Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Office: Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager...Or Not

- Did Dwight do a good job of filling Micheal's shoes?

The Office is scampering to find a decent replacement for Michael and it shows. Deangelo's visit to "The Office" was short-lived; gone just as fast as he came. He wasn't trying to fill Michael's shoes, but to act as the best manager he could be in Michael's absence.

It was somewhat saddening to have Steve Carell's name ripped from the opening title sequence. I found myself trying to recall the scenes they had of him before. The simple things we let slip our minds matters most when it is missed, and Steve Carell was missed. Even if "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager" was a decent episode that granted a few laughs, I am not sure whether this series would last without Michael.

There is an obvious struggle to find a suitable 'king of the office', so maybe the writers should focus on other things rather than 'replacement'. There are other ways to pull an audience in, without reminding us of an absence, because right now the series is in that stage of absence. There is this shaky feel to the overall picture.

This was Dwight's point to shine, and although there was a slight difference in his shine to Acting Manager, he failed to disappoint. Switching the Snack Machine with Dwight products, having the workers clock in and the 21 digit code, those were all hilarious and the exact impression of Dwight as a manger. I expected Jim to take lead, but he surely regretted it more when Dwight became runner up. I only imagined the torture Jim had to endure, testing his patience to listen to Dwight's in character moments. He even got to tease him like old times.

Is it just me, or is Gabe reallllllly annoying. I don't know if to laugh or smack him sometimes. Snap out of it, do you really want to be with someone that cringes at the thought of you! Erin was practically quirky as usually, I actually felt bad for her.

I would definitely like to see how Creed handles this new position. I definitely would not have thought him, but it gives Creed a chance to be in the spotlight. While "The Office" finds its niche again, I would stay tuned. The characters were what made the show and they still carry a half hour well. My favorite scene would be Angela helping Kevin with his copier code, he was like a child playing with a cool toy.



Three and a Half Stars

Grade C+


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