The Office

Season 9 Episode 18

Promos

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 2013 on NBC
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  • IGNORANCE IS BLISS?

    The Office "Promos" Review: They've Been Filming the WHOLE TIME?!

    Whether or not you felt the show was being honest with itself in its characters' reactions to the true invasiveness of their collective privacy, this episode had its moments.

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    Everyone in the office is excited when international promos for the documentary surface, but are soon horrified to discover how much candid filming has taken place. While everyone panics about their secrets being revealed, Pam reflects upon how much she and Jim have changed over the past nine years. Dwight makes Angela jealous when he starts dating a Brussels sprout farmer, who Clark suspects may be trying to lure Dwight into a scam. Andy battles rude comments on the Internet. Meanwhile, Jim and Darryl have a big meeting with Major League baseball player, Ryan Howard, who pitches a bizarre sci-fi sports movie about himself.

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    • Self aware?

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      It takes nine seasons of filming (according to Pam ten years) before the results are shown on television? All of a sudden the weakness of the show's premise becomes obvious. The idea of having a sitcom where the characters are aware that they are appearing in reality TV seemed great (and the format is still being used on new shows) but it doesn't make sense if the show runs for more than twenty-two weeks. At one point, the characters would have had to come to terms with newly-found fame as the results of their appearance on national television. But The Office is a show about people in the workplace that uses reality TV techniques, not a show about reality TV.



      Imagine a second season that had Michael Scott dealing with the press as a new television star. But no, the show ignored the reality TV angle, as did most viewers I guess. Did anyone feel uncomfortable when they witnessed private conversations between lovers? No, because you forgot about the reality TV concept.



      As the show nears it end, loose ends have to be tied up, but they draw attention to the lack of reality.moreless

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