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That's the highlight of the evening - but don't forget that there's also a new episode of Mad Men.
However, I think that Jenna Fischer is quite attractive and they have to dress her down on "The Office."
I'd call tonight's episode above average and I like what they're doing so far with Pam and Jim. Creed was especially hilarious in his limited screen time but there was slightly too much Michael in this episode.
That's what she said.
And some questions are answered.
But don't get me wrong, I'm super happy the Office is back and thought tonights episode was funny, i just was a little let down compared to the season three premiere which knocked me on my rear end.
This is a meme that keeps getting repeated, and I just don't see it. America Ferrera is talented and all, but even out of costume she doesn't strike me as particularly physically attractive. She's not not physically attractive, either, if you see what I mean, so maybe "ugly" is stretching it. But what does it say about the American viewing audience? Would a genuinely ugly woman be casted elsewhere in the world? I doubt it. I think it says that people want larger-than-life out of their television stuff, even when the characters are supposed to be ordinary.
I enjoyed "The Office", and was glad that they'd finally gone somewhere natural with the Jim & Pam storyline after the failures of last season on that front. It looked a little different to me, somehow, but maybe that's a pattern for this show -- because last season looked different to season 2, and season 2 looked different to season 1. There seemed to be a certain amount of filler -- a lot of the stuff of the beginning of the episode was well-worn ground and perhaps slightly less funny than usual -- but I felt that the supporting players stole the show and the episode was excellent once it got in swing.
The episode really got in gear when Michael heard about the death of Angela's cat. The fact that he knew the cat's name was a pretty good touch. The episode as the whole was sort of a run-of-the-mill episode of "The Office" (meaning, "very good"), but that scene was the standout for me.
And yeah, I liked tonight's Grey's Anatomy. I like the show. I enjoy it. Judge away.
And I saw Avenue Q last night, which was fun.
Another solid episode of Mad Men. What I find most interesting is that we don't know how good Don is at his job really. Is he as great as the second rate firm he is at seems to think, or is he as out of touch with what is going on in the market as his issues with Dr. Scholl's seem to indicate?
Lastly, in defense of my enjoyment of the annoying old man episode of Wings, the one that I enjoyed was the first one, not all of them, which were not great as a whole.
We might also need to verify certain areas of Greg's anatomy...
And Angela's line about all her french fry bags in the freezer being shredded got me to LOL.
I am as God made me, sirs.
It seemed odd to me that they revealed Pam and Jim so early in the season and so early in the episode. I think the tension built up by an episode or two of the audience actually believing they weren't dating would have made the reveal a bit more satisfying.
Further, given what little I know about story arcs, I would imagine there are some tough times ahead for Jim and Pam this season, considering the high note on which they're starting...
I think it would have been odd for Jim and Pam not to have had immediate bliss. My reaction was the same as Kevin's, and I didn't need it to wait for the gratification.
The Office has met every challenge it has faced, so until the disappoint, my expectations remain high. I am sad to think there might be rough times ahead for Jim and Pam, but who knows ... maybe they'll find a way to keep them together but still fun and interesting.
Oooh, Jim and Pam have a falling out after Pam misinterprets something Jim does. That would be a hoot! Not really.
It makes me uneasy that Kevin keeps saying all the things I'm thinking. It could be worse; it could be Dwight. But still.
But I do get a bit of a Jane Alexander vibe from Jenna Fischer.
That said, I bet those curves she touted in "curves" will be gone in a few years and you probably will not recognize her.
I just don't want to see it digress into conventional sitcom craziness. For me, there's already a little too much emphasis on the supporting cast, who in my mind should be closer to anonymous worker drones, highlighting the specialness of Jim and Pam's relationship.
"For me, there's already a little too much emphasis on the supporting cast, who in my mind should be closer to anonymous worker drones, highlighting the specialness of Jim and Pam's relationship. "
I really disagree with this statement, for several reasons. In general, reducing the character development on the U.S. show would just be a flat-out mistake. The supporting cast on "The Office" is a treasure.
Quote list from last night's episode.
And you're right--the fact that there were 12 episodes of the British and we're in the 4th season of American is a definite testament to the latter.
And regarding the supporting cast, I think the show is best when it's most grounded in reality, and the development of characters like Angela and Creed as being somewhat insane takes me out of that reality.
I had seen the British show first. Liked it but didn't love it. Liked the two-hour concluding film best of all.
On a common criticism of The Office:
"I think that the show has always balanced reality with absurdity. It's so funny when you read the people writing about it online, like on the blogs and stuff, and they talk about, ''Oh, that's completely unbelievable...'' But none of it has EVER been believable. Within a very realistic setting, that's shot like a documentary, it's played naturalistically. It's just the stuff that they're writing about is absurd. So I think it's always a balancing act between the minutia of office life like it's somebody's birthday and they have to get a cake and the absurdity of, like, Dwight gets a concussion and his personality changes. You know, so many of the same bloggers, those are almost unanimously voted their favorite episodes. Literally, the plot is Michael burns his foot in a George Foreman grill, Dwight gets a concussion and his personality changes. That's ridiculous! That doesn't happen in real life! At all!"
Look forward to that 30 Rock premiere.
So what are the feelings on Journeyman? Anyone watch the premiere? I'm a sucker for time travel, like Kevin McKidd from Rome, and like that it's set in SF, but parts of it were pretty irksome. Too much time spent on his wife and boss wondering what's wrong with him and all that blather - just cut to the time travel stuff! I'll give it another chance, though.
The problem with the show was that it was really confusing and the reason for why the guy was travelling through time was just explained matter of fact.
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