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Reviewer: boredhswf Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 15, 2021 12:32 pm Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

Okay so I love Michael making The Faces of Scranton companion piece but what I really love is Jim listening in on Pam and Danny. I like how you are setting all these questions up and I can wait to see how it unfolds.

Author's Response:

I'm glad you are interested - there's a bit more than the typical going on here, a couple of classic issues and a few not so much. I'm excited for you to see how they come together.


Thanks as always for the review.


Reviewer: grc73 Signed [Report This]
Date: August 10, 2021 04:44 am Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

I love that you went with the whole "Faces of Scranton" theme and the detail you put into that. Definitely starting to feel the story opening up.

Author's Response:

For one it was how I tied to story back to the song lyrics- but it was also fun.

Glad you enjoyed it. 

Reviewer: darjeelingandcoke Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 06, 2021 10:57 am Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

You did a good job in this chapter making it clear where Josh's uber-professionalism can make him kind of a jackass, and also where one might actually *enjoy* working with Michael Scott a lot more, warts and all. (And of course, putting it in the context of Jim having new reason to be skeptical of him.)

I always really liked this book, and especially the very Michael detail of putting Jim's decapitated head in the picture. (Shades of Ed Truck.)

I'm enjoying this unspooling of the past few weeks - the way you establish Jim's unhappiness in Stamford and the build back to its roots, his disenchantment with Josh, his discombobulation and continued heartbreak over Pam. There's some good groundwork being laid down here for the future... and that future... looks good.


Author's Response:

The book was kind of the biggest plot device to work in the photos from the song so glad to know it was something you enjoyed. I almost took the time to create a page for the artwork but found it a lot of extra work so I kept it simpler. 

Thanks again so much for reviewing. After all your  beta help earlier it's still nice to get additional comments.

Oh and glad the West Side Story line was a hit for you. 

Many thanks again. 

Reviewer: tinydundie Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 05, 2021 10:15 pm Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

* The world around him didn’t suddenly become ten times brighter when she was near. He didn’t crave her smile and feel weak when she laughed. There wasn’t that feeling of giddiness and completeness around Karen, not like there had been from almost the minute he met Pam.*

This is beautiful.

I love that you’re working in Jim’s disillusionment with Josh, something they hinted at but didn’t really delve into on the show.

And Danny Cordray is a fun S3 (retcon?) wrinkle… really curious to see how you deal with those two!

Author's Response:

Never saw the appeal of Danny - he's so not my type. Not sure I really bought the retcon of them in the show but I figured Pam's state of mind combined with her state of drunkness could sell it a bit more.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - always enjoy seeing what stood out for you. 

Reviewer: Basscop69 Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 05, 2021 01:41 pm Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

Ooh I’m really enjoying the intrigue here, and the little hints about what might have happened - I do want to know what Jim overheard, and what’s happening with Karen! I liked the look into how the Stamford office is run, and the contrast between that and Scranton (and obviously, Jim’s nostalgia for the latter). Josh also seems pretty terrible here, although that may be my bias against other people sneering at Michael/Scranton. And then Jim’s call to Pam! And her almost confession - I can totally buy Pam and the open phone line after that s5 episode too, lol. You’ve captured Jim’s jealousy and protectiveness over Danny Cordray really well, I really just wanted him to drive to her. And then another dream at the end…I’m loving this!

Author's Response:

Thanks so much for all your great comments. I enjoy keeping a little mystery about things that have happened or are to come (I see that in your style too).

Yeah, Josh - while in reality wasn't all that bad on show - happens all the time leveraging and playing things out for the best offer although they painted him to be kind of a bad guy in end.

I took that little bit and expanded - a lot but that's to come.

Jim too has his side that can be serious but deep down he's much more Scranton than Stamford.



Reviewer: warrior4 Signed [Report This]
Date: August 04, 2021 07:26 am Title: Feels like there's oceans between me and you once again - Seafret

So Jim is calling Pam back after being drunk the night of Diwalli but hears Danny hitting on her so goes and makes out with Karen? Something like that? I know this is kind of non-linear and all so I'm sure the intent is to be a bit vaugue. Mission accomplished.

The big feeling is that Jim is still feeling off-kilter. He's clearly not happy with how his professional or personal life is going. Josh is showing signs of disloyalty and downright arrogance towards Micheal and Scranton. Along with the lazer like focus of Stamford to get stuff done, it feels very much like Jim is just being tossed about here. Even when he brings up a good point like Scranton out sells Stamford.

Despite everything his heart still belongs to Pam. The fact he filters having Dwight to prank wouldn't be as fun without Pam there to enjoy it is proof enough without him listening in on her phone call.

Really not liking Danny. Slick opportunist he is making a move on Pam when she's drunk and clearly upset? Yeah I don't blame Jim for getting upset. Though what a sober Pam has to say about that remains to be seen.

So a few questions answered but more have arisen. Looking forward to the next instalment to be sure.

Author's Response:

Well you are an expert so I'd expect no less from you but I think you may be onto something however there is more than that.

As for all the other comments - well again you know your stuff. Jim is out of place, in a rough spot and no matter what cannot get Pam from his thoughts. 

And Danny - blech- I never even liked his look but I guess he might have been a ego-boost when Pam needed one (in the show) but certainly not my type so was a little hard to write him as a catch.  But no, not one you're meant to like.

Many thanks for coming along on this spin in Stamford and sharing your thoughts.


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