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Oh, The Office. How great it is. In case you haven't seen it, it's a BBC comedy show set in, well, an office - which makes it sound terribly trite and canned-laughterish. Which it really is't, not least because it's filmed in a fake documentary style. It's very, very very funny, but it's also something else.

The thing most critics focus on when writing about it is how cringeworthy it is - David Brent, the hideous boss, is literally painful to watch, and there were bits in last night's episode where I actually had to leave the room (the bit where hestarted playing 'Simply the Best!' during his motivational speech, for one).

But few people talk about how brilliant the acting is, especially Tim and Dawn. Tim has long fancied Dawn, but she's unhappily engaged to the awful Lee. The fact that they obviously are made for each is never talked about - they just have one of those dodgy friendships that everyone has had, the ones that make you very happy and horribly miserable at the same time.

Now, however, Tim has found romance with a new co-worker, and there was a terrible moment last night when Dawn came along to find the two canoodling in a corridor. The look of carefully concealed misery on her face was just brilliant, as were Tim's glances after her even while his new bird is laughing at the embarrassing scene. Both the actors just nail the feeling of liking someone you can't have, and they do amazing jobs - the reluctant glances at the object of their affection, the forced laughter at other people's jokes while trying to see whether He or She is flirting with someone else - it's just perfect. The Office is, primarily, a comedy, but it's turning into a genuinely affecting love story. Now that's entertainment.

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yiskah
Oct. 22nd, 2002 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh my lord, I adore the Office. Loved last night's episode, but there were a couple of moments where I thought they were pushing the barriers of unreality a bit more than they usually do - normally I watch it and almost everything I see I can imagine happening in real life, whereas there were a couple of moments last night (like Rachel and Tim canoodling at work, and David's rendition of Simply the Best) that did make me think oh, come on now. Still bloody funny though, and the Fisher Price comment was inspired.

I love Tim, actually. There was that moment last week when he was being all self-deprecating about how he still lives with his parents and doesn't have a degree - *sniff*. Bless. It's such a tragi-comic show, really - kind of like the League of Gentlemen, but with less violence and inbreeding.
stellanova
Oct. 22nd, 2002 04:32 am (UTC)
I love Tim too! Many ladies do, I've noticed. He has a mysterious charm, and he's so sweet and sad, talking about his crap life. And he doesn't have hair like a Fisher-Price man! Jesus, that was so, so funny. Gareth is hysterical, in a rather disturbing way. Every time he goes near a woman I cringe. Although he has yet to top his "sloppy seconds" remarks to Rachel from the other week...

I thought in the first episode that Tim was going to start turning into a David-esque figure, but thankfully he seems to have stopped that. I really like the him and Dawn thing; it's totally convincing, and I love the way they look at each other when they think the other one isn't watching. It's just...perfect. And very sad (in a sweet way, not in a pathetic way).
yiskah
Oct. 22nd, 2002 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh, but what about Gareth's 'handjob' comment last night? That was amazing.

Re. Tim: I think they have to have at least one sympathetic character on it, otherwise it just wouldn't work, so they couldn't Davidify him. Yeah, he's just...lovely. Very real.
stellanova
Oct. 22nd, 2002 05:32 am (UTC)
Okay, I forgot about the handjob thing. Okay, he's keeping up the standard of awfulness.

Tim really is sympathetic. I adore the way he just looks at the camera while the others are being dreadful - it's never in a sneery, share-the-joke way, more a sort of innocent amazement. He's great.
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