Reduce for time, the unique chilly open spoofed a sure 1999 sci-fi traditional, with Dwight Schrute on the middle of an elaborate prank.
NBC’s tackle “The Office” led to March 2013 after 9 seasons of office comedy, however fan devotion to the collection lives on, particularly because it’s out there to stream on NBC’s streaming service Peacock. (Its arrival comes after the present was yanked from Netflix.) Timed to have fun the present’s debut on the platform, proper in time to ring in 2021, NBC has launched the unique chilly open, lower for time, for the finale. It concerned an elaborate spoof of a sure 1999 science-fiction traditional, with Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute on the middle of an elaborate prank staged by Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer). Watch beneath.
Based on Entertainment Weekly, it’s the primary time anybody’s been capable of watch the scene unfold for the reason that desk learn of the finale. The chilly open is devoted to late actor Hugh Dane, who died in 2018 and performed safety guard Hank all through the run of the present. Within the chilly open beneath, Hank is dressed as “Dorpheus,” the brother of Laurence Fisbburne’s Morpheus from the unique movie, in full regalia with sun shades and leather-based trench. Dorpheus presents Dwight, a famous “Matrix” fan and know-how whiz, the crimson capsule or the blue capsule. And the concept, it appears, was for Jim and Pam to execute an much more epic prank had Dwight picked the crimson capsule (“I employed 30 folks!” Jim says). Alas, Dwight picks the blue invoice, realizing he’s completely happy in his life even when it’s all simply “zeros and ones.”
On a latest episode of the podcast “An Oral Historical past of the Workplace,” Brian Bumgartner, who performed Kevin on the present, together with editor Dave Rogers, mentioned the scene.
“There’s a cat that walks by and a cat walks by once more in Michael’s workplace, and Jenna goes, ‘It took six months to coach the cat,’” Rogers stated. “After which we’ve the safety guard stroll by, it was the large man, and he had a twin brother and we used him additionally, as a glitch. After which he’s gonna take the crimson capsule or the blue capsule.”
Whereas the primary two seasons of “The Workplace” are at the moment free to all, the remainder of the collection is simply out there to subscribers. However followers will need to tune in, because the streaming package deal is filled with extras and bonus supplies, together with prolonged episodes with extra unseen footage.