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.
Happy holidays, everyone. Today’s flashback recap (flashcap?) comes to you courtesy of Linus. Undeterred by the writer’s strike, Linus has reached all the way back to Season One and pulled out a recap of The Alliance. Many thanks, Linus, for putting this together in these dark(ish), Office-less times. Enjoy.
Michael can’t handle the truth, but he sure can manhandle it. Jan brings suit against Dunder Mifflin and Michael is called to New York to be deposed, pitting his two most fundamental desires against one another: To be liked by his co-workers, and to be liked by a woman — any woman, anywhere, even one who smokes and manipulates him and won’t get a jobby-job. While teacher’s away, the children play: Darryl’s superior table tennis skill leads puts a bee in Kelly’s bonnet, and inspires Jim to take up practice to relieve Pam of Miss Kapoor’s trash — er, smack — uh . .. talk.
No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools… no camera crew. Well, two out of five ain’t bad. Michael strikes out into the deep dark Pennsylvanian forest armed only with his business suit, a roll of duct tape, a video camera, and a knife after being passed over for a corporate wilderness retreat in favor of Toby, his arch-nemesis. While he performs feats of tailoring sorrow, Jim makes an interesting management decision that has the office confusing him with someone no one should ever aspire to be.
I feel a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. It’s the Return of Karen, attempting to hire Stanley away to the Utica branch of Dunder Mifflin, where she is now Regional Manager. Michael and Dwight go on the offensive, and drag a reluctant, mufti-clad Jim along with them. As the sparks fly in Oneida County, back in Scranton, Pam’s “Finer Things Club” is having some difficulty getting any privacy — especially from Andy, who would join a a pack of lemmings if he thought there was something to be gained at the bottom of the cliff.
Looking to expand their markets, Corporate has decided to buy some air time, hire an ad agency, and broadcast their existence unto the ether. Michael, of course, has his own idea of how things should be done, and isn’t afraid to risk it all on his dreams. Speaking of dreams, Dwight escapes further into his Second Life, Pam gets a gold star on her first steps away from receptionistdom, and Andy finally gets somewhere with Angela (or does he?).
They want eleven dollar bills, and it turns out Michael has only got ten. Going broke under the weight of Jan’s remodeling projects and his own irrepressible need for more magic supplies, Michael has taken a second job working at a call bank. But it all comes crashing down when he begins to neglect his duties at Dunder Mifflin, leaving Oscar and Jan to attempt to save the day as a baffled and desperate Michael does a runner. In other news, Jim and Pam have a “romantic” night away at Dwight’s new bed and breakfast, which leads them to discover that Dunder Mifflin’s top salesman is still struggling with his recent breakup.
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