Last month or so I finished rewatching The Office, all 9 seasons. Before that I rewatched Seinfeld again, think I started that run somewhere in the later months of last year. Both can be found on Amazon’s Primevideo service. At least here in EU. The length of the episode (about 24mins give or take) makes it very easy to just squeeze a show in here and there.
In my (humble) opinion, these two are the best comedies made. With Seinfeld being a little more groundbreaking than The Office. It’s also notable that the internet doesn’t play any part in Seinfeld, and only slightly in The Office. The dunder mufflin personnel watches a few youtube videos, and there is an episode where Andy keeps looking at the comments on his banjo video, but there isn’t much more than that.
It’s pretty weird to realise that a lot of scenes and situations would have been different, when the characters would have had the opportunity to look at the blind date’s facebook page or just been able to email, instead of calling or stopping by. Watching these episodes again, makes you realise how much life has changed even since the late ’90s, simply because of the internet.
It’s interesting to see that people can watch the same show and have different opinion about it. Sepinwall over at what’s Alan watching, thought the first half of this double episode was much funnier and faster than the second half. I thought it was the opposite. I liked the pace of the 2nd half much more than the over the top silliness of the first one.
Not that the 1st half was devoid of laughs. The opener was very funny, Dwight stating ‘I need a baby !’ to outsell Pam and Jim. Kevin’s gourmet cooking was nice. ‘Pregnant Pam and I share meals together Second breakfast, second lunch and first dinner’. But the whole ‘we want to check in after midnight because of insurance’ ran way too long, and wasn’t really funny. Jim freaking out because his wife doesn’t want to listen was amusing though.
Once the show is on the road though, escorted briefly by Dwight, things kick really off. Though Dwight’s rampage through the kitchen was also a bit over the top, as was the contractual baby with Angela. Someone mentioned in the above linked blog post that Dwight had become a cartoon character. Although he always was a bit cartoony, I think I’ll have to agree with that.
The classic ‘too much information’ joke, with Micheal walking in too early in the delivery room, was pulled off nicely. I guess the screaming wasn’t too much of a hint for him. The male lactasion consultant scene was the funniest thing of the episode, though the switching babies thing, was funny as well.
It’s nice to see that Errin and Andy finally are going to be dating. Partly thanks to Micheal’s matchmaking. The fax scene was very nice. It’ll be interesting how things will develop with those two.
All in all a very nice double episode, certainly one of the best of a not so great season. Though no contender for the marriage episodes.
Every since the excellent wedding episode this show has been going down hill a bit. It’s still ok, but not as great as last season or season 2 and 3. It has a ‘been there done that’ feel to it.
But this one showed that there is still hope ! Jim is back to being a regular salesman, making fun of Dwight. I am hoping the Sabre CEO will leave soon, and Michael is back to being manager again. They could have done some more funny stuff with Michael as a salesman, but they didn’t. I guess Dwight and Ryan’s plan to take down Jim won’t be nescessary any more, so that storyline can end as well.
The Erin and Andy storyline needs to move on soon though. The situations they get in, are funny and one of the best of the show at the moment, but at some point they need to realise that they like each other. Not quite sure what’s supposed to happen then, as we have already seen one office romance in The Office.
Let’s hope they can keep this up and this show will keep on being funny instead of just slowly fading away.