Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA Reviewed on 8/5/2013...
Get it now!
Malcolm R Phillipps | Auckland New Zealand | 02/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 2nd series of `The Office' takes everything that made the first series so popular (currently the biggest selling TV series DVD of all time) and produces another series of superb quality.For those not aware of the humour in the show, it is cringe worthy at times - but it is this insight into real peoples emotions and weaknesses that makes the show so appealing. Ricky Gervais, the writer and star of the show, has come from relative obscurity, to make something that is so relevant to people today - not just in England, but around the world.Following on from the 1st series, the 2nd series sees a continuation of the fall of David Brent, allowing for some darker comedic moments. The romance between Tim and Dawn continues, will true love ever prevail? But perhaps the highlight of the 2nd series is David Brent moving onto the consultancy circuit and becoming a motivational speaker. Slough did not know what it got itself in for....and as he walks out on the stunned group to the strains of Tina Turners `Simply the best' you will really start to appreciate why this series has slowly made the world sit up and take notice.With just 2 Christmas episodes left before this show is forever consigned to the repeats channels, I strongly advise you to enjoy it now while it is fresh - this is the Fawlty Towers of our generation.The extras that come with the DVD are also well worth viewing, it is a total package."
Lorraine Fenelon | Boston, MA | 03/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is not a typical tv program, it actually assumes that the audience is intelligent. It doesn't talk down to us, or preach to us, or spoon feed us. It doesn't need a laugh track to tell you when you are supposed to laugh. It just makes you think, and sometimes cringe, and laugh out loud hysterically or just smile and wonder "why can't 99% of american sitcoms be this brilliant?". Our society is so dumbed down and we stand back and let them decide what we can watch until there is nothing left but stupid story lines, unrealistic conversation, sugary sweet endings and those horrible laugh tracks to make us all think it's funny, when it really isn't at all. The Office challenges all of that. Buy it, and enjoy it! It's a rare gem that we won't see again any time soon, well maybe until Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant come up with their next project."
xcb | USA | 04/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't realize it at the time, but after having watched Season One far too many times, I came to really... love... David Brent. Perhaps this reveals some fault in my self, but I found him at once utterly preposterous and utterly uplifting. It's nice, in some way, to think that there are people out there who try diligently to Do The Right Thing - even, and maybe especially, though they fail miserably.Season Two was therefore extremely painful to watch. Yes, the first season is painfully awkward, but Season Two is simply painful. It is a nihilistic acomedic nonromp. It is like watching your grandmother die of cancer. Everyone, perhaps Gareth aside, loses. There is no joy, hope, happy ending, or anything of the sort to be found on this DVD. It is one hundred and eighty minutes of destruction. For whatever it's worth, the last episode had me crying. I haven't watched any of the diary of Gervais and Merchant on the disc, and perhaps they have some explanation for why they chose to end the series in this way, but after having just finished watching the last episode, I am terribly sad.If their intent was to plot the rise and eventual downfall of a hapless and sincere individual, they have succeeded. Sure, I laughed a few times, but more often than not I sat, mouth agape, terrified. Ultimately, with Season One and Two they have created a Shakespearean tragedy of the highest calibre. If you saw David as a buffoon who deserves what he gets, you will no doubt delight in his pain. I found myself empathetically toiling with the knowledge that bad things happen to decent people.Sigh."
Brilliant! Still Better Than Friends!
Charles Scott Bennett | New York, NY USA | 05/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's no laugh track. The humour here is subtle at times, and it makes you think. The actors' expressiveness fills the awkward silences to great effect. Many real issues and themes about life, politics of sexuality, gender and of course, politics of work environments, are embedded within the plotlines, anecdotes and jokes. It's refreshing to watch a show this funny, where the structure and writing feel real, and do not insult the viewer's intelligence. Unfortunately, there are only two seasons in this series. From personal experience working in several urban offices, I think there's enough people with stories and situations out there, that the writers could have found more material and created one more strong season. On the other hand, the writers do a fabulous job with maintaining the integrity of the show. They develop the stories and reveal the characters within the series in a seemingly natural progression. The story of David Brent becomes particularly juicy by season's end. Yes, it's not always making you laugh to form a queue by the lavatory. However, the humour is always smart and so unbelievable that it's completely believable. Ever Brilliant. When is the series finale coming out already?! It should be included with the second series, yeah?"