Go Into the Weekend with a Cold Open From The Office: Superfan Episodes That 1000% Should've Made the Real Show
Like most sane people, I love The Office, but I'm ashamed that I didn't watch it in real-time until the last two seasons. Call me Jim Calhoun cause I fucked up. I saw bits and pieces in high school and remember watching the Fire Safety cold open live since it was the Super Bowl XLIII lead-out program, but I didn't watch-watch The Office until Steve Carrell had already left the cast. It's like going to an Alice in Chains concert after 1996. Yeah, they're still alright, but not it's not the same. I wish I watched it live. When I was a sophomore in college, I got Netflix solely to check out The Office and binged it in about a month.
For the next like eight years, The Office was one of my go-to shows, if not my #1, but after almost a decade of rewatching and over-saturation from social media, I was a little Office-d out.
In 2019 when the news broke that The Office was leaving Netflix in 2021, I blogged it with no clue what was to come the following year. Back then, Peacock was just an unnamed future NBC streaming app, and Corona was like my 15th choice of beer.
I figured I'd have an Office rewatch, but I never did. I just was kind of sick of it. Not that I didn't like it, but with only one life to live, I thought it'd be a good idea to diversify my programming.
This summer, I subscribed to the cock to watch the USA basketball team since capitalism knows no bounds. Ironically, I ended up ubahing during most of their games, but at least my then-roommate got to use it. Ever since it's been one of my least used streaming services, I even considered canceling to save myself a five-spot per month.
After watching some of The Office Christmas episodes with my dad, sister, and her husband on Christmas Eve in lieu of talking, I kind of got that Office itch again. At this point, it was well over a year since my last rewatch, and I was down to start it over again. That's when I came across the "Superfan Episodes" on Peacock. Using deleted scenes, NBC re-created the first four seasons. The added details are incredible. Like in the Booze Cruise episode there's a band on the boat and one of the guitar players takes a break, and Michael decides to fill in and starts playing Smoke on the Water. It's textbook Michael Scott. The Superfan Episodes are like a combination of watching for the first time and a brand new show. I mean, it's still The Office, but there are some episodes in the first season where it feels like entirely new footage.
I'm like 14 episodes into the 2nd season, and sure, I have golfish brain, but this cold open is my favorite un-seen scene so far.
The celebrity tournament line and second mug are so fucking funny, man. I wish they used it in the real show. It took me like five takes to get that clip because I couldn't stop laughing.
If you haven't watched the Superfan Episodes yet, you are missing out. Okay, I'm done with this blog. There's not much left to say. Have a great weekend! I'm exhausted from a combination of my first week back at work and a new years diet. I don't see any more blogs happening tonight unless something significant happens. I'm just gonna enjoy what is at this point, my snow night (fuck COVID for a million reasons, but killing true snow days is top 5 worst parts) and watch another 4-10 Superfan Episodes.