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thoughts on parks and recreation: operation ann

Previously on Parks and Recreation: Bowling for Votes

In this Valentine’s Day-themed evening, Leslie was manically playing matchmaker for Ann aka the ‘beautiful spinster’. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday Ann was trying to fix Leslie up with Chris, the annoying MRI technologist? Oh how the romantic tides have turned in our little Pawnee.

When Adam Scott tweeted that Party Down fans were in for a surprise, I knew two things: bloggers across the interwebz were going to use (and abuse) “Are we having fun yet?” and ‘Operation Ann’ had the potential to make up for last week’s so-so episode. Mission accomplished. I watched it with the giddiness of Ron solving riddles and you know it was a good episode when creepy Oren hiding under the table wasn’t the best thing to happen.

  • Who else wants a needlepoint pillow with their name, picture and lead headline from the day they were born? Marie Osmond as the Mormon Madonna would look great in stitching.
  • ‘Gal-lentine’s Day’ should be combined with ‘Treat Yo Self’. Somebody make that happen.
  • “It’s really hard to say ‘congrats’ without sounding sarcastic.” – Ann, who is very, very right. Congrats to all of you lovebirds out there.
  • “Thank you all for being here, let’s get started.” -Ron…to his barbecue ribs.
  • Attractive. Smart. Kind. Simple, yet very good criteria.
  • Yachter Otter, the playboy otter lost at sea. When Ben gave this gift to Leslie, all I could think of was IASIP and the gang creating things out of Charlie’s ‘Dram Bok’.
  • “Millicent Gergich has literally torn my heart from my body and replaced it with a thick slab of sadness. I may never smile again.” -Chris aka DJ Chris Cross
  • “Getting wet with sound.”

  • Jerry accidentally hired a male escort via Craigslist. Oh Jerry.
  • The image of Leslie dancing to Single Ladies…alone…at her ex’s wedding.
  • “I hate riddles and other such nonsense. I want that on the record.” -Ron, who “secretly” loves riddles.
  • Martin Starr (Roman DeBeers, Party Down‘s resident bitter/jaded/judgmental/intellectual fiction writer turned cater waiter) as Kevin at the snow globe museum. His hair was a little longer, but he was still deadpan and sarcastic. I could have used more interaction, but I’m just glad the Starz HD mention wasn’t the surprise.
  • “I’m Harris. Heard you were desperate for a man piece. We in business?” How do you even turn down a man that’s been to 308 Phish concerts?!
  • Dating tip: Never, ever begin an introduction by saying you’re an amateur juggler. Noted.
  • The lustful looks Ron got at the gay bar, which were to be expected.
  • Lil’ Sebastian has a shrine and unbeknownst to Leslie, Ben is still unimpressed.
  • Ann and Ton, snuggling up like little bunnies? I could totally see that.
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three tv shows that deserve a movie ending

There are some movies made based on TV shows (i.e., Dukes of Hazzard) that have long since gone off the air. While others are made as a continuation (i.e., Firefly’s Serenity) on the series finale or to answer questions that were brought up since the shows cancellation/end.

The shows most likely to make it to the big screen are those that the studio execs believe will make them money (that’s the only reasonable explanation for Sex and the City 2), whether at the box office or through subsequent DVD sales (never underestimate the spending power of a small, but loyal fan base).

Not all TV shows get this kind of fanfare ending, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. This list is probably missing a few shows, but they’re the ones I feel are most deserving.

(If for some reason you’ve never seen these shows…no judgement….but please rectify that ASAP.)

Veronica Mars

Shortly after this show (prematurely) ended, there were talks that a movie wasn’t far behind. The CW foolishly cancelled Veronica Mars in 2007 and for two full years I held onto the hope that we’d see Veronica in the FBI, back together with Logan and carrying on a long-distance friendship with Wallace. Sadly, a Veronica Mars movie will not be happening. Kristin Bell is a big enough star now where the idea may be revisited, but unless there’s a surge in DVD purchases or a massive push by the fans it’s unlikely. And mildly depressing.

Arrested Development

Jason Bateman comes second only to Vince Vaughn on my imaginary list of favorite comedic straight men. But he’s not the only reason I started watching this show (a few years after it was cancelled…shame on me). The show is just hilarious and memorable. This is another instance where a movie has been discussed without anything outside of a script coming into fruition…yet. I’m still holding out hope for seeing Arrested Development on the big screen. It had a relatively satisfying ending, but with the Bluth family, there would be more than enough material to hold my attention for 1.5+ hours.

Party Down

Starz is not wildly known for its original programming (outside of Spartacus), which should be the only reason ratings were so low for this wildly unappreciated comedy. Another Rob Thomas creation (the man is a GENIUS), the show centers on a group of out-of-work actors who are employed at catering company. They hate their jobs and make no apologies about wanting to be anywhere other than whatever event they’re catering that week, which usually makes for a funny/sad combo. I know hoping for a movie ending to this show is the sort of blind naiveté that made me hope for a third season…but still, it was cancelled too soon and I still haven’t had time to process.

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