There you are Parks and Rec. A really solid improvement over last week’s dud, last night’s Parks was a well balanced episode.
The transition into Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones exit is working pretty well so far, in part to Leslie and Ben’s wonderful reactions. It will be sad to see them go, but if certain characters are going to have to leave, it would be those two. They’re justifying the exit in the world of the show, very well. I’m happy it’s not going to be an abrupt, one episode deal. It would affect these characters greatly, so we get to see that before they leave.
The new Eagleton employees filtering into certain departments also worked pretty well. On most shows you’d find the dopplegangers to be way too similar to their counterparts, but you have to hand it to the writers in finding a clever way around that cliche. Eric is a computer program? Brilliant. Craig is an out of control sass fest? Perfect. Ron’s counterpart starts as his dream friend, but quickly turns into his worst nightmare? Funny stuff. It was stuffed with comedy, based on existing facts we know about the characters set against the ‘loyalty meltdown’ of Leslie Knope. I love that everybody was apathetic about actually losing their jobs (except Tom because who wants to lose to a computer program). They didn’t care and ended up staying anyway.
Some other thoughts:
- I really really really hope Craig stays on.
- The April shenanigans should have gotten old fast, but I have to say I laughed the whole time. I know too many people like Tynyfer. (Spelling? I know it has two Ys.) It made me forget for a half second that Chris Pratt isn’t around.
- Donna was on fire. I especially liked, “…and my fiance in Denver. It won’t last.”
- I really liked seeing June Diane Raphael on TV again. She always brings her A game to everything she does.
- Ben and Chris teaming up again to cut Eagleton’s budget was a great flashback to why they worked so well as an addition years ago. It was a pleasure watching them work together, highlighted by the dinner that just wasn’t the same. A really nice way to show their evolution.
- Anne’s waffle distraction was the single best moment this season so far. No questions asked.
- Leslie’s still a little out there, but better than last week.
- I love that Gerry/Larry is back, but didn’t they seem more mean than usual to him?
Nice step forward after a misfire, Parks and Rec.
Keep on Watchin’!