While such plot twists made sense from the standpoint of character development, they took the focus away from the monotony of everyday paper salesmanship and failed to generate the same exceptionally effective situational humor.Thus, throughout its long autumn, The Office often came across as the shell of something once great."You're fired." Oh, "you're fired." He just makes people sad. The Office: The atmosphere, created by society or the media? "You're fired." I think if I had a catchphrase it would be "you're hired, and you can work here as long as you want." But that's unrealistic, so.
In its early years, the show offered white-collar catharsis by making funny, meaningful storylines out of everyday office-worker woes.
During those early seasons, the show's creators penned compelling tales about how a performance review session can cause part of the soul to die, and maximized the humor and storytelling of every frame and well-timed reaction shot.
So even though its later seasons never lived up to its groundbreaking early explorations of contemporary work culture, what The Office leaves us with are memories of television comedy at its best.
That storyline was refreshing and innovative, but it came too late in the show's lifespan to rescue it.
Hopefully, some other, younger mockumentary (Parks and Rec?