2. Last night's Office - better, certainly, than the pilot. As much as I love Steve Carell, I've got an issue with the way he's playing the boss. I hate continually comparing him to Ricky Gervais, but it's the same role, and the role is what makes the show exist in the first place. My impression of David Brent was that, aside from having an over-inflated ego and absolutely no self-awareness, his career as a failed musician informed his need for acceptance and approval, hence his constant need for joking and humor and performing to an adoring crowd. Whether I'm right or not isn't the point, though - the point is that David Brent was a 3-dimensional character. The problem in the American show is that Steve Carell's _____ ______ (I can't remember the character's name... that might be indicative of something) has no other life, at least not that we (the audience) are aware of. He's simply an ignorant buffoon. There's no heart. Last night's show certainly played up the agony factor a bit, and certainly there were a few "I can't believe he just said that" moments - which is great - but none of the characters have had a chance to be real. And the Tim surrogate's blatant thievery of the original Tim's mannerisms is just shameless. GAH. I don't know why I bother.
3. Oh, speaking of which - there was a commercial last night for the NBC special presentation of THE MORK AND MINDY STORY. And NBC wonders why they've fallen down the shitter ever since Seinfeld ended.
3 is a magic number. (Cue smoke machine, "The Final Countdown".)