It’s the final season of The Office, and the show is trying to put its goofiest era behind it for its final stretch. I can respect that, and I think the show getting back to its dramatic core is a good thing. It was most gripping in seasons one and two when the Pam/Jim flirtation was happening, after all.
But in an effort to get some of that drama back, the show is going to strange place. Let’s look at the events of the past three episodes, for example.
– Pam and Jim are sparring because Jim works part time in Philly and is never around.
– Jim flips out at Pam on the phone, and Pam is comforted by Brian, grip operator for the documentary crew which has been filming the staff of Dunder Mifflin for nine years. He’s breaking the fourth wall, and is super hot.
– Brian is reprimanded for interfering with the events of the show, and Pam apologizes for getting him in trouble. It’s indicated he has a wife or girlfriend of some sort, Melissa.
– Pam stars a war with a bearded, menancing warehouse worker named Frank after he defaces her mural. She, in turn, vandalizes his truck.
– Frank comes after Pam in the parking lot and Brian again breaks the wall and beats him down with his microphone pole, resulting in his firing. He says to call “whenever Pam needs him” as Jim sits in Philly playing video games with Darryl.
I get that the show now realizes that Jim and Pam became rather boring when they became a couple, but this is pretty extreme. The two have now been married for years and have two kids. This isn’t Desperate Housewives. Could they really throw this big a wrench into the works of TV’s most ideal couple?
It seems a bit over the top for me, but I can’t say I hate the plot development. It’s refreshing for the show to at least have SOME emotional weight to it after years of turning into fluffy nonsense. This seems like it’s going down a rather dark path, but I have to say, it’s got me wondering what’s going to happen next week.
What do you make of The Office’s new direction?