Thursday, May 14, 2009

Parks and Recreation - Rock Show

Parks and Recreation ends its six episode run with the knowledge that:
A. They have been picked up for another season and
B. A giant hole still is still waiting to become a park

Tonight we see a different side of Leslie where she, for the first time, isn't the most ridiculous person in a conversation. Her trick blind date set up by mom is with a guy even more socially stupid than Leslie. I like the emotion this illicited from Miss Knope when she became more than a little annoyed at his lack of social cues (and grandkids). I have been waiting for this deeper insight into characters, especially Leslie who up until now has been little more than a female- Michael Scott without the mean streak. I understand the differences: Leslie tries at her job, Michael just thinks he does. Leslie works for things she wants whereas Michael feels he deserves everything he wants. But tonight's episode went some way in making her seem a little more real. They toned down her inanity and just made her a single lady on a bad blind date, but still looking for love in all the wrong places. (Mainly Mark B. who is a dick trapped in a good guy's body or vice versa, I'm not sure. He is tough to read). I guess I am just trying to say that they made her a great deal more believable.

That being said, I really don't know what to think about Mark. They set him up just enough to make the viewer really confused about what kind of person he is. I suspect he is more the nice guy than the dick even though he does a nice job of confusing the issue. But having him fall in the pit was a nice Karmic moment.

Parks and Recreation
picked up more and more steam as it neared the end and definitely deserves a full season run. Too much potential here to let it go.

Highlights (and one lowlight):

- It took a lot for me to not just write all about Tom. At this point, it is fair to say I have a man crush. Last week I wished we could meet his wife and then BAM, she isn't only hot but is also a surgeon. How he flaunts it is even funnier considering his tenacity in trying to score other women.

- My favorite quote of the night was Andy's band description: Matchbox Twenty meets The Fray (how about Hootie meets the Goo Goo Dolls)

- The scene where Andy just listed all of the band's names seemed more a deleted scene than something that contributed to the episode. Hey, we are all still working to get better right?

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