‘The Office: Doomsday’ Review
I am starting to get a bad feeling about this show. This season has been pretty good thus far. Introducing Andy as regional manager and Robert California as CEO went over smoother than I ever expected them to, however between this week’s episode and last week’s I am starting to get worried. The Office used to be a lot meaner. It is okay for them to build the characters’ relationships and make them friendlier towards each other but now this show is just too…cute.
Doomsday revolved around Dwight’s device to stop his co-workers from making mistakes. First off, the way this device worked was just confusing. Also, Dwight wasn’t his usual malicious self. Instead he was in the background while everyone complained. In earlier seasons he would have played a much more villainous role, which would have made the ending payoff much more. Instead the ending was cute, like all the other endings this season. It was just two years ago that Michael Scott had to tell a group of high school graduates that he was not going to be able to pay for their college tuition. This show has lost almost all of its awkward edge.
This is not to say there weren’t some funny moments. The cold open was great as Stanley broke out into song to celebrate the end of the workday. I also loved Kevin trying to explain how paper is made and Kelly and Erin screaming at Dwight. However, the comedic highlight of the episode was easily Jim playing squash with Robert. His athletic ability delivered the funniest moments of the episode.
The Office is still a funny show, but everything is getting a bit too sappy with its already developed characters who have more than one mean bone in their body. Doomsday was not a bad episode, but the signs it points towards for the rest of the season or, gulp, the series, are not good. (6.5/10)
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