If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Trust me, I was one of the O.G. fans of THE OFFICE from when it first played late nights on BBC America and I'd proselytize to my hundred of friends (according to Facebook) who knew nothing about it. And I was shocked as anybody when it was adapted to American TV and (after a rocky start) worked! But I do take issue with all of you 'smartest man in the room' wannabes and hipsters with your, "the British version of The Office is better than the American version" because you're wrong and later I’ll prove it with Math.
The sixth season of The Office is all about change and there have been a number of significant changes for the employees of the Dunder Miflin paper company and even bigger changes for the company itself.
(Steve Carell) and Jim has to struggle to assert his authority with Michael; Dwight (Rainn Wilson) forms an alliance with Ryan (B.J. Novak) in attempts to sabotage Jim; Rumors of bankruptcy begin to surround Dunder Mifflin and it gets bought out by Sabre Corp, a printer company; All of the other executives are let go and only the Scranton office survives due to Michael Scott's surprising success within the company; There’s the new challenge in merging with Sabre and the spirited style of its CEO, Jo Bennet (Kathy Bates), when they enforce new office rules.
As the show transitions from being less acerbic and dry to having more heart (after all, we’ve had six years to get to know more dimensions to the characters), it hasn’t lost any of its ability to present awkward situations with the squirm factor cranked up to 10. Some of my favorite episodes this season include:
The sixth season of The Office has taken lumps from critics for being inconsistent in quality and the situations being less grounded. I may have conceded too that The Office “jumped the shark” by this time had I not just sat down to rewatch it and laughed harder than I did the first time it aired.
I won’t waste time on a point-for-point debate on which version of the series is better because in the end I know you'll praise Ricky Gervais for having the balls to end the British show after only two short six-episode seasons before it could become embarrassingly mediocre. But that's actually where it loses. The real balls are in taking the concept further, with the eminent threat of failure and
unfair comparisons looming, for 6 full, 22+ episode- American seasons! (Okay, the 1st was only a half season and the 4th was only 14 shows due to the writer's strike). And even if you want to counter that the show "jumped the shark" by 6th season you can’t deny, by the shear numbers of the 85
episodes between seasons 2-5 that you’re willing to admit are at least “good”, that the British version walked away leaving a lot- and I mean A LOT- of comedy gold still on the table.
The Blu-ray picture quality is impressively clear, which is great for the viewer but not so much the actors. It isn’t so much that it reveals their flaws as it’s painful to see just how much makeup some of them wear. Steve Carell puts on more lipstick than the Joker and for cinema veritae…Hmmn. Y’know, considering whatan egomaniac his character ‘Michael Scott’ can be it’s perfectly in keeping
that would get made up everyday for a documentary crew.
“The Office” Season Six on Blu-ray comes with hours of bonus features, including:
In my history for reviewing DVDs and Blu-rays this was the first time I LIKED the extras. There’s not a whole lot of them and what’s there is hilarious, especially the shorts and deleted scenes. It’s painful to see how much gets cut from each episode, not because of being lesser content but because of time.
Its focus has changed some and the audience has grown to not being taken offguard by its mockumentary style so much. Also, where The Office used to be hands down the funniest show on prime time, the last few years it's faced stiff competition from '30 Rock' and the two new kids on the block, 'Community' and 'Modern Family' actually fight toe-to-toe for Best Comedy every week. It's all enough of a distraction to make you forget that The Office might not be “as funny as you remember it”, yet even the worst Office episodes continue to be some of the most quotable comedy on television. And honestly, wouldn’t it be getting knocked just as hard for being “stale” if hadn’t changed after all these years?
THE OFFICE: SEASON SIX [Blu-ray] can be purchased here.