Coming Attractions

Saturday1 March 2008

First, a couple shout-outs to Marc at The Office Quotes, and Tom and Chris at Unofficial Office Scripts and Reviews. Marc revamped his site recently, and Tom and Chris have been releasing new scripts at a regular clip. Be sure to check them out when you have the chance.

It’s become increasingly clear that I no longer have the time and resources to update Northern Attack. I will continue to maintain the forums (and episode threads), which continue to enjoy healthy traffic thanks to a wonderful and active community, but the rest of Northern Attack (recaps, news updates, etc.) will go on indefinite hiatus. It’s been a great run, and I appreciate the support you all have given me over the past few years.

And that brings us to the future: things may be winding down here, but I’m not ready to duck out quite yet. I’ve had something in the works for a while now: something big, something ambitious, and something I eventually realized was completely out of my league. So, I’ve spent the past several months refining the idea and breaking it down into more manageable pieces. Think of it as a community for fans of television, a place where people can gather to discuss their favorite shows and get to know each other without dealing with the inconveniences presented by online communities today. I want people to feel invested in their contributions. It may not sound that different from the discussion forums you’re used to seeing today, but I’m hoping with the proper execution and polish I can create something people can get excited about.

Here’s where you folks come into play: I’m looking for input on how to go about this task. What have you liked about the forums at Northern Attack? What have you disliked? How about forums elsewhere? What features would you like to see in your forum software? Please let me know if there’s anything at all you can think of, either here, or in the forums, or by e-mailing me. With my schedule clearing up over the next couple months, I may have an opportunity to finally put this plan into motion.

Think of this less as the end of Northern Attack and more like the beginning of something better. Thanks, everyone.

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Thanks again for the shoutout, James. The forums are underrated and I can't see them slowing down any time soon. I guess that has something to do with the unqiue format of The Watercooler.

I'm really excited for your next project! I'll have to do some brainstorming and see if I can do anything to help out. It sounds like you're creating the "next best thing." Once you're far enough along... you know where to look for an eager beta tester! :)

1Posted by Marc on March 3, 2008

Oh shoot, don't get me wrong, my favourite part of NA were your recaps -- they were the prettiest art of all art. I'm just taking your last sentence to heart and something "better" than Northern Attack just gets me excited. And with James behind it you know it'll be great. Ok, enough of me now...

2Posted by Marc on March 3, 2008

Like Marc, the recaps have always been my favorite part of the site. I wonder if it might not be possible to farm this out to others if it's no longer feasible for you to do it yourself?

3Posted by acsenray on March 3, 2008

I second the idea of continuing to allow others to post recaps. It is my main reason for visiting this site, and I think it provides a valuable and almost essential counterpart to the episodes themselves. "The Job" was a phenomenal episode but it's even better with the recap posted by Jamie. In fact, I was moved as much by the recap as by the episode.

I understand it may cost too much money or take too much time to keep the site up with others doing updates, especially with a second site, but I sincerely hope you consider continuing to allow others writing the recaps.

4Posted by Paul on March 9, 2008

Oh my gosh, i may die without the recaps! Sad! i agree, can't you work it out so that others might do the recaps in your stead? we'll miss them so much, the best recaps on the internet!

5Posted by Katie on March 11, 2008

No more recaps? That makes me very sad. I never realized Northern Attack even had a forum. I only came here for the great recaps with the witty comments and intelligent episode analysis. No more recaps?! I guess I'll just have to rely on TWoP. But I though Northern Attack's recaps were much better.

6Posted by Melissa on March 13, 2008

This can't be ahppening. Where am I to get my witty, insightful musings of The Office? I need to know that I'm not the only one who is completely enamored of The Office and all of its glories.

Oh well. Thanks for a great run though James... and the rest of the fabulously talented re-cappers!

7Posted by Mireya on March 20, 2008

"I'm going to get right to the point...Do you believe in magic? Because if you do, then I've got a deal for you!"

8Posted by Michael on April 16, 2008

Wow, I just found this site, and now it's stopping?!? and I would have given a kidney to read your recaps of the last two episodes too...
Good luck with whatever else you are dedicating your time to though!

9Posted by Kate on April 21, 2008

Thanks, Kate. The recaps for the past few seasons are still available here.

10Posted by James on April 21, 2008


11Posted by nikki on July 25, 2008

I run a fansite for Hulu, and I was wondering if you would like to be a member of a panel for our Hulu Awards Ceremony.

You would be one of 20 panel members who would be asked to suggest and vote on the best Hulu content in a variety of categories.

Please let me know if you are interested. Either email me at, or leave me a comment here:

Be sure to include your name, website, and email address if and when you respond (and I really hope you do).
Matt "The.Hulu.Man"

12Posted by Matt "The.Hulu.Man" on October 20, 2008