Say goodbye: "The Office" ends its run
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 19:09
“The Office,” one of the most popular current comedy series, comes to an end with its ninth season, premiering Sept. 20 on NBC. This series is best known for its crazy characters and witty writing within a plain and simple office that sells paper in a fictitious paper company named Dunder Mifflin.
For those unfamiliar with the series, “The Office”is based off of a British show of the same name. The American version stars an all-star comedy cast, including Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, and Ed Helms.
Each of these seven characters has played an important role throughout the series and has contributed to how the show has progressed over seven years. From Jim’s relationship with Pam, to Andy’s progression throughout his career at Dunder Mifflin, to the conclusion of Michael Scott, “The Office” has never disappointed its audience.
Each character has had a storyline, some completed and some still to be concluded. Many fans have said that “The Office”isn’t what it used to be back in the first several seasons, which is true. “The Office”has changed a lot over the past several years. Some say it has gotten worse and less funny, which is debatable.
Regardless, it’s still a show worth watching for all fans to see part of comedy history come to an end. Several storylines still need to be concluded in the final season include the Dwight/Angela story as well as the State Senator/Oscar story. Dwight and Angela have an agreement to procreate five times for a child, which has never really panned out, until Angela unexpectedly becomes pregnant and the question of whose child it is will finally come into play. Additionally this season will reconcile the relationship between the State Senator and Oscar, after the State Senator made a visible pass at him. Hopefully these conflicts will be resolved this season.
Alongside the complicated four person storyline, there has been a planned spin-off of Dwight and his cousin’s farm intended to be titled “The Farm.” It will be premiered in an episode sometime this season. The audience reaction to the show will determine if this spin-off will be created. Jim and Pam’s completed storyline opens up once more in an upcoming episode where Pam’s ex-fiance, Roy, invites her and Jim to his wedding.
Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan Howard’s (BJ Novak) story arc won’t be continued much further as they have lesser roles in this season due to other projects (such as Kaling’s “The Mindy Project“) and two new cast members have been added to the season as customer representatives picking up Kelly’s numerous ignored customer complaints. Actor Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” is scheduled to direct the fourth episode of this season titled “Work Bus.” Gabe Lewis’s (Zach Woods) future at Dunder Mifflin is still up in the air.
Two of the biggest questions that this season intends to answer are: the possible return of Michael Scott and who exactly the “Scranton Strangler” is.
“The Office”still grows strong in its final season, and is worth watching to see how it all ends.