Dear The Office,
Over the last several years you have created for me a world of escape that I truly reveled in. Admittedly, I wasn’t able to watch the show ON TV from Season 1 until last night’s pitch-perfect finale, but I was able to watch from Season 5 till now.
Everything about the show, the characters, the casting, the writing and directing was spot-on, from the second they all walked onto that now fabled set. I can only imagine the pregnant glee that filled the air as episode 1 was filming. And it is only fitting that such emotional magnitude surrounded the final taping.
The Office has been a major inspiration for my own writing and characters and even expectations for coworkers (both on set and not). I look to the show with great respect, even with Steve’s departure. Many of my friends couldn’t understand why he would choose to leave such a great show, but the truth is I was proud of him for that decision. It was an excellent move both for his own career and for the show, even though it wasn’t as tightly knit without Michael Scott. But the beauty is that now Michael Scott is probably one of the greatest American TV characters of all time and went out on a bang. Hell, I can’t watch Goodbye, Michael without crying. And to see him here at the end; all of my friends and I cheered loudly from a dorm common room. He didn’t say much, and it was perfect.
It makes sense for my college career to close at the exact same time as The Office takes its final bow. A good friend of mine said last night, “I never thought of college ending as a big deal until I saw the finale.” Seeing something so good come to a close makes you realize that good stuff ends, but it WAS good and that’s the point. The finale was less of a finale of the show and more about each cast member’s feelings towards their 9-10 year endeavor. They came on the show mostly nobodies, but now leave their mark on American television history, making great friends in the process.
Is there a better way to spend a decade?
Therefore, I say HATS OFF to NBC and The Office. Hats off to Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Greg Daniels, other cast members, the crew, the producers, and everyone who worked on this beautiful show. I hope one day I will be able to share in an experience that was amazing as this one.
Thank you for your creativity and imagination, and of course, your laughter.
It truly was “mental.”
(Source: theofficenbc, via juliefrmn)