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It's The Final Countdown: Part 2 - "Parks and Recreation"

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Opening Statement: I hope to enlighten my readers on a short journey into my views! I plan to post every other Sunday for the most part, excluding any spur of the moment ideas I may have or a busy schedule which may restrict me from posting that week. Thank you and enjoy!

Welcome to Part 2 of this blog post, where we dive into the world of Parks and Recreation, another hit show that also has the wonderful workings of Michael Schur from The Good Place, and Greg Daniels..

Warning! There will be spoilers beyond this point, if you haven't watched Parks and Recreation yet, then it's time to get on with it! (Although, I'm one to talk, considering I am just finishing it now myself).

One of the things that I love about Parks and Recreation, is the writers and actors ability to take everyday small town situations, personalities, and quirks, and turn them into fantastic humor. It almost makes me want to work in a local parks department, thinking it will be as fun and consist of a similar tight-nit unit, just like the shows amazing cast. Of course, it's a tv show and not real, but the fact that they take realistic and relatable situations and turn them into comedy, is truly a work of art.

Along with its silly characters and funny moments, Parks and Rec. also has a warm, homey vibe, which I find to make the show even more enjoyable. Whether it be April and Andy's crazy relationship (played by Aubrey Plaza & Chris Pratt), Ron's love for meat and woodworking (Nick Offerman), or Leslie's insanely dedicated and motivated personality (Amy Poehler), each character will at one point or another make you smile with their kindness.

With that said, by the time Ann and Chris (Rashida Jones & Rob Lowe) moved away together, I was emotional. I felt like some of my close friends were moving! I guess that means the writers did their job well. It was one of those moments in television where you could sort of assume that the tears of the actors were genuine. Upon Ron's suggestion, all the characters head to breakfast after sending Ann off , which warmed my heart even more. Breakfast has healing powers, it is like the calm that follows storm, and I related to this in the scene.

Another factor of the show that is extremely strong is the dialogue. Every character is written incredibly funny and sometimes wonderfully sincere dialogue, that enhances and builds upon everything that the writers have conjured these people up to be. I never felt like any dialogue was haphazardly thrown in there without thought, every word was written and said with the intention of bettering the scene and further developing our beloved characters..

Finally, one other aspect that makes Parks and Recreation so special, would be Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope. I think many would agree, that she is the "glue" of the whole bunch, and is really an inspiring character. Knope takes life by the reins, and doesn't take no for an answer. I see her as strong female role model for all women to admire. Even her flaws and awkwardness add to who she is, and make her more relatable. A role model doesn't have to be someone who is perfect because no one is perfect, and Leslie is a great example.

Parks and Recreation is another show that I am not ready to let go of just yet, but I am excited to continue watching Schur's work. He is slowly becoming one of my favorite creators out there. I think I'll be jumping into The Office soon, and yes, I know I am again, a bit late to the party!

As this two part post comes to a close, I am thankful to have stumbled upon two fantastic shows. Within both we have like-able characters who are thrown into a plethora of wild situations, keeping viewers intrigued and on edge every step of the way. Take some time to watch both of these wonderful shows, they are sure to not disappoint!

~Francesca Reviews


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