Monday, May 16, 2011

What I'm Watching: The Office

The Office: Season 7, Episode 24 "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager" (B+)

While I might have liked to see this office functioning at a high level of functionality, it makes sense that Dwight would be chosen to replace Michael. It was quite funny how it happened, of course, with Jim so casually turning down the offer to manage the place only to have Jo call Dwight immediately afterwards to hand the keys of the place over to him. Seeing Dwight in power is both entertaining and appropriately moderated, believable enough that it can be taken decently seriously instead of just seen as a big joke. Predictably, it doesn't last long, and having him accidentally shoot off a gun as a display of his power makes perfect sense as the explanation of his downfall. Putting Creed in charge based solely on his seniority may be a bit of a stretch, but perhaps it's not that far-fetched: the man has been there the longest, and Jo doesn't keep close enough tabs on any of her employees to know who really gets stuff done and who doesn't. Seeing Creed at the top should be peculiar to say the least, but there are definitely enough distractions planned for the season finale that he shouldn't have all that much to do. Ordinarily the idea of seeing a hilarious character more would be appealing, but it's the sparseness with which we see the character that makes him so appealing. I'm also happy to see the Andy isn't giving up on Erin, even if the rather power-abusive Gabe doesn't want to either.

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