Dundler Mifflin fans, rejoice!
For the first time ever, the hit NBC show The Office has finally arrived on the network's streaming service: Peacock. All nine seasons can be streamed on the service, so you can get your fix of everything — from Jim and Pam’s romance to all the hilarious workplace hijinks that went down in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And now, you don’t even have to enter the Matrix to enjoy it: To celebrate the series’ Peacock debut, fans have been gifted with a never-before-seen clip from the beloved comedy series.
Per Entertainment Weekly, the deleted footage was originally intended to be used as the cold open for the series finale in 2013. Placing a cap on the epic prank war between Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), the 5-minute scene sees the former being tricked into thinking that he's living in the Matrix simulation. He even meets Morpheus' brother, Dorpheus (security guard Hank, played by the late Hugh Dane), who asks for the beet farmer's help in freeing humanity from the tyranny of the machines. Despite Jim's best efforts — he hired 30 people to take part in this little charade — Dwight declines Dorpheus' offer to swallow the red pill and see how far the rabbit hole goes.
Fans can watch the first two seasons of The Office for free, while the remaining seven require a full Peacock subscription. In Season 3 onward, viewers can watch extended "Superfan Episodes" with more deleted footage that's never been released.
A fourth Matrix film is on the way from Lana Wachowski, who helmed the original trilogy of films with her sister, Lilly. Under Warner Bros.' unprecedented rollout plan for 2021, the film will hit theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 22. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both returning to play Neo and Trinity, respectively. The rest of the ensemble cast is just as impressive: Jada Pinkett Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
"I have great hope that fans will appreciate all the work that Lana and everyone is putting into this movie," Harris said in September. "I’m a big Lana Wachowski fan; I think she’s a great person; I think she has a great inclusive energy. And her style has shifted visually from what she had done, to what she is currently doing. It’s changed in an evolved way, and she’s such a bright light."
(Peacock and SYFY WIRE are both owned by NBCUniversal)