The Office Recap: Corporate Mess

Vulture’s head TV poohab Matt Zoller Seitz gave this strange, wounded season of The Office a must-read once-over yesterday, noting how in many ways it seemed to metaphorically function as a "sitcom about being directionless, about deciding to soldier on after a catastrophic loss and not having the slightest clue how to do it."

Seitz pointed out that as flat and well-worn as this show can often be now, he kept watching it anyway. I did as well, and frankly I would have even if I wasn’t getting paid or needing to kill some time between Parks And Recreation and 30 Rock. Part of that is the lure of the familiar, the completist mindset and plain old loyalty; this was my favorite show for many years, after all, and there is a stupid part of my brain that would feel bad if I just quit on something that once (and sometimes still does) gave me a lot of joy. Beyond that, the acting is usually top-notch (there’s a reason so many people from this cast have busy movie careers); and I find the show sometimes still works on episodic level, more or less. And even the worst installments usually have a few small moments going for them. Read More...


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May 28, 2012 8:34AM EDT

Happy to see David Willance back to The Office TV show.

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