The office Premiered it’s 7’th season this past Thursday and it was kind of a mixed bag. I would like to give a thorough review of the episode, but I can’t get past the opening scene. The show starts with Andy listening to his ipod in the elevator; we begin to hear the classic “Nobody But Me” by the “Human Beinz” and as the music gets louder Andy bursts out of the elevator dancing and lip syncing his way through the office door where we see Pam and crew also participating in the Lip Dub.
The camera moves through the office with a different desk jockey popping up to dance and lip sync around every corner. There are streamers and confetti; we see Erin on roller skates, Creed on Guitar, Kevin channeling the Blues Brothers, Gabe trying to dance, Michael performing a deranged magic act, and Dwight doing his best Ozzy Osborne impersonation.
This is a very different kind of scene than what we typically expect from “The Office.” It’s this departure from the regular that will draw mixed reviews from the fans. Some will say that this is just another example of how the show has lost its way. I personally think it’s the best thing I saw on all of television this past week. The Office “Lip Dub” was so great that I’m trying to review the episode but all I can talk about is the first 30 seconds.
Okay, I better say something about the rest of the show. Michael hires a new office assistant who just happens to be his nephew as well as a screw up. Pam inadvertently messes up a prank Jim tries to pull on Dwight. To make up for ruining Jim’s prank, Pam pulls her own joke on Dwight which goes awry and leads to her being stuck in an elevator with him. People stuck in an elevator is kind of an old sitcom cliché, but “The Office” does it justice for the most part.
The concept of how they get stuck is really lame and hard to believe…seems like the writers got a little lazy. However, The episode was still overall pretty good. There were a couple of parts that kind of made me cringe, but there was still the spark of what makes the show great. The season seven premiere was not perfect, but the opening scene alone assures that I won’t be deleting this one from my DVR anytime soon.