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What was Jim going to do? Become a rock star?
It's just what happens to people isn't it.
Tim managed to avoid the middle management curse and open up his prospects by opting out of the temporary management position. This put him right back to square one (episode 1), but, by finally getting Dawn, he had found an outlet beyond ripostes and disillusioned sighs. She became his salvation.
We knew Tim never really had anyone beyond the workplace, and this added to the anchored, bittersweet romance of Tim and Dawn. It also made Tims poking of Gareth alot more acceptable. The fact was, Gareth probably had alot of friends beyond the chroma walls of Wernam Hogg.
Jim seemed to be more civil, communicative...he was on the periphery of the elite social classes. He had charm. He was abit of a poster boy for corporate.
Now that you know he never really had anyone outside of Dunder Mifflin, a revision of his previous behaviour suggests that Jim is really an embittered, passive aggressive personality. This clashes with the goofy charisma and creates a vinegary taste in the mouth. Not sure about Jim.
Tim was a romatic. Jim is going to become Michael Scott.
''His ongoing competition with Rainn Wilson's overzealous Dwight Schrute worked because Dwight didn't care how his coworkers viewed him. The comedy of Dwight all depends on the fact that he is hopelessly obsessive about everything he does''
this was a subtle theme through the UK Office. Like when Tim tells Gareth he has no chance with a girl at the office party, and at the end Gareth is dancing with her.
How Tim ends up going out with David and Finch, despite obviously hating it. And that he still lived with his parents. Quietly desperate.
Jim was far less likeable, probably because he never seemed like an underdog.
don't think you're as hot on the US office though.
Jim will never be nearly as cool as Michael Scott. Michael's an idiot obviously but he is a hundred times more likeable than David Brent and has got a lot of charisma, through which achieves his goal of distracting everyone from their awful jobs but by being such a bewildering guy rather than by always amusing them. This is really different to David who's just banal.
Jim will always be in Tim's shadow. Pam, Michael and Dwight are all essentially original characters but Jim's 'staring into the camera' routine was old when it began. Since Jim's promotion he's had less air time and isn't as central which is definitely a good thing. The thing I liked about Jim though was how he wouldn't butt in and he is able to take a step back, whereas Tim suffered from the claustrophobia of the UK Office a bit more.
The broad brushstrokes of the US edition are hilarious, and Dwight, Michael, Andy and Creed are absolutely inspired characters.....but the social realism of the UK one topples it slightly.
The final scenes of the Christmas Special pack two massive punches. Gets me everytime. Also highlights the true genius of the Gervais/Merchant partnership.
jim isnt very likable anymore. The office is still good though not as good as before.
This was a good article