TV Blogging: The Office

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Pinky says:

    You’re right about the Pam/Jim progression. Aside from the 6-episode first season, we’ve had one season of Jim pining for Pam, one of Pam pining for Jim, one with them dating, one with them engaged, and now one with marriage and a child on the way. That’s very normal in real-life, and pretty odd for a sitcom.

    Jim’s off his game this season, with an expectant wife, a house, and a management position in a struggling company. That’s natural. It’s also natural that your former equals are going to be insubordinate. The show is about the mind-numbing experience of modern office life, and that includes personnel conflicts and sabotage.Report

  2. Avatar bcg says:

    I never liked The Office, and that’s because of Jim. Imagine being in a workplace with someone, and people are filming for some kind of documentary. Your idiot boss does something hilariously idiotic. You look over at your buddy to silently transmit, “You saw that too, right?” He’s not looking at you, though. He’s looking into the camera. Yeah, fuck that guy.Report

  3. Avatar Tim Kowal says:

    I’m a big Office fan, but I have to agree that the Jim/Pam storyline was not well played. Of course, they had to progress; they can’t be static characters. The problem is they didn’t develop any other characters or story lines. The Office had one over-arching story line for five seasons, and now it has none. The problem isn’t Jim and Pam per se — I agree they have to develop them and that means they’re not going to be likable for the same reasons they have been in the past. But as one arc starts pointing down, as writers, you have to plan for another one to start pointing up and swinging into action. All they’ve done so far is offer gimmicks. That’s no substitute for story and character arcs. Plus, the gimmicks often don’t work.Report

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