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Nov 5th 2010

Put it back, Bri!

That's what . . . uh . . . nevermind..

Dec 2nd 2010

I thought I was pretty cool finding this thread. Then I read a few posts. Still a good read.

Dec 2nd 2010

It's very odd reading comments made three years ago about comments made a year before that.

And, yes, the show should have ended after four years.

Dec 2nd 2010

Yeah, a full fourth season and then done would have been the best solution. Jim and Pam would have been resolved, they could have hooked Michael up with Holly and ended the Dwight/Andy/Angela story at a point that would have made sense.

Dec 2nd 2010

I totally agree. Except a full second season.

Dec 2nd 2010

So no S3 at all for you? I just can't go that far. It was a bit of a mess, but still has some redeeming factors for me.

Dec 2nd 2010

Season 3 had lots of redeeming factors for me. All those artificially imposed barriers we complained about were at least realistic barriers, too.

Dec 2nd 2010 edited

Season 3 and 4 had good points, even great moments. But Seasons 1&2 make a perfectly neat, complete package for me. The following seasons don't detract much from that, but they don't add much for me either.

Also, only Season 2 could have had the impact on me that it did. I can't see that happening at any other point in the series, except maybe Season 1, which I missed entirely at first.

Dec 2nd 2010

All those artificially imposed barriers we complained about were at least realistic barriers, too.

True, but they shouldn't have used them all. Pick one or two and go with it.

While S1-2 (they are a single entity to me even with the stylistic differences) do seem a complete package, the ending was too much of a cliffhanger for me to be satisfied with it as a series finale. In fact the more I've thought about it, the more I think that Casino Night went too far and set up the melodrama that was S3.

Dec 2nd 2010 edited

No, they shouldn't have used them all, but even adding five more barriers in that vein made better TV than the Dwight/Angela love contract, or some of the other crazy nonsense we've seen lately.

I mean, it was TV melodrama to drag out the conclusion, yes, but I personally recognized each event as they were happening. It wasn't bizarre.

Dec 2nd 2010

No, I agree that S3 is vastly superior to the stuff we've gotten the past two years. It only pales in comparison to S2.

Dec 2nd 2010

I really would have been happy with the season 3 finale as the end of the show. "It's a date" was perfect.

Dec 2nd 2010

Agreed.

Dec 2nd 2010

After all the suffering in S3, I needed a palate cleansing S4 before calling it quits.

Dec 2nd 2010

In fact the more I've thought about it, the more I think that Casino Night went too far and set up the melodrama that was S3.

I really would have been happy with the season 3 finale as the end of the show. "It's a date" was perfect.

Agreed.

With all due respect, ridonkulous. They kissed. They were together. Only a lovesick teeniebopper or a madman on steroids-infused crack could have foreseen the warped turns the story took after that in order to reach the exact same conclusion about eight feet away. State's evidence: the British Office finale. Kiss her and be done with it.

Again, I enjoyed Season 3. I'm just talking necessity here. It wasn't necessary. Or as good.

Dec 2nd 2010

With all due respect, ridonkulous. They kissed. They were together.

But the Roy situation hadn't been resolved. In the British Office, you knew that she had dumped her troglodyte fiancee before coming back.

Dec 2nd 2010

With all due respect, ridonkulous. They kissed. They were together. Only a lovesick teeniebopper or a madman on steroids-infused crack could have foreseen the warped turns the story took after that in order to reach the exact same conclusion about eight feet away. State's evidence: the British Office finale. Kiss her and be done with it.

Yes.

Dec 2nd 2010

This debate's gotta happen every five months or so, ten months. Helps to get rid of the bad blood.

Dec 2nd 2010

But the Roy situation hadn't been resolved.

A fair point, but all I know is how I felt that night. I took it as one of those things you could just figure would resolve itself logically. And to be fair, they went to the trouble to resolve it over the course of Season 3 in ways I found far less satisfying than the way I imagined.

Dec 2nd 2010

This debate's gotta happen every five months or so, ten months. Helps to get rid of the bad blood.

Yes, but how do you cook for so many guys?

Dec 2nd 2010 edited

It's funny, because at the time I was one of the biggest yellers about how little I liked season 3. But now, for me, it seems that the show was still in its prime back then. The Jim & Pam storyline hit some rocks in the middle, but for sustained humor and performances, it lives on a plane that has a lot more in common with season 2 than with anything that came after it, at least to me. A couple of the very funniest episodes come from season 3, episodes like "The Convention" and "The Return", which I love pretty much unreservedly, and which just tower over all that came after.

I guess that part of it is that back then the show still had the power to provoke me to argue with people about it, loudly, passionately. Maybe part of that is me -- maybe one can only argue about one subject for so long. I don't think that's really true, though; I still argue about baseball daily with a group of strangers, as I have been doing since before The Office came to America. Season 3 had its problems, but I think it was still passionately made, by people who were putting it all out there on the table for you to judge. In subsequent years the show became considerably more conservative, both in its humor and its storytelling, and it's almost impossible to conceive of the fact that, as late as "Women's Appreciation", we were fighting pitched battles in the episode comments, and some people seemed to cling to the belief that the show might never put Jim & Pam together.

Maybe it's that I discovered this place early in season 3. It's almost impossible for me to separate my feelings about the first three seasons of The Office from my sense of how lucky I was to find this place. The internet crawls with idiots and jerks, perverts and thugs, flashing icons, ugly layouts, impossible sign-in procedures, spam, porn. Here . . . well, I guess we have all of those things except flashing icons and ugly layouts, but it feels different to me. I suppose we have our drawbacks -- we can be clannish and I can imagine it must be extremely difficult to wade through what is now years and years of in-jokes and back story that have nothing to do with the ostensible reason for the forums -- but it's great here. I still come a lot. Still post a lot. But I can't pretend that I don't miss the time when we all still converged on the episode thread on Thursday nights and quoted our favorite lines and laughed at them again, sharpened our knives and had fights, analyzed the scenes and broke down the characters. Season 3 wasn't quite up to the level of season 2, but it was the heyday of that. In season 4, I was recapping, and I was also among the first to notice a marked downturn in the show's quality, and the discussion threads seemed less vital, somehow. By season 5, they were much less populated. Now, they're all but vestigial.

Also, Pam was hotter back then.

Dec 2nd 2010

"The Return" still remains my personal favorite S3 episode and is also the point that I felt the show started wandering off course. The last five minutes of "The Job" redeem some of those missteps, but not quite all of them. I still enjoy occasionally going back into the old episode threads to see some of the debates although it makes me a little sad that I missed them live.

I arrived here during the strike hiatus and even then was able to get in several arguments over the merits of Season 3. Of course MTT was primarily responsible for that, but still. Now, none of it seems nearly as important as it used to, but this place is still well worth my time. I'm a bit afraid that when I start the new job in January I won't be able to be here quite as much, but such is life.

Dec 2nd 2010

I'm a bit afraid that when I start the new job in January I won't be able to be here quite as much, but such is life.

Dude, you have to find a way.

Dec 2nd 2010

D>TF writes good and right.

Dec 2nd 2010

But I can't pretend that I don't miss the time when we all still converged on the episode thread on Thursday nights and quoted our favorite lines and laughed at them again, sharpened our knives and had fights, analyzed the scenes and broke down the characters.

This makes perfect sense.

I'm a bit afraid that when I start the new job in January I won't be able to be here quite as much, but such is life.

This makes no sense.

Dec 2nd 2010

D>TF writes good and right.

Yesh.

Dec 2nd 2010

Dude, you have to find a way.

As soon as I get incriminating photos of the IT guy everything will be fine.

Dec 3rd 2010

I'm a bit afraid that when I start the new job in January I won't be able to be here quite as much, but such is life.

Don't you dare!

Dec 3rd 2010

I started here because mid way through Season 2, for the first time in my life I was so hooked on a TV show that I was on the internet looking for web sites about it. James' recaps got me coming here. I was here before there was even a forum. Initially I just hung out in the haiku thread because I thought those people arguing in the episode threads were really hardcore and I didn't know as much about the show as they did.

Then it turned out that the people here were pretty cool. And what's weird is that the people hanging out here now are almost completely different than the people hanging out here then. Maybe the show draws good and interesting people. Or maybe anyone can be good and interesting once you get to really know them. We could be talking about rifles or Saved By The Bell or the history of Africa.

Season 3 was very good...not as good as Season 2, but that's an unfair comparison. I am quite sure that I will never have a time in my TV life again like what I felt during Season 2 and the summer after. But Season 3 had a lot of good stuff. I think The Job was one of the top three shows of the entire series...and not just because of the last five minutes.

Mar 10th 2011

I enjoyed reading those Emmyjean:Loaded Teapot debates from S3 in the Jim and Pam thread. They could take up pages at a time debating who was more at fault.

Jim. JimJimJim. I still stand by it (although removed from the passion of the moment, I can see with a bit more clarity the other side of the coin...but don't tell LT).

But it doesn't matter because it all worked out in the end...or, what probably should have been the end.

Hi guys!

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