I didn't like it. The "here's a fantasy sequence of what (s)he's really thinking!" gag is played out for TV shows. It seems like a lazy writing tool to me, covering up either an inability to write funny dialogue in its place or a unwillingness to go for broke and have characters who do interesting things and deal with the results.
I like Andy Richter and I appreciate that the show seems to be going, on some level, for a "Being John Malkovich" kind of vibe for its office setting, but the fantasy thing has to go. I'll give it a few more shots, of course, since pilots often have a different tone than a series ends up with.
I taped it but haven't watched it yet. From what I read on the previews, I thought it was cool that he's a tech writer on the show, because I've never seen any occupation I've worked in mirrored on the boob toob.
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I didn't like it either. It's like "Ally McBeal" sans anorexia or "Great Scott" without being totally awesome. "Hey, let's send up the whole idea of introducing the characters on the show by being really OBVIOUS about it, oh the irony!" I perked up when they started playing bongos and wrestling and writing letters to Amnesty International, but when THAT turned out to be another fantasy sequence I felt gypped. I'd much prefer more "Undeclared."
Everything he actually DID in that show made it funny. The fantasy sequences did get kind of old. I wish he had just put the damn trashcan on Byron's head and pounded, him, then walked away. I like the setting of the 'out of control' workplace rahter than the 'out of control' mind of Andy Richter. Though the puppies thing was kind of funny.
Whoever Michelle was talking to on the phone, that guy rules. He's all snappy and rude, in contrast to Michelle's utter blandness. It's fun to wish that Jack is willing to sell out Kate, but unfortunately, he probably has something up his hero sleeve.