30 Rock 6.04 "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell" Review

30 Rock season 6 serves up the second of two new episodes with with its overall fourth episode "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell," where Liz and Jenna question their friendship in the wake of her newfound stardom, and Jack cuts the NBC page program.  "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell" mostly covers familiar territory, but still makes for a consistent and less concept-heavy half-hour.

As I mentioned with my review of tonight’s other 30 Rock offering "Idiots Are People Three!", I’d be interested to know what occasioned the double dose of Liz, Jenna Tracy and Jack tonight, particularly given that the first offering served as the second half of a two-part arc begun last week.  Obviously 30 Rock wouldn’t want to kill their momentum so early in the season by sitting out the second week, but I can’t help feeling like there was a missed opportunity in not airing both episodes on a night when the show pulls a double-header.  At the very least, I’d have thought The Office to provide a repeat for whatever reason it sat out this week, but we’re probably better served burning off an episode like "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell" if it means a slight ratings boost for 30 Rock. Read More...


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