The Office Review: Such A Right-Sider

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This was the first season premiere of The Office without Michael Scott, and, simply put, that is not a good thing.

"The List" did a lot of things well, but at the end of the day Steve Carell created such an iconic character - with an aura that will be extremely difficult to replace - that there's really no way to compete with what The Office once was.

Dwight and Robert California

It's a new era, but it's one that still has promise. Andy Bernard was a great choice as the new regional manager. Let me clarify: Andy was a great choice by the people of The Office because he is similar enough to Michael that the fabric of the series won't have to change all that much, but he's also different enough that it won't be all repeats stories... like it might have been with Deangelo Vickers.

On the other hand, Andy was a terrible choice as regional manager for Robert California. The dude put losing their biggest client as number-three on his to do list!

In his lone appearance of last season, James Spader's California was straight forward and insanely creepy. To start off this new season he was just as up front, but definitely dialed back in insanity, which strangely diluted the humor of the man.

There is still a ton of hope for Spader to turn California into a great character. Making the list that this episode got its title from, and then blatantly favoring the members of the office on said list, is absolutely the kind of favoritism and degradation and I can get behind in a CEO of Sabre.

At the end of the day, though, it's the auxiliary characters that we know and love that will keep me laughing week in and week out. Highlights from the premiere included Kevin's warning signal, Stanley's new "shove it up your butt" thing, Dwight upping his martial arts schedule to the point he's doing Krav Maga four times a week, and Ryan pointing out the fact that him being a right-sider should make the rest of the losers feel better.

Even though I will continue to miss Carell every time Thursday comes around, I have faith in these writers to come up with enough gags to keep The Office on the left side of that big piece of paper we're all doodling on.

Before you go plank underneath the urinals, take a look at some of our favorite quotes from "The List." Don't forget to check out all the best lines at our The Office quotes page.

Erin: Planking is one of those things where, hey you either get it or you don't...and I don't, but I am so excited to be a part of it. | permalink
Stanley: It might be easier if you take a deep breath, lift from the knees, and shove it up your butt! | permalink
Dwight: Pam, come on. Don't be such a right-sider. | permalink
Ryan: Not to point out the glaringly obvious, but doesn't the fact that I'm in this group make anyone feel just a little bit better? | permalink
Andy: Just to show you I'm being fair, you had Gabe in the losers column...I think that is astute. Good call. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (79 Votes)

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I feel embarrassed when I watch the new season of the office. Its terribad without Michael. I don't even laugh, maybe the occasional chuckle under my breath, more like a grunt.

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"I used to be young and cute, and sorta funny and I could do those cute little cartoons. And everyone who came through here was like, 'Who’s that receptionist? I like her!'" (Shot of Gabe nodding silently in empathy, wracked with emotional turmoil.) "Now, I’m just a FAT MOM!" - Pam (ROFLMAO!) Not perfect, but on the whole I'd give this ep a confident thumbs up.

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I hated this season. I, for one, thought Andy was a horrible choice for a boss. Out of the core group of office people, he's the newest and he's had a terrible sales record. Someone needed to be brought in. A strong lead role. However, I think that Andy is only temporary. Something is going to happen where he'll get demoted back down to a salesman. I am also hoping Steve Carrell makes appearances in this season. Come on, I've been waiting all these years to see Michael Scott get married!

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I don't know what the others found funny about the first show. I have loved the Office from the start until now. The whole cast seemed to be trying too hard to prove they can survive without Michael. He was the star and they worked well supporting him but with out him there just isn't anything funny. I found Pam especially annoying this season. Dwight and Jim seemed pretty lame too. James Spader was a bad choice. I give it a D for disappointing.

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The Office is dead. All of the characters act like kindergarteners, they squirt water guns at each other and the new CEO Robert California thinks he is some type of god. The show is ruined with James Spader being the center of attention. I think without him the show might have a chance of being just OK. I have watched the show since day one and after last night’s episode i am ready to give up the series.

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The show has "jumped the shark." It's resorted to gag reel material (always the sign of a dying show) and the characters just look and feel tired. Prediction: The Office fades away after this season (and this final season is forgotten).

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Yea i liked this and i echo the comments that andy was a good choice. So good in fact that at the end of the episode i found myself not missing Michael as much as i thought i would [hardly at all for that matter]. At the beginning i was kind of mad they chose andy [who just seems like a bumbling idiot to me] but that speech at the end where he explained why no one [except gabe] should be on the right side was something that NO ONE [with the slight exception that *MAYBE* and emphasis on maybe, that jim might've been able to pull it off] else could have pulled it off
something i never understood, why does it seem like Jim was never considered for the job. To me he seems like the perfect candidate.
but all in all i liked the episode

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i completely agree with nichole and i did not miss michael scott at all this episode. phyllis's distraction was great, andy as the boss is great, and i love fat pam! angela pregnant is going to turn into a crazy plot though i have a feeling......

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I think Andy was a great choice. Told my wifey the same thing at the end of last season. Just made sense. Guy has the schooling. Guy is still trying to figure things out for himself professionally and personally. The office just couldn't continue to run if they chose someone who really didn't know how to run things. Andy's character was just meant to grow into a manager...it's in his blood. And so, to make the show funny, we'll see his ups and downs as a manager in training, so-to-speak, and by the end of the series, he'll likely end up being a 'realistic' successful manager.

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This is the first episode that made me laugh out loud in a long time.