October 24, 2004

"the office" christmas special

The writer of this article clearly has it all wrong about the series-ending finale special for "The Office". The ending was not unnecessary, as the author of the article would have you believe. Any real fan of the original two seasons wanted this finale, needed this finale.

Please do not continue reading if you have not yet seen the finale and are interested in seeing it with fresh eyes (SPOILER ALERT, read on at your own risk)....

There then. On we go. I just finished watching the two-hour special, and was moved to tears. It ties up so many loose ends or dissatisfying feelings brought on at the end of the second season.

David Brent was clearly the gut (as in, source of a gutteral laugh) of the series, and, for me at least, the saga of Tim and Dawn gave the show heart - perhaps a broken heart, but a heart nonetheless. The finale allowed us to really step away from the absurd hilarity of David Brent's lack of charsima, and showed him for what he was: a man in a rut.

Fortunately, the heft of the sadness we feel for him as he drinks himself to sleep at a roadside motel, is banned from his lifeline - his former office, or sits, desperately alone, in a cafe, is relieved by matching him with a willing love interest at the very end. And to perfect the sentiment, we get to hear David tell the asshat Neil to fuck off when he disparages David's very new woman.

And now to Tim and Dawn (sigh) - here's when the tears began flowing: Dawn, leaving the Slough office's Christmas party to return to Florida with her ridiculous fiancé, Lee in a minicab, opens her Secret Santa gift to reveal an oil paint set and a very *special* note from Tim to "never give up" her dreams of becoming a professional illustrator... I just bawled.

The tension between these two has been there since the start of the series, and I found myself repeartedly let down by their inability to just get together already!! What a perfect moment it was, then, when we spot Dawn sneaking back into the party, walking directly to Tim, and planting one on him!! It was beyond sweet. Oh, the tears! My heart swelled for them.

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I'm still feeling everything from the show, and probably not articulating my thoughts completely or even coherently, but anyone who has the audacity to write "We needed a sequel to “The Office” as much as we need a sequel to 'Pride and Prejudice'" clearly never was a fan in the first place, and therefore, her opinion means nothing.


posted by julie at October 24, 2004 09:59 PM


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