|UK "The Office" vs. US "The Office."
||[Jan. 23rd, 2008|10:41 pm]
I've watched every episode of the UK "Office." I've watched most of the US "Office" through the third season.
Of the two, I prefer the US "Office."
1. I'm an American. Some of the subtle UK-centric jabs did escape me, while I get pretty much every less-subtle US-centric poke.
2. I was utterly disappointed that Gervais's fantastical moron, David Brent, wasn't murdered in the final episode.
3. Carell's Michael Scott stays as branch manager (and probably got that job) for a reason - he's a really wonderful salesman. Brent seemed terrible even at sales.
4. The US "Office" features a much more developed set of characters to round out the office.
When I prefer the US "Office," I prefer it by a small margin. Both have great qualities. It's a virtual tie between Gareth Keenan and Dwight Schrute, in terms of preference. Each is different in his suck-up to the branch manager. What's interesting about Gareth is that he was able to run the office on his own. Dwight, however, would likely be a disaster because Dwight is far more anti-social in his similar geekery.
Is it just me, or is the US version largely relying upon the UK version and the documentary aspect as backstory?
Has anyone else seen both versions? There are many similarities. Also, the differences seem, again, to me, to slightly roll in favor of the US version.
While the UK version is the original, and therefore, it is the more pioneering of the two, the US version seems to be the more well-developed and character-rich. Both have their merits. Each has drawbacks.