Build-Up to The Office Finale

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by trekkiebaggio, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. sidious618

    sidious618 Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    It was cute but I felt a little distanced because the show, for me, felt like it ended when Michael Scott left.
  2. chrisspringob

    chrisspringob Commodore Commodore

    Jan 12, 2003
    North Ryde, NSW
  3. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    Says who?
  4. Scout101

    Scout101 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Rhode Island, USA
    Right. There wasn't in The Office. Until there was...
  5. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005
    Michael's opening line was absolutely spot on. Very funny and touching finale, really enjoyed it.
  6. 1001001

    1001001 VERY STABLE GENIUS!!! Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    In a Bozo Nightmare
    Me too.

    They could have had basically the same ending if both Ryan and Kelly had brought dates to the wedding and left them there to run off with each other. That would have been consistent with their characters.

    It's one thing to dump a girlfriend/boyfriend. It's another to purposely sicken and then abandon your own baby.
  7. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    I thought that was pretty one-sided, too. My guess is that was put in to position Pam as more of the inflexible, un-trusting party in their dispute so her grand gesture later on would have more impact.
  8. shivkala

    shivkala Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 26, 2004
    Wasn't the pilot episode about the documentary crew starting to record them? And throughout, there were comments, usually from Jan, asking Michael if he was being taped while she was talking to him.
  9. Hunter X

    Hunter X Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    Yeah, the characters in The Office would interact with the camera crew every so often from the beginning. The conceit was dropped when it was convenient, though...that is, when they had to show footage of something a documentary crew probably wouldn't actually have access to.

    I don't think the people in Parks and Rec have ever interacted with the cameras in the same way, aside from the occasional mugging.
  10. Goji

    Goji Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 6, 2006
    This interview with the head writer for Parks and Recreation, Mike Schur, seems to indicate they have no interest in making the documentary crew part of the plot like The Office reportedly has (I've not seen it myself). I suppose he could change his mind in the future, but I'd be disappointed if they ever went that route.
  11. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    I think Ryan was a good character up until the point he got fired from his boss role.

    Then he turned into this kind of pathetic helpless trend monkey.

    Might have been nice to also see Karen, Holly & Gabe make appearances, but we got all the characters who were leads for more than one season.

    Parks and Rec has people speaking their personal thoughts to the camera, but the camera has no interaction with the plot. Whereas in The Office as early as season 2, the camera helped draw Pam's attention to Angela's candy bar to confirm her suspicions about being with Dwight. And Jan kept asking Michael in her phone talks with him: "Are we on camera?" In Parks & Rec they've never referred to the fact that there is a camera man present, all they do is give monologues as if there is.
  12. Squiggy

    Squiggy FrozenToad Admiral

    Jul 5, 2006
    Left Bank
    But it's pretty consistant with their characters.
  13. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    ^^ I think the kid was forced in to try to give Nellie an ideal ending.
  14. gblews

    gblews Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 13, 2004
    So. Cal.
    I think you're right.
  15. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    My two favorite moments in the finale:

    Meredith's son makes her first appearance since season two as a male stripper, Meredith is excited about seeing him work.

    Dwight reassures Kevin that he only fired him because he was really bad at his job, and this makes Kevin feel much better.
  16. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    Was that real estate agent the same woman that Michael briefly dated way back towards the beginning of the series?
  17. Chu'lak

    Chu'lak Lieutenant

    Apr 24, 2013
    Yep, carol, actually Steve Carrells's real life wife.
  18. Kitty Worrier

    Kitty Worrier Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 13, 2002
    I really did not like Ryan and Kelly for the last several years, so I did not l like them showing up for the finale, nor the predictable ending for them.

    One of the best lines was "and thanks to PBS, even my friends call be 'Plop.'" Kind of deserved though!
  19. Yoda

    Yoda Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 13, 2000
    San Diego
    So what, did PBS condense everything they filmed into 2 hours or something? Plop already made it to air? That was this season right?
  20. the G-man

    the G-man Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 22, 2010
    to your immediate right
    I think it was also a bit of a mea culpa on the part of the writers that they'd mishandled that plot line (see comments earlier in thread).