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NBC’s The Office has jumped the shark and listed below are the top 10 reasons why:
10. Too much Angela, it was one thing to have Angela dating Dwight; but once they broke up- the writers have just given us a little too much of Angela. To plunge themselves even deeper into left field, they now made her Senator boyfriend gay- and she absolutely does not care. Keep in mind, its not that we feel, that she is oblivious, because few women would deny the attention of a mildly attractive, rich, clean cut senator who happens to be gay. However, Angela is clearly in love with the fame and exposure from being the ‘love interest’ of a Senator- and who could blame her. This turns her character from the evil- soon to be cat lady to the wife a senator. For this reason, we feel that her ascension or character development to be a little far fetched and inconsistent.
9. Erin has to be mildly retarded, we know that Erin had the unfortunate task of taking over for Pam when it comes to saying “Dunder Mifflin this is Pam” but Erin is just ridiculously dumb and we believe, to be eligible to be the next female serial killer. Honestly, she is absolutely unstable (not Andy punching a hole in the wall because Jim hid his cell phone in the ceiling unstable) but the kind of unstable that tells her to hide in her hair walls when she finds out Andy slept with Angela. This is just too bizarre for this show- she may be a good addition to Dexter or the next case for the CSI team but for the Office she is just too unstable.
8. Gabe never fit- we can understand a company takeover but this guy just never clicked with the rest of the team. Not only is he odd looking in general, he never got the proper scripting when interacting with the other characters. His departure was not only awesome, we personally believed it moved the show at least one inch, back in the right direction.
7. The secretary hired by DeAngelo is just a waste of space. We won’t even bother with giving her any more of our time.
6. Ryan and Kelly- this relationship went from desperately funny to just walking the line of being both racist and sexist. Kelly appears to have some deep seated self-esteem problems and Ryan is just full of himself and feeds off her insecurities. When looking for more insight into this dysfunctional relationship we have agreed with the actors playing the role- despite it being hard to watch, I am sure everyone can relate to this sort of relationship. In an interview with Yahoo! TV, that was released before the episode “Business School“, B.J. Novak describes Ryan and Kelly as “the worst relationship that all of us have been in.” He adds, “The bad news is that that’s what a lot of people have actually experienced, something that just doesn’t work on any level, and they just keep going for some weird reason.” Mindy Kaling (Kelly) adds, “It seems like Ryan has just adjusted to the fact that he is the boyfriend of this crazy girl.” However, enough is enough.
5. The acting since season 3 has gone downhill as has the storyline. At first we were introduced to these random people stranded in this office for one reason or another and they are just working (like the rest of us) to make ends meet. However, its crazy that in season 1 Jim stated “he would rather throw himself in front of a train, if he were to turn his job into a career” but now Jim has not only reached management, he is turning into the system and a shell of what he once was. Angela was having an unnatural relationship with her cats now we are supposed to believe she is marrying a senator. Dwight was this crazy beet farmer all of a sudden he is now this “Casanova” with the ladies. Pam is the meek, mild tempered person now she is this outspoken shrill noise during the show. Ryan was the temp, now… Well who knows what he does in that little closet.The worst came was when Dwight won against Jim in an office snow ball face off. I knew when Jim “surrendered”, the show was going even further downhill.
4. Darryl in “The Office”- Darryl being in the office and not in the warehouse is just tipping the scales. We are not sure if this is political correctness at its best or simply bad writing but we enjoy Darryl but his role in the office is like product placement. Product placement, in that, now that he is an up and coming rising celebrity he lobbied for more screen time. We would have preferred more, “Darryl with the Loading Crew” time. Now the cast, has very little reason to frequent the loading docks other than to have secret cake, secret sleep, secret conversations and secret sex.
3. The show probably should have ended when Dunder Mifflin went under. We are unsure if the shows writers were trying to channel today’s economic uncertainty or they are just being lazy but when Michael visits David Wallace and he is found disheveled and singing with his son- that’s just lazy writing. Dunder Mifflin is as much Michael Scott, as much as Michael Scott is Dunder Mifflin. The show was centered around this company, closing the company means wrapping up the show. Sabre is fine but the show lost a lot when the company closed.
2. Dwight- when did the show become all about Dwight? We enjoyed Dwight’s antics in the first few seasons but now its just like beating a “dead horse”. Dwight’s character is overall exaggerated and often times unfunny. Much like Erin, Dwight’s character is about 2-fries short of starring in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre- and he won’t be playing an innocent young coed. The show needs to focus less on Dwight’s and more on the writing. I don’t care who Dwight sleeps with or what newfound outrageous confidence pill he has taken.
1. Jim and Pam are just annoying- We enjoyed this pair in the very beginning but now they are too much “in your face, remember us” kind of feel. I don’t even know their little girl but I am already tired of seeing her mushy face. Yes, we know you two had a baby but come on, if I knew they were going to be this boring after getting married I would have preferred they stay single and give each other the longing glances every once in a while. Pam quite literally has no place in the office, when Michael retook control she should have been sent back to working as the secretary because she proved herself to be an absolute bust in sales. Jim is just a shell of what he used to be. Jim just sits there, legs crossed looking at the camera with his silly expressions. These two were once a power couple, now they are just annoying and they are dragging down the show.
We continue to watch because Creed, Meredith, Oscar, Kevin, Stanley, Phyllis etc characters have all remained the same and for ths we salute them. On another side note, we hope Ricky Gervais is this seasons new boss because he started this behemoth and he may be the only one to steer it in the right direction. Although, people with an accent can get annoying over time we hope he can breathe new life into this once hilarious night time comedy show.
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