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The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:44:30 am »
The Office (Season 1)





Watching the first season of The Office was pretty jarring, only because of the reminder of what the show use to be instead of what is has become as the series wore on. This season is the complete opposite of what The Office (Season Eight) is now. Getting a chance to revisit ground zero for the show was fun because suddenly I was extremely uncomfortable with the character Michael Scott (Steve Carell). I mean reeeeeeeeally uncomfortable. So much so I kept squirming in my seat which is something I haven't done in such a long time while watching The Office.

Steve Carell is just an absolute revelation here and I can't quite put my finger on how he morphed into such a lovable character over the years when starting from a character that no one in their right mind would like. Maybe it was because I got use to his antics that it lost its squirm-inducing factor. I dunno. I loved the original UK version and looking back now I can see why this version worked so well. Sadly, the first season only has 6 episodes.

I highly recommend this as a Buy.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 10:08:26 pm »
This is a first for me. I just finished watching my Office Marathon with the conclusion of Season 7 and decided to go right back to the beginning. I'm just not quite finished with watching my favorite Dunder Mifflin employee's and Super Boss, Michael Scott.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012, 10:34:28 pm »
Pilot


























Nice to go back to where it all started for the American version of The Office. If you are a true fan of the show, then you are most likely a fan of the BBC version with Ricky Gervais and will immediately pick up on the fact that the Pilot is literally a translation of the BBC episode. From the way this was filmed, the jello gag and some of the ad-lib improvisation, you will feel right at home here. I love both versions for sure, but the American version of the show wouldn't really start to find itself until the second episode. Many people, myself included have criticized the Pilot as being a blatant ripoff of the BBC episode. That was my thought when I first saw the remake. But over the years I have soften quite a bit to actually really liking this one for many reasons.

I gotta point out something while watching this episode. I think it was the Season 5 DVD which had a Q&A Session with the cast of The Office and Steve Carell had mentioned that he has never seen an episode of the BBC version because he didn't want to be influenced by anything that Gervais had done. But while watching the Pilot, there are some words that Carell said that were vintage 'David Brent'. They both say the word 'Kinky' exactly the same way. I dunno, I think Carell definitely has seen some of the original Office or it was a major coincidence.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 12:42:21 pm »
Diversity Day























I've always considered this episode to be the true first episode of the American version of The Office. It was here that they tighten up the core cast (out with the who-the-hell-are-they-background-characters)  and in with the addition of Toby and Kelly. They pretty much established the hostile relationship between Michael and Toby right here, but I'm not sure they really had an idea for Kelly yet. I think she was meant to be one way but then immediately changed into something else all together. She by far had the most drastic change of any character on The Office for sure.

Some great and memorable lines can be found in this one. Epic and it set the bar for what the show would become from here on out.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 11:53:38 am »
Health Care























Another instant classic and highly entertaining episode that has Dwight in charge of picking a new Health Care plan for The Office. Um, why on Earth would anyone allow him of all people to pick a Health Care plan? We all know he will do anything it takes to save money for the company all in an effort to look good to corporate in the hopes that he will get a promotion. Some great sight gags and one-liners here, especially the "diseases" they use on their forms like spontaneous dental hydroplosion and killer nano-robot technology. Easily an A+.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 01:05:55 pm »
The Alliance





















A couple of noteworthy things happen in The Alliance. First we get to see just how far Jim will go to pull a prank on Dwight, which would be the running theme of these two guys for the entire series. With Dwight paranoid about being included in the downsizing of Dunder Mifflin, he does the one thing that will assure himself the best possible way to get inside information, he forms an alliance with Jim, who then turns this around to feed Dwight as much disinformation as possible to further drive his paranoia. It's awesome that Pam gets in o the prank herself to sell it. But the kicker comes at the end when Dwight thinks that by dying his hair blond, that this will give him an advantage.

The other noteworthy thing in this episode is the first appearance of the PPC (Party Planning Committee) with Angela, Phyllis and Pam looking to throw Meredith a surprise birthday party. The PPC would become a staple of the show and it still is.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 10:56:00 am »
Basketball

























Epic. One of the most popular and instantly recognizable episodes of The Office. There's really no plot in this one. It's more about sight gags than anything else, but the gags are very memorable. Stanley "dribbling" a basketball. Dwight drinking water with his face guard still on. Michael's "shooting" technique. Jim making Roy look like an idiot on the court. You just can't find anything wrong about this episode at all. Love it.
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Re: The Office (Season 1 - 2005)
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012, 01:48:11 pm »
Hot Girl

























Aside from having the adorable Amy Adams in this one as Katy, aka the Hot Girl, this episode rocks for one simple reason: Michael Scott. This is probably the most uncomfortable episode to watch in Season 1 because of his delusional mindset that he's got game with the ladies. It's pretty sad to see how he interacts with Katy. The "conversations" about tearing down walls, starbucks, etc...just further highlights that he doesn't nor did he ever have success with the opposite sex. Great prank by Jim in getting Dwight to go buy a purse, convincing him that if he did, Katy would be interested in him. Loved the running commentary by both Pam and Jim when Dwight was buying said purse.
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