princessgeorge replied to your post “ugh, yesterday kicked my ass. actually, the whole week kicked my ass….”
They’re sort of adjacent to a lot of interesting questions about family/career but aren’t taking them on and don’t seem likely to. Which is a missed opportunity.
That’s a fantastic point. Plotwise, this is the second “oops” pregnancy — not just in the series, but in this season. They did “my life is empty/worthless with a baby” with Ann. Considering how much of the series is about Leslie and her career and ambitions, I would have much preferred them asking those questions instead of it just being a repeat of “oops” and “our lives are worthless without babies!”
ugh, yesterday kicked my ass. actually, the whole week kicked my ass. yesterday just pushed me over. i’ll catch up on life… eventually.
princessgeorge replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I’m about the same - I’ll watch but I’ll let it pile up, and it’s just nowhere near as good as it used to be. Which still makes it an OK show. But I’m not really invested. (Aside: I need to talk to you abt Fleuvogs, will msg you!)
I feel the way I did about HIMYM — i kept watching although i didn’t really care about anyone anymore. It wasn’t until Barney’s manipulation of Robin, where he broke her down again and again, was brushed away with “oh, but it’s okay because he proposed and isn’t that the most romantic thing ever?!?” that i was so angry that I gave it up.
I’m not angry with Parks, just disappointed. I just checked my TIVO and realized that i missed even more than I thought, and I have very little interest in checking them out. That makes me sad — I miss the excited anticipation, the ache I had for everything to come in those 30 minutes. I’m sad that at 10pm on a Thursday, i realize that I’d forgotten that Parks was even on that night.
slackmistress replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I feel like it’s become about the situations and not about the characters. (I feel the same way about Community, too) That always ruins it for me.
From the Parks season premiere, I was disappointed in how the writers seemed to forget who their characters were — well, aside from RON BEING ALL-KNOWING SAGE. And with forgetting who their characters are, their character arcs and paths feel patched together rather than the deliberate and lovely arcs they’d had in seasons earlier. I agree, we don’t need wacky situations — the show handled wacky in the most entertaining and engaging way when it was placed in relatable situations.
(Aside from the premiere, I haven’t seen Community this season, but i can see that happening.)
rikyl replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
That’s too bad but understandable. I don’t really trust this show like I used to, in regards to how they’re going to handle this.
I’m a big believer in “trust the tale, not the teller,” but I don’t trust the show at all. I honestly feel like the endgame is now “hey, wasn’t it funny that i wanted to be President? That was so dumb of me — HAVING BABIES IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT!” We’ve already seen them spend two seasons explaining why Ann and Chris were a bad match only to turn around and say “HEY! BABIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN A COMPATIBLE RELATIONSHIP! EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE BABIES!”
And with Diane getting pregnant, that’s three pregnancies in one season. Is it lazy storytelling or a deliberate message that the only important thing in life is to have babies? I’m just not interested in following the Ann and Leslie sharing their pregnancy/labor/child-rearing adventures.
Part of why I’m so disappointed in that is because the show did such a wonderful job of illustrating the idea of making a family out of your friends, and now it seems to be saying that kind of family is nothing and worthless compared to the one you procreate.
diaphenia replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I was so excited to have an awesome lady who loved her life, her husband, her relationships and was unapologetically ambitious in her career. Even if they don’t decide to make Leslie give up on her grand-scale political ambitions, they will inevitably be weighed against the “can she have it all?” question that is never, ever posed to men.
I completely respect that Schur, Poehler et al have the right to guide their series the way they want, but I don’t know if it’s something that interested in joining along anymore.
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sullenaquarian asked: Say Anything! Oh my God, I think you're right. Hmm, did you spot a boombox in any of the photos?
i didn’t! but it looks like a pretty 80s prom, especially with April’s lace gloves and ben carrying vinyl in milk crates. feeling super super Lloyd Dobler to me :)
I love everything about this.
ozthecat replied to your post “parks thoughts [[MOR] i don’t know if i’ve ever been so bored by…”
I actually haven’t watched yet (I haven’t been to compelled to watch live as of late) - what are your feelings on the show as a whole, currently?
A week late, but I have been pretty disappointed with this season. I felt that it started off on a bad foot with the London episode — the writing team seemed to forget who their characters were. I hated Leslie’s rant (pee-pee head, really?) and since when does she mock people for eating fried dough over salad? Not to mention the fact that Jerry is supposed to be awkward, not a creepy milk-suckler.
I forget who mentioned this, but the show spent all this time explaining why Chris and Ann weren’t a good match and then threw that all out the window and we’re supposed to buy that they became a perfect couple over the summer. I honestly have not cared about those characters all season.
I had to go look up what episodes have aired because I have such little memory of this season. I liked “Filibuster” and “Recall Vote,” and I liked the Ron character development in the second episode. I’m sure there are other things I liked, but I can’t think of an episode that I’ve LOVED like I’ve LOVED them in previous season.
ashishorny replied to your post “parks thoughts [[MOR] i don’t know if i’ve ever been so bored by…”
I have to strongly disagree with the Leslie/Ben note. Hubs and I almost get to second base in grocery stores and we’ve been together for 8+ years. I can only imagine how working together would be (I’D LOVE IT BTW).
The week before, Ben The City Manager was banning Facebook and personal cell phone calls. Then he derails meetings with a third party present to go on and on to compliment Leslie (and vice versa), then goes out of his way to make Ron, said third party, uncomfortable with a group hug. Ben is doing all of that in his role of City Manager, which has to be a huge breach of proper conduct for a government employee. They’re no longer subject to Chris’s rules, but Ben shouldn’t take that as a cue to do a complete 180 and show such favoritism to his wife in the face of other employees.
It’s great that you still grope your husband in public, in your own private time. But I can tell you that derailing a work meeting with a group of people so that you can spend X-amount of time ignoring everyone else to gushingly compliment each other and talk about sexytimes will not go over well. I work in one of the least corporate-y of corporate environments and that would not fly. (And I have worked with couples in all stages of their relationship and trust me, they have no difficulty in keeping their sexytimes declarations out of meetings.) Yes, I know that not everyone works in a corporate environment, I can’t think of a workplace, save for a couple running their own business together with no other employees, in which that would not create conflict and general uncomfortableness.
I’m not saying that Leslie and Ben are married so no more flirting and groping — just that there’s a time and place, and in their capacities as government employees, that place is not in meetings with co-workers and constituents.
…and my fandoms collide.