Editor’s Note: I know the episode came out two weeks ago. I just haven’t had time to write about it until now.
Back in last January when NBC announced their intentions of creating a spin-off of The Office with Dwight about him operating his farm with his family, most people greeted it as one of the next signs of the apocalypse. I was probably the only one who thought it wasn’t necessarily a bad idea.
But NBC cancelled the series before it ever began, and thus the writers used the failed pilot as an episode of The Office. So was it a good idea on NBC’s part.
After watching the pilot, yes and no. I’m not going to lie, the episode wasn’t too good. Don’t get me wrong, Dwight’s a great character and one of the best reasons why to keep watching the flagging series. And it was always fun to see the Shrute family, who feel like they came out of Twin Peaks, appear in any episodes. But Dwight works when there’s a Jim around. It’s funny when an average guy has an oddball as comic foil, not when the oddball is alone with other oddballs.
That’s the problem with the pilot. Dwight’s family is pretty much completely made of oddballs (though an exception may be made with Dwight’s sister). I’m not sure the series could work if it was only the Schrutes.
But still I would have liked to have seen another episode. Rainn Wilson has said that he planned for Dwight to make the farm a bed-and-breakfast for strangers, which could have given the series real potential. And you have to remember The Office‘s own pilot wasn’t that great.
So The Farm wasn’t a failure but rather an interesting experiment. I’m glad that Dwight still remains on the show though. Otherwise The Office would be doing worse without him.