it was a good enough episode, but what bugs me most about the Office is that while good, i always feel like it could be so much BETTER. That inevitably leads me to reminisce when i didn’t have such feelings (seasons 1-3).
maybe it’s just not geared towards me (but somehow used to?) but i thought that:
Date Mike could have been better if he actually USED tactics that reality dating shows employ like… plowing a girl with drinks, “peacocking” better, acting like a tremendous jerk to the girl as opposed to the establishment, exerting his alpha maleness (he kind of did this in the beginning before ‘date mike’ was invoked), etc. It would have been so much more believable and less… WACKY?
Kevin used to be a dullard who had a fantastic social life unbeknownst to the office - in a band, WSOP bracelet, “hot” “gf” (yes, both needed separate quotes), etc. Now he’s just functionally retarded. I don’t like it, i don’t like the unbelievability of such a character in the workplace, and i think it’s just stupid, lazy writing.
Erin and Andy is a perfect opportunity to revive the magic that JAM had that made people love the office in the first place. Except it’s wackified to an extreme. I don’t mind the silly banter that they started off with, but once they got to the bar, their aversion to being seen together was just… again, unbelievable. Gone are the awkward pauses, discreet glances at the camera, tight lipped smiles, and any semblance of nuance. Instead it’s Andy screaming at Erin and using the word “drama” 2x a sentence. Why?
The last bar scene they did when Roy was there and they played up jenkins was both believable and entertaining. A similar dynamic was found in Dwight playing whack-a-mole. i wish they explored those scenarios more instead of having Michael play air guitar on a pool table. It’s ok to have an episode where something exceptional happens to someone other than Michael Scott.
anyway, it was a good episode, but it seems the better the episode, the bigger my gripes are about how much BETTER it could have been.
oh yeah, the frustration is magnified even more since i’m rarely dissatisfied with the other 3 NBC sitcoms - Parks, Community, 30 rock.