Parks and Recreation Sn 2

Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00
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Parks and Recreation - Season 2 out on DVDHot on the heels of Season 1’s DVD release, Parks and Recreation Season 2 sees the hit American comedy series really start to hit its stride. Instead of a measly six episodes, this time we get a whopping 24 to really explore the characters in the council’s Parks Department, and witness the absurd situations they manage to get themselves into in the charming, fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. It is adorable incompetence all the way!

The unsightly pit that formed last season’s focal point still has not been converted into a park, and the story occasionally revisits its slow progress whilst covering all the other duties that Deputy Director Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler – Saturday Night Live) and her colleagues have to undertake. Beauty pageants, OAP valentine parties, hunting trips, visits by foreign dignitaries and blind dates are just some of the events waiting to go disastrously wrong.

Whilst the loveable Leslie continues to take centre stage, some of the quieter and more subtle characters from last time start to emerge. For example, Leslie’s boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman – “21 Jump Street”) reveals his more compassionate, fun-loving side whilst still managing to be the most work-shy man alive. Reluctant intern April (Aubrey Plaza – “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) develops a crush for another character and shows there is much more to her than meets the eye.

New characters in Season 2 include Jerry (Jim O’Heir – Strip Mall), a co-worker who is always the butt of everyone’s jokes and whose good ideas are always laughed off, Dave the cop (Louis C K – Louie) who hits it off rather well with Leslie, and Justin (Justin Theroux – “American Psycho”), a flashy lawyer who everyone idolises.

The humour rarely misses the mark and is a health mixture of slapstick, comical reaction shots (Ron’s eyebrows steal the show every time and rival those of the great Roger Moore), and plenty of cunning satire. Leslie’s sense of right and wrong sees her constantly standing up for the little people against big corporations and nonsensical government red tape, and despite the lunacy of the way events play out it is normally very hard to disagree with her judgements.

I thoroughly recommend this series to comedy fans, especially those who like both versions of The Office, and Arrested Development. It is a joy from start to finish.

Bonus features include:

  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentaries
  • ‘Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party’ featurette
  • ‘Guestlove on: Parks’ featurette
  • ‘Winter Games Promo’ featurette
  • Blooper reel

 

Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (2010) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Fremantle Home Entertainment. The disc has a running time of 528 minutes approx, carries a ‘12’ certificate and retails for £29.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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