20 Thoughts I Had While Watching The First Episode Of 'The Office'

20 Thoughts I Had While Watching The First Episode Of 'The Office'

How can people stand Michael Scott?
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I bet all of you die-hard The Office fans wish you could go back and experience watching it for the first time again. Well, luckily for me, I've never watched the series before. On the recommendation of like 90% of my friends, I have decided to give The Office a shot this summer. Let's see how episode #1 goes.

1. 2 minutes in and oh my goodness, Michael Scott is annoying and over-the-top

He's so weird and his jokes are stupid. Why do people like him?

2. Who the heck would hire Michael as regional manager... of like, anything?

He's really bad at his job. Throwing away faxes and not taking his job seriously... like how did he win the job?

3. PAM... Pam and Jim forever! Oh, wait... they aren't together yet?

If I know anything at all about this show, it's that Pam and Jim are meant to be together... minus the fact that there's this dude named Roy? Where'd he come from?

4. They're all so awkward

Okay, so I can't tell if it's supposed to be this way because it's a mockumentary and they're like 'Whoa! Why is this person with a camera in here?' or if the acting is bad or if everyone's just this awkward always, but like, I'm cringing.

5. 10 minutes in and Michael is still annoying

OMG, WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM? Go fall in a hole, Michael Scott.

6. Scenes with Jim and Dwight are fabulous

Jim and Dwight are already acting like 5-year-olds with each other and this is the best part of the show yet.

7. If I ever had to work under a Michael Scott, how quickly would I quit?

He is a horrible employer. Who hurt him in life?

8. I can't tell whether I am annoyed or charmed by Pam's timidness...

At first, I thought she was cute and precious. Quickly that turned into, "Girl, stand up for yourself and show Michael what you got!"

9. But her blushing over Jim is the cutest

Half an episode in and right now, if I decide to watch this show in its entirety, it will be solely because I need to see Jim and Pam's happy ending.

10. JIM PUT DWIGHT'S STAPLER IN JELLO

Okay, this is the first time I've laughed yet. This was great. I respect Jim for the 5-year-old he is.

11. I don't like Ryan or his gross hair

I don't know you, but I don't like you.

12. I don't like Michael's jokes. They're mean.

Michael telling Pam she was fired was just plain mean. I can tell he's going to do more of this and I'm already mad at him for it.

After the episode:

13. It was... weird.

It was so cringeworthy! Like, the humor is not my type of humor, and I don't understand how there can be a plot based on a workplace. However, that also makes the series intriguing... because obviously, it does work.

14. I don't really understand why everyone likes it

See reasoning above.

15. But I'll give it the benefit of the doubt

While I disliked this episode, I can see its potential. After all, a lot of pilot episodes suffer from being weird. It's an introductory episode that has to attempt to lay out what it's going to try and portray.

16. Michael has to get less annoying... right?

If this doesn't happen (and soon), I will probably quit. I just can't deal with him.

17. I can't wait to see Jim and Pam's relationship unfold.

This doesn't even need explaining.

18. Or Jim and Dwight's, to be honest

Will the jello saga continue? What other shenanigans will they be a part of? Will they become work besties? I need to know.

19. There are so many people left in the office to explore

I don't even know who this guy is, but it seems like he has strong opinions, so I'm down to see how he fits into the workplace dynamic.

20. I'll be in the loop

I'LL FINALLY GET ALL THE REFERENCES!


Conclusion: I didn't particularly love it, but I see its potential and people must love it for a reason.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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