Great (Michael) Scott! Our dear Dunder Mifflin boss is quite the writer-producer-director-actor! In tonight’s episode of The Office, Michael assembles the troops to show them the movie that he’s been toiling on for years, and as you can see from this trailer below, it just might’ve been worth the wait. In Threat Level Midnight, the villainous Goldenface (Jim Halpert, playing wildly against type) hides a bomb in a stadium and takes the concession stand workers hostage, and there’s only one man who can save the day: Michael Scarn! Cheer as America’s newest action hero dispenses lines like “It’ll take a lot more than a bullet to the brain, lungs, heart, back, and balls to kill Michael Scarn….” and “I’m part Bruce Wayne, part Bruce Willis, and part Bruce Vilanch!” Bite your fist as Jan Levenson is introduced as Jasmine Windsong! Remember to breathe while you watch a close-range shootout on iceskates! Check it out below!
Asked what viewers should expect from Michael’s passion project, B.J. Novak – who wrote the episode as well as Threat Level Midnight – sums up: “Action. Heart. Comedy. Music. Dance. And very violent wish fulfillment involving Toby. I don’t think cinema has seen a hostage murdered with such relish. We actually spent $10,000 on the shot of Toby’s head exploding, and we establish that Michael spent a similar amount.” Novak notes that the episode was the “most conceptually ambitious” in the show’s history; more than 50 percent of the half-hour is comprised of footage from the movie. (The full film, which is 25 minutes long, will be made available on the season 7 DVD.) If all of that wasn’t reason enough to watch, Karen (Rashida Jones), Jan (Melora Hardin), Roy (David Denman), and Packer (David Koechner) return tonight. Oh, and don’t miss the very end of the episode if you wish to enjoy Andy Bernard’s “Will Smith-style closing credits theme song” for Threat Level Midnight.