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Review: The Flash

To quote a friend of mine, “DC just whipped their dick out onto the table.” Following the series premiere of The Flash last night, I’m inclined to agree. Following the amazing success of two seasons of Arrow, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have gone for broke with their ambitious plans for television. We have Gotham airing

SDCC 2014: Marvel’s Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has definitely blazed a television trail for Marvel Studios. Its success has proven that the stories and characters of the MCU can and do translate to the small screen. Couple that with the popularity of the Agent Carter One-Shot featuring Captain America: The First Avenger‘s stalwart

SDCC 2014: Return of The Venture Brothers!

OTF’s coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2014 kicks off with an old favorite! It’s no secret that we love The Venture Brothers. Since our last conversation with series creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick at NYCC 2013, there still have not been any new episodes, but we’re closer to season 6

ConnectiCon 2014: Alan Oppenheimer

Continuing our coverage from ConnectiCon 2014, today’s spotlight in on actor Alan Oppenheimer, a veteran of film and television. With a plethora of screen credits ranging from Westworld and Freaky Friday to The Six Million Dollar Man and multiple Star Trek series, Alan has also lent his voice to several popular films

ConnectiCon 2014: Jennifer Hale

Did you ever watch Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, Iron Man, or The Tick? How about Totally Spies, The Powerpuff Girls, or Codename: Kids Next Door? Or even spend a few hours playing the Metal Gear Solid, Metroid: Prime, or Mass Effect series? If you said yes to any

The CW Fleshes Out the DCU

Is it October yet? Every piece of news that comes out of the CW’s two superhero series, Arrow and The Flash, gets us more excited for this fall, and the recent round of casting is no exception.  Arrow kicked off production of its third season this week, and has recently

Roundtable Review: “Parks & Recreation,” Season 6

In Roundtable Review, two or more contributors review, pick apart, and critique those nerd properties that are just too big for one person to tackle — a comic book series, a television season, a movie trilogy, etc.

In our latest Roundtable Review, Tek and Dwight take a look back at the 22-episodes of Parks & Recreation, season six, examining the evolution of the characters, the season’s surprises, and the future of our beoved Pawnee, Indiana.


Rob Piontek

I remember watching the first episode of Parks & Recreation when it aired in 2009. The humor was very dry, none of the characters felt likeable (*cough* Brendanawicz…), and it was trying too hard to be The Office. Fast forward to 2013, and thanks to the benevolent goddess that is Netflix, a binge of Parks seasons 3-5 occurred, restoring my interest, which eventually turned into a genuine love for the series. (Seasons 1 and 2 were eventually viewed, but mainly because I’m a completionist.) Naturally, I wanted more, but as season 6 approached, I caught wind of the impending departure of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, as well as the absence of Chris Pratt for several episodes. With this in mind, I still dove headlong into the latest season, hoping that my love affair with the civil servants of Pawnee was not coming to a premature end. Thankfully, that was not the case.

 Even with an incomplete cast for most of the season, Parks maintained its own standard of quirkiness and utter hilarity. Right from the start, as the team ventures across the pond to England, even the British aren’t safe as Ben and Andy encounter Lord Edgar Covington (Peter Serafinowicz), in whom Andy finds a kindred spirit of ineptitude and obliviousness. This, of course, prompts Andy to stick around London for a time that perfectly coincides with Chris Pratt’s time shooting Guardians of the Galaxy (Serafinowicz also stars). The means of explaining away Andy’s sudden svelteness also falls right in line with what you’d expect from Parks. Evidently, cutting beer out of your diet allows you to drop 50 pounds and become an intergalactic outlaw all in the span of one month.

Hit the jump for the full Roundtable Review!