Monday, June 18, 2012

The Steamworks: Parks and Recreation (Season One) Review

Hey Gang,

So today I'll be reviewing the show Parks and Recreation Season One. Just to give a little bit of background information before I start, Parks and Recreation is a comedy show that takes place in the (fake) town of Pawnee, Indiana. It circles around the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, following particularly Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Deputy Director of the Parks Department, and her experiences in local government. The show is a lot like the Office, yet it separates itself in an odd way (it was actually created to be a spin off of the office). So now that you know the basics, let's get started:

To be honest, these first few episodes are a bit dry. Leslie Knope, at this first glance, seems a bit ditsy and not what she's meant to portray, which is the image of an intelligent female political enthusiast. We're introduced to Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider), and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt). Ron Swanson is an immediate hit for almost everyone, as well as April Ludgate. Their dry personalities and "I-hate-my-job" attitudes completely contrast to Leslie Knope's personality, and have a great part in the bits of Season One that are actually funny (Fun Better Dolphin trivia, Aubrey Plaza is Chazz's spirit animal!). While Andy sometimes has his funny moments, the other characters can be a bit annoying. Ann is a really flat character to begin with; she's just really boring and doesn't contribute much to the show. Tom, like Andy, has a few funny moments, but other than that he's pretty flat; he's a guy who thinks he's cool but isn't really. Mark is extremely boring, although he does have a few funny moments. It just seems like the humor just wasn't quite there.

I have mixed emotions about Leslie Knope's appearance in Season One. While it did seem she was a bit out of her right character, it wasn't completely off too. She had an immense admiration for dumb things in town that didn't really matter, which stays true to her personality. In one episode mid-season, she goes to a local men's barbershop in preparation for a banquet that's held in honor of her mother. She goes on to talk about how every great politician of Pawnee has gotten their haircut there. Meanwhile, the people around her just couldn't care less. And then when she shows up at the banquet, her hair is ridiculously masculine, and people mistake her and Ann for lesbians.

The first time I watched Season One of Parks and Recreation was Prom Night. We came home from Prom, all pumped up to party and game and such, and Chazz turned this on. I fell asleep. It was so boring.There were a few moments here and there that made me chuckle, but it made for a horribly dry Prom Night. I cannot stress enough how utterly boring this first season is. BUT, I still suggest watching it because Seasons Two and Three are hysterical (I can't speak for Season Four because I haven't gotten to watching it yet). After the first season, this show really takes action and makes itself amazing. Sadly, I'm not scoring the show as a whole, but solely Season One, which makes for a not-so-good score. Thanks for reading!


Peter, The Steamworks



    Tom Haverford is obviously cool.



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