Parks and Recreation Recap: This Is Where It Started for Me, This Is Where It Ends

“2017”/ “Ron and Jammy”—Aired Jan. 13, 2015

I don’t have a list of things I want from the final season of Parks and Rec. I think Mike Schur knows what I need better than I do, so I haven’t worried about this season beyond worrying what will happen to me when it’s over. But even if I had expectations, I never would have seen this coming. Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope have had a falling out.

It hurts. It’s wrong. The relationship between Ron and Leslie defines Parks and Rec as a show about people who like each other not only in spite of their differences, but because of them. It’s a friendship built on respect and a platonic love that shows itself in action, which is exactly the kind of love that Leslie extends to her town. Ron and Leslie’s ability to bridge the gap between them, and their desire to bridge it, makes this show what it is.


I’ve Seen the Gracepoint Pilot, and We’re Going to Be Okay

The Paley Center is screening new fall pilots this weekend, so I braved New York’s latest heat wave yesterday to sit in an air conditioned theater and watch television. I was there for all of it, from Ioan Gruffudd’s suave man scarves in Forever to the comic book fun of The Flash, but I was especially there for Gracepoint. When David Tennant’s name appeared onscreen, we heard an audible swoon from a group a few rows ahead of us, and we knew we were amongst friends.


Satisfaction Review: Our Love Pool! You Let It Die

Never one to turn down a press event with exposed brick walls, lemon cake pops, and men in red sneakers, I spent Wednesday evening an advance screening of USA Network’s new drama Satisfaction. I knew exactly two things about the show beforehand, each of which came from its ‘YOUR AUNT WILL CALL THIS SHOW A GUILTY PLEASURE’ ad campaign: A man jumps into a pool in his suit, and a couple sleeps in a bed with expensive sheets. If you were drawn in by the mystery of what could possibly bring this man to ruin that nice suit, and if you thought it indicated some level of spontaneity in either the character or the show, it didn’t. It was just an ad campaign. If you were drawn in by the expensive sheets, you’re probably the target audience.