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Reviewer: darjeelingandcoke Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 08, 2022 04:09 pm Title: And I won't waste a minute without you

"She’s not even kind of a bitch!" Maybe Al Qaeda WOULD like Pam if they got to know her.

"the real Jim Halpert is not the Jim Halpert I met in Stamford." Too true. And very much their problem in canon. I like hearing from a Karen who's less determined to make this work... and I'm interested in what happens next with her and Ryan.

I'm enjoying the exploration of what a less-fraught Pam/Karen friendship might look like here.

"(They probably use “jellybean” now as some sort of sexual euphemism.)" Lol.

Ah, Roy. You almost have to feel bad for him here. Almost.

Author's Response:

Yeah, maybe Al Qaeda would LOL

Karen has a difficult journey here.  I actually have something with "Business School" for her and Ryan, but I decided to do less than what I originally planned.  Kelly & Ryan's comedic repertoire will still take center stage, but no doubt there's a kinship between him and Karen.  Pam and Karen's friendship, meanwhile, will deepen as the story continues.

I'm SO glad you appreciate that line.

Lastly, this won't be the end for poor Roy, "almost feel bad" is the best way to describe his story.

Thanks for the review! 

Reviewer: MrsKHalpert Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: July 16, 2022 01:02 pm Title: And I won't waste a minute without you

I leapt straight into this after finishing part one, and it was so great to see the monologues from different characters this time. I'll be looking forward to seeing who comes up next!
LOVED the bit about Pam might as well be made from Jim's rib. IT'S SO TRUE!!!
Nice switch up on the prank in the last chapter too - worked very well using Angela not Pam.
Looking forward to the next update!

Author's Response:

Thank you!  Yeah, the new monologues will be my favorite part, some of them I'm really looking forward to (especially Creed's).

I appreciate the comment about the prank on Angela, because that was the most difficult part of that chapter for me and I really hoped that flowed well with the rest of the story.

Thanks for the review! 

Reviewer: warrior4 Signed [Report This]
Date: July 14, 2022 07:29 pm Title: And I won't waste a minute without you

A very interesting look into Karen's mind in this world. Still thinking there could have been a chance for her and Jim but realizing that it would never happen once she saw how well Jim and Pam fit each other. Her thoughts about the rest of the people from Scranton seem on point for her as well.

The episode was quite a lot of fun. Rather than the tension of canon there's the subtle tension of how Roy will react to Pam. Especially if he gets word that Pam and Jim are a thing now. Their brief exchange about wrapping paper seemed like Roy wanted to try and rekindle something. It felt like Pam was doing her best to be nice to him but at the same time also not trying to give him any false hope.

Angela's thoughts were fascinating to read. She still comes across as uptight and judgmental for sure. She's not shy in what she thinks about how she sees Pam acting. Yet for all her judgement, Angela is very logical. Probably why she's an accountant. So even though she realizes that Pam and Jim are diametrically opposed to how she would view the world, she can also see how Pam and Jim fit well together. That she sees that as admirable is a nice thing to bring out. It may be hidden under a lot of layers of other things, but she does get Pam and Jim for sure.

Nice job.

Author's Response:

Thank you!  Yeah, Karen's attitude towards the rest of the employees is mostly "tolerable" at best.  And I figured that she'd pick up quickly that her actually seeing Jim and Pam together would put everything into perspective.

That's exactly what I wanted to go for with that moment.  Rather than it being the catalyst for them getting back together, it's instead a more awkward interaction where there is still genuine affection but the love has clearly gone.

I always saw Angela as more accepting than people give her credit for.  She's definitely a judgmental shrew who gets better as time persists, but she's not heartless and could see the good in anyone if she tries hard enough.

Thanks for the review! 

Reviewer: warrior4 Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: June 03, 2021 11:38 pm Title: All this feels strange and untrue

So this was fun. Michael's thoughts there at the start were nicely in character. A bit of cluelessness, a touch of ego boosting, but under it all a heart of gold.

Fun seeing the changes now with everyone in Scranton and Jim and Pam together again. Good job switching some of the lines around too.

So Karen and Ryan? That could be interesting to say the least. Nice job.

Author's Response:

Many thanks!

Michael was a lot of fun.  I think he's one of my favorites thanks to his genuineness.  Yes, he can be absolutely clueless and can show off his ego... but that's Michael.  Plus there are times where he legitimately wants to help people but either falls short or makes empty promises.

I appreciate the switching lines compliment, because to be honest that's the hardest part for me when doing these revisionist works.  I still want them to be delivered as the character saying it would deliver it, which can prove difficult.  Making the changes was fun too, especially incorporating Dwight.

Yup, Karen and Ryan.  Have most of that planned out, but I'll also let things come to me.  What I will say for certain is that their stories will end the same way they did in S3, just no animosity towards Jim and Pam from Karen.

Thanks for the review! 

Reviewer: aggressivemagpie Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: May 31, 2021 05:03 pm Title: All this feels strange and untrue

Yay! I loved reading All I Needed, so I'm super excited to see that this is out! I'm looking forward to seeing your re-imagination of the rest of season 3. The latter part of the season has some amazing episodes. I'm also looking forward to seeing how Karen's friendship with Ryan progresses... interesting pairing. I know a lot of people have said this, but I would have loved to have seen Karen and Pam develop a deeper friendship than what they had during Benihana Christmas. I hope things don't get too messy between her, Pam and Jim, but I guess that's what keeps things spicy. I have really mixed feelings on Karen sometimes, but I was really glad she and Pam were on good terms in Lecture Circuit.

I honestly forgot about Michael and Carol being a thing lol.

Author's Response:

Appreciate the compliments, and I'm glad you enjoyed All I Needed!

A lot of people forgot about Michael and Carol... I thought they were rather compatible (considering the obvious) but his obsessiveness and impatience constantly gets the better of him.  Thank goodness he eventually learned the value of patience.

I personally really like Karen, but I understand others' opinions on her, especially her adamantly wanting to keep Jim for herself even after "The Return".  Karen's dynamic with Jim and Pam will become... interesting.  What I will say is the three will stay friends, but Ryan will constantly affect the dynamic, especially with his ties to Jim (which I've hinted at but won't go into detail just yet).  "Lecture Circuit" was a fun reunion episode and the closure that most fans wanted, since she's not nearly as hated as Roy.  As for her and Ryan, well, it makes sense on paper.  At least to me.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, it's my second favorite and just has a lot of stellar moments, great writing, and excellent character development.  I may hate the Jim/Pam arc in it, but everything else is just so sublime that watching it won't be nearly as frustrating as S9's Jim/Pam arc.

Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: darjeelingandcoke Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: May 31, 2021 02:20 pm Title: All this feels strange and untrue

The Buddy Love references were very Michael. As was him no remembering his moment of genius - it seems very realistic to Michael that this one moment where he was actually giving sage and useful advice really cast no shadow over him at all. He's at his best when he's not trying.

HA. Pam turning the Andy-dating prank into setting up an Andy v. Dwight feud is a nice touch.

I'm interested to see where you're going with Ryan and Karen, and how long Karen's going to make it in general... seems to me she stuck it out a lot longer in canon than she would have if she didn't have, you know, reasons.

If you haven't seen the Superfan cut of this episode yet, FIND IT. There is a lot of great Dwight-Angela added, and it's SUPER entertaining.

Author's Response:

Much appreciated! 

There're deleted scenes for this?  Dang, glad I did some Dwight/Angela plot here!  Serendipitous stuff keeps happening when I write on this site.  Probably not gonna bother rewriting this to incorporate some, there's still a lot I need to write as it is.  Hate I missed the opportunity to do a Jim/Pam "I Spy" session, tho.

You put it best: Michael is at his best when he doesn't try.  That's what makes S7 such a well-executed conclusion to his story: the combination of Holly, maturity and genuine sincerity created a man who not only realizes the impact he's had on others, but also takes pride in that, which is downright beautiful.  A lot of people were disappointed of the lack of him in the finale, but it makes perfect sense.  Why dance in front of the cameras if there's no more need to try?

I wanted to play on what Pam noticed during Jim's BBQ.  Given the amount of times Angela has been noticing her, it's no surprise that Pam would want to help her in return.  And given pre-Anger Management Andy is far worse than Dwight, who helped her in a time of need, of course she'd want to boost his confidence.

I won't say too much, but Karen's definitely gonna be around for the whole "season."  I'll delve into that next time, but those reasons for her sticking around are definitely similar.

Thanks for the review!

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