The Office Review: Threat Level Midnight in Action!

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We were treated to another episode in a fantastic stretch of The Office this week. Between "Classy Christmas," "Ultimatum," last week's "PDA," and now "Threat Level Midnight," we've witnessed some of the best episodes in years.

Back in the early days of the show, some of my favorite scenes were when Michael went to improv class and turned every sketch into an action movie about Michael Scarn.  When I realized we were about to witness an entire movie of Michael over-acting as an action hero, I didn't know how to contain myself.

Threat Level Midnight Scene

Michael's ridiculous antics as Scarn were enough to make it great. Catch phrases like "clean up on aisle five," and "go puck yourself" don't just grow on trees. Combining that with the unbelievable ways Scarn could dodge bullets, sweat profusely during his workouts and dance The Scarn, and you got one heck of a performance by Steve Carrell.

What made "Threat Level Midnight" - both the episode and the movie - work so well was how the other players got into it. Except Holly. But we'll get back to her later.

It also helped that the characters were into making the film at the time of the shooting, especially in the case of Jim. I dislike Jim when he is against the things Michael does. Although he claims that he didn't like the dialogue or the role, and was only doing it to get in good with the receptionist, his performance on the screen said otherwise. His portrayal of Goldenface was evil, funny, and strange. A perfect combination.

I loved the continuity and the callbacks that occurred from bringing back some of our past favorites. Jan and Packer have been around a few times as of late, but it was nice to see them get into the movie for a bit. Roy and Karen, on the other hand, have been out of sight and out of mind for a while. While Roy just sat their as a hostage, Rashida Jones' appearance and complaint about the cameraman singling out her line so many years later was an extremely pleasant surprise.

Let us circle back to Holly, who surprisingly wasn't on the same page as Michael for once. We think of these two as kindred spirits, so it was strange to see her not understanding the brilliance that was Threat Level Midnight. But by the end, when Holly tried to apologize, Michael didn't allow her to because he agreed the movie was bad.  It was poor, but his employees were enjoying it, and that made him happy.

These final moments between Michael and Holly were easing the viewers towards the end of Carrell's stay at The Office. The growth of Michael Scott is starting to become evident, and as it continues, him leaving us will become easier and easier.  After all, is it even funny to watch a respectful, balanced, mentally healthy Michael Scott?

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Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (29 Votes)

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I did not like this episode at all. Before you say I'm a newer fan, I'm not. I've seen all episodes in order twice, and watch reruns all the time. Funny thing is their not being funny was not funny at all. Jokes were forced left and right, I very much love the idea of making this movie however none of it felt convincing. All the jokes felt forced and rushed, this episode did not fit the tone of the show at all. I get it, nothing in the movie was supposed to make sense it just felt forced and rushed to me. Only laugh I had was andy's attempt at a bartender. To me this season has been up and down, the classy Christmas and china episode were fantastic, Threat level midnight and the seminar were horrible.

Lawrie

loved it! :)

Fortyseven

So funny!

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I agree with shawnhunter - everything about the episode was hiarious! For once, all of the characters worked well together! Also, how can anyone complain about an episode dedicated to Michael Scarn?! Seriously, this was epic!

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HA yes i completely agree with you Shawnhunter, this was an excellent episode and very different from the Norm. I love all of these characters and to see them all come together to be in a movie starring Michael Scarn was awesome, gotta say it was the best thing on T.V this week. 30 Rock is overated.

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Agreed with shawnhunter. The was an amazing episode and a logical extension of The Office universe. In Local Ad, everyone came together to make a commercial. Now in season 7, eleven years of planning for Michael and five years of waiting (since season 2) for us comes to fruition. Brilliant.

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Telly and Perry, are you guys drunk? This may have been the best episode of the season. You're mad because it wasn't all about selling paper? Get a life. We have been hearing about Scarn for many years now, and to know he was making a movie for all this time was brilliant. Michael showing the staff the movie is no different than what he has been doing in the meeting room season after season. Obviously you guys do not appreciate the greatness of Michael Scott.

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What the hell were you watching. This was the worst peice of garbage to ever show up on my tv. The Office used to be funny because it was about an office.

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You have got to be kidding! This review is as bad as the episode itself.
The Office has long stopped being about a group of paper company employees. It is now a weekly half hour variety show chock full of skits, sketches, singing and dancing.

The Office Season 7 Episode 16 Quotes

Pam: No laughing. No comments. Just positive energy and we'll have a pure fun day. Okay?
Creed: Thanks mom.

After three years of writing, one year of shooting, four years of re-shooting, and two years of editing, I have finally completed my movie...Threat Level Midnight.

Michael
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