What about Boom Mic Brian?
I bet the writers of ‘The Office’ were kicking themselves for even introducing Boom-Mic-Brian to the mix. There was a building unhappiness between Jim & Pam that was magically wrapped up in the series finale. The reveal that the Boom Mic Operator, Brian had been around since season one, and was in love with Pam was one of the biggest reveals ‘The Office’ ever delivered to it’s viewers. It was an interesting plot device that didn’t go end up going anywhere. Brian was last seen separated from his wife, jobless and a mess.
My guess is that the writers mights have thought it was too much for the audience to grasp that Brian swooping-in out of no-where to be Pam’s Knight-In-Shinning-Armor, and that he had been there, unseen for nine seasons took a leap-of-faith to accept. This unseen force coming in to destabilize the Jim & Pam relationship when it was in crisis was a plot device some loved and some hated (I personally loved).
This was a very substantial plot that got dropped quickly. It almost seemed like the writers were too afraid tackle the idea that Jim and Pam might not actually be a great fit for each other. Jim had been nothing but a selfish asshole for the majority of the last season and made up for it with an iMovie DVD project he put together at the last minute. Yeah, it’s a nice gesture but it was just a trip down memory lane where you only show the good things and not the bad.
There was a genuine undercurrent that Jim & Pam were not happy with each other that was lightly explored multiple times in the last couple of seasons, and when it was those were the best Jim & Pam moments since they got married. They had settled into routines that didn’t make them happy. I’m not saying that Brian is the magical answer to Pam’s happiness or that another woman would make Jim’s life magical again. There is something about the routine of marriage that needed to be explored, and that it takes work to keep things interesting and fun. Those more realistic, even darker undertones were dropped in favor of a clean-cut happy ending the two characters that didn’t feel earned, but felt necessary for the audience’s satisfaction.