Parks and Recreation Sn 3

Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00
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Parks and Recreation - Season 3 out on DVDIn Parks and Recreation Season 3, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler – “Blades of Glory”) and her zany local government colleagues get into plenty of new and utterly absurd situations in and around the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. This box set features another 16 quality episodes of the hit fly-on-the-wall comedy series, as well as some excellent special features. Laughter is not optional, it is inevitable!

The focus this season is much less on the infamous pit-cum-park from the first two years, and more about the wider work and relationships of the team. The topical, cost-cutting measures brought in by City Manager Chris (Rob Lowe – The West Wing) force Leslie and co to be more creative than ever in their efforts to provide quality services and fun experiences for their customers, the people of Pawnee. Needless to say, more often than not they get as much wrong as they get right.

Stand-out events this time around include the rematch of manager Ron (Nick Offerman – “21 Jump Street”) and his feisty and ultra-devious ex-wife Tammy (Megan Mullally – Will & Grace), a massive harvest festival on ancient Indian burial ground (never a good move), the creation of a time capsule that inspires feverish action from an ardent “Twilight” fan, and the death of Pawnee’s legendary mini-horse, Li’l Sebastian.

New characters introduced at the end of Season 2 make a big impact. Lowe’s depiction of the health-crazy, super-positive Chris is wonderfully hyper, and all the funnier when he has fits of chronic hypochondria. Meanwhile, Adam Scott probably plays the most down-to-Earth character in Ben, the man who does most of Chris’ dirty work. This time he is shown in a much more positive, heart-warming light than before, something that does not escape Leslie’s notice.

Big Ron Swanson steals the show, however. His undiminished love of meat and food in general, along with his determination to do as little work as possible and criticise the public sector is often deliriously funny. The sheer number of fan-made t-shirts in circulation dedicated to his expressive facial hair and meat-love say it all, really.

The only mildly negative thing I can say about this box set is that 16 episodes (19 if you count the extended cuts) are simply not enough! Thankfully Seasons 4 and 5 are back to the 20-plus mark. Laugher is the best medicine, and this is a knock-out comedy.

Bonus features include:

  • Deleted scenes
  • Three Extended episodes
  • Audio commentaries
  • Gag reel
  • Li’l Sebastian Tribute

 

Many gag reels are excruciatingly unfunny. This one is genuinely hilarious and had me in tears many times. It is almost worth the entry price on its own!

Parks and Recreation: Season 3 (2011) is out now on DVD from Fremantle Home Entertainment. The Three disc set has a running time of 447 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £34.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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