'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Bubble/Li'l Sebastian': Give a little swivel

'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Bubble/Li'l Sebastian': Give a little swivel

And so we've come to the end of a fantastic third season of "Parks and Recreation." I interviewed Mike Schur about the season, and I have a review of these final two episodes coming up just as soon as it's double-coupon night at the strip club... "I don't know. When I look at my life right now, it feels almost perfect." -LeslieFictional characters only say things like this right before things about to become very imperfect. And, certainly, Leslie Knope seems like she could be headed for big trouble next season, as she ponders a run for elected office while maintaining a secret relationship with Ben. At the same time, though, I look at "Parks and Rec," and the show itself is pretty damn perfect. They were hitting on all cylinders as season two ended, and then we got those fantastic first six episodes of season three. At that point, I began to fear that perhaps the magic would have broken while Amy Poehler was having her baby and everybody else was on hiatus, but the 10 episodes produced this season have been pretty terrific in their own right. In the interview with Schur, we talk a little about the idea of the show being on a hot streak, but most streaks are in some sense fluky. Joe DiMaggio was a great hitter, but there have been better hitters and nobody in the modern era has come closer than 12 games to his famous hitting streak. This is not a fluke; this is a show with a lot of talented, funny people in front of and behind the camera who have all figured out how to maximize each other's gifts. There'll be a flat episode at some point - every great comedy has them from time to time, even during peak periods - but it won't be a case of the creative team suddenly losing their batting eye. These people know what they're doing. Read More...


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