Synopsis: The final season deals with the dunder mifflin moving on after the documentary, and Jim and Pam having marriage problems.
What Season: 9
Review: In the last couple of season, the Office has fallen off. This was made abundantly apparent when Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) was made manager. It no longer felt like my office or your office but like THE office, a magical place that wasn’t real. The problem is that the only thing that made the office so special was it’s realism and it’s heart. It’s why a show like the farewell of Michael Scott could still hit so hard even after the show had jumped the shark.
So was the farewell season any good? Well yes and no. There was a real attempt to fix the problems of the show and bring back the spark from the first few seasons. But having said that, there is still a lot of misteps. A lot of this is because of trying to reignite the fire. The biggest mistakes where how they treated Andy, and the Pam-Jim problems. Andy had been a problem since he got the job as manager as the writers never seemed to know what to do with him. The problem was in trying to fix this problem, they made him so unlikable, so selfish, so dumb that he no longer resembled not only his characters but a real human being.
The other problem with Jim and Pam. Again to try and add some struggle or realness they introduced problems with Jim taking a job in another city without telling Pam. This is great, because this is a real problem. Sometimes the things we fell in loved with become the thing we resent the most. This would be a real test of love. BUT instead of that, they throw in a sound guy that is also in love with Pam. And Pam shows hints of feelings as well. The problem is that it ruins Pam’s character. Too often she comes off as a shrew, when she is in the right. Too often does Jim come off as the victim when it is all his fault. And the sound engineer kills everything. Because Jim was the guy who knew the real Pam, and they helped save each other from her terrible relationship. THE PROBLEM is that it makes Pam just someone who loves attention. She would rather run away than face her problems. It ruins her character and their love story. Plus it’s quickly forgotten making it have no bearing. Also the resolution is even worse. See the main problem with them was that Jim took this job without talking it out to Pam, and then he quits the job without talking about. The problem was never the job but the recklessness that is no longer cute when you have real stakes. By resolving it like this, it just shows that Pam is superficial and attention-craving. It doesn’t work.
But what works? Well mainly the last episode. Actually the last couple of episode shines in ways the show hasn’t done in years. It was funny, warm and realistic. And the finale was perfect. The last thing I’ll say is that the season was worth watching if you are a fan. We’ve spent so long with these characters that we want to see them have a happy ending and we got that. It was a fond farewell.
Favorite Episode: Finale Okay I’ve already gone over this. But the season really hit everything. It brought all the characters home and gave them all a good send off and managed to be surprising warming and even touching.
Worst Episode: Customer Loyalty: This is the episode that introduces the sound engineer. I think the main problem wasn’t that it happened. It was the laziness we knew was coming. Did we really think that the show would separate the life blood of the show and the best couple that it ever had? Of course not and by putting divorce and affairs on the table they went lazy with it. I would have much rather enjoyed a story about a strained marriage where they still loved each other. That would have been at least interesting and not predictable.
Trivia: A spinoff starring Dwight was not picked up.