The Office Series Finale.

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It has now been just under a week since the series finale of The Office aired so hopefully this won’t contain any spoilers. I was a bit “late to the party”, so to speak, when it comes to The Office. I only began to watch the first season this past fall on a whim. I was quickly drawn in by the richly developed, surprisingly deep, and very well portrayed characters. It was difficult to not become swept up the aggravation over the early Jim/Pam interactions. It was also impossible to not fall in love with, even while cringing at some of the situations he creates, the character Michael Scott so well portrayed by Steve Carrell.

It was definitely love at first sight, and I quickly flew through the first eight seasons on Netflix over the course of a couple of months. I then caught up with the first half of this past season on Hulu before finally being tortured by having to wait a week, or occasionally more, between episodes which was particularly aggravating during the red herring that was Halpert/Beesly marital troubles. That story arc this season was an incredibly effective way to make viewers more interested in their favorite TV couple that were at risk of becoming stale because of just how perfect their marriage was.

Now, to the finale. In my humble opinion it was perfect in every possible way. it wrapped up all of the story lines in an absolutely perfect way. Throughout the series there was one recurring theme, being the feeling that you were in fact watching a documentary and not a TV show. The finale definitely kept this theme going with many heartfelt moments. One particular scene that tugged at the heartstrings was the first appearance of Michael Scott since the gut wrenching season 7 episode “Michael’s Goodbye”. After a classic by Jim for a prank on Dwight, Jim gives a look to the camera that we have seen on so many occasions, albeit in a different context, in the form of an “I know something that you don’t know and I can’t wait until you find out’ look. Immediately cut to stage left where Michael stands with an almost innocent smile on his face that viewers have come to love time and time again. Dwight says, “Michael, I can’t believe you came” to which Michael responds, “that’s what she said”. Cue a bittersweet happiness over knowing that’s the last time you will hear that character utter his trademark phrase in a new context. The first appearance of the cameo could not have been more perfect.

The rest of the episode played out almost as if the writers were reading my hopes about the last episode while they were writing it. Jim and Pam got an amazing ending, after some tear jerking flashbacks with great voice-overs, in the form of Jim finally going back to his dream job at AthLead/AthLeap. It was beautiful. There was also an incredible final quote from Ed Helms’ Andy Bernard that was something to the effect of, “why can’t there be some way to know that you’re living the good old days before you have to leave them?’ Cue some tears. The series ended its always entertaining run with a brilliant line from Jenna Fischer’s Pam Beesly/Halpert, “there’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things, but isn’t that kind of the point” cue credits and some serious feels.

If you found this post overly gushy or sentimental, that’s because it was supposed to be. I have very strong feelings about this show and this episode in particular. In my very humble, yet very cinematically educated, opinion this was the finest hour and 15 minutes of television I have ever witnessed. It was perfect in every possible way and was an amazing send off for the true fans of the show. Good luck to those who attempt to wrap up their series in TV land post The Office, they will be hard pressed to top it.

-Heath

 

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