September 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm #226220
Returns Thursday, September 22nd at 9pm on NBC
Emmy Award winner James Spader joins the cast.September 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm #226222
Episode Title: “The List”
Synospis: In the eighth-season premiere, the staff is hit with a double whammy as Scranton gets a new
regional manager and Robert California takes the helm of Dunder Mifflin Sabre as CEO.September 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm #226223
I haven’t watched The Office on a regular basis since Season 2, but now that James Spader has joined the cast, for 15 of the 22 episodes, I will most definitely be watching again. Nothing against Steve Carrell, who I think deserved to win the Emmy last weekend, but Michael Scott got a little tiresome.
Formerly known as PianoMann.September 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm #226224
Call me pleasantly surprised, but that was great. Things will never be the same without Steve Carell, but eight
seasons in, maybe thats a good thing. It was so refreshing to see everyone in the ensemble in the spotlight
again. James Spader’s a fun addition, but I’m glad they’re keeping his presence limited. I could see him getting
tiring after a while. Glad to see Andy was the one that got promoted. That makes the most sense, and Ed
Helms deserves it.
Strong start to the new era of “The Office”. Hope they can keep it up.
Episode Grade for “The List”: A-September 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm #226225This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.September 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm #226226This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.September 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm #226227
Sort of an awkward return. I liked James Spader in his season finale cameo better than I do here. And I don’t think Andy as manager is a bad idea, per se, but it sure is an anticlimax after all that build-up. Generally speaking, the group dynamic felt off. It felt a little more forced, a little less focused, and I’m not sure it’s the lack of Steve Carell (I thought the Carell-free season finale, “Search Committee,” was terrific). Good moments, though: Dwight putting a stop to planking, Pam’s pregnancy blues.September 23, 2011 at 6:51 am #226228
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Formerly known as PianoMann.September 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm #226229
“The List”: B+
Thoughts: Ultimately it didn’t cohere very well for me, but I didn’t find myself missing Michael and that makes it a winner for the show. Some notable things…
– I loved the planking bits
– The cold open was extremely rushed, Robert necoming CEO and Andy as manager happened in an instant when I think it would have been fleshed out better.
– Stanley’s “Shove it up your butt” was hilarious
– “The complete self-absorption of Elmo is a reflection of our time”
– “Jim, shut the door, this is just gross” – Dwight during Andy going to bat for the losers.
– Hormonal Pam was amusing.
Season Eight Summary:
8-1.) The List – B+; MVP: HelmsSeptember 25, 2011 at 2:12 am #226230
I enjoyed this episode, and I say this as someone who expected to dislike it a lot. In my mind, the series finale was when Carrell left, so this is all bonus.
Spader was great and he made me laugh, but he’s not part of the cast. He didn’t fit in, but that was the point.
The planking bits were funny. But the most hilarious part was Oscar being over it at the beginning. Andy giving Dwight permission to take care of that problem was also amusing, but it was a bit over the top. Also, Stanley’s butt joke fell flat. That’s not Stanley. He’s the guy who does crossword puzzles.
The winners/losers list… The winners patting themselves on the back was funny and the losers just being losers (and not really knowing what margarhita pizza is) was entertaining. Ryan talking himself up but in the same moment whining about “sharp crust” was great. Kevin’s warning signal also made me laugh like a doofus.
Jenna Fischer was super duper pregnant in this episode, and so was Angela. Also, Dwight is soooo the baby daddy…obvious plot line is obvious. That’s not the senator’s baby. I’ll eat my words if I’m wrong.
At the end, I loved how Andy stuck up for everyone (except Gabe, screw him), it would have been far more lovely if it were Michael Scott sticking up for his team, but it worked when Andy said it. It’s gonna take awhile to get used to the new guy. 🙂
In related news, I also enjoyed Jim’s list. That was the first time in a long time I actually cared about that couple. It was a sweet moment. Poor Pam and her hormones, but that was a legit reason to cry.
The Office: 801…it gets a B+September 25, 2011 at 7:48 am #226231
I thought this was a great episode. It never made me forget Steve Carell, but it at the least reassured me that this show could work without him. Ed Helms is probably the best choice to replace him and they clearly set him up to be the replacement last season (They gave him a bunch of episodes with him at the center early last year like “Andy’s Play”). Helms obviously doesn’t have the acting chops that Steve Carell has so the writers can’t pull the character into douchebag territory too often or he will become very unlikeable. It was very smart to go with the storyline they did here (with having him have to stand up to Robert California).
The other thing that made me very optimistic about this series was the writers emphasized the ensemble in this episode. Almost everyone got their moment to shine. I especially liked Pam’s hormonal crying fits, Kevin constantly and randomly blurting out warning, and Dwight trying to take out the plankers.
James Spader seems like a good addition to the cast, but I do hope they use him sparingly like they did in this episode and in the finale.
The List=8.5/10September 29, 2011 at 8:25 am #226232
Episode Title: “The Incentive”
Synopsis: New CEO Robert California challenges Andy and the team to double sales.September 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm #226233
That was a great episode. It started off a little shaky, but got progressively better. I’ll never forget Michael Scott, but episodes like this make it easier.September 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm #226234This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.September 30, 2011 at 8:42 am #226235
I liked this episode very much, it was very funny. The only thing I didn’t like (even though I laughed) was Andy sitting on Jim’s desk, that was extremely Michael. I don’t want them to turn Andy into Michael, nobody needs that. There’s a reason the show is working and it’s because they’re stepping away from him. So no need to make characters imitate him.
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