Posts Tagged ‘ review ’

So Far, Season 7 of Parks and Recreation Sucks

First of all, the characters must’ve gotten too successful and happy because we had to jump two and half years into the future (with no promise of returning to the present day (is the whole series just going to stay in the future forever?)) in order to, apparently, make all the characters unlikeable.

Leslie, who has achieved her wildest dreams of running a huge department is somehow sucked back into work in tiny Pawnee, work that April is supposed to be taking care of, but isn’t? for some reason?. She feels less like a workaholic and more like an officious intruder. Leslie has crossed the line from adorkable cute-nuts, to monomaniacal and unrelatable.

Tommy, who was cute as an egotistical imbecile when he was tiny and a failure, is now a bloated mess that I don’t care about.

My favorite character Andy Dwyer, played by recently-splashed-with-hot-abs-gravy badass Star Lord Chris Pratt, really has to make a stretch to be a believable dumb-dumb, and doesn’t nail it.

Look how dumb my chiseled features are.

Look how dumb my chiseled features are.

The lovable wise old government-hating bear Ron Swanson has turned into a militant capitalist who now is totally cool with hanging out with tech start-up twenty-somethings, which feels so so so wrong.

We’ve been bashed in the face with the idea that sometime in the past something called Morningstar happened that set this all in motion, but you can tell the writers have probably sharpened every pencil in the writer’s room procrastinating coming up with what Morningstar actually is and keep coming up short.

The rest of the characters, including, sadly, Ben Wyatt are either non-entities or sad nostalgia throwbacks that come off as “Remember when we did that funny thing that one time? Wasn’t that great??”

The only redeeming quality is the character of April Ludgate, who up until now in the series has been purposefully miserable, only finding the occasional bit of joy in ironically hate/loving things that are, to use the most unthoughtful and internet-y use of the word, random. She is married, stable, and struggling to figure out how to live unironically as her future becomes clearer and boring-er. That is something I relate to pretty hard, and I am really interested in watching that play out.

The show also used to have great power to deal with real-time governmental issues in the small-town setting, but, not only have they eliminated that possibility with this future jump, now the main governmental issue they’ve put all their money on is… preserving land. Riveting.

Aside from that, the future tech is kind of fun to watch, with the holographic manipulatable images on see-through iPads. Unfortunately, it’s portrayed in this straightforward, takes-itself-too-seriously way that feels like a good joke will never be written about it; it feels like one of those speculative future videos I see on Gizmodo that’s really just an ad for a fridge.

Anyway, I’m really disappointed. So there.