Spoiler alert: This review is for the new season of The Office. If you haven’t seen the last few episodes or the end of Season Seven, I do not recommend reading it.
Earlier this year, Steve Carrel, the star of NBC’s popular sitcom The Office, quit after closing his seven year contract. This sent many fans into shock. After all, The Office without Michael Scott? Who could imagine such a thing? But it did happen, and near the end of the last season Michael departed from Scranton, uttered his last line, and was gone for good.
Steve Carrel said, in an interview with E! News, “I just think it’s time. I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.” Fair enough, it’s his choice, but what would the show be like without him?
Well, it turns out that Michael’s replacement is none other than Andrew Bernard (Ed Helms). Andy was brought into the cast in the show’s third season, as a worker in Dunder Mifflin’s Stamford Branch. Andy, a Cornell graduate who never really grew into the real world. Andy is quirky, awkward, and generally unsure. In other words, very similar to Michael, but in a different way.
As manager, Ed seems to be off to a promising start. Although he’ll never replace Steve, you can see that he lacks personal confidence and yet seems so able to handle problems.
And Ed isn’t the only new face this Fall… Robert California (James Spader) from the “Search Committee” episode is also coming in. But not as manager; Spader is entering to replace Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) as Dunder Mifflin CEO. A prominent and confident character, he seems to be the man to whip Andy into shape.
All in all, it seems like The Office is getting on just fine.
Age Recommendation: 11. Younger kids might be bored with it.
Final Verdict: 9/10. I love me some Office, but I sure miss Steve…