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The Office: Season Three
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I went through all 5 stages of grief. Denial: another network will pick it up! Anger: why this show? WHY? It is so funny! Bargaining: Cancel my other favorite shows, I don't care, just don't take this one! Depression: A show this funny will never come again! NEVER! *Cries*
It wasn't until I saw The Office, specifically season 3, that I finally reached stage 5 with acceptance. This show is not only as hilarious and shocking as Arrested Development, it actually has a sweet sprinkle of heart that Arrested Development never really had.
The Pam/Jim struggle has always been compelling, and season 2 left off with a frustrating cliff hanger. But this time, the romance is switched from Jim chasing Pam to Pam chasing Jim. It's truly compelling TV, watching Pam try to win Jim back, while trying to break into the art scene, all while keeping the whole Office family together.
While Michael and Dwight may provide the most laughs, Pam is who made me watch all of season 3 in just one weekend. I just had to see what she was going to do; whether she would give up and be back with Roy again, or if she would have the courage to stand up and fight for what she really wants.
Season 1 was good, Season 2, despite the frustrating cliff hanger, was great. Season 3? Fantastic. And this particular cliff hanger has to be the sweetest in television history. You'll see what I mean.
There's also several other surprises in store. I won't ruin them for you. Must watch TV, my highest recommendations!
This season is a standout because of the continuing evolution of the characters. Like real people, they sometimes act in ways that seem out of character but are the perfect example of the contrast between the face we put on in public and what really makes us who we are on the inside.
One of the best examples of the evolution of the character of Michael Scott can be seen in "The Job". As always, Michael assumes too much and thinks too little. He makes a terrible decision about a romantic relationship on the basis of some very sexist interests in a woman's appearance. However, in the end, he proves that he is actually a stand-up guy who is loyal to those who are not always deserving of this loyalty. His character has the mentality of an overgrown child in that he can be unforgivably cruel and petty one moment and then truly lovable the next.
One of my personal favorites was "Beach Games" because it exemplifies the development of Pam's character. Pam has long been my favorite but she is almost pathological in allowing others to walk all over her and take advantage of her good nature. Her outburst in this episode was great to watch because it shows how determined she is to finally take charge of her life.Read more ›
When it comes to balance, "The Office" shows undeniable poise. The format of the show with its pseudo-documentary camera work with the talking heads sections gives the show an aire of seriousness countered by the witty onscreen action and dialogue. Also, while Michael (Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and their interaction with other characters provide the bulk of the awkward humor (i.e. Michael's obvious discomfort with topics like Oscar's out'ed homosexuality and being dominated in his relationship with Jan), the sweetness and sentimentality of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) anchor the action with a love story caught in the lines of inevitability.
Sometimes characters seem to be one dimensional, but solid writing breaks them into instantly relatable people. The forever strangeness of Dwight, but a sense of humanity in his relationship with Angela. The everyman quality in Jim and his back and forth with the girl of his dreams. The clueless boss in Michael that really just wants attention just like everyone else.
Overall, the third season of "The Office" comes highly recommended even without the additional special features and deleted scenes. The humor may seem a bit slow for newcomers, but after a couple episodes its personality and humor is infectious. "Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica."
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It's a shame that this season is still not on Blu-Ray. I like the way The Big Bang Theory did their Blu-rays... They packed them with as many episodes as they could on 1 disc.Published 14 days ago by Makell Bird
Why would I not give this a 5 star review? The Office is one of the best shows to ever be a show.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Doesn't even seem like it was used. There were no scratches on any of the disks and the packaging and cases looked brand new! I would highly recommend.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I still love The Office, but this is my least favorite season of the Series. With Jim out of the Scranton office too much is missing from the friendly (and unfriendly) banter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KariLyn
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