I’m not saying anything new here or even timely, it’s just the recent news about all these upcoming changes that made feel the need to reiterate this idea. Writers started composing eloquently written essays on why the The Office should end years ago. Their points made sense then and they make even more sense now. The show that started out so wonderfully witty and smart turned into just another TV comedy with an endlessly rotating cycle of problems and cast interactions.
There’s nothing new or nostalgic left about the show and watching it now, as a former fan, just hurts. I might not be the horse that they’re beating, but listening to Jim prank Dwight for the umpteeth time definitely makes it feel like that.
As much as we loved the characters and their interactions in early years, now they just sadden us. All these people still work there, in the same positions (for the most part) at the same desks having the same interactions day in and day. That’s not funny, that’s just depressing.
While the show still does decently enough in the ratings, I truly suspect that’s because people are too lazy to fix their DVR settings. I know that’s the reason I’m still recording it every single week. If you consider that most people will continue to watch the show because it used to be good and they’re hoping it will get good again, then you have to consider the fact that this show could last on the air for several more seasons.
But it shouldn’t. While I think it’s too late for the show to end on a high note, it could still end on a positive note. Here’s to hoping that actually happens.