25 Inimitable Men 6/25
Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)
A nerdy feminist with a heart of gold and ridiculously sarcasm all wrapped up in a hardworking individual with an agenda to do good? This basically sums up perfection if you ask me. Leslie Knope would agree. Ben Wyatt was the greatest addition into the show and I’ll forever be in awe of how drastically the series changed when he entered it. Parks and Recreation gave its characters a plethora of opportunities to showcase a number of different sides and when Ben was first introduced, all I can think of was how much he’d potentially change for the department, but at the end of the day, the changes that did occur were monumentally impactful, and he was given the opportunity to make an excellent name for himself. Ben’s childlike excitement, genuine desire to do good, work ethics, and kindness have made him a character who’d be hard to replace. And in every sense of the word, a character who’s truly inimitable.
| April 4-23 |
Finales can be the best times or the worst — there is no in between. But this year, so far they’ve been solid giving us all the feels possible while leaving us enamored and amazed all night. With Big Little Lies, When Calls the Heart, and New Girl wrapping up for the season, we’ve got a lot to say.
I am ready to conquer many things, but I am not ready to say goodbye to Pawnee.
Episode Summary: In order for their last day to be the greatest, Leslie convinces the team that they should help fix a broken swing. Thisgives the group time to reflect on their experiences together and fortify their friendships even further. In 2025, the group reunites in Pawnee once more and this time, they’re staying.
Review | Analysis: I loved this episode so much more than I can say. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know where to begin or end. The last time I’ve reviewed aseries finale was The Office and all I can remember is there were lots of tears. The thing with Parks and Recreation is that it did the most superlative job of inspiring its viewers to follow their dreams. It was cheesy, it dealt with clichés, it was hysterical, and it was brilliant. Here’s the thing, life is tough for all of us. It takes a while for our dreams to come true, it takes a while to find good friends, love, and it takes a while for us to learn how to love ourselves. And in the midst of all the difficulties we all face, we need the clichés to remind us that at some point life can be unbelievably, unexplainably, and immaculately perfect. Parks and Recreation is a series that focused heavily on the little things – it reminded its viewers that there’s beauty in hard work, there’s wonder in uncertainties, there’s power in uniqueness, and there’s strength in numbers. And that’s why I loved it so much. It’s why I have such a difficult time letting go. That said let’s begin discussing the glorious series finale.
Pie Mary is an episode that could only be described as completely and utterly brilliant.
Episode Summary: Controversies arise when Leslie decides to skip out on a pie making contest because she doesn’t like what it stands for. Garry loses his wedding ring plus a bunch of other things, and Donna thinks it’s the most entertaining thing ever. After April tells Ron that she and Andy must move to Washington for her job in a few months, he asks for the spare key to his house back; however, because she hid it a long time ago, they all need to put their heads together to figure out where.
Review: One of my all time favorite things about Parks and Recreation is that it never lets us forget how proud show runners and actors are to delve into feminism. They’ve always done a superlative job of validating the importance of equal rights and debunking the conception that Feminism = girls rule, boys drool. There are countless things I loved about this episode but the main entity is that it reminded its viewers of what a sublime pair Ben and Leslie are. She supports him and he supports her – no matter who’s doing what, they’ll defend their person to the end of time all while standing their ground and letting the world know that love helps them grow as a person. Also, Ron Swanson is a complete softie and Nick Offerman’s a genius.