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Dislike Parks and Recreation Slightly Less

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For the second week in a row Parks and Recreation started out really slow and more importantly really unfunny. If it had been an hour long episode, I would have quit watching toward the middle of the show. And that would have been my loss because the second half was much better than the first half.

The first half of the second episode features Lessie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, and the rest of the ad hoc Subcommittee on Pit Beautification canvassing Pawnee, IN to promote and drive attendance to a public forum to discuss turning the abandoned lot into a park. The show’s writers and actors intentionally made the canvassing effort awkward and clumsy, but for me the attempt missed the mark. I don’t think I even cracked a smile.

The canvassing failed miserably. The residents in support of the park couldn’t be persuaded to attend the forum. In the end the only people that came to the forum were those that strongly opposed the creation of a park and folks that wanted to air non-park related grievances which sets up the next scene.

Lessie faced a hostile crowd and the threat of a vote to kill the park project loomed large. Ultimately Lessie saved the day by filibustering her own meeting to avoid a vote. She even went as far has to predict a future where the citizens of Pawnee would blink their emotions to one another instead of verbally communicating.

Update:Parks and Recreation is starting to hit its stride. The first two episode of this new show were fairly weak, but the third and fourth episodes were pretty funny. I guess it’s time to start the cancellation death watch now that I’m enjoying the show. I don’t know enough about ratings to predict whether Parks will be renewed for another season, but last weeks numbers were 3.4/6.

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April 20th, 2009 at 8:54 am

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Parks and Recreation Review

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I just caught NBC’s latest attempt to get out of the ratings basement, Parks and Recreation. Half-way through the first episode, I had formed my initial opinion on the show; Parks is an unfunny version of The Office. By the end of that first episode, my initial opinion was replacement with my current opinion of the show; Parks is a mostly unfunny version of The Office. I think I chuckled once when Tom, a character with Indian or Middle Eastern ancestry, describes himself as a redneck.

Parks and Recreation takes place in the fictional town of Pawnee, IN. Amy Poehler plays the character of Michael Scott Leslie Knope, Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Deputy Director. Rashida Jones plays Ann Perkins, a nurse who’s boyfriend broke both of his legs after falling into an abandoned construction site.

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April 13th, 2009 at 10:12 am