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Here's the 'Office' and 'Jack Ryan' Mashup You Didn't Know You Needed

Jim and Dwight are back in the most ambitious cross-over event in history.

by River Donaghey
02 September 2018, 10:41pm

There's a certain close relationship that springs up between two people who hate each other with a fiery passion. The best heroes and villain pairs throughout history have all shared some kind of strange rapport: Batman and the Joker understood each other better than anyone else could, Captain Hook was basically Peter Pan's surrogate father, only the Ninja Turtles truly knew the pain and sadness of Bebop and Rocksteady. But nowhere is the bond between two opponents stronger than in the single greatest on-screen rivalry of the 21st century—Jim Halpert and Dwight Schrute.

For nine glorious seasons of The Office, Jim and Dwight pranked and sabotaged each other across their desks at Dunder-Mifflin, but in between the faxes from the future and Jell-O calculators, a secret friendship grew. They confided in each other. They watched each other's backs. They, uh, played volleyball together one time. Now, finally, the brilliant minds at Funny or Die have found a way to bring Jim and Dwight back together again one final time—by editing Dwight into John Krasinski's very serious new show, Jack Ryan. And the results are truly glorious.

In the two-and-a-half-minute mash-up video, titled Tom Clancy's Jim Ryan, Krasinski's paper slinger is pulled out of his mild-mannered Pennsylvanian life and dropped in the middle of a battle of wits when a new terrorist arises that only he can stop: Dwight K. Schrute.

"There's something different about his agenda," Krasinski says in the clip, over a collage of Jack Ryan battle scenes intercut with Dwight dicking around at Dunder-Mifflin. "Whatever he's planning, he's ready now," he continues, as Dwight bursts from inside a snowman and pummels Jim with snowballs in that infamous scene from "Classy Christmas."

The entire mash-up video is impeccably edited and seamlessly recasts Dwight as a high-level terrorist bent on mayhem, which honestly isn't that far from his original Office character. Ultimately, though, the clip just serves as a reminder of how excellent Jim and Dwight were together.

The Office reboot is still just a glimmer in the eyes of Krasinski and a few hopeful NBC execs, but after seeing this, maybe the thing we really need now is to get the cast back together for a full-length Michael Scarn feature. Or maybe a Rainn Wilson cameo in the next season of Jack Ryan, at least?

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