Bizarrely Lower Decks appears to have absolutely no international distribution yet.
The showrunner was asked about this and said “You won’t be disappointed” or something about the international distribution (i.e. outside the US/Canada), but the show has started airing and we still don’t have any international distribution (AFAIK), let alone UK distribution, in place. So yeah, actually showrunner, I am disappointed.
I watched this and I have to say, it was interesting but I think the author kind of overrates the US Office quite a lot, and Michael Scott as a character. Literally all the points he makes (with absolutely no exceptions) were brutally obvious from watching the US Office (and many of them from two specific episodes). It’s an unsubtle show, like way less subtle than I expected, even with US comedy’s standards re: plot/character beats. Its attempts to make Michael Scott (the boss) more likeable are particularly unsubtle - clumsy even - and the author doesn’t address some of the other big problems, like that in order to try and make Michael sympathetic, they totally top-to-bottom destroy what was initially a more realistic/reasonable character (Jan), in a way that seems very misogynistic in the actual show. I mean, there are people like the character they turn her into (mostly men but some women), but you don’t ever go from being who Jan was in S2 to who she is in later seasons. It’s not plausible and I think it only “works” for audiences because low-level misogyny is in the mix with those audiences.
He repeatedly calls Michael Scott’s character “unique”, which I think he’s trying to say “different from David Brent”, but Michael is not a “unique” character at all. The character they have him as initially is considerably more unusual than the one they turn him into.
And he points out that they make Michael a good salesman so he’s less hate-able, but the issue remains that there’s this weird plot-gap/plot-armour Michael gains as a result. It’s totally believable that he’s a competent salesman. The episode where they show that is actually one of the best the show manages. It works tremendously well. You can believe this buffoon knows his local area, and knows how to get down with people from there, and get them to buy his product.
But then in later seasons, this sort of becomes mystical. We keep hearing about how the Scranton office is doing great, but Michael never does any work (contrary to the claim from the showrunners and this video that they made it so he started doing work - they did that, but pretty much only in S2/3 - after that it’s pure Homer Simpson-esque luck), and isn’t in a salesman position, but a management one, where he refuses to do any actual management.
I think they could have made that work, but showing him as a sort of Robin Williams-esque figure who tied the office together, and inspired people to work really hard with his antics, and maybe there was a “secret boss” who was actually making the decisions. But no. All we see him be is extremely disruptive and petulant.
Finally, the video calls him “the world’s most likeable idiot”, and what, six seasons in (just leaving it playing as I work or play Total War), he really isn’t. He’s a sexist pig, a racist (of the non-hateful but still pretty awful kind), narcissistic, a total coward (which doesn’t even bite him in the arse the way it should, due to plot armour), completely irresponsible, and a giant petulant baby whenever he doesn’t get his way. He’s basically Donald Trump if Trump wasn’t evil, but equally awful in all other ways. I honestly question the judgment of anyone who finds him “likeable” as opposed to “amusing”. They do manage to avoid making him hateful though, and that is quite an achievement, given how extremely fucking awful he is.
Thanks for the link again - I see the same guy has some other videos that may well be a bit less obvious.