The Office: Season 9, Episode 23

Finale (16 May 2013)

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One year later, Dunder Mifflin employees past and present reunite for a panel discussion about the documentary and to attend Dwight and Angela's wedding.

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One year later, Dunder Mifflin employees past and present reunite for a panel discussion about the documentary and to attend Dwight and Angela's wedding.

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Season 9: Mostly reminds you why it is ending
14 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The previous season of this show indicated to me that really it should have drawn it closed when its star left; OK it was still a decent season but the quality shift was obvious and it was clear that ideas and characters were being recycled. This is even more evident at the start of this season when new characters are rolled in, plots are mostly ridiculous and generally laughs are sparse. After about 5 or 6 episodes I wondered if I should bother carrying on but decided I wanted to at least watch it to the end having watched it from the start.

There is stuff to love about this season. It is occasionally funny and although it so clearly below previous standards, the old tropes are still here and still work. It also of course has a nice sense of closure to it and, although I didn't think it all worked, it was nice to walk the characters to the door. The plots really do let it down though. I have always enjoyed the goofy subplots and asides but here they seem to have taken over and too much has no flow and no context within the lives of the characters. Worse most of it isn't particularly funny or engaging. Breaking the fourth wall might have been a good idea but it is only ever half done and seems artificial. Bringing he crew into the show and bringing the film into reality also meant that I was forced to question the logic of the ever-present camera – plus the idea that someone would make a reality show for 9 years before screening it. I understand it is a comedy but since this device brought nothing to the table, the questions were more pronounced.

It is really for fans who are still watching after 9 seasons, so I can understand if it doesn't try too hard and does rather tend towards sentiment, but it is a shame that such a strong show had to crawl out like this – hemorrhaging regulars and generally being noticeably below its own bar so consistently. The cast are mixed. The regulars mostly live their characters and deliver well even when the material is weaker than they deserve but various famous cameos add nothing but the scene of desperation. Tate continues not to work for me – and she stands out for not fitting into the show, particularly in such a sentimental "farewell" type season.

It isn't without merit as a season but mostly it serves to remind the viewer why the show is being ended – after watching this ninth season, very few people would have been protesting bringing it to a close.


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