Friday, February 29, 2008

Michael Scott, Hero

Michael Scott, Steve Carrell's character from NBC's The Office, clearly suffers from an un-named mental disability. Almost without exception, he misreads every social interaction he has, with a staggering level of embarrassing consequences for himself. But that doesn't stop him! He keeps on fighting, every day, to lead his employees, notwithstanding his total lack of aptitude for the job. Jan, the love of his life, crushingly rejects him over and over and over. But he keeps on! And eventually, he wins her affection. (Or some reasonable facscimile thereof.)

I am not half the man that Michael Scott is. If I had to suffer one episode's worth of humiliation and social setback that he has to endure, I would never leave the house again. But Michael keeps on . . .keeping on!

The character I am actually the most like is Toby. Seriously, I can't even count the number of times I engaged in loserish behavior like this.

As an aside, has there ever been a more palpably immoral character than Jim Halpert? This is a guy who makes a play for another man's fiance', uses perfectly sweet girls like Katy and Karen as placeholders, then callously dumps them. What a bastard. Roy should have beat the crap out of him.

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