‘Threat Level: Midnight’ video clips

A trailer of Michael Scott’s film Threat Level: Midnight.

Entertainment Weekly reports (spoiler alert!):

B.J. Novak — who wrote the episode as well as Threat Level Midnight — sums up [the film]: “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.)

Here are the two previously posted promos.


  1. Oh. My. GOSH! I don’t believe what i’m seeing. How did he do this? This looks so.. professional! Surprised everybody agreed to do this. The nurse outfit? Just wow. Unbelievable!

  2. Jan is a stone cold diva, even with a dart in her neck! Miss her so so much. And Karen! Yay! The dance number looks awesome.

  3. OMG Jim skating is just too adorable ! Can’t wait for this episode, I have the feeling that it’s gonna be hilarious !!

  4. OMG OMG OMG! There are no words to express my excitement for this episode. This is going to be amazing! I mean Threat Level Midnight? I’ve been waiting for this episode since season 2!

  5. Eh……I’m not trying to be negative, but this looks really over the top (even by the show’s standards).


    Can’t wait to see what’s going to unfold. Just getting to see all the old cast members – even if only for a second – will be great!!

  7. Words cannot describe how excited I am to see this episode. Michael’s movie is already exceeding my expectations!

    Also, I am hoping in vain that we will at some point be able to see the entire film. Heh. Is that a stupid thing to hope for? In any case I predict a lot of bloopers on the S7 DVD.

  8. When it comes out on DVD, I expect fake “Threat Level Midnight” behind-the-scenes material and bloopers!

  9. Was that Rashida Jones in the purple(?) dress in the dance sequence?

    [from tanster: yes! and i believe way down at the end of the bar is todd packer?]

  10. #8, I agree. I’m sure it will be really entertaining and funny, but will it be believable? Not sure about that.

  11. Yeah. I’m especially bothered by the fact that it’s shot so professionally. I was expecting (and really hoping) that it’d have the crappy, super-low-budget, home video-esque look – I mean, THAT would be believable. Another thing is that Jan AND Angela took part in it (I could never see either of them willing to take part in Michael’s stupid shenanigans; it seems completely out of character for both).

  12. Maybe it’s just all a dream. It’d be possible then. I’m looking forward to this whether it’s believable or not. Glad to see the writers are sending Michael off on a big bang.

  13. #19 – It won’t be a dream because the show is shot as a documentary. The creative team has stated before that (I’m paraphrasing) they can only use footage that would have been shot by the film crew; nothing fantastical.

    This looks awesome! I love that they’re bringing back past characters. Perhaps the episode will explain why some of the characters who would seem not to be interested in participating (e.g., Angela) were convinced to be in the film.

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