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Thursday's Office was the single worst thing I've ever watched on a TV set. Even at my "it's worth every penney I paid for it" standard, it was brutal.
Granted, they are sending Jim away, but outside of that, is there anything happening on that show that would lead you to believe that we are nearly at the grand culmination of our 9 years together? It has much more the vibe of a show staring at it's shoes passing time.
Where's the creativity or the originality that marked the shows early episodes? I can't even explain how uninvested I am in watching Erin fall in love with a THIRD co-worker.
This isn't even just about Steve Carell, either. If there was ever a show that should have been able to sustain losing a character, it should have been this show with a nearly open-ended permis. As long as it happens in The Office, it's THE OFFICE! Bring in any character ever imagined as long as they're interesting! Focus more on the warehouse crew if you can't think of ONE more interesting office worker. Honestly, you could have done an entirely new show with entirely new characters as long as they showed-up in an office, you'd be able to make it work.
The problem is that the show got so successful that they no longer had the option to take chances like that. All they can do is recycle character types and hope that the ratings hold.
Just a sad way for such a great show to limp across the finish line.