I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a little nervous about tonight’s season premiere of The Office. Not that I’m not happy to have one of my favorite shows back on my television. It’s just… what if it’s not as good as it used to be?
See, last season started out strong–incredibly strong. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that they were having their best year yet, with episodes like “Launch Party,” “Money,” and “Local Ad” (we’ll just pretend “The Deposition” never happened) . And then the strike struck. When The Office finally returned to the airwaves after a five-month hiatus, most of that momentum had evaporated. After all that anticipation we were subjected to the torture of “Dinner Party” and, well, things just weren’t quite the same at Dunder-Mifflin after that.
But, hey, tomorrow is another day and tonight is the start of a new season. Despite my objections to the second half of season four, the finale left us with some pretty tantalizing cliffhangers. Things were going almost frighteningly well between Michael and Amy Ryan’s nice, normal HR rep… and then he found out Jan was pregnant. Jim was all ramped up to propose to Pam… and then Andy hijacked his moment. Angela accepted Andy’s surprise proposal… and then Phyllis caught her hooking up with Dwight.
And for the first time in the show’s history, tonight we’ll actually get to see what happens in the Scranton branch over the summer. Tonight’s episode, “Weight Loss,” takes place over the course of eight weeks as the office participates in a Dunder-Mifflin weight loss initiative. Even better, it’s written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who can generally be counted on to deliver a solid ep.
I’d say it sounds pretty promising, but I don’t want to jinx it.