My Thoughts on the “Office” Finale

“I just wish there was a way to know you’re in the ‘good old days’ before you leave them behind.”

–  Andy Bernard, The Office episode “Finale”

 

Even though I’m a teenager, I didn’t start watching the show The Office back when it first came out. I first saw it back in 2010 when a few of my friends recommended it, and I got hooked shortly thereafter. I thought Season 1 was decent, Season 2 was good, and Seasons 3-5 had me hooked to the point where I was cleaning out the library of their episode disks. Season 6 was mediocre, 7 took a dip after Steve Carell left, and 8 was pretty awful in my opinion. But, this season stabilized, and I was hopeful for how the series was going to conclude.

[Note: spoiler alert!]

If I had to rate the very last episode, which aired about half an hour ago, I’d give it a 7 out of 10. It most certainly wasn’t the best episode of the show, and it didn’t have me in tears, but I was satisfied.

I didn’t like the first half very much. Yes, the bachelor/bachelorette parties were funny, especially the bit about Angela getting kidnapped, but it wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before on the show. I saw what they were trying to do with the whole “this is one year later” aspect, but it didn’t do much for me. All I really wanted was for everyone’s stories to close. And we got quite a bit of that, but it felt somewhat drawn out.

But then again, how can I hate this episode when the master of the phrase “That’s what she said” made a legendary return? Indeed, Steve Carell came back for one last time in the finale, albeit in a noticeably brief role (he only had two or three lines in the entire thing, but the first of those was his trademark phrase; probably the best “That’s what she said” joke of the series).

I wish they would’ve gone into depth with his character a little more, but I can appreciate why they didn’t. That loop was closed a while ago, and re-opening it would only keep us satisfied for a short streak.

I’m glad they didn’t draw out the Jim/Pam storyline any more than they have. Those two are my favorite characters of the show (except for Michael Scott, of course) and I was just glad to see their journey end on a happy note.

Things I disliked about this episode: it was slow-going at first. The whole bit with the question panel and Erin randomly finding her birth parents felt both rushed and pointless. I’m glad Ryan and Kelly returned, but their appearances were little more than cameos. I feel like if the episode hadn’t tried to cram so much plot in and had just focused more on where the characters are going from here, it would have been better. But, as I said, I was satisfied with the overall finale. I’m glad the producers decided to end the show now, and while I won’t miss it (I haven’t really watched it since Michael’s departure), I still feel a slight pang of sadness since this is one of those childhood things that’s coming to an end. First the final Harry Potter movie, then this. Part of me really hates growing up.

But, I’ll end this post with a paraphrased quote from Jim in tonight’s episode:

“Imagine if you had the chance to rewind a tape and look back at your life. You could watch yourself grow up…make mistakes, fall in love, become a man…and in the end, that would be a pretty amazing gift. And you guys gave that to me. So, thank you.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

“Thrift Shop,” Valentine’s Day, and My Experience Watching “Honey Boo-Boo” (Not In That Order)

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”

–  Johann von Goethe

 

There are certain things we (I) stumble across in the world on which I feel the need to comment. I’m not exactly sure what I want to say at the time, but I tell myself that it would be a crime to not even acknowledge its existence.

I have three of those tonight, and while each of them could be their own article, I don’t want to waste time by drawing the subjects out. So I’ve mashed them together in one post, just for my readers. I hope you enjoy.

 

1.  “Thrift Shop”

To be clear, I’m talking about the song released back in October, though it’s only recently gotten real attention. For those who aren’t familiar with this song, I’ll summarize it for you: in the music video, the lead singer—Macklemore—is walking through a thrift shop, rapping about all the cool stuff in it.

I’m not going to lie: when I first heard this song on the radio, I was sure it was a joke. It’s quite out there, and the lyrics…well, there aren’t any jaw-droppers, but still a few quirks amongst the highlights (which I’ve cleaned for language):

  • “Ice on the fringe, it’s so darn frosty. That people like, ‘Dang! That’s a cold honkey.’”
  • “Rollin’ in deep, headin’ to the mezzanine, Dressed in all pink, ‘cept my gator shoes, those are green. Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin’ next to me.”
  • “Pissssssssssss!”
  • “They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard”
  • “I could take some Pro Wings, make them cool, sell those. The sneaker heads would be like ‘Aw, he got the Velcros’”
  • “Is that your grandma’s coat?”

And keep in mind, this is all rapped to a more-or-less-catchy saxophone beat.

I’m not sure whether to like this song or be totally weirded out by it. On one hand, it’s got a nice rythym and a unique music video, if a man in a fur coat dancing on used furniture can indeed be classified as “unique.”

On the other hand, when the middle of said music video features a woman this scary-looking lip synced to the male rap voice, I have the strong urge to re-evaluate my music choices.

Thrift Shop Lady

 

2.  My Experience Watching “Honey Boo-Boo”

In the publishing world, there are certain books referred to as being “high concept.” What this means is that as soon as you hear what the book is about, in one sentence, you automatically want to read it. I theorize that this logic is what keeps the world of television shows going, except instead of cranking out shows that people want to watch because they’re ridiculously good, we’re instead producing shows people want to watch because the shows are ridiculously awful.

Jersey Shore, for example. Yes, I know there are people out there who legitimately enjoy watching Jersey Shore, and I’m not criticizing. It’s totally fine if you want to sit there absorbing Snooki quotes such as, “That’s why I don’t eat friggin lobsters or anything like that. Because they’re alive when you kill it.”

Let’s get back on track. In my humble opinion, the queen bee of awful TV shows has to be Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo. Which is why I still can’t figure out the reason behind my decision to sit down this past Saturday and watch it for two hours.

But oh, dear reader, did I watch.

And words cannot describe how broken I am.

I’m not even going to tell you which parts were the most horrid. It was all awful. Like, seriously awful. Want an example? Two minutes into the show, I was reading a book (I made the mistake of trying to multitask) when I caught this quote from my television set:

“That there’s the weirdest thing I’ve gotten since my butthole piercing!”

My reaction:

HBB Reaction

As I said: words cannot describe it.

 

3.  Valentine’s Day

Well, at least you can give me credit for ending this post on a somewhat upbeat note.

Valentine’s Day has always been a fun holiday for me. Though I usually celebrate its alternate form, Singles Awareness Day (SAD for short), this year was a particularly happy exception. My girlfriend and I didn’t do anything especially fancy—stuff like carrying around a life-size stuffed red bear isn’t exactly my thing—and still it was a great day. With the exception of my computer software and printer teaming up against me last night to keep me up three hours finishing a card.

I ended up making a Harry Potter one, for the record. I found a few—my favorite being one of Bellatrix Lestrange, eyes wide, with the words “I’m CRAZY for you” above her head—but I decided to make one myself. It cost me two hours, and another to print the thing out.

And it was so worth it.

As a side note, here’s a bit of general advice to anyone for next year, if you got caught this go around:

Valentine Trap

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.