The Office Stairmageddon Episode 19 Season 9 – TV Review

It’s “Stairmageddon” on the latest episode of The Office. This means that an elevator currently under repair is a major plot point in one of the final episodes ever.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Matt Sohn
  • Writers: Dan Sterling
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy, B.J. Novak, Andy Buckley, Chris Diamantopoulos

Episode Title: “Stairmageddon”

A crisis erupts when the office elevator breaks down; Dwight forces Stanley onto a critical sales call. Roseanne Barr guest stars.

The Good:

  • Stanley: Though the plot featuring Stanley, Dwight and Clark did drag, and wasn’t all that great, the sight of Stanley wrapped in bubble-wrap and being pushed down a cardboard-covered flight of stairs was amusing to say the least.
  • Toby: His “Kelly called it” line about Jim and Pam’s marriage problems was the stand-out moment of the Toby and Nellie Play Marriage Counselors plot.
  • Senator: Will admit that the Senator’s coming out as a gay man during his press conference with Angela was not expected, and therefore the moment was most enjoyable.
  • Kevin: His genuine happiness in telling everyone that he was able to keep a secret about Oscar and the Senator was amusing to watch.
  • Clark: Another fine showing by Clark, this time firing off some good lines of dialogue, and funny looks while he helps Dwight ‘move’ Stanley.
  • Best Moment: Dwight firing bull tranquilizers into Stanley while Clark watches warranted a few extra viewings.

The Bad:

  • Andy: Part angry, part Hollywood hopeful. His plot in the episode was boring.
  • Roseanne: No issues with Roseanne, but her appearance as the talent agent felt very random, like she was walking past the sound stage one afternoon and someone from the show asked if she wanted to do a quick scene for an upcoming episode.
  • Jim-Pam: The ‘counseling before the counseling’ plot revealed details of their problems most viewers already were aware of, so it felt almost like wasted time. Not sure we needed a rehashing of what is causing the marriage problems between Jim and Pam.
  • Reviews: If the 9-part TV documentary is getting ready to air, then why is the crew still filming? Will there be more footage for future documentaries? Has the staff been provided any info about when the crew is going to stop filming just about every moment of the lives? What more could the director of this TV documentary possibly need?!

Overall:

Based on the ho-humness of “Stairmageddon”, it’s hard to believe there are only a few episodes remaining. Perhaps the producers are leading up to a big finale, but right now there is no sense of urgency, which very well might be the point. These are still people working at a paper company in Scranton, so it remains a story about everyday life – even right up until the end. Maybe we don’t need big, sweeping epic conclusions to wrap up everyone’s story. But a little bit more humor along the way would be nice. “Stairmageddon” doesn’t merit much discussion because it just wasn’t that good. Like all mediocre Office, this episode does deliver the occasional comical line of dialogue and physical comedy, but it’s all quickly forgotten.

Regarding Jim and Pam: Who blinks first? Does Jim leave Philly, or does Pam leave Scranton?

Rating: 5/10

The Office airs on NBC at 9pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

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