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The Office: Season 7
The Office: Season 7
DVD ~ Steve Carell
Offered by westcoastmedia
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4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better with a second viewing., April 21, 2012
This review is from: The Office: Season 7 (DVD)
Season 7, at this point, is up there in my three favourite seasons which include Season 3 (for the introduction of Andy and Karen) Season 5 (for the growth of Michael's character and consistency). It nicely rounded off the Michael arc, and even had enough juice without him to carry on for an episode or three.

The Office is almost always better the second time around, which is one thing that makes this DVD collection worth purchasing, if you thought you didn't enjoy this season. Whereas Season 6 consisted of 4 or 5 excellent episodes ('Gossip', 'Murder', 'Shareholder Meeting' come to mind), it still lacked any truly interesting arcs or character development. Season 7 is one big arc devoted to character development. Some are done more messily and less consistent than others, but Andy, Darryl, Michael (primarily) and Erin are the REAL main cast, forget Dwight, Jim or Pam. Dwight, Jim and Pam are still here, but are relegated to the sidelines (and some of the worst jokes) to be used occasionally by our main characters (much like Jim and Pam used their co-workers to get closer in the earlier seasons, remembering specifically Jim's consultation with Kevin over who was better out of Karen or Pam). Dwight might be a little too wacky at times (not that I really care) but his parts are as funny as ever.

Hey, I didn't like Will Ferrell's Deangelo Vickers the first time around either. The second time I found myself warming to the character and less ready to compare him to Michael. He helped shape some of the more memorable and awkward moments of the season for me (namely the absolute crushing of Andy's dignity when he's trying to impress Deangelo, or when he truly appears psychotic screaming at and tearing a chunk out of Michael's Goodbye cake.

If you're currently watching Season 8 and think, 'christ, what are they doing?', give it a second chance on DVD (although I can't say it will save what has been an awful season, worse than even season 1 and season 6).

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