by Guest-Blogger Rob Grace
My first official action on this site for the week is to officially derecognize The Office Christmas special.
This is a bold and controversial move on my part, but it’s absolutely necessary.
This is not the first time I’ve taken such action. Just last year I officially derecognized all post-Aaron Sorkin episodes of The West Wing. This means I no longer recognize post-Sorkin episodes of The West Wing as episodes of the same show that Aaron Sorkin wrote and produced. I view it as an entirely different show, and though it may have the same title, the same character names, and the same actors, I don’t accept the new episodes as a propagation of the world created by the Aaron Sorkin episodes.
And as I did with The West Wing, I now do with The Office. The Office Special is henceforth officially not an extension of the reality created by the first two seasons of The Office. It’s an entirely different show. One with striking similarities – title, cast, character names, writers, directors, producers - but a show that is clearly of a lesser caliber and an entirely different spirit than the original show that happens to have the same name.