Can we talk about Rob Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger? Interestingly enough, the show has dived into a deep world of depression through the most happy, go-lucky person in the world, Chris. He is beautifully tragic, like Shakespearean character (okay, that was dramatic) but the point is: He has a surprising amount of layers for being a foil to Leslie Knope. He is basically the male Leslie, but a sad, dark version of her. He’s lost. He’s lonely. He hides behind a shield of happiness and smiles. And it’s fantastic - but also sad AND emotionally-charged. Okay, I’m rambling. But what I’m trying to say is that the show has done an amazing job of slowly building and turning this perfect man into a flawed human being. One that I care for and feel truly stabbed when he feels a jerk of pain. I hope that Chris can find love in the hopeless place of Pawnee because he’s amazing splice of reality in a fake world.
Can we talk about the latest episode of Parks and Recreation for a moment? ‘End of the World’ represents some of the show’s finest work to date. It was so well-balanced - at times tugging at that emotional cords yet still landing laugh-out-loud moments.
Two running subplots, the bromance of Jean-Ralphio and Tom and April and Andy’s marriage, have surprised me by how emotionally-charged their stories can be, especially when they feature of two of the zaniest characters (Jean-Ralphio and Andy).
This should be an Emmy-consideration episode for the show as well as many of the fine supporting players featured this past Thursday.
So I was watching “Two Parties” and I was struck by that same feeling I had while watching this older episode (see above). What could have been a throwaway episode about bachelor/bachelorette parties turned into something special: a story of male-bonding. Watching Chris Pratt turn Andy’s dreams into reality was truly amazing. But so was that entire subplot - each man living out his perfect bachelor party. Sure, it wasn’t as emotionally charged as some of the show’s other stories but it was so true and honest. And it’s rare to see TV (or movies for that matter) address male relationships so well. Remember when Jean-Ralphio and Tom shared that wonderfully honest moment about their friendship? That’s what happened in this last episode and I’m so happy about how well and consistently this show knocks it out of the park.
I don’t have any male fans in person. Where are they? Why are they hiding? No one ever professes their love for me. They’re shy and afraid of me. I wish someone would just come up to me and grab my face and kiss me, but people are too chickenshit.
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