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Review: The Office - The Banker

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 22nd 2010 12:02AM
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A clip show? Really?

After being gone for six weeks, and teased by the no good louts at the NBC publicity department that we were getting a "new Office," we get handed a clip show. Not cool.

And... and... when was the last time you saw a sitcom do a clip show, anyway? Friends, maybe? I thought in this new era of "creativity" in the sitcom world clip shows were more mocked than embraced.

Ok, ok. Enough bitching on my part. I guess this will be the shortest Office review ever, because there wasn't all that much new material to talk about.

In the grand scheme of things, is this episode really going to matter in the storyline of Dunder-Mifflin getting sold? I certainly hope so, because otherwise this will feel like even more of a throwaway than it did upon first viewing.

Here's what I liked:
  • Pam scared that because all of D-M's management has cleared out, Michael is the senior-most employee at the company.
  • Also liked Pam's simultaneous outrage and understanding behind the use of Substitute Stanley.
  • Dwight as Computron, getting facts completely wrong, like when the NFL celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • Three montages: The "that's what she said" montage, the Creed montage, and the Pam/Jim montage.

Ok, that's about it. Wonder where John Krasinski was in this whole mess. Maybe he needed the week off to promote It's Complicated.

No more new episodes for at least two weeks. Thanks a bunch, NBC. First Conan, now this.

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Actually, Seinfeld had 2 clips shows. The first one was the "Highlights Of 100" and the second one, which aired the same night as the series finale, was titled "Seinfeld: The Chronicle" (as a tip of the hat to the original title of the series which was The Seinfeld Chronicles.) Both are actually pretty good, and the second one features a great opening montage to the Superman Theme and a closing montage to Green Day's "Time Of Your Life."

January 28 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a funny clip show but the only thing that annoyed me was that they advertised it as new which it wasn't. i laughed throughout it but I was watching office clips earlier that same day so it was a cheat.

January 26 2010 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone feel sorry for poor Toby? He
is treated so badly by Michael especially. He is a little "bland" shall we say....but I do like
his character.

January 26 2010 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's weird that everyone is so mad about this - I go on YouTube all the time and watch Office montages and they have hundreds of thosands of hits. It was cool to see em in HD and I liked the Jim/Pam one.

And I agree with the people who say blame NBC not the show. They promoted it poorly. It seems like everyone just felt burned. But again, I agree that as far as clip shows go it was good.

January 25 2010 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan H

I still love the Clerks, The Animated Series, where the second episode they did was a clips show. Plus, they only ever aired two episodes (all 6 were on DVD) and they aired them as episode 4 and episode 2, so the clip show was to clips that didn't actually air on tv!

For the Office clip show, the clips were funny, and I did laugh, but it was pretty lame to do a clip show.

January 25 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've seen every episode of The Office and I'm a big fan. And this is officially the first time I'm disappointed. A clip show? Oh come on! I hate those and I never imagined they would do that, not them. A show that clever.
That's the first bad episode of the show. They should'nt have done that. I'm sorry, I just don't get it.

January 24 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this episode was a complete waste. I would them have rather not even shown a new episdoe than this. It wasn't funny AT ALL. It was a good clip show but if you're a true office fan then this doesn't really benefit you. I've seen all those episodes before MULTIPLE times.

January 23 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to torrey's comment
Jonathan C

if you're a true office fan this doesn't benefit you???

sorry since i do not watch the office over and over and over again i thought it was perfect and extremely funny.

what happened to everyone? is the office the new lost or something?

January 25 2010 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"A clip show? Really?"

My thoughts exactly, I always thought this show was better than that...

January 22 2010 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
not good

I watched it online and I skipped over all the montages. I would have been happier if the entire "episode" was a clip show rather than the 4 minutes of below average material they used.

January 22 2010 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Surprisingly, I found this episode to be entertaining, but as others have pointed out, depressing. It really contrasted how far down the show has gone. I kept thinking that this would be a fine point to just end the series, but this is probably going to be a half way mark as well.

Officially, I'm adding this series to my list of shows that I only watch out of a misplaced sense of obligation....

January 22 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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