Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Office: Threat Level Midnight

So this isn't strictly a blog about The Office. However, Thursday Night's episode was great, so I'd like to give a quick review.  Threat Level Midnight is based on an infamous screenplay reading during Season 2, which is of Michael's dream film. They brought it to life with Michael having filmed it over 11 years and made this episode out of it. An episode which presumably starts the "Michael Scott farewell tour."  Michael's reason for wanting to make his own movie? He's a big Woody Allen fan, but has only seen the movie Antz. But he thought A Bug's Life was better.

The movie within the show is so ridiculous you can't help but love it. The episode featured cameos from some past characters like Karen, Jan and Roy. Karen's great line gives a sense of the so-bad-it's good Michael Scott film..."ever banged an entire bachelorette party, baby?" with the amazing Scarn dance following soon after. There are already spoofs of "The Scarn" on youtube. Next dance craze?

My favorite part may have been when hostage Toby dies and the substitute dummies head blows up, and is re-shown at different angles blowing up. Michael said this was the most expensive shot in the whole film. Of course it would be. Any other favorite scenes anyone?

It wasn't the funniest episode, but it was a fun trip down memory lane and with this being Steve Carell's final season, a necessary and memorable episode. Michael also realizes how funny Threat Level Midnight is since it's so bad, an important character growth for him after getting mad at first when Jim starts laughing at it before joining in on the laughter.

By the way, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate are promoting the movie Hall Pass, and they talked about how Christina should guest on The Office. Christina Applegate is one of my favorites ever since the classic Married With Children, so I'm hoping that actually happens. Here's a clip:

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