub-plot.
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#5 Posted on 3.3.06 1450.20
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by kentish
      Another solid show this week, thank God the Olympics are over. The lack of posts for this show makes me wonder what the hell people are watching instead.
    I watched "CSI" but "Earl" and "Office" still await us on the DVR. (Also, I didn't find anything particularly thread-worthy about "CSI")


This is the same thing we did, too, except you can replace "DVR" with "old crappy VHS tape."
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#6 Posted on 3.3.06 1523.30
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This might be better suited as a new thread (or possibly not posted at all), but I recently watched the British Office. I had put it off for a while, since I was afraid that it would make the American lesser in my eye. In fact, I was quite disappointed in, especially in comparison to the American one.

My main complaints:
-Michael/David often can be quite annoying as opposed to amusing (I find them to be the weak parts of both shows, and that's coming from a Carell fan). The main problem is when they're doing the repetitive "everyone thinks I'm hilarious!" bit. David is almost always like this (or its variation "everyone thinks I'm their best boss"), whereas Michael has that added naivete that always makes me laugh. Michael also often has moments of sympathy, while David is thoroughly unlikeable.
-Jim and Pam are adorable and I honestly wish them a life of happiness together despite their fictionalness, while Tim and Dawn were moody and unlikeable, and often cruel.
-Dwight and Gareth for me is hard, as Dwight is a great character (especially as far as Jim & Pam's interactions go, because they can get away with anything against someone so clueless and evil as Dwight), but Gareth was for me the most sympathetic character in the British one. I guess the problem is that the show is probably not best served by having Dwight/Gareth as its most likable character.
-American has an amazingly rich cast, where anyone of 8-9 people that aren't billed at the start of the show are capable of a belly laugh in an episode (and often all of them have done so in the same episode). The British had caricatures that allowed David to be offensive (the black guy, the girl in the wheelchair). The only funny supporting member was the guy who dressed as Ali G for Halloween (I loved that guy).
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#7 Posted on 3.3.06 1553.47
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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    This might be better suited as a new thread (or possibly not posted at all), but I recently watched the British Office. I had put it off for a while, since I was afraid that it would make the American lesser in my eye. In fact, I was quite disappointed in, especially in comparison to the American one.

    My main complaints:
    -Michael/David often can be quite annoying as opposed to amusing (I find them to be the weak parts of both shows, and that's coming from a Carell fan). The main problem is when they're doing the repetitive "everyone thinks I'm hilarious!" bit. David is almost always like this (or its variation "everyone thinks I'm their best boss"), whereas Michael has that added naivete that always makes me laugh. Michael also often has moments of sympathy, while David is thoroughly unlikeable.
    -Jim and Pam are adorable and I honestly wish them a life of happiness together despite their fictionalness, while Tim and Dawn were moody and unlikeable, and often cruel.
    -Dwight and Gareth for me is hard, as Dwight is a great character (especially as far as Jim & Pam's interactions go, because they can get away with anything against someone so clueless and evil as Dwight), but Gareth was for me the most sympathetic character in the British one. I guess the problem is that the show is probably not best served by having Dwight/Gareth as its most likable character.
    -American has an amazingly rich cast, where anyone of 8-9 people that aren't billed at the start of the show are capable of a belly laugh in an episode (and often all of them have done so in the same episode). The British had caricatures that allowed David to be offensive (the black guy, the girl in the wheelchair). The only funny supporting member was the guy who dressed as Ali G for Halloween (I loved that guy).


IMO, what you consider flaws are what made the British version great. David Brent was funny because he was such an irritating prig, and everyone was much closer to a 'real-life' character than a sitcom charcater. I love the US Office, but I see it as a hybrid between Arrested Development and NewsRadio more than I see it as a true spinoff of The Office.
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#8 Posted on 3.3.06 1617.58
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Television Without Pity has a interview with B.J. Novak (televisionwithoutpity.com) that addresses some of the differences between the British and American Offices.
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#9 Posted on 5.3.06 0339.16
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Momentary serious character moment of the week:

"You're not going on any trip."
Dwight

The American office crew may not be as deep as the British, but they're pretty complex in their own ways.
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#10 Posted on 7.3.06 1403.28
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I loved the British version, and that is what took me a while to warm up to the US version. I just bought Season One of the US version this past weekend. While not as good as this season, you can see it getting better each episode. Too bad there were only 6.
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