The Office - Season 7 Review
Oh, how this show has done us proud.
To pull out a brief timeline for the show, over the course of seven seasons. The first three seasons maintained the scathingly socially-awkward humor that the show really set its dignified trademark over; viewers progressively fell in love with the characters as their writing was on a pure hot streak. Season 3 was the pinnacle for many characters and their dynamics in terms of writing and the sheer quality of the performances. The fourth season is where much of the comedy experimented with what its idea of “funny” was and the story-lines started to indulge in drama. The following two seasons is where most of the show’s flaws started to shine as the comedy really fell off the trail and became messy and untidy, forcing anything potentially humorous to fly. The most recent season, the seventh, turned a few heads and gave its faithful viewers a lot to take in.
Certainly many elements have been picked up and polished throughout the show in these episodes. Season 7 maintains a kind balance between character-based story-lines from the last three seasons and takes the original satirizing of the subcultures within the workplace, keeping the ship afloat by taking the best of both worlds. It has our care for these people and uses it whilst still poking fun at the cheeky, idiosyncratic world of the middle class.
Many of the main duos and their characterizations have been refined, along with a natural and tasteful involvement of all the side characters, giving an even stronger presence of the cast as a whole. Jim and Pam’s characters have ultimately solidified themselves and don’t come in as overbearingly cute; their plain and impeccably sweet relationship is as present as it should be. Dwight and Jim certainly broke in the soles of their character’s shoes with the changes in comedic styles taken that digressed poorly in the last three seasons. This season felt like their dynamic was much more regulated and at least enjoyable to watch, previously “nice guy” Jim came off as a complete jerk and Dwight’s jokes devolved to painfully flat moments. Another faithful addition to the show was the subtle but very enjoyable involvement of all the supporting characters, giving a more natural style of comedy that the show constantly based itself on.
The boss of it all should not be neglected whatsoever in this season. Michael Scott, played by the fantastic Steve Carell, truly did his character an ultimate justice this time around and made him feel like a bold figure and an actual boss. Michael Scott, to me, always felt like an amoeba of a person to have around. While he always got the ball rolling with all forms of conflict, he was too kind to challenge himself, his surroundings or his audience. This season certainly fills that hole in as Michael does just that, impressing everyone with these bold moments that bring him out as the lead actor of the show.
Michael’s farewell was the best episode of this season and one of the best from the show. Watching him grow up throughout the years and then desiring to leave without telling people when, was the most heartbreaking concept ever done on the show. It was like watching your dad who has cancer give his last words filled with wisdom and humor to his family without telling them he’s about to die very soon.
With the departure of the golden thread of the show, the writers better kill it out there with the open canvas they have or they’ll be in a ship sinking by the minute.
This season was my dad.