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BONUS OFFICE REVIEW October 9, 2009

Posted by Rusty in project runway, the office.
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Harmony and I give up on Project Runway. Seriously. We are done. I think Amelie Gillette perfectly sums up what’s wrong with the show here. Any show that allows Logan’s haunted crotch pants to survive another day is not a show I am interested in.

So, instead of dealing with writing a review, I’d instead like to talk about last night’s wedding episode of The Office. Basically, it was terrible. And writing contrarian reviews of beloved things is a hobby -no, a passion – of mine. And I want to get this on the record.

The episode begins with the entire office vomiting all over the place in a nice Lard-Ass moment. I thought it was the perfect beginning to an episode advertised as a straight romance. Of course, the writers were just prepping us for an episode that throws reality into the wind. Mass vomitings don’t occur in the office and a lot of the things happening at the wedding don’t happen in real weddings.

To be fair, the first 15 minutes were fairly solid. I loved Jim blurting out that Pam was pregnant as he slowly morphs into Michael-lite. But one thing at the rehearsal dinner really stuck in my craw. When Pam’s sisters mistakes Kevin for Oscar’s boyfriend, Oscar’s livid response wasn’t just inappropriate, it was shockingly out of character. One can be repulsed at the thought of dating someone and still maintain social graces. Especially when the show has worked so hard to make Oscar the most competent and friendliest employee. Terrible stuff.

From there, the show deteriorated into cartoonish. Andy tore his scrotum! Yuck, yuck, yuck. Kevin’s feet smelled so bad they had to destroy his shoes and he walks around in tissue boxes! Har! Dwight bones Pam’s bridesmaid and coldly blows her off because sleeping with people and ignoring them two hours later is something to be laughed at! Haha! Sucks to be you, pretty lady who slept with Dwight!

Pam starts freaking out before the wedding and loses it when she snags her veil on a nail. Oh no! Such drama! How can she get married with a slightly torn veil!? This is what screenwriters and other people in the know like to call “conflict.”

Jim cuts his tie in half in solidarity and they decide to run off to get married in private. Two problems here:

1. If I drive five hours for a friend’s wedding, I expect two things. Open bar and punctuality. If my friends make me wait in a church for two hours, they are bad friends and selfish people who deserve to get divorced.

2. They basically stole this entire plot from How I Met Your Mother (reruns on Lifetime!). Marshall gets a bad haircut and freaks out trying to shave it off. Lily still loves him and they are sick of the pressures of a big wedding so they sneak off and get married in private. I can’t expect the writers of the Office to remember every plot point from every sitcom, but just know that this has been done and it was done better and it was done years ago.

Jim and Pam return from their secret wedding to get church married. Before anyone can walk down the aisle, the office workers play some music from a convicted domestic batterer and a bunch of people that were in no way in the wedding party (namely, the entire office) dances down the aisle.

Apparently, this is a recreation of a Youtube video I have never seen or heard of. You know how Michael is lame for discovering Youtube memes a few years too late and living out the fad? That is what the entire show has done and people are supposed to find it cute or endearing? No. And why would that bridesmaid be so happy to dance down the aisle with Dwight? And why is it funny that she got kicked in the face? And I know it’s The Office and not The Realistic Wedding Simulator, but a bunch of people just imposed themselves on this wedding? That’s not cool. That’s just more horrible, selfish behavior.

Since the episode, I watched the Youtube video in question and it looks pretty sweet and nice and fun and the only thing that sucks about it is that Chris Brown beat the shit out of his girlfriend. Romance fail. Still very nice though. It just didn’t work on The Office. Not even a little bit.

To be fair, I laughed a few times. I loved Jim’s “Let’s talk on the phone for a very long time.” I loved Dwight’s wedding gift complete with live turtle. Niagara Falls looks very pretty. But the tone, the meanness, the jokes that were so broad that Adam Sandler would be embarrassed (A torn nutsack? Really?)…it didn’t work. Not only did it not work, it made me aggressively hate the presence of most of the cast. Well played, Office writers!

So, thank you for letting me vent about a show that isn’t even remotely affiliated with Lifetime. Project Runway coverage is done, forever. And Harmony will be posting a movie review shortly. It’s a doozy.

Comments»

1. Anonymous - October 9, 2009

The office is a TV SHOW its not supposed to be taken so seriously. I love it and i thought the episode was great.

2. Whitney Gifford - October 11, 2009

I happened across this post in the middle of browsing my recommended feeds thing on Google Reader, and I couldn't possibly more strongly agree with you. The Office is so terrible nowadays that it makes me sad. I can't imagine anyone who really enjoyed the show when it was actually good still liking it now.

3. HarmonyC - October 11, 2009

"The office is a TV SHOW its not supposed to be taken so seriously. I love it and i thought the episode was great."…have you read this blog before?

4. Daniel - October 14, 2009

Yeah, it was pretty unrealistic. I feel like the show has generally reduced in quality like that since last season. But man am I glad you guys are going back to movie reviews. PR stanks.

5. HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. - November 2, 2009

Rusty, please please reconsider your Project Runway banishment. It's getting better.Yes, Christopher is still on there… somehow. Maybe its because he's a pretty boy or maybe he's blowing Tim Gunn or something– "you have five minutes!"– I dont know, but it IS getting better. The ladies are totally taking it this season and we're finally begining to see some fashion statements…. come on… please please please…

6. HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. - November 18, 2009

Ok I lied. This season of PR sucks. sucky sucky sucky sucks suck.


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