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American Idol Finale Performances Recap

This….. is…… American Idol!  Sorry, I had to.  I hadn’t done that yet this season I don’t think.  Anyway, Season 8 comes down to this, the final six competition performances of the year.  I’m sure it’ll be epic.  Hmm.

Ryan reminds us to all fix our DVRs for the finale runover, but I will predict now that millions of people will still flock to message boards to complain.  First up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” by Tears for Fears for his re-do performance.  What’s up with the cape, man?  Haha, and the dramatic fog screens going across the floor?  This is over the top without even trying to be.  But in all seriousness, this is good.  I think it’s better than the first time he did it overall.  There aren’t any small bum notes anywhere, which is always a plus.  I’m not seeing the big twist that we heard he was going to do, but it was still good.  Not your typical Adam Lambert here.  Randy gave it an A+ and loved the fog machines, Kara said he is an incredible artist, Paula told him to bask in it, and Simon thought it was over theatrical like Phantom of the Opera.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers for his re-do performance.  Kris has really nice parents, I really like them.  I will probably miss them more than anyone this season, except for Allison.  And Meghan.  So nevermind.  Anyway, this has been one of my favorite performances from Kris this year, so I’m glad he went with this one.  It’s more understated than his other two, so it’ll be good to bring it back to the fore front.  Great performance.  This is more my kind of thing.  Really good ending, too.  Randy thought it was one of his best ever, Kara complicated his ability to make an intimate bond, Paula says something about “Allenizing” things, and Simon said he had doubted America’s choice last week, but now he takes it all back.

I’d have to give that round to Kris, and Simon agrees with me.  I always knew Simon knew what he was talking about.

Adam Lambert singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cook for Simon Fuller’s choice.  Wow, this is really good, I’ve gotta say.  He’s hitting some big ole notes as usual, but it seems to work well for this song.  I enjoyed this much more than the first one.  It’s one of my favorite Adam performances of the year for sure.  There’s more substance to it than usual screech fest.  The judges pretty much all thought that it was his best ever, and Simon said he was definitely back in the game.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye for Simon Fuller’s choice.  This is very Kris Allen, to quote Paula.  A very cool pop sound to this one, which is definitely what he should go with after Idol.  I think this performance is proof that he has the most potential radio success after Idol from anyone this season.  It’s not his best, but I could imagine hearing it on the radio.  Randy thought it was a little light for him, Kara like the song choice and thought he delivered a message, Paula thought he “tore it up” and made Marvin Gaye proud, and Simon thought it was like 3 friends in a bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye and too laid back for a finale.

Simon gave that round a million percent to Adam.  I think it goes to Adam as well, but not by a million percent.

Oh great, now the epic coronation song is up.  I can’t wait to see that one.  Not.

Adam Lambert singing “No Boundaries”, this year’s coronation song written by Kara DioGuardi.  This song typical Idol cheese, limburger to be exact.  He’s doing a great job vocally, though it gets a little shouty in the end.  Not typical Adam “screech” just shouty.  This song is going to kill Kris unless they allowed them to change it up.  Good vocal for Adam, though not the most captivating performance.  Randy thought it was pitchy, Kara gave herself a shout out for writing it (Come on Kara), Paula will forever be his fan, and Simon made fun of the song, but said Adam has been one of the best and most original ever.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “No Boundaries” as well.  Unless Kris can change it up it’s going to kill him.  Well, the beginning was really good!  In the middle it kind of fell a part a bit, but he got it back together.  I actually really liked that.  The song didn’t kill him like I thought it would.  Adam’s always got him beat as far as range and ability, but Kris knows what he can do and does it really well.  Randy thought the key was high, but said he was amazing; Kara said he is a compelling artist and incredible person; Paula said he’s done an amazing job this season and deserved every bit of it; and Simon said the first was his best, but watching him as been incredible because he has improved so much.

Now the real reason everyone’s watching American Idol tonight…

Carrie Underwood singing the good-bye song “Home Sweet Home”.  Carrie’s looking great back on the Idol stage!  Great performance of “Home Sweet Home” by Carrie.  I think this just proves that she is the greatest winner of American Idol.  She is one of the only people that actually sound better live than in the studio.  I will always be a fan.  I give the night to Carrie Underwood!

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Who do you think will be winning tomorrow night?

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Poll of the Day: Who Do You Think Will Win American Idol?

Season 8 of American Idol all comes down to this night, who do you think is going to go all the way and claim this year’s American Idol crown?  Vote below in today’s poll of the day.

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American Idol Finale Pre-Show Scoop

I will be recapping tonight’s episode, but it will come about an hour or so later than usual.  Until then, enjoy the following fun facts about tomorrow’s finale, as well as the poll that will be up after the performances.

Tonight is the final performance night for Season 8 of American Idol, and surprisingly I haven’t lost interest.  I haven’t watched a finale performance show because I wanted to since Season 4 or 5, so this is a pleasant change.  Though I’ve said numerous times that Adam’s music isn’t my kind of thing, he generally gives great performances (“One” from last week is the exception.  Every time I watch it back it gets worse.) and he’s a great entertainer.  Kris is much more my style of music, and if he gives 3 solid performances and isn’t thrown under the bus, he might have a chance.  We’ll have to see for sure after tonight’s show.  Anyway on to the point of this post, here are the confirmed spoilers and rumored appearances on Idol’s two-part finale:

Tuesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Carrie Underwood will be singing the farewell song, “Home Sweet Home” live at the end of the show.  I’m sure this will be great, as she is always wonderful live.  Speaking of Ms. Underwood, here is an article I wrote about her a few days ago: TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

Wednesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Lionel Ritchie will be dueting with Danny Gokey.
  • Cyndi Lauper will be dueting with Allison Iraheta (Woo!).
  • Adam Lambert will be dueting with KISS.
  • Kris Allen will be dueting with Keith Urban.
  • Adam Lambert is set to reprise “Mad World” for his repeat song, but with a twist of some sort.
  • Kris Allen is rumored to be doing either “Falling Slowly” or “Heartless” for his repeat song.
  • The Top 13 will sing “So What” by P!nk as a group, as well as “Smooth” by Santana with Santana.
  • David Cook will be singing “Permanent”  (Best song on his album) as a tribute to his brother who recently passed away.  It will be sold as a charity single on iTunes.

What do you think of this finale set?  What duet do you think is the best matching?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

I have been trying to think of a way to say something about Carrie Underwood on this blog for some time now.  It finally came to me about 3 minutes ago that Ms. Underwood is definitely deserving of the prestigious Conservative Journal Seal of Apporval!

Ever since Carrie Underwood won the 4th season of American Idol, she has accomplished great things in the music industry, as well as in the world.  Her first album, Some Hearts, was certified 7x platinum (That’s shipping over 7 million CDs for those that aren’t hip on the lingo), and produced 4 number 1 singles in a row.  Her smash hit, “Before He Cheats”, became the first country song to sell over 2 million digital downloads.  Her second album, Carnival Ride, has sold nearly 3 million copies and produced 5 number 1 singles, making her one of the only artists in history to have 10 consecutive #1’s.  Also worth noting is her recent win as Entertainer of the Year, joining the ranks of only a handful of females to ever win that top honor.

But the reason she wins this award isn’t for her Grammys, her ACMs, her CMAs, or anything else.  It’s because she’s remained a moral, Christ-like person through the rigors of extreme fame.  Since winning American Idol 4 years ago, I have yet to hear one time about Carrie Underwood getting drunk and wild at the club.  Carrie hasn’t been caught in a sex-tape scandal.  She hasn’t posed nude for any kind of magazine.  She’s remained grounded despite her enormous successes.  Taking a quick glance at the celebrity scene, it’s hard to pick out more than 1 or 2 that rival Carrie in handling their rise to fame well.  It’s truly a testament to Carrie’s faith that she has managed not to stray from the path she was on pre-Idol.  But of course, we can’t leave out her parents, who equally deserve this award for instilling in their daughter such great Christian values.  Maybe they should receive the next Seal of Approval?

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Parks and Recreation “Boys’ Club” Recap, Review, and Video

Recap

In tonight’s opening scenes, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) are called out to a hiking trail because of complaints that teenagers are taking dog poop out of the trash and having a war.  When they arrive at the scene of the crime, Tom immediately bails to go sit in the car.  Leslie, however, is diligent in her efforts and ventures out into the poop field.  She uses the trash can lid has a shield as the teens continue to pelt her with bags of dog poop.  After a little bit of a struggle, Leslie concedes that poop wars are actually “rather fun”, and then procedes to throw a little poop herself.  The opening credits role and the fourth episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is underway!

At the start of the episode, the Parks Department staff recieves a nice gift basket from a local construction company.  As Tom and another staff member are splitting up the contents, Leslie quickly enters to tell them that for “corruption purposes” they can’t except gifts over $25.  That’s also the reason, she says, that she goes to two towns over to rent movies with nudity in them.  Tom says that he would never use his government power to cheat the system, though the video playing of him getting a free hot dog for “park business” seems to show otherwise.

Leslie unveils the social network profile she set up the for the pit project, and it already has several friends.  One of which is Mark (Paul Schneider).  They look at his profile only to find several picture of Mark and various women that they have never seen.  Leslie suggests they could be relatives, which Ann (Rashida Jones) quickly shoots down.  “Right, maybe fake boobs run in his family,” says Ann.

Leslie and Ann decide to barge in on the meeting of the “boys’ club” meeting that’s going on outside.  While she’s chatting with the guys, she leans and the table which knocks it over and breaks several beer bottles.  “You hear that?  That’s the sound of a glass ceiling being shattered,” says Leslie.  When they run out of beer and everyone wants to leave, Leslie is determined to keep the “good feelings alive”.  She heads and said looking frantically for more beer when she sees the gift basket she confiscated earlier.  There are 3 bottles of wine inside, and she decides keeping the party going is worth being corrupt.

The following morning, Leslie is very disappointed in herself.  So disappointed, in fact, that she decides she must apologize to EVERY female politician (in alphabetical order) because she “let them down”.  She also must confess to the office that she opened the basket.  She also confess to Ron (Nick Offerman).  Ron, of course, tries to convince her not to worry about it and blow it all out of proportions.  “No Ron, I will this IN proportion…  This may not be a big deal to you, but you’re a white protestant man with a full, rich mustache.  I’m a woman and I must hold myself to a higher standard.”  Again, Ron explains that she is punishing herself more than anyone else would.  However, she is persistent.  She then e-mailed everyone in the Pawnee government a confession, but not without a link to the pit’s webpage.

The next morning, Leslie discovers that April (Aubrey Plaza), the 19 year old intern, put a video of herself on the pit’s website.  The video contained footage of April seeing what would make her drunker: Wine or spinning around in a chair.  Now that all of the government in Pawnee had seen the video, Leslie has to attend a disciplinary hearing.

To prepare for the hearing, Tom asks Leslie some practice questions.  All of the questions are completely irrelevant to the hearing, but Leslie answers anyway to the best of her ability.  “Have you ever had a sexual fantasy about our boss Ron Swanson?” is one of my personal favorites.  At the real hearing, Leslie has prepared a full essay-like speech to let the committee know exactly what happened.  The lead committee member points out during the little speech that drinking on government property is prohibited in any instance, but Ron says that’s not his department, so they continue.  While this going on, Andy (Chris Pratt) is still working on ways to please Ann while she is at work.  He decides to bathe himself in the front yard in a kiddie pool.  While he’s bathing, the neighbor steals his boombox, which prompts him to chase him down the street naked.

Back at the hearing, Ron and his government-hating self is starting to get frustrated with the intense questioning.  “This is not communist China!  You cannot make her whip herself, you cannot make her wear a hair-shirt.  You wanna live in North Korea, live in North Korea.  This is America!”  Ron continues his little rant and declares the hearing over.  Ron says he took up for Leslie only because he hates bureaucracy and his ideal government is “one guy in a small room.  The only decision he gets to make is who to nuke.”

Leslie reveals to Ann that she opened the gift basket for a guy, Mark.  She tells her of the affair they had in February…. 2004.  In the end, everything ends happily:  Ann is pleased with Andy’s cleaning, and Leslie learns that getting a letter in her file isn’t all bad; Mark says she’s now a member of the “boys’ club.”

Review

Tonight’s episode was hilarious!  One of the highlight’s of the season so far for me was Ron’s little rant during the disciplinary hearing.  I think he’s got tons of potential to be hilarious.  Tonight’s episode also avoided the spots of boring that have been in each episode so far, though they have never been a huge deal.  Tonight’s episode of ‘P&R’ was one of my favorite shows I’ve watched all week!

5 Elephants

5 Elephants

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Fringe “Midnight” Recap

Tonight’s episode begins with some guy in his apartment, with the news on in the background.  The newscaster is talking about a murder that was quite gruesome.  He then goes to a club, where he sees a girl that he likes.  So, they go back to his (or her) apartment and begin hooking up.  While their all over eachother, the woman slashes the guy across the face and he is dead.  His wife calls his phone, and it can be seen ringing next to where he is lying dead on the bed.  Apparently, the girl is the killer.

When the show returns, Olivia (Anna Torv) is at a little get together with some friends.  She meets an odd couple that are together but live completely separate lives.  Olivia’s sister then reveals her husband is filing for divorce.  Agent Dunham is then called away from the gathering to examine the murder that occured earlier.  In one of Walter’s hilarious remarks he compares the victim to a good shrimp cocktail because he is perfectly deveined.  Walter then suggests that someone ate his spine.  Well, that’s interesting.

Agent Dunham reports back to the office to give her boss the findings.  He also gives her a good divorce attorney for her sister.  Back at the lab, Walter is examining the body.  He finds that the lady that killed the man has an extinct form of syphilis.  The CDC explains that someone in a residential area requested a sample of that strain of syphilis, as well as other bacterium.  They make a trip to the house where the items were delivered and find a man named Dr. Boone.  They take him into custady for questioning.

They know Dr. Boone is associated with ZFT, the organization responsible for a lot of the craziness that goes on on the show.  Dr. Boone says he’ll give them all of the info as long as they get his wife back from ZFT, who has taken her hostage.  They find that the address Dr. Boone gives as the location of his wife is a restaurant in Chinatown that is using 5 times as much power as they should be.  They then go check it out.

Back at the lab where Dr. Boone was found, Walter believes he may have figured out what was going on in the house.  At the same time, Agent Dunham and the crew are on their way to the restaurant where Dr. Boone’s wife is allegedly being held.  His wife is nowhere to be found, so they call Dr. Boone.  He reveals that his wife, Valerie, was not kidnapped, but was infected with the virus that is being stored at the Chinese restuarant.  His wife is the killer.

We then see his wife in a car with another man.  They also start hooking up.  She gets very warm and starts shaking, apologizes to the guy, then forms sharp teeth and bites him in the neck.  The crew arrives to gather evidence for testing.  Back at the office, they show Dr. Boone the video of he and his wife in the park.  He is not in a wheelchair then, which he explains by saying that he fed his wife his spinal fluid as long as he could, which took away his ability to use his legs.  Dr. Boone reveals that ZFT creates these viruses in order to show off their skills to other scientists.  Dr. Boone says he can make an antidote as long as they bring his wife to him.

Back at Walter’s lab, he is discussing with Dr. Boone.  Charlie and the crew finds a victim’s vehicle, but it was stripped of all of it’s insides, including the GPS.  They go to one of Peter’s friend’s “chop shops” and he tells them where he found the vehicle.  At the lab, Walter and Dr. Boone are still talking.  Dr. Boone says he knows very well who Walter is, to which Walter replies, “That makes one of us”.  Once Peter and Agent Dunham arrive at the scene where the car was found, they discover another body that has been de-spined by Mrs. Boone.

Walter and Dr. Boone are still hard at work to make an antidote.  The authorities deliver the most recent victims to the lab.  Astrid (Jasika Nicole) finds that one of the bodies smells like alcohol.  Using a blacklight, she sees an entry stamp on one hand of each of the victims.  They now know that she is finding her victims in bars and clubs.  Peter makes a trip to a club in order to find Mrs. Boone.

The antidote is not working on the lab rats they are testing it on.  Dr. Boone says the antidote needs real spinal fluid to work properly, and says his own will be compatible.  He demands that Walter remove some of his spinal fluid to get the antidote working properly.  Astrid is strongly against it, but Walter knows it must be done.  Back at the club where Peter and Agent Dunham are, they locate Valerie but eventually lose her.  Charlie is standing guard at the door, and shoots Valerie with two tranquilizers.  They’ve got her now.

Back at the lab, Dr. Boone is suffering immensely from the missing spinal fluid.  Walter knows that he lied about having more spinal fluid to use.

Valerie wakes up slowly in the patrol car being driven by Peter and Olivia.  Peter and Olivia began discussing Dr. Boone’s sacrifice for his wife when Valerie wakes up completely and lunges forward on Olivia.  Peter shoots her with a tranquilizer again, which knocks her out of her violent state.  They arrive at the lab with Valerie to find that Dr. Boone has had a stroke due to the lack of spinal fluid.  They give Valerie the antidote, which causes her to scream and lash violently.  When she’s done, however, her frighteningly blue eyes fade to a more natural green.  Valerie is now cured, but Dr. Boone has died.  Walter gives Agent Dunham the tape that Dr. Boone made for her, complete with all of the answers regarding ZFT and his projects.  Agent Dunham meets with Phillip (Lance Reddick) and reveals that, according to Dr. Boone’s video, the cheif funder behind ZFT is William Bell.

That’s all for tonight’s episode!

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Rick

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Parks and Recreation- “The Reporter” Recap

‘Parks and Recreation’ just keeps getting better and better.  Read the recap below if you missed tonight’s episode!  Also, look for a link to the full episode at the end of the recap.

Tonight’s episode kicks off with Leslie (Amy Poehler) on a “Pre-Teen Nature Walk”.  “For a while, it was a teenage nature hike, but we changed it because… a girl got pregnant,” said Leslie.  Leslie then eats the Pawnee huneysuckle, which is not your average huneysuckle.  This causes her tongue to swell, but, hey, “it has a sweet after taste!”.

Leslie informs Ann (Rashida Jones) that she will be getting an interview with the Pawnee Journal to promote their park idea.  According to Leslie, keeping your project in the press is the key to success.  She sites the Tucker Park Graffiti Removal Project as evidence of this.  After eliminating 5 graffitied penises (not even 10%!), the project ran out of steam.  So, somewhere in Pawnee, you can still find the penis wall.

Leslie takes Mark (Paul Schneider) to a meal at JJ’s Diner, which she says is the place where all of the political elite meet.  During their meeting, Leslie asks Mark to help her prepare for the interview.  He says the first question will probably be “How do you spell your name?”.  “Ahhh… of course!  Because of the silent ‘K’,” says Leslie.  Then Leslie reminds us that she and Mark “made love” once.

When the interviewer arrives at the office, Leslie insists she take her on a quick tour.  Leslie takes her back to the wall of murals, a familiar place for us viewers, to show her the mural of Cheif Wamapoe that apparently everyone seems to complain about.  Leslie then introduces her to Ron (Nick Offerman), who apparently hates the media as much as he hates the government because he offered up a simple “no comment” in return.  Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ron have some friendly scrabble competition going, though Tom throws every round in an attempt to suck up to his boss, Ron.

Leslie takes the interviewer to the meeting room where she introduces everyone as follows:  Tom “boy genius, smooth like milk chocolate” Haverford, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) “so cool she could be invited anywhere, but chooses to be here”, and Ann and Andy “the real heroes of this story”.  The interviewer wants to record the interview, but Leslie can’t handle the pressure.  Each time she has to answer a question, she has to pause the recorder because she doesn’t want to answer incorrectly.  We then find out that Andy was going after a toaster in the bottom of the pit, and he was “wasted” in the process.  Apparently, no one knew these details yet, which causes quite a stir.  “Ann, your so innocent and sweet and pretty.  The press are like sharks and you just dumped a bucket of chum in the water.”

There’s a hilarious little exchange between Tom and Ron about Tom’s “lack” of Scrabble skills, and about how much Ron thinks his ex-wife is a bi*** who can’t play Scrabble.  You have to see it to get the full effect.  The interviewer tells Leslie they will resume tomorrow at the pit, and she and Mark exit together.  Much to Leslie’s dismay, they are back together the next morning and Marks drops her off at the pit.  It takes Leslie a minute, but she eventually puts the peices together and discovers why Shauna (The interviewer) was with Mark.  The rest of the interview, Leslie is very upset, and cannot answer the questions very well.  This part was hilarious, and you just have to see it.

Leslie leaves the interview early to go talk to Ann about Mark and Shauna’s little fling.  She leaves from their home to confront Mark.  “It is unethical for a public servant to have sex with a member of the press corp, Mark; especially when it’s with some one so skanky.  Come on, Mark”.

Leslie calls Shauna to inform that she ate a bad burrito (but not a mexican burrito), and that caused her weird behavior at the pit.  She asks for a do-over and Shauna accepts.  For this interivew, Shauna gathered several quotes from people who are sure the park is not going to happen.  “You should write an article about unicorns, because unicorns are more likely to happen than this park”, and “You should write an article about the Pope getting married because that’s more likely to happen than this park”.  Apparently, Mark is also sure it’s not going to happen, or at least, that’s what he told Shauna.

Ann and Mark meet Shauna outside her office to ask that she please not print that article, and she agrees not to because she and Mark are “romantically involved”.  Mark disagrees with that, so she prints it anyway.  The article ends with, what Leslie calls a positive note with a “We’ll see”.

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4 of 5 Elephants

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Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights with ‘Parks’ Debut

Doesnt she look like shes got it all together.

Doesn't she look like she's got it all together.

First off, I know this is a political blog, but as I’ve said numorous times, there is more to life than politics.  Sticking with that theme, I plan to do more of these entertainment style posts throughout the week.  Never fear though faithful reader, there are no plans to eliminated the wildly popular (slight exaggeration) “No Politics Tuesday”.  Those days will simply be more in-depth on the nonpolitical scoop.  So without further ado, I present to you the first non-political post made outside of “No Politics Tuesday”:

When I saw the ‘Parks and Recreation’ commericial last Januray, I was thrilled.  Amy Poehler had just left SNL the month before, which left a hole in my heart that only she could fill.  Her Hillary Clinton impersonations, though baring little to no resemblence to real-life Hillary, summed up her personality perfectly and were always hilarious.  Her great sense of humor also added life to the Weekend Update segments, and subtracted from Seth Myers overal suck factor that really brought down the mood.  So naturally, a show that starred Amy was something I had dreamed of.

After much anticipation, when ‘Parks and Recreation’ finally aired last Thursday after The Office (personal favorite show) I was beyond pleased.  You can certainly tell that it was made by the genuisess behind The Office, but it still remained original.  Leslie Knope, Amy’s character, is in charge of the parks and recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana.  Her boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is quite an intriguing character.  He hates government and dreams of privatizing everything, especially the parks and recreation department.  Leslie also reveals she slept with Mark Brendanawicz, a colleague that she finds all important for her work.  “If you want to get anything done, you gotta ask Mark Brendanawicz,” says Mrs. Knope.  Her partner Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is lazy, creepy, and confusing all at the same time.  One minute he seems like a loyal employee, the next he is passing embarrasing images of Leslie around on the internet.  He’s like a sneakier, more evil Dwight Schrute.  The pilot episode set the groundwork for some hilarious character development.

In this episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets the ball rolling on a new park for the city after much discussion with her government hating boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).  The park is slated for development on a lot that was abandon after it’s developer went bankrupt.  The decrepit state of the lot causes one resident to fall in, breaking both legs in the process.  Poehler’s character is oozing with likeability.  Unlike The Office’s main character Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), she is less about the funny business and more about productivity.  That doesn’t mean, however, that she isn’t funny.  Her sincerity over even the slightest of issues gives plenty of humor, and her off-the-wall communication skills are even better.

Parks and Recreation is a true gem that you should definitly add to your Thursday night lineup.  Anyone that doubts the potentail of this series must remember that even the award winning series The Office started out slow, and got better with time.  I feel very confident that this series is going to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor to the top of the comedy television world.

Don’t miss next weeks Parks and Recreation when Leslie Knope sets out to bring her new park idea to the public via the local newspaper, set to air Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 on NBC.

Rating:

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4.5 Elephants

Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere

**This is a new thing that I want to start doing with posts about commong topics.  I will go around and find thoughts on topics similar to what the particular post is about and post the quote, as well as a link to the article.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order’s, and three CSI’s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. edubTV.wordpress.com on critics’ comparisons to The Office.

But to be honest I laughed pretty hard whenever she said anything throughout the show.  Her character is a bit dopey, really optimistic and super cute.  readwatchbuy.com on Amy’s character, Leslie Knope.

Overall, I think that the show has great potential. It may never be The Office, but it could come close. stevenmiller2008.wordpress.com on Parks and Recreations prospects.

Did you watch Parks and Recreation?  If so, what do you think of the show?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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