Andy reacting to the YouTube comments was Ed Helms' best scene in a while. But, I guess they're just going to have him revert to his old self now and the Erin/Pete drama is forgotten?
Also, the documentary is going to be just nine episodes long? They have nine years' worth of footage!
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I couldn't help but wonder how much better the Andy freak out scenes would have been with Michael's character. I feel like Carell would have been able to hit the character beats better than Helms. A lot of it was too broad for me.
I don't like the documentary becoming the focus of the show in its final stretch. It makes sense thematically, but it just doesn't work for me. The show works better when it's just dealing with the little moments that characters experience in the office, and the documentary goes too far outside that idea.
The subplot with Jim and Ryan Howard was a stupid excuse for Subway product placement. It didn't really go anywhere by the end of the episode, and it wasn't really funny. It was just kind of there. The same could be said of the Dwight and Clark plot - not funny, and it was just filler material.
As someone who has been watching The Office since day one, I really wish that I could enjoy these final episodes. At this point, I'm just ready for The Office to be done with. This is no longer the same show that I got hooked on eight years ago.
I also have watched the office since day one and the repeats since it went into syndication. I understand making the documentary a focal point I the last season. However I would have rather ended last season with the documentary showing and this season their reactions and how it effects them.
I loved that the one bothering Andy Online and driving him crazy was Nellie. A nice bit of revenge for her with how crappy Andy did treat her.
And the Ryan Howard bit was stupid. They need to make a move with Jim's other job soon. Again, I would like to see him up and quit and become the regional manager of the Scranton branch - replacing Andy who has decided to pursue a banjo career.
(edited by Wpob on 5.4.13 1057) Life is hilariously cruel.
Originally posted by turtlebayunlimitedThe subplot with Jim and Ryan Howard was a stupid excuse for Subway product placement. It didn't really go anywhere by the end of the episode, and it wasn't really funny. It was just kind of there.
Guess these shows have to make money from sponsors somehow. They did a whole episode of Community where there was a character named "Subway." It's as annoying as having Windows 8 and Surface in every show I watch and they always have to cut to the use of these products. And Hyundai's on the Walking Dead. Annoying, but necessary.
As a Phillies fan, I found Ryan Howard's cameo the funniest part of the episode. And while it was a Subway promotion, it was also pretty obviously mocking the product placement at the same time, as Ryan kept making sure to say it every time the cameo was in his face. Those Subway ads are absurdly ubiquitous. Also reading his sci-fi movie script was probably supposed to parallel Michael Scarn to some extent...
I dunno, the twist/return to the status quo at the end didn't quite work for me ... Going forward, I'm going watch every episode knowing that we're not seeing the REAL* Leela/Hermes/Scruffy/etc. interacting with the Professor/Fry/Bender.