Parks and Recreation’ is a comedic playground

By Angela Dahl

“Parks and Recreation” is NBC’s latest mockumentary comedy that
follows the members of the Parks and Recreation Department of
Pawnee, Indiana.

Amy Poehler stars as the cheerfully optimistic Leslie Knope.

The show opens with her in a park interviewing children who tell
her there’s a drunk stuck in the slide.

The next shot is of her attempting to shove the drunk down the
slide with a broom.

Ironically, this visual mirrors the show’s overall progress to
becoming one of success.

The greatest obstruction, the show’s drunk in the slide, has the
indisputable similarity to NBC’s existing hit mockumentary, “The

Leslie Knope comes off as a female Michael Scott ” dimwitted,
but with good intentions.

The physical comedy in both shows is mostly taken on by this
kind of character.

Amy Perkins, played by Rashida Jones, tells the story of this
gaping hole in the ground.

Jones is most well known for her stint as Karen in “The Office”,
which adds fuel to the comparison fire.

Her character is not particularly memorable, and it is hard not
to see her as “that girl from ‘The Office.'”

Even the subtle close-ups are reminiscent to “The Office”, as
are the character confessionals.

It is during these confessionals that the viewer gets more
insight into the character.

One such moment occurs when Leslie asks Tom, her colleague, to
jot down something she says.

More often than not the viewer ends up laughing at the
character’s point of view of events or other characters.

The drive of the show, perhaps the series, is Leslie’s decision
to turn the pit into a park. Ron Swanson, the boss, is

He turns out to be one of the most interesting characters on the

He has no direct NBC predecessor, which is refreshing.

His office reflects his feelings on government.

When Leslie asks to head the subcommittee to turn the pit into a
park, Ron only agrees when Mark steps in.

Mark is a city planner who has a somewhat romantic history with

She still harbors feelings for him and he becomes the needed
“love interest” of the show.

This show has the potential to be a hit, but only if the
necessary breaks from other comedies are made.

A half-hour’s worth of show is certainly not enough to judge the
series in its entirety.

These characters could evolve into ones that perhaps future
shows will imitate.

Until then, here’s hoping that the writers have got some Drano

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