Parks And Recreation Moving Up Parts 1 & 2 Episode 21 & 22 Season 6 – TV Review

It’s a double-dose of Parks and Recreation as the NBC TV comedy wraps up season six with the much-hyped Unity Concert – plus big decisions for Leslie.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Michael Schur
  • Writers: Alan Yang
  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt, Nick Kroll, Alison Becker, Mo Collins, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Lawless, Jon Glaser, Henry Winkler

Episode Title: “Moving Up: Parts 1 & 2″

In the Season 6 finale, Leslie makes a huge decision about her future while working with the Parks Department to put on the Unity Concert. Meanwhile, Tom opens the doors to his restaurant; Ron has another encounter with Tammy 2; and Andy gets to live out a rock-and-roll fantasy.

The Good:

  • Ben: He shined from start to finish, specifically the Cones of Dunshire plot and his Letters to Cleo t-shirt — that he wore while watching Letters for Cleo at the Unity Concert. Yeah! And that tux at the close – nice! Plus the slicked-back hair. Wow, future Ben is quite the dashing man.
  • Larry: Breaking glasses and a dog’s rectum. Say no more.
  • Duke Silver: Added the perfect touch to the Unity Concert.
  • Tribute: The Lil’ Sebastian hologram was nice – very nice. Bravo person who thought of that part!
  • Blake: Blake from Workaholics as one of the Gryzzl employees was great. The staff’s reaction to Ben’s connection to Cones of Dunshire was funny, as was the game they played – for the free WiFi.
  • Tom’s BI: The opening of Tom’s Bistro was not the best plot of the evening, even with the reappearance of Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa Saperstein. But Jean-Ralphio dancing with Joan Callamezzo was funny.
  • Hamm!: Good cameo from John Hamm from out of nowhere! Did not see that coming!
  • Larry is Terry: Yes, three years from now Larry is Terry. Had to love that he’s right up there on the 3rd floor with Leslie amid all the parks madness – national style!
  • Unity: The concert was a success, featuring Jeff Tweedy, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo. Watching Ben watching Kay Hanley and Letters to Cleo perform “Here and Now” was beyond awesome.
  • Twist: Gotta hand it to the writers – that was UNEXPECTED! I figured it was all babies all the time next year. But no – to hell with that! We skip right past that mommy/baby stuff and get back to work with Leslie doing her thing and surrounded by the people she loves (telling what to do!).
  • Best Line: Ben: “It’s about the cones….”

The Bad:

  • Tammy 2: Not sure what the point is of having Ron’s bananas ex-wife show up and cause two minutes of havoc. Is she still around three years later where the show picks up next season?
  • Craig: The yelling. It’s just tiresome now.

Overall:

Parks And Recreation is a terrific show, but there’s no denying season six was uneven; the laughs were not as fast and furious week to week as in seasons past, and there was a definite lack of focus in just what the show wanted to be now that Leslie was dealing with her ‘what to do next?’ issues. The obvious answer would be to call it a day and close the show with a flash forward to Leslie and Ben’s new triplets, her happy life in Pawnee, and then wrap up the other great characters.

Well… that’s sort of what happened. There was, indeed, a flash forward: three years later and Leslie has stayed in Pawnee, now a mom and working in her dream job for the national parks dept., which she was able to finagle moving the Chicago office to the town she loves so much.

So much for my idea that season seven was going to be all babies all the time. Instead, it’s three years later when we rejoin the “Parks” crew in the fall. Leslie looks busy, yes?

A very very good case could be made that the show should have proudly exited stage left tonight with this surprising, and happy, ending, but clearly NBC needs the show for at least one more season. And even if “Parks” never gets back to the insanely high levels of comedy it once achieved, even minor Parks and Recreation is fun to watch each week and better than most of the junk on TV nowadays.

 

Rating: 8/10

Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?