"Ben Wyatt: Human Disaster" - Parks and Recreation, "Media Blitz" (S3E5)

Oh man, I can't believe it's been over a week since I last updated. My bad!

In my own defense, though, I've been binge watching Parks and Recreation, and oh man is it going to clean up at the Emmy's next year for it's final season. It's fantastic.

There are two things that make Parks and Rec so fantastic, and they are 1) the deadpan, snarky, satirical things it has to say about our government, the bureaucracy it relies on, and the attitude of the people who are supposed to govern us, and 2) how it has this incredible amount of, as my mother would call it, "heart".

The heart is my favorite.

Don't get me wrong, comedy that has a point of view is an extraordinarily powerful thing. It can build great ideas up, and it can tear them down just as easily. Look at how absurd Mel Brooks makes Nazis look in The Producers! And believe you me, I would follow Jon Stewart to the ends of the Earth if he asked. And Parks and Rec makes some excellent points about the kind of people working in our government today, and how much better things could be with more Leslie Knopes in the world.

But oh my god it's also so cute. I'm only halfway through, and I already love almost every single character on that show. The show just lets them live. They all have strengths that they show off and weaknesses that hold them back, and they are not defined by either one. Their strengths don't make them obnoxious, and their weaknesses don't make them pathetic. They make them vulnerable, which is a quality to which, especially when shown willingly, we as people find ourselves incredibly attracted.

(The only exception might be Jerry, I think. He's just constantly so put down upon, and man, I keep wanting him to do something about it, and he never does. If they don't let him have some kind of comeuppance soon, I'm... well, I'm not going to do anything. But it'll make me sad.)

Anyway. I'm only halfway through the show as it is presented to me on Netflix right now, so I can give a much more in depth analysis later, when I actually catch up. But for right now, you guys... it's so good. If you haven't seen it yet, you should get on that! Just in time for it's final season, too! Willingly tear your heart out of your chest that it's ending - it'll be great!

As for other things happening - it's the final weekend of Frankenstein at The Footlight Club! If you haven't come to see it yet, you totally should. Links to buy tickets are on my "Upcoming Events" page! AND if you buy your tickets online and say that you're coming to see me, you can help me win a contest among the cast over who can get the most ticket sales! It's a win-win! You get to see an awesome show, and I could get a small prize. I think it's a good trade off.

Also, I had another photoshoot with Chris Cavalier the other day! It was a really interesting concept - he took photos of me in my home, surrounded by my own stuff, to get a different kind of casual in the pictures. But I'll talk about that a bit more when I have the images themselves to show off!

Finally, it's Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year. So, l'shanah tova, everybody! Happy new year! I hope 5775 is a year filled with happiness, contentment, sweetness, and love.