On Thursday, May 16, 2013, The last episode of The Office will air. It will be a 75 minute show and, by all accounts, will wrap up the series nicely.
I have a passion for this show that boarders on the obsessive. I watch it continually. Every night, in fact. I have seen each episode in seasons 1-7 at least a dozen times. I finish watching them (in order, of course) and promptly start back at episode 1, season 1. And then I watch straight through until season 8, episode 24. Rinse. Repeat.
So why this obsession with The Office? Why do I love this series so much that most people are ambivalent to and some down right hate it? I have contemplated this at length and I think it is the depth of the characters that really appeals to me and how each time I watch it, I learn something new about the characters and their relationship to one another.
I remember when I first watched the series it was about mid season in season two. The was so much I missed the first time through that I can scarcely believe it. For example, I remember when Jim caught Dwight and Angela going at it in the office. I was as shocked as he was by this! I missed all the signs and innuendo about them. Upon review I was shocked that I missed it all.
Now as I rewatch each episode, I discover similar, if less pronounced, pieces of the puzzle as it were.
One thing that always astounds me is how Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) is such a buffoon 90% of the time, but when it counts, he is a genius. After forming the Michael Scott Paper Company and he is negotiating with David Wallace he points out that his company doesn’t need to survive that long, but only need to survive to the next Dunder Mifflin board meeting at which point David Wallace will be out of a job for letting their most successful branch fail. Or when he throws Jan under the bus at the deposition when he realizes that she had already planned to do the same to him by bringing his diary to present as evidence in the lawsuit against Dunder Mifflin.
It is the writting and the actors that bring these character to life. They make it more than a simple half-hour sitcom on Thursday nights. They bring life and heart to the characters. The bring a depth that can be easily overlooked or missed by the casual viewer.
Michael Scott always refered to the people in The Office as a family. Over the years, despite their differences, the story grew to show how right he was: they did form a family. A crazy, mixed up, mostly psychotic family, but a family none the less.
I will miss watching their antics. It was always a bright spots of my week.
But I always have them on DVD. And Netflix. And Tuesday night on TBS, And on Hulu, and….
Michael Scarn lives!!!!