Anyone here watch Parks and Rec? Does anyone else feel this season has gotten . . . more hostile to conservatives?
Maybe it was my fault for watching a show on NBC about Government, but the first few seasons (and most of last year), it never seemed to get nasty.
Ron is sometimes extreme, but he is also a good, honest person and often offers Leslie words of wisdom. Leslie, when she feels guilty for getting into the expensive gift basket in an early episode and wants to publicly apologize to women in government who she feels she's let down, she lists of both Republicans and Democrats and she had pictures of both Hillary and Condi in her office.
And things used to seem a little more natural. For example, the "Soda Ban" episode this season vs. "Sweetums" in season 2.
In the Sweetums episode, Leslie and Ann opposed a partnership where Sweetums would sell 'nutriyum bars' that were horribly unhealthy in the park concession stands, while Ron is fine with it because letting Sweetums run concession stands saves money (the parks dept. used to run them) and delivering a favorite Ron Swanson quote of mine: "Leslie needs to butt out. The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can! You are free to do so. To me, that's beautiful." (side note - I think sometimes the writers think they are making Ron say something over the top when they really aren't. Liberty lovers don't think what he describes there is a good plan, but the point is, it's up to you, we agree with the sentiment.) In the end, they hold a public forum where the citizens get to decide and vote in favor of the deal. Sweetums wins and Ann is upset, Leslie sighs and obviously wishes it had gone the other way but says something along the lines of 'we did what we needed to, we informed the public, they made the decision'.
In Soda Tax, it's a really heavy handed plot where the companies and restaurants that sell the comically huge sodas are clearly horrible and manipulate people. Leslie wants to pass a bill to tax soda, and again allies with Ann who has studies that 'prove' this bill will curb obesity. It was clearly meant to mirror (and celebrate) Nanny Bloomberg's attempt at large drink bans in New York. Ron's subplot keeps him away from Leslie during most of this (aside from telling her that though he often clashes with her, he admires her sticking to her guns) so there is no balance, and the episode came off as really preachy.
There have been other really preachy things this season. ( Spoilerish for more recent episodes, including tonight'sCollapse )
Am I overreacting or is anyone else annoyed too?