Parks and Recreation - 04/09/09 - "Make My Pit A Park"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by FilmCritic3000, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA


    never saw this actress before but she's 'goofy' and seems to be trying too hard. I know they are trying to copy the documentary camera angle thing but not too many spinoffs can follow as well as an original. Plus the going into the pit was attempting to be mike scott-ish but i didnt think it was 'legit'

    it will be on the back burner as something to watch in the morning before work but they will need to liven it up a bit
  2. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    well thats it, i'm just gonna follow your flickr feed instead of nbc's :)

    keep on posting
  3. whitson77

    whitson77 Active Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    I think Parks and Rec will fail because it is trying waaaay to hard to be like the Office. Even the main character comes off as a female Michael Scott.
  4. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

    Feb 7, 2001
    Madison, WI
    I'm not sure why there's so many negative comments about the show being like The Office since The Office is a good show. So what if the main character is kinda like a woman Michael Scott? I see this more as the producers starting with something they know, and soon the show will take on a life of its own. Just like how The Office started from the UK version and it's now something completely different.

    I see great potential for something unique out of this show. The main boss guy who's head of the "Parks and Recreation Department" who doesn't want to build any parks, and the woman who pushes him into it. Lots of "antics" while building the park, and maybe some good character growth after they see what the result of the park is. I'm looking forward to more episodes even if they are similar to The Office initially.
  5. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA


    oh i forgot to say i'm proud of no one jumping on the spoilers in the flickr photo array :)
  6. ewilts

    ewilts Who, me?

    Feb 26, 2002
    Mounds View, MN
    For me, I expect the pilot to be one of the best episodes. It's like purchasing a big ticket item - if the pre-sales experience sucks, how you can expect the post-sales experience to be better?

    I didn't think Parks & Rec was worth wasting another hour of my time.
  7. ct1

    ct1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jun 27, 2003
    "I hate the government. I think this department should be privatized and run for profit." -- Govt Manager
  8. FilmCritic3000

    FilmCritic3000 Active Member

    Oct 28, 2004
    I understand but there are many times when, for whatever reason (studio interference, budgetary reasons, casting issues, et al), the pilot winds up being less than indicative of the series as a whole.

    Not always but sometimes.
  9. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Something that has bothered me about the introduction of this show is:

    (all spoilers related to previews of the show shown before the pilot aired)

    We know what happens. We know they build a park on the land. Because almost all of the promos for the show involved her strutting around the new park that she built. It sort of takes away from the fun of the first few episodes since we know she's going to be successful.
  10. Robin

    Robin Impolite arrogant woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    I thought it was okay. I've never been a big fan of Poehler so that didn't help. I'm not a SP-deleter, though, so it'll keep recording and if I get around to it, I'll watch. I have hundreds of hours of backlog, though, so I'm not holding my breath!

    Talk about damning with faint praise! That's one SP I did delete, halfway through the first show.

    Interesting point. If you were one of my kids I would keep putting it on your plate and odds are you'd eventually come around, but I wouldn't make you eat it. ;)

    What? No! Definitely one of my top five.
  11. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

    Feb 7, 2001
    Madison, WI
    Not necessarily....
    The previews were not necessarily showing the new park that she built. She was in a park at the beginning of this episode already (the drunk in the slide, and her questioning the little girl on How Much Fun she was having). The previews could be for a different park, like the one in the first part of the episode.

    But yes, it's a bit confusing since her boss said he didn't want any parks, so I'm not sure where they were at the beginning of the episode if they weren't supposed to already have a park.
  12. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    i agree, the spoiler in 69 is kind of insane that it's out there so obviously.....may as well tell us jack bauer saves the USA from terrorists :)
  13. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    If there are any spoilers there, they're very minor. You can't even really tell what's going on in any of them. :D

    I'm handicapped by the fact that there are trees in the way, plus my apartment isn't high enough to see much of the actual pit. (The lot has a security guard on duty 24/7, so I'm a little reluctant to go across the street with a camera in hand, even though I'd be taking photos from a public sidewalk.) Plus they've been doing much of the filming on weekday mornings and early afternoons, while I'm at work.
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey

    That's about how far we got. Sometimes a pilot is not funny, but you can see where it would be and maybe stick it out. There were a couple of shows this season like that. Gary Unnmarried was one. When 30 Rock started it was the same thing. You could see the potentional was there. With this one, after the first act, wife and I looked at each other and both said, this is stupid. After the second act, we both didn't even smile once and deleted the SP.
  15. Weaselboy

    Weaselboy New Member

    May 1, 2005
    Agreed. Could not even finish the show and deleted my season pass. What is with all the dead air between lines?
  16. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    LOL! What a brilliant explanation/metaphor for different "tastes" in entertainment. :up::up:

    BTW, I like sauerkraut, and will give P&R a couple of more tries.
  17. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    Sauerkraut is always going to taste the same. A new TV show can improve over time as it develops and grows legs. I wouldn't eat sauerkraut if it grew legs.
  18. chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    We deleted our SP this afternoon. It's like some desperate execs at NBC said, "So, The Office is actually pretty successful! Let's figure out some way we can duplicate its success." The problem is, they just ended up trying to duplicate the show. The intro feel is similar (even the jingle at the end of the theme), Amy's character is basically Michael Scott right down to the same naive verbal slips and whatnot, and it has the same "documentary" camera style. I went into it with a fresh and open mind, not even thinking anything about The Office, but for my wife and I it's just ended up being a blatant copycat show - except it's not funny.

    Oh NBC... :(

    - Chris

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