A Great Scott! Productions brings you the eleven-years-in-the-making cinematic masterpiece, Threat Level Midnight, recently released online to the public in full.
That’s right. If you want easy access to the entire Threat Level Midnight movie—with guns ablaze and Michael Scarn fury—you can now watch the full twenty-four-minute film online courtesy of The Office and NBC.
For people just getting into the show or who might not have had the DVD’s, this actually isn’t the first time we’ve had access to the full.
The Office previously released the uncut version of Threat Level Midnight along with the season seven DVD set in 2011. Specifically, disc three, and listed as Threat Level Midnight: The Movie (A Michael Scott Joint). With The Office leaving Netflix in 2021, perhaps this was a way for cast and crew to give back to the fans and promote the show for when it lands with NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.
While the full version of Threat Level Midnight isn’t new to die-hard fans, this ease of access to the film surely will bring its genius to new generations of The Office viewers.
For a little bit more context, here’s the backstory. Threat Level Midnight is a fictional movie created within the world of The Office. The first reference to character Michael Scott’s Threat Level Midnight movie appeared in season two of The Office when coworkers discovered his screenplay for the film. Later on, Scott screens his creation for the entire office, and it turns out many of the people still working for the company had been part of production.
Scott plays the main character, Scarn, who goes through a very comical journey. Despite the hilarity, Scott had intended the film to be serious, only realizing the humor once he noted how the rest of the office reacted.
The movie begins in the most classic way possible—with a delivery man appearing at Scarn’s office.
“I’ve got a delivery for you,” said the delivery man, before shooting to kill.=
Despite the hundreds of bullets he fires, Scarn magically dodges them all with moves akin to Michael Jackson. Scarn then reaches for his own guns—conveniently stored beneath his desk for safekeeping. Quite miraculously, after two hundred more bullets, Scarn manages to actually hit his mark.
Thus begins the epic tale of Threat Level Midnight. A movie that could not be complete without the song “Pressure” by Billy Joel in the opening credits to really give us a feel for what’s to come next.
Naturally, the flick sets up our villain, Goldenface – played by Jim Halpert (played by John Krasinski) – who has legitimately eaten so much gold his face has turned that color (because “you are what you eat”).
We’ve also got a Rocky-esque montage training scene set to Joel’s “Running on Ice,” and a gun battle on ice between protagonist and villain which happens during a speed-skate competition. Let’s not forget the downtown club noir scene, a rainy street scene, and the darkest moment of the soul where Scarn ends up showing everyone “The Scarn” dance to return to his normal self.
Still not convinced? Here are some hilarious quotes. To get a better understanding, you’ll most definitely have to watch. However, there are no guarantees you’ll actually understand what these things mean even after watching. Sorry in advance. Some genius simply cannot be fully understood.
“And I actually like to think of puppies as baby dogs. I don’t know. Maybe that’s a little weird.” – Scarn
“Hey Goldenface! Go puck yourself!” – Scarn
“That bullet went through every major organ in your body. Your brain, your lungs, your heart, your back, your balls.” – Pam Beasley’s mom, Heleen, who plays a nurse
“It’ll take a lot more than a bullet to the brain, lungs, heart, back, and balls to kill Michael Scarn.” – Scarn
“Well I just thought, if I could blow up all the All Star games, all the trophies would explode all over the place… and then everyone would be gold just like me.” – Goldenface
“Take it out on the puck! All on the puck.” – Cherokee Jack
For more from The Office, catch the Office Ladies podcast where former cast members Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey break down each episode. Until 2021, you can also still watch The Office in full on Netflix. After that, you’ll be able to find the show on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.
So, let’s all do “The Scarn” and jump to the right and shake a hand, then jump to the left and shake that hand. Meet new friends and tie that yarn.
Threat Level Midnight is available for free on YouTube, and it would be a shame to miss out on the hilarity.
About The Author:
Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.
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