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Emergency Response

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Parks and Rec - S05E13

Daniel,

This week was a great example of how Parks and Rec is able to simply look around at the gigantic world they have built and put the characters together in new situations and combinations and just let it be funny. For example, Ron being on Pawnee Today “with” Joan Callamezzo. Or, you can simply put Leslie and Jamm in the same room and add Matt Walsh as a Matt Walsh style, impotent emergency planner named Leonard and enjoy. We’ve talked before about how expansive Pawnee is and how wonderful that is. I think this episode shows that the show could almost self sustain with it’s great characters for another few seasons. While that seems completely unlikely given the show’s subpar ratings and what seems to be the end of an era at NBC with 30 Rock now over and The Office coming to a close this season, it does make me wonder if this show would be able to last for several more seasons at a high level. Read the rest of this entry »

Equal Gender Employment Commission

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Parks and Rec - S05E11

Daniel,

We’ve talked before about Parks and Rec’s ability to handle political topics with grace, and this episode was no exception. This week, they brought up and handled the topic of gender inequality in politics. And, it was pretty hilariously done. On a larger scale, this episode was about generation gaps. Leslie and April had to fight against an older, male dominated mindset in government, specifically the sanitation department, which we all know is the smelly glue that holds the city together. Ron and Ann struggle to deal with Diane’s daughters and how to relate to them. Similarly, Tom wants to learn how to deal with his customers. And Chris is trying to understand how Shauna Malwae-Tweep is defining their “personal relationship.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pawnee Commons

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Leslie Knope, Balloon Ben Wyatt, Ben Wyatt, Balloon Leslie Knope

Bryan,

I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a visit to Eagleton, land of beautiful people, segway tours, and free iPod touches (they’ve probably upgraded to putting iPads in their goody bags by now).  Like Springfield and Shelbyville on The Simpsons, Pawnee and its evil sister city have been bitter rivals since their inception; however — as befitting a community whose founders stole all the money in Pawnee’s bank and ran off to start their own settlement — Eagleton is distinguished by an overwhelming material, cultural, and even geographical* advantage over its neighbor.   Read the rest of this entry »

My name just came out of your mouth

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Daniel,

As the show is entering the middle third of the season, Parks and Rec is setting itself up for a new set of plot lines. Our main story looks like it will be following Leslie, April, and Ann’s attempt to keep Poncho Burger off of Lot 48. Our new side stories will be Ben struggling between having a steady and financially stable job and doing something that is more interesting. And we all know that your job isn’t interesting at all unless there is an A&E show about it. This story will take us along with Tom as he tries to run Rent-A-Swag. Also, Andy will become a security officer at town hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Still Firing Bullets!

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Not pictured: the terrifying Jonathan Banks, firer of bullets

Bryan,

This week’s installment of Parks and Recreation got a lot of belly laughs out of me by going to the reliable well of Ben Wyatt being nervous.  As showrunner Mike Schur has noted, Adam Scott “just says things, and they’re funny.”  It’s hard to think of many other comedy straight men whose timing and phrasing gets comparable laughs (Jason Bateman on Arrested Development comes to mind), and Scott’s quietly panicked, insistent fatalism really sold a line like “If there’s anyone that can bring my parents together…it’s no one.  No one can ever bring them together.”

While most of the story beats this week were fairly predictable —  Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Surprise

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Daniel,

So about half way through the episode, I thought to myself about the title of the episode (Halloween Surprise), and I wondered what the surprise was going to be. Jerry’s fart attack (which, for me, Leslie calling it a fart attack in a completely normal tone at a fundraising event encapsulates what I love about this show in it’s sincere absurdity) Read the rest of this entry »

Going at it hard, old people style

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Daniel,

I’m glad to be writing about Parks and Rec with you. Even though we are a little late to the game for this season, it will be fun.

Quickly recapping the ideas that happened this season so far: Ben and April are in D.C., generally being hilarious. Leslie is dealing with the difficulty of being a City Councilwoman. Ron and the rest of the crew are keeping the Parks department mostly the same except with Ron running the show instead of Leslie. Read the rest of this entry »