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Lost’s “Moving” Season Finale May 31, 2008

Filed under: Lost,Television — Emily @ 5:57 pm

Wow. What a finale that was! Lost never does disappoint when it comes to season enders. I wasn’t sure of the best approach to dissecting this jam-packed episode, but I’ve settled on listing the major events and revelations, and analyzing them one by one. Here goes:

  • Kate and Sayid team up with Richard and the Others to rescue Ben from the soldier guys – How did the Others know that Ben was being taken to the helicopter? How ever they knew, it was quite something to see Sayid et al fight and defeat the bad guys. The events at the helicopter were pivotal to the rest of the episode. It enabled Ben to return to the Orchid, and Richard’s deal with Kate and Sayid allowed them to fly off the island, no strings attached.
  • Walt looks his age! – It’s convenient that the show has flashbacks three years in the future, allowing Walt to make an appearance with no questions asked about why he is bigger and taller. Hurley was only partly honest with Walt about why they are lying about their plane crash and rescue, because he saw the ship explode with Michael on it. But who would want to break the news to a kid that his dad died in a fiery explosion?
  • Locke and Jack had an interesting conversation outside of The Orchid – Locke wants Jack to reconsider leaving the island, telling him he’s “not supposed to go home.” “You’re gonna have to lie about everything that’s happened since we got to the island – it’s the only way to protect it.” Jack ended up taking this advice from Locke, but he lied to protect his friends, not the island itself. Locke also talks about his faith in the island’s miracles, and Jack can’t deny that after witnessing the entire island disappear right in front of him.
  • I’m not sure what Daniel knew, or thought he knew, about what was going to happen on the island. Did he think that the solider crew was going to kill everyone? I don’t think that’s it, or he would have insisted that Charlotte leave with him. I think he knew that it was going to be moved, and he didn’t want to be lost somewhere that no one knew about. And he told her that if she stayed, “It could be forever.” That suggests that he knows he won’t be able to return to the island. Miles also seemed to know some things – he knew it was safer to be on the island than on the freighter, and he also knows something about Charlotte’s past. (See “random theories” below).
  • The Orchid is a station where the Dharma Initiative conducted experiments with space and time and white rabbits, which was possible because of the island’s “unique properties.” According to the orientation video that Locke watched, “the vault was constructed next to a pocket of negatively charged exotic matter.” (whatever that means!) Too bad that the video started rewinding right when the guy was about to tell us what really happens to the white rabbit when it seems to disappear. (I guess that in reality it jumps forward in time?)
  • There were complications with the helicopter – The shootout in the jungle resulted in bullet holes in the fuel tank, so they had to get rid of extra weight to make it to the freighter. How noble of Sawyer to risk his life and sacrifice the chance to be rescued, to save the others. What did he whisper to Kate? It had something to do with what she was doing for him in the flashforward of another episode. He said, “Just do it for Alice.” That’s his daughter, right? After his sacrifice, if Kate and he ever meet again, I’m guessing she’d be willing to give their relationship another go.
  • Sayid removed Hurley from the mental institution to take him somewhere safe, now that Bentham is dead. When Sayid told Hurley “they said it was suicide” (that killed Bentham), it made me think that either Sayid killed him, or that there are mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. See “Random Theories” below for my take on Jeremy Bentham, aka John Locke. Who is watching the Oceanic Six, and why? Is it Charles Widmore’s people?
  • The freighter actually exploded! – That was an intense scene, with Desmond screaming at the copter not to land, Jin trying to make it up to the top deck, and Christian Shepherd appearing to Michael to tell him “you can go now” just before the explosion. So, it seems clear that Michael’s work on behalf of the island is finished, and that he is dead.
  • Not so clear is Jin’s fate. They’d have us believe that he died in the explosion. But… notice how they cut away from him standing on the deck well before the explosion, which would have given him enough time to jump out. There were several people in life jackets running around on deck, and they along with Jin could have had time to jump ship. Also, when I paused my DVR on the shot of the ship just before it exploded, I didn’t see anyone on the ship. Wouldn’t that be a happy reunion, for Sun and Jin to reunite one day and for him to meet his child? We can hope! Some of you are probably wondering where he would go even if he did make it off the ship. Well, Daniel’s raft was nearby, and perhaps they will pick up Jin and somehow survive. I think they would find a way to have Daniel back on the show next year, since he’s an interesting character, so for that reason alone I think that we haven’t seen the last of the raft, whether or not Jin is on it. 🙂
  • Sun approached Mr. Widmore about doing business with him – the business of finding the island, perhaps? Why, indeed, would she want to help him? She said, “You know we’re not the only ones who left the island.” Maybe she wants to find Ben, because she blames him for everything that happened, that led to Jin’s death.
  • Ben takes on the task of moving the island, which means he can never come back. I guess this is one of “the rules of the island.” He leaves Locke as the new island leader. There’s some weird island hierarchy that we don’t have the full picture of yet.
  • Ben turns the wheel to move the island. I’m guessing that it moved it in space and time? Notice that he was wearing the same jacket he had on when he “landed” in the desert in Tunisia. So he obviously did some time traveling as a result of turning the wheel. You have to wonder who or what put this big wheel deep in the earth that’s a last resort measure. That was a cool scene, though, from Ben turning the wheel to the island up and disappearing! Where did the island and its inhabitants go?!
  • The Oceanic Six, Desmond, and Frank had to hope for the best when the chopper ran out of fuel, and they got it. They all survived the crash into the water, and had the foresight to drop the life raft in along with them, and then they came across a rescue ship that just happened to belong to Penny Widmore, Desmond’s one true love!
  • Desmond and Penny have a tearful, happy reunion – Hooray! At least things went well for someone. Too bad that Ben is trying to hunt down and kill Penny. For now, I guess Desmond and Penny will sail the ocean blue to their heart’s content.
  • Claire appears to Kate (in a flash forward), while sitting on Aaron’s bed, and tells her emphatically not to take Aaron back (to the island, I assume). If Claire is speaking on behalf of Jacob, then Ben must be working against Jacob now, since he wants all the rescued survivors to return to the island. By the way, Claire’s exact verbiage, “Don’t you dare bring him back,” suggests that she is still on the island, rather than this spirit of her just being on L.A., in which case she should have said “take him back.” Or, maybe the writers have bad grammar skills.
  • The Oceanic Six agree to lie about what happened to them, in order to protect those they left behind, as well as themselves. Their reasoning – whoever faked the plane wreckage and whoever sent the freighter to kill them, will probably continue to hunt them down unless they play along.
  • Jack breaks into the funeral home to view Jeremy Bentham’s body. He is joined by Ben. Jack tells Ben that Bentham told him that after he (Jack) left the island, some very bad things happened, and that they were Jack’s fault. (I am guessing we’ll see these play out next season). Bentham also told Jack that he has to go back. Ben then tells Jack that “the island won’t let you come alone. All of you have to go back.” Here’s the kicker – Ben means that he also has to take back the body, which – surprise! – is John Locke.
  • Ben has a few ideas for how to get back to the island, as well as how to convince everyone to go.
  • So there’s the season finale, broken down into bite sized pieces. We have 8 or 9 months to figure it all out! Below I’ve included some of my theories/ideas in a bit more detail.

Random Theories:

  • Charles Widmore used to be the leader of the island, as Ben has been, and as Locke is about to be – In the finale, Ben said that the person who moves the island could never return to it. He sacrificed himself to save the island. Perhaps the reason Charles can’t “find” the island is that he, too, once moved it as a last resort. Hmm… In a previous episode, Charles said “That island’s mine, Benjamin. It always was. It will be again.” In that same episode, he said that he’s kept a bottle of scotch next to his bed at night “ever since the nightmares started.” I imagine these nightmares are actually visitations by people from the island. We’ve seen other former island residents being visited by terrifying visions of people (Kate sees Claire, Jack sees his father, Hurley sees Charlie, etc.), so this also supports my theory that Charles has been on the island before. That’s the only evidence from the show that kind of supports this theory. Another thought – maybe Charles Widmore is older than everyone thinks. Could he have been the captain of the Black Rock? Maybe that’s why he was so interested in the painting of the ship at that art auction. Was the Black Rock the first human contact with the island? If Widmore was on the Black Rock, then that would give him rightful ownership of it, I suppose, if we’re going on the rule of exploration and discovery.
  • Charlotte is Ben’s childhood friend from the island. – I know that Charlotte is younger than Ben, but perhaps the island’s mysterious time properties could account for this supposed age difference. According to Miles, Charlotte has been on the island before, and has spent a long time trying to get back to it. And Charlotte said that she’s still looking for the place where she was born. Now, Ben’s childhood friend’s name was Annie, but that doesn’t mean Charlotte couldn’t be Annie. I wonder if she still has the other doll (remember that the two of them had a pair of little dolls or something?) Why would the writers show us Ben’s relationship with Annie and then not provide any closure, unless it was going to play a role later on?
  • Jeremy Bentham is more than a name – This isn’t so much a theory as an observation. As we know, the writers often name characters after historical figures. I thought Bentham sounded familiar, so I looked him up. Jeremy Bentham was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. Sounds like a good pseudonym for John Locke. (Incidentally, John Locke was a 16th century philosopher who described the mind as a blank slate.) What’s even creepier about Jeremy Bentham is this, and I’ve borrowed this passage from Wikipedia:
    • “As requested in his will, his body was preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet, termed his “Auto-icon”. Originally kept by his disciple Dr. Southwood Smith,[11] it was acquired by University College London in 1850. The Auto-icon is kept on public display at the end of the South Cloisters in the main building of the College. For the 100th and 150th anniversaries of the college, the Auto-icon was brought to the meeting of the College Council, where he was listed as “present but not voting”.[12] Tradition holds that if the council’s vote on any motion is tied, the auto-icon always breaks the tie by voting in favour of the motion.”

It seems obvious that the writers are adapting this idea of Jeremy Bentham’s body in a box, and turning it into John Locke in a coffin. Maybe Locke had the real Jeremy Bentham in mind when he chose that name. Maybe dying was part of his plan to get back to the island. He may be dead, but just as the real Bentham was considered a tie breaker in votings of the college council, Locke must be present when the others return to the island. Perhaps his presence will be a deciding factor in who wins, Ben and the Oceanic Six, Jacob, Charles Widmore, or someone else. Besides, I wouldn’t be surprised if Locke comes back to life when/if they return to the island, since it’s a place where miracles happen. It will be a long wait until next season!

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SYTYCD: Auditions in D.C.

Filed under: So You Think You Can Dance,Television — Emily @ 9:53 am

Notice how I am skipping over the Charleston auditions? I didn’t love any of the contestants from that hour on Thursday night. And there were only a few who wowed me in D.C. Here are my thoughts:

  • Megan Campbell – This girl had an energy and enthusiasm in her dancing that was contagious. Like Dan said, she “left everything out on the floor.” I hope she continues to do well, because she is fun to watch. And it’s always nice to see family supporting these dancers, so I appreciated them showing her aunt cheering her on.
  • Markus Shields – Sometimes it feels like people are looking for sympathy votes when they bring up the death of a loved one, but in this case Markus seemed sincere in his desire to dedicate his audition to his mom. Plus, his dancing spoke for itself, whether or not he had mentioned losing his mom. I loved his choreography, as well as his smooth presentation of it.
  • Brandon Bryant – Wow! How about the leg muscles on this guy? I really liked him. He had an intensity about him that I haven’t seen in many of the dancers this season, equally matched by his physical strength. He did some amazing acrobatic moves, but also showed off his experience in ballet and modern dance. Obviously the judges loved him, too, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it to the Top 20. As great as he was, did anyone else feel like they were watching a Mr. Universe competition for the first half of his performance?

So, that’s it. I’m glad there is only one week of the audition rounds, since I am tired of sitting through performances by so many attention seekers and wannabes. (I had to fast forward through Dancing Derek.) Also hard to watch was prima donna Anthony. Yes, he may be a fantastic dancer, but he needs a serious attitude adjustment. He would be impossible to partner with, which is probably why the judges said “no” to him after the choreography auditions.

 

SYTYCD: Auditions in Salt Lake and Dallas May 29, 2008

Filed under: So You Think You Can Dance,Television — Emily @ 11:56 am

Mormons, Pageant Girls, and Country Line Dancers. It must be dance auditions in Salt Lake City and Dallas. Being a Dallas resident, I was a tad concerned when the first few dancers they showed in Big D were total stereotypes. We’re not all cowboys and pageant queens (although those stereotypes definitely exist). But, in the end there were a few promising contestants. Here’s my take on who has the potential to progress past Vegas.

Salt Lake City Auditions

  • Chelsie Hightower – This blond-haired 18-year old ball room dancer was quite impressive! She had great legs, great body language, and great movement.
  • Gev Manoukian – This guy stands out from other hip hoppers we’ve seen because of his creativity and his fluid, graceful movements. Those qualities may help him succeed with different dance styles.
  • Kelli Baker – You can certainly tell that she grew up in a house of dance (her mom is a choreographer). She looks super strong and poised, and had great stage presence. She was very fun to watch.
  • Matt Dorame – This guy in the red gym shorts (that Nigel asked him to never wear again) was beautiful to watch. Pretty face, pretty technique.

Other notes about Salt Lake:

  • Most awkward for me to watch was the mother of four who tried out. Good for her, for getting out of the house (something I’m starting to understand now that I stay home with my three month old), but auditioning on national television with those dance moves? It just made me uncomfortable…
  • Why do the judges give certain bad dancers such a hard time while almost encouraging others? I have in mind Naomi Christensen, who grapevined and slid her way around the floor. Sure, she was awful, but was she really any worse than the Golden Inferno or that “Sex” guy? Yet, they gave her a super hard time about it. This is what I don’t like about the early audition rounds. Some of these people are deluded, some are just desperate for attention, but I hate to see anyone humiliated on national tv – even if they seem to deserve it.
  • I wasn’t impressed with the two recently divorced friends who both ended up making it to Vegas. They looked like they were doing dance aerobics, which is what they’ve been doing at home.
  • Overall, Salt Lake was a prime location for discovering talent.

Dallas Auditions

  • Joshua Allen – This guy from Fort Worth was very fun to watch and seems like a nice guy. He had lots of cool moves, is obviously very passionate about dance, and seems to have the skill to be versatile beyond hip hop.
  • Arielle Coker – Although her partner, John, didn’t get to show much of what he could do, she was fascinating to watch. She’s exactly the type of dancer this show loves: fresh-faced, poised, and her movements seemed effortless. Actually, her style and presence remind me of another dancer from last season – Sabra!

It will be interesting to see which of these hopefuls make it to the Top 20, and which of the Top 20 we haven’t seen in their early auditions. How fun that we get two more hours of the show tonight!

 

Top Magic Kingdom Attractions for Non-Thrill-Seekers May 28, 2008

Filed under: Disney World,Travel — Emily @ 10:25 am

Some friends of mine recently returned from a Disney vacation (I’m so jealous!), which has me reminiscing about my trip a year and a half ago. Since it will be at least several months until I go back, I’ll have to settle for thinking about my love for all things Disney World, rather than actually experiencing them. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a park-by-park guide to the best attractions that Disney World has to offer, specifically for those grown-ups who, like me, are kind of wimpy when it comes to thrill rides.

I’m just not a thrill seeker. I don’t see what’s fun about being turned upside down, inside out, thrown backwards, spun around, etc. I’d rather keep both feet on the ground, or at least close to it. Luckily for thrill-challenged adults, Disney’s version of rollercoasters is apparently much tamer than some other amusement parks. So, in addition to listing my picks for the best attractions at each park, I’ll also mention which thrill rides are “okay” for scaredy cats to try without being forever scarred.

In this post I will cover Magic Kingdom attractions, and will move on to other parks in subsequent posts.

Cinderella\'s Castle at The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

  1. Mickey’s Philharmagic – This may be the best attraction in all of Walt Disney World. First of all, it is fully air-conditioned (including where you stand in line), which was much appreciated even in December. Perhaps more than any other ride, it can turn a resistant adult into a kid again. Take as an example my husband, who never having been to Disney World in his life, was convinced it was just for kids and that he wouldn’t enjoy himself, especially since he didn’t have nostalgic memories of childhood trips to the parks. Well, he was wrong. This attraction was his introduction to the magic of Disney, and he loved it! In mere seconds, his face transformed from tired and bored, to totally fascinated and entertained. I’m talking wide open eyes, mouth hanging open in a full out smile. He was hooked. From that point on, he embraced Disney World. Anyway, this attraction has a little of everything: great “old style” theater atmosphere, a wide sampling of Disney characters and music, and fantastic special effects (you feel like you are flying along with Aladdin with the wind on your face, you smell the pie during “Be Our Guest,” and you even feel water splash out of the buckets during the Fantasia bit.) I don’t think anyone could be disappointed by Mickey’s Philharmagic.
  2. The Haunted Mansion – This is another ride that begins while you are standing in line. Let’s just pretend that the Eddie Murphy movie version of this ride never happened, but the actual ride is very entertaining. And it is so packed with detail that you can ride it several times and not grow tired of it. From the cemetery headstones to the spooky dome room, to the various sights and sounds taken in from the “doom” buggy, this ride has something for everyone (but it may be a little too intense for very small children, since much of it is in the dark with spooky noises). The special effects are rather realistic, especially considering that they were created years ago.
  3. The Carousel of Progress – Some find this revolving theater attraction to be cheesy, and that it is. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun and entertaining. The revolving theater is a novelty that will keep kids entertained even if the ongoing story of the changes in technology doesn’t. Normally I wouldn’t want to have a theme song like this stuck in my head, but for some reason it only adds to the Disney fun to go around singing “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of everyday” with your family. This is another attraction that stands up well to repeats, since there are so many details to take in on the stages. Also, it has the perk of a/c to escape the Florida heat and humidity.
  4. Peter Pan – This ride is more fun for grown-ups who remember riding it as children, than for those who experience it for the first time as adults. Even so, the story of Peter Pan is a magical, whimsical one, and the designers of this ride did a great job of re-creating those feelings. My favorite parts are “flying” through Wendy’s bedroom and then over London, where you can look down and see little cars and buildings, as if you really are high up in the air.
  5. Buzz Lightyear – I can’t remember the full name of this ride at the moment, but it is a very surreal experience. Lots of glowing neon lights, laser beams, and other bright colors and characters – you feel like you have entered one of Disney’s Pixar movies, which I suppose is the point. The interactive aspect is what makes it fun for everyone. You earn points for shooting at various targets throughout the ride. My gamer husband thought this was pretty cool.

Thrill Ride Assessment:

  • Space Mountain – This is a rollercoaster, which would normally make it off limits for me. But, this is Disney’s version of a rollercoaster, so it is doable, and I enjoyed it. The entire ride is in the dark, so you can’t see how high up you are, and the dips and turns aren’t too steep or jerky. It’s just a fun ride through outer space.

Attractions that Failed to Impress: The Jungle Cruise (not even the novelty of a boat ride could save this one), It’s a Small World (that is one song that should never be stuck in my head! – this ride about drove me crazy, especially since we got stuck inside due to technical difficulties), The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (fun to look at, but not to ride for those of us prone to motion sickness)

Coming Soon: My look at the best Epcot attractions

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Congratulations, David Cook! May 25, 2008

Filed under: American Idol,Television — Emily @ 4:16 pm

I couldn’t have been happier Wednesday night when Ryan Seacrest declared David Cook the winner of this season of American Idol. Honestly, I expected David Archuleta to win, because usually that’s the way reality shows go. It’s rare for the person who deserves to win to win. My saying that probably angers some of you David A. fans, but David Cook was the more original, unique contestant, and he has more commercial appeal. I wish David A. the best of success, but I don’t see myself buying an album of his. I still think he should go the way of Broadway for his music career, after he develops a bit more charisma. We shall see…

Now, about the two hour finale.

The low points of the show:

  • The ongoing boxing analogy. Why, oh why, did we have to see the Davids come on stage wearing silly boxing robes and gloves?
  • The opening number by the Top Twelve contestants – Cheese.
  • The Top 6 Girls performing the hits of Donna Summer – Watching Amanda look awkward on stage was particularly uncomfortable for me.
  • The weirdo Asian guy singing out of tune along with the USC marching band – What?
  • David Hernandez’s solo during the George Michael Medley – After the whole “former male stripper” hoopla from earlier this season, hearing David H. whisper the word “naked” during “Father Figure” in a creepy voice was not on the top of my list of things I wanted to see. By the way, “Father Figure” seems like an inappropriate song for a family show!

And the high points:

  • Jason Castro’s “Alleluia” – This reminded me of when he was on top of his game.
  • Carly Smithson and Michael Johns singing “The Letter” – Seriously, this was my very favorite moment of the finale. It reminded me how much I have missed these two, especially Michael. They were quite a pair! They should form a duo and hit the road together! They sounded great and had great on stage chemistry!
  • David Cook’s performance with ZZ Top – He’s going to be great on tour! He seemed right at home with these veterans.
  • George Michael’s “Praying for Time” – Although it was kind of a downer way to end the show, and his voice wasn’t quite what it used to be (he said he had a cold), this is a great song. George Michael has lots of good songs from the late 80s/early 90s. By the way, kudos to the show for having so many veteran performers on the show. Way to introduce the kids to some good music from “back in the day”! I mean, if I have to sit through The Jonas Brothers, they should be able to tolerate some Bryan Adams and the like. Actually, I fast forwarded through the Jonas Brothers, but I did watch Miley Cyrus during Idol Gives Back.
  • Hearing David Cook being named the winner! – Investing my time in this season paid off in the end. And who can call David C. arrogant after seeing his tears of emotion. He seems like a really nice guy, with an equally nice family. I wish him a long and successful music career!
 

Welcome Back to So You Think You Can Dance

Filed under: So You Think You Can Dance,Television — Emily @ 3:47 pm

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Season 4 of SYTYCD, especially since those exciting promos aired during American Idol (And in my opinion SYTYCD is the superior show). It will be fun to get to know a new batch of finalists. Will I love any of them as much as Sabra, Danny, and Pasha? (my favorites from last season) But before we get to the Top 20, we have to sit through the audition rounds. Now, some of the contestants we meet in the auditions are truly talented. However, way too much screen time is given to the attention-hungry weirdos. That was always my problem with the early rounds of American Idol as well. But I am just happy to welcome the show back. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about SYTYCD, in no particular order:

  • It introduces us to new artists and songs, or at least gives exposure to lesser known ones. For example, until last season, I didn’t know One Republic, or their now hit song “Apologize.”
  • We see dancers achieve their dream of success. Everyone loves a good success story. They are very inspirational.
  • It inspires me to get in shape! I mean, many of these contestants are unbelievably fit.
  • It’s entertaining to see what Cat Deeley will be wearing each week.
  • Mary’s laugh, Nigel’s teeth. I do enjoy these judges, who I think are much more constructive than the Idol judges.
  • It gives me something to do during the summer, when it is too hot to venture outdoors here in Texas, but when there is nothing much to watch on television.
  • It’s a good excuse for a girls’ night. My friends and I enjoy watching together and critiquing the dancers in our own “no nothing about dancing” way.
  • It’s interesting to see the couples having to work together, rather than always performing solos a la American Idol. It adds another complex dynamic to the competition.
  • It introduces us to a wide variety of dance styles.
  • It’s amazing what some people are able to do with their bodies – the movements, the strength, the control, etc.

I’ll hold off on evaluating performers until we get to Vegas, but here I will mention people who stood out to me in the first episode as having potential to make it to the Top 20.

  • Twitch – It was good to see him again. He’s super fun to watch.
  • William Wingfield (the guy dancing to the spoken words rather than to music) – Although his audition wasn’t my favorite (a little too postmodern for me), he seems to have the potential to be a versatile contestant.
  • Ricky Sun and Asuka Kondoh – I much preferred this couple to the other ball room dancers from this episode. They had good chemistry and were fun to watch. I think Asuka has a better chance to stick around than Ricky. Even though I liked them, they are nowhere near as impressive as Pasha and Anya were in their audition last year.
  • Robert Muraine (the final performer on the second hour) – I don’t think he is the type of dancer they are looking for on this show, but he was amazing to watch, so I had to mention him here.
 

Revelations from “The Office” Finale May 20, 2008

Filed under: Television — Emily @ 5:53 pm

So much happened on the finale of The Office, that I feel it is necessary to make a list of it all. So, let’s take a look at the string of revelations, and consider what it means for next season.

  • Toby is moving to Costa Rica – So this isn’t actually a revelation; he announced his plans to relocate in another episode. However, I will be surprised if he actually goes through with the move. Personally, I’d like him to stick around. I love his low key humor, even if Michael hating him gets old after awhile.
  • Pam is going to art school this summer – How convenient that her classes will only be for the summer, so that she will be back in the office next season. I’d imagine that the long distance summer will take its toll on her and Jim’s relationship. As will her disappointment about the following development…
  • Jim almost proposed to Pam – No big surprise here, that he was planning to propose. There had been hints about it in previous episodes. Perhaps, though, it was a surprise that he wasn’t able to pop the question because…
  • Andy proposed to Angela – How frustrating was it, for viewers and for Jim, when Andy stole his thunder. As Andy said, everything seemed perfect for a proposal – the fireworks, the music, etc. It’s typical of Andy that he decided off the cuff to propose. It wasn’t something he’d been planning to do.
  • Angela said “yes” to Andy’s proposal – Why did she say yes? Too much pressure, perhaps, with all the people watching and waiting for her response? Or maybe it was to make Dwight jealous?
  • Dwight and Angela hook up in the office after Toby’s party – !!!! This was a surprise. I wondered why they were showing Phyllis go back into the office, and we quickly got our answer at the end of the show.
  • Ryan got arrested! – Apparently business wasn’t going as well as he had everyone thinking. Maybe this is why he developed that drug problem we saw signs of a few weeks ago. This season Ryan was very despicable, so maybe his brush with the law will bring him back down to earth next season

And the biggest twist(s) of all…

  • Jan is pregnant! – All that talk about how she didn’t want to have kids apparently wasn’t true.
  • Michael isn’t the father! – And now the truth comes out. How sad is it that Jan didn’t want Michael to be the father of her child? She convinced him to get a vasectomy so she wouldn’t risk it. I can’t remember where that ended up – whether he can or cannot father children now. I lost track of the surgeries and reversals.
  • Michael is going to Lamaze class with Jan – It looks like we will get to see Michael as a father next season. It would be bittersweet to see him raising a child that wasn’t his, but his desire to be a dad might outweigh that concern. Apparently Jan trusts him as a father, she just doesn’t trust his genes.

So, next season should be more zany Office fun. Will Jim and Pam stay together? What will develop in the Dwight/Angela/Andy love triangle? Will Michael be both a father to Jan’s child and have a relationship with her, or will he reciprocate the new HR person’s interest in him? Will they have to visit Ryan in prison? Will Toby really move to Costa Rica? Will Creed figure out his job description? Will Stanley discover a new hobby to occupy his time other than crossword puzzles? Will Phyllis get to plan more parties? I look forward to all the answers!

Did I leave out any of the big events of the finale?