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The Office: Season 5
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10.16.2009 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Greg Daniels

Actors:
Steve Carell
John Krasinski
Rainn Wilson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mockumentary-style series about the daily nine to five of the employees of humdrum Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, presided over by goofball office manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Season 5 of The Office was somewhat of a marathon season. More storylines were played out this year than in the entire two-season run of the show’s British counterpart (to be fair that series was only 14 episodes and this season alone ran 26).

For the employees of Dunder-Mifflin, this was definitely the year of lost love. Amongst all the hilarity of the usual office shenanigans, the first half of the season features some seriously dark and downbeat storylines (for a comedy) of ill-fated relationships. Michael and Holly. Andy and Angela (and Dwight). Ryan and Kelly. Somewhere, a writer or producer, must have had his heart broken at some point, and it shows. The second half of the season gets even darker (I’m using that term loosely), as Michael abandons ship and turns against our beloved paper company in an attempt to start up a competing company of his own. But like everything else in this series, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch, and the emotional connection we’ve developed with these characters after all this time only makes for a more satisfying ride.

Even after four full seasons, this show remains one of TV’s funniest and freshest, and it does so almost entirely in a single office space setting under soul-sucking florescent lights. And that’s what makes this show so special. The hand-held camera work and mockumentary-style lends to the realism of the series, sure, but it’s the relatability (made up word of the day) of the characters and each and every one of their individual quirks that make the show so memorable, and that keep us coming back for more.

This is the kind of series that’s either up your alley or it isn’t. If you’re a Christopher Guest fan, and like your comedy with a dash of intelligence, you’ve found your Mecca. If you’re more of a "My Name Is Earl" type (ie dumb, easy comedy), this baby might not be what you’re looking for...

…eh who am I kidding? Everybody loves The Office. And if you don’t, that’s fine. But I’m going to send Dwight Schrute to your pad to give you a Powerpoint lesson on exactly what’s wrong with your cerebral cortex.
THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel (14:49): The longest gag reel I’ve ever seen. This cast of characters and the Dunder Mifflin office have become so real to me at this point, it’s just bizarre watching these people (some of whom have never laughed on the show) break character and burst into laughter. Hearing Kevin’s real voice ruined my weekend.

100 Episodes, 100 Moments (8:46) - A cool, quick series of hilarious 3-5 second clips, one from each of the first 100 episodes, even though there have, up to this point, only been 91 episodes. Wait, something doesn’t add up.

The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences presents: “The Office” (30:03) - A Q and A with much of the cast and show creators, shot either on a cell phone cam or one of those shoulder-mounted 80’s VHS home video cameras your dad used to film your T-ball games with. I gotta say, for a group this hilarious, the session is surprisingly subdued and professional.

Office Promos (4:44) - A few short clips used as promos during the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Whatever they were for, they’re friggin’ hilarious. Watch ‘em.

Webisodes (20:12) - Two different mini-storylines, ten minutes each, titled “Kevin’s Loan” and “The Outburst”. Both are pretty funny (though not nearly as good as the show), but certainly worth a go if you’re a big Office fan.

There’s also a great big helping of Deleted Scenes for pretty much every episode, and a dozen or so commentary tracks featuring actors, writers, directors, producers, you name it.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There’s something soothing and oddly amusing about watching a cast of characters with lives more unadventurous than yours, a mopey group of characters whose biggest concern is trying to find out who left the mess in the break room microwave. I’m not selling this well, I know but if you haven’t ever caught an episode of this show, well, catch one already.
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