A few words before the 30 Rock finale
Kenneth being promoted to run NBC was a fantastic, if unsurprising twist (Jack in season 1: “in 5 years we’ll all either be working for him or dead by his hand”). However, as with everything this season, the execution was better than we could have hoped for. Not only did we get a Willy Wonka homage, but we also got a genuinely happy Jack ready to accept that he doesn’t know what is best (at least not in the world of network TV). Kenneth has an enthusiasm that even the best of us don’t share, and I can only hope that somewhere, somehow, someone who loves TV that much exists and will be running a network some day. It was a nice call-back, and I’m very excited that we may get at least a little glimpse of what Kenneth will do in his new position.
Jack being CEO of GE was also expected, but well-deserved. Liz with kids, again expected, but executed so perfectly with the reveal of little (twins!) Jenna & Tracy. Her immediate reaction of pause and then the giant smile that came across her face made perfect sense. Liz Lemon has been waiting for this moment for the entire series, so it only makes sense that she has been training for it as well. It will be interesting to see where everything goes this week, but I don’t think they can screw it up at this point, since everyone is where they should be.
House of Cards is coming this Friday!
One thing I am no longer worried about though, is the quality. Reviews have started to trickle out, and although critics have only seen the first two episodes, they are all positive, and mostly glowing. There was not much reason to doubt this show, with director David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, and writer Beau Willamon running things, but it was still a big commitment for Netflix to commit to two full seasons before even seeing a pilot. It appears to have paid off though, since the production at least is on par with an HBO show, and if it wraps up the season well, it should be a big Emmy contender. Also, I can't wait what the luxury of knowing you have 26 episodes and most will be watched in binges will do to the pace of the writing. Either way, I know where my weekend has gone.
The Office's big change
However, one possibility didn’t immediately cross my mind that apparently a lot of others are worried about. That is the chance that Brian was brought in to make us realize that there has always been a third wheel to Jim & Pam’s relationship, and now he may be inserting himself into it. Yes, it is odd that this would be the moment where they finally decide to shut off the cameras or interfere considering the things they have put up with in the past, but what if Brian interfered because he has a thing for Pam? That didn’t cross my mind because I didn’t think the writers could be that stupid. We can’t watch Jim & Pam be almost separated by some guy whom we have never met before (even if they obviously have had a long relationship). Even as a final test, it doesn’t make sense, since in the first episode of the season the crew admitted that they were just waiting to see what happened to Jim & Pam, and that was the whole reason they have stayed so long. I can see the possibility, but I really hope it is squashed pretty early tomorrow.
Would it be possible that Brian really meant he was waiting to try and steal Pam for himself? Sure, but I sincerely hope not. The emotions were running high, and all the actors involved were great as usual, but I don’t think I could stand watching that arc play out. Here’s hoping that they have something up their sleeves that is not as simple as a new love triangle, even though I will admit that, at this point, I’m going to watch it all either way.