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April 21, 2010

Christmas Special Part 2

The first thing that came to my mind after watching this “Special” (they must mean special like the mentally disabled), was “Please god if this is how specials go, please please never ever let them make an Arrested Development special”. In the end these specials where two hours of nothing just so that David gets to tell Finchie to fuck off and for Tim to get the girl. This whole Christmas Special felt like Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant didn’t like the way the story ended so they decided to put in an alternate ending. It’s too bad that they didn’t even try to hide that behind an interesting episode.

One of the reasons The Office worked was that David’s ego got in the way of his job. So even though certain things might make business sense, he went with whatever helped him feel special. So you saw a guy who was promoted just passed his ability to be productive whose ego finally got him fired. You did not see a bumbling idiot who couldn’t do anything and resorted to throwing out party favors in dingy clubs. The entire episode was just sad, I guess Ricky and Stephen feel that they vindicate David as he actually has a conversation with a woman that doesn’t look like a tub without talking about her breasts or butt and not only that after two seasons of abuse from Finchie he finally tells him to fuck off. Whoop dee do, not only does it not fit with the entire two seasons, in this episode it totally wrong. The entire episode I was thinking how would this guy have ever got a job sorting mail, never mind run an office? Then all of the sudden it’s like WAIT we only have two more minutes left to tell the story of David Brent! Quick get a pretty girl to say she would date him and let him finally grow a pair.

The other part of the story was at least consistently horrible. It felt like I was watching Garden State again (yes again unfortunately the movie came out when I still loved Scrubs), the one thing that I loved about The Office was its authenticity. When they finished season 2 they let Dawn say no, they fired David, Gareth gets to become Big boss Man. I was happy. Now either to sell some more DVDs or to give themselves a happy ending in their own minds, they took that away from me. They switched from a show that was funny and gritty so it could get away with being a little harsh into Friends – the coffee shop. Even Gareth was just odd what in god’s name is he doing here?

Unfortunately the scale is one to five so I can’t give this the negative twenty it deserves so I’ll rate this a“Special” a 1

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