The Office - 10/4/07

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  1. Oct 5, 2007 #41 of 141
    buckeyenut

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    Average episode. Agree with most that an hour makes things seem a little too long--similar to how I feel about SNL skits, funny for 2 minutes, but too stretched out at 5 minutes.

    Creed did steal the show in this episode. The Ryan/Kelly conversations were funny as well. At first, I wasn't too thrilled about the idea of Ryan being the new Jan; but, I think it added a nice dynamic in this episode.

    The Dwight/Angela relationship is beginning to bore me a little--seems a little like filler IMO. I'd like to see more interaction with Dwight and Jim like the old days. Perhaps when they move back to 30 minutes, we will see less of the fluff.
     
  2. Oct 5, 2007 #42 of 141
    Fofer

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    Or, that's brilliant. This office ain't the pinnacle of efficiency. I could see them having the same white board content for a few years. :D


    OMG, their "coming soon, under construction" website had me rolling... LMAO
     
  3. Oct 5, 2007 #43 of 141
    DeDondeEs

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    Yes I agree 100%. I was thinking about it, how many successful comedies can you think of that were/are 1hr long. Most good comedies I remember were the half hour format.

    However I am sure in the next few posts someone will shoot my theory down and list some obvious 1hr classic comedy show that I forgot about.
     
  4. Oct 5, 2007 #44 of 141
    Robs67

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    Very true! I did give me a chuckle. And it may be there for crazies like me that pause and frame-by-frame stuff to see in the background.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2007 #45 of 141
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    I think these initial episodes are the whole setup for the year and laying the groundwork for this season.

    I'm waiting for something to happen and Ryan end up losing his position because of the drug use alleged by Creed during the "what did we do during the summer" snippets...
     
  6. Oct 5, 2007 #46 of 141
    jradford

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    I liked the first half hour much more than the second. I found the "driving the car into the lake" to be forced and pretty unfunny, honestly. I happily buy into all of Michael and Dwight's over the top stuff, but that was almost too stupid. Oh, well. I thought Kelly and Creed stole the show, but I loved the Kevin, Andy and Ryan interaction.
     
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #47 of 141
    Fish Man

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    Well, it certianly fits Dunder Mifflin's normal competence level:

     
  8. Oct 5, 2007 #48 of 141
    Fofer

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    I just re-watched these clips:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCDXIyRdwG0
    But didn't see anything about alleged drug use. What snippet are you talking about?
     
  9. Oct 5, 2007 #49 of 141
    Fofer

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    Only the first four episodes of the season will be an hour. Then its back to 30 minutes.

    Me, I love the show at an hour. I'd like it doubly at two hours. :D
     
  10. Oct 5, 2007 #50 of 141
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    pretty sure there was one from Creed that said something along the lines of "new boss is some kid that used to work here I sold weed to"
     
  11. Oct 5, 2007 #51 of 141
    Fish Man

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    I thought the episode was pretty funny.

    It was a completely new level of stupid on Michael's part to insist on following the GPS unit's instructions so literally as to knowingly drive into a lake. However, unlike jradford's opinion on this, above, I found it funny. Michael continuing to shock us with just how over-the-top ludicrous stupid he can be is one of the funnier elements of the show, IMHO.

    Last week's 1 hour episode was well filled.

    This week's, not so much. It really appeared that they had included quite a bit of "padding" to fill the show out to an hour. Lots of scenes and shots that would have ended up "on the cutting room floor" to make a half hour episode.
     
  12. Oct 5, 2007 #52 of 141
    Shaunnick

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    There was in the TV spot, but the internet version was cleaned up for some reason.
     
  13. Oct 5, 2007 #53 of 141
    headroll

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    Not unlike their current website.

    "Coming Christmas 2002"

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  14. Oct 5, 2007 #54 of 141
    uncdrew

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    Yeah, the driving into the lake didn't work for me. Even Michael might turn right if the GPS told him to but would not drive the car into the lake. He was going slowly, the lake was in plain view. I don't know a lot about lakes, but are there roads that just go into a lake with no curb, barricade, fence, etc.?


    Perhaps if they had parked the car, gotten out to argue about "technology" and the car coasted into the lake because Michael didn't set the brake or something...
     
  15. Oct 5, 2007 #55 of 141
    Fish Man

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    Boat launch.
     
  16. Oct 5, 2007 #56 of 141
    Fofer

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    As Dwight was shouting not to drive into the lake, Michael was shouting something back like "NO, the computer knows! Trust the computer!"

    I dunno... yes, it was ridiculous, but it was so damn funny that I just turned off my brain and enjoyed the ride. :D
     
  17. Oct 5, 2007 #57 of 141
    JYoung

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    I believe that "road" was actually a boat launch access point.
    (Boat's on a trailer, back the trailer into the water, release boat)

    And I don't understand why people don't think that driving into the lake is funny.
    It's funny because there are real life instances of that sort of thing happening to people.

    ETA: Don't forget that Michael did have to repeat Second Grade. :D
     
  18. Oct 5, 2007 #58 of 141
    jradford

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    The funniest part was the GPS system saying "Please turn around," or something to that effect. And I agree with the above, it was the slow move towards the lake, Dwight saying, "there's a lake, stop," and Michael just driving into it anyway. My wife and I were both just like, "Uh, what?"
     
  19. Oct 5, 2007 #59 of 141
    TAsunder

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    Reminds me of the time my GPS, along with google maps (so it's not just my GPS) directed me to go onto a road and keep going straight when the road ended and there were elevated train tracks. I opted not to follow the directions and turned around. The instant I did it found a different route. Weird!
     
  20. Oct 5, 2007 #60 of 141
    marksman

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    Comedies have traditionjal been 30 minute shows. Production costs, and lemming status the main reasons. You may notice Hollywood is not big on trying different things.


    There are no classic hour long sitcoms because there have never been any hour long sitcoms. Personally I don't think the length of the show has ANYTHING to do with whether it is funny or not. As some people mentioned, it is akin to two related episodes run back to back.

    One thing about The Office is becasuse of how they shoot it, they have way more footage than probably most dramas at the end of a week. Everyone is always on set and they are rolling most of the time. So they have a ton of stuff that never makes it into a 30 minute show.

    I would say my only issue with the hour long format is my own attention span. I did find myself realizing I ad been watching stuff for a while after watching 30 Rock and rolling into an hour of the Office. Nothing to do with the show not being funny, just my personal prejudices and expectations.
     

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