04 November 2011

NaBloPoMo: 5 Reasons NBC's The Office Isn't As Awesome Anymore

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Warning: the following post is for The Office nerds only.

I'm not usually one to follow TV shows, but I got a little addicted to The Office while living in Vietnam.  I'm a fan.

So, when NBC announced that Steve Carell was leaving the show, I was more than a little bummed.  Nonetheless, I tried to approach season eight with optimism...only to be let down terribly.  Below, I've compiled a list of five reasons The Office isn't as awesome anymore.

  1. The most obvious: Michael Scott isn't on anymore...and Andy is a poor, not-as-funny substitute.
  2. There isn't a central romance.  In past seasons, there has been a driving relationship: Jim and Pam; Dwight/Andy and Angela; Andy/Gabe and Erin; and then Michael and Holly.  It seems as though they're building up to a romance between Andy and Erin, but they're taking their sweet time...and it's a little too predictable.
  3. The script is almost too funny.  It seems like the writers are overcompensating for Michael Scott's absence.
  4. The awkward, I-find-you-attractive-but-I'll-never-admit-it relationship between Michael and Ryan is gone.  Oh how I miss that.
  5. There's a hint of sadness on the set.  It's like the characters know they are doomed without Michael Scott there.


JP Severin said...

Respectfully disagree. I was shocked that I like it without Michael as Will Ferrell was like watching a funeral. Robert California is hilarious to me, Dwight is on fire, (oxford comma) and Andy has actually developed into a worthwhile character. Jim and Pam have been boring since they started dating so no change there and all other romances are pathetic stand ins. Keep watching it even if you don't like it... for me. PLEASE.

Stacy Lynn said...

I'll definitely still watch it, especially since you asked so nicely. It's just not the same, you know? I miss Michael! (Cue: baby crying)

And agreed on the Pam/Jim thing; I hate to say it, but they are a bit boring now...and no other relationships on the show can really compare their romance.

Wow, reading this makes me feel like I'm a little too involved in the show. :-)