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Friday, March 25, 2005

Spite & The Office USA

Posted by: Hammer / 8:10 AM

Following up on this respectful discussion from yesterday, I hereby declare last night's premiere of The Office USA to be far superior to the original in every aspect.

Well, of course, no. Not even my legendary spite (which appears to have mutated into a kind of virus, even infecting the Shiv's basketball picks) allows me to claim that last night's pilot was better than the UK pilot. It was almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original -- translated from English to American ("Jell-o" from "jelly", "downsize" from "redundancy"). That's not a recipe for success. The quicker The Office USA develops its own story arcs, the better.

You lot can quibble about who is the least apt replacement for his or her British counterpart. All four of the major characters -- David, Dawn, Tim, and Gareth -- could be nominated. But the real disappointment was Keith. How's that guy going to look in an Ali G costume?


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