In Defense of Leslie Knope

One of my favourite shows on television these days is Parks & Recreation. It is a comedy with a heart, a show that when it is on, literally makes you laugh and cry. With a good episode, it can almost hang with the big dog (the big dog being, of course the one and only, Arrested Development) when it comes to memorable quotes.  He is f*&*king Ron Swanson, after all.

Although I could go on and on about Parks & Recreation as a whole (and I will someday soon, don’t you worry), I’m here today in defense of my girl Leslie Knope.  Played by Amy Poehler, Leslie Knope has been a bright spot for female characters since at least the penultimate episode of the first season. She’s smart, funny, loyal, flawed, and a feminist.

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“Awake”

This is probably cheating, but I am counting this as an official post. So that’s one down and one to go in February, and that’s me keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. (Thank goodness it’s a Leap Year).

Anyway, I am super-excited for the premiere of Lucius Malfoy’s Jason Isaacs’ new tv show, Awake, which premiers on Thursday, March 1. Isaacs plays detective Michael Britten, who gets into car accident with his wife and son. He awakes to find that his wife has died, although his son has made it through. But what happens when he goes asleep is where it gets exciting. When he wakes up again, he is now in a world where his son has died, but his wife lived.

Clearly this is a show made for me.

I haven’t had time to watch the preview  of the first episode on NBC, although I wish I had if for no other reason than I could pretend to be like a real critic.  However, I watched a preview way back in July for this, and have been waiting for it to show up ever since. It seems to be getting some decent reviews, and has a good cast. In addition to Isacc’s, B.D. Wong and Cherry Jones play therapists in each of the respective ‘worlds,’ and he has a different partner in each ‘world’ as well. And honestly, with this premise, plus the opportunity to stare at Jason Isaacs (playing a Yank, btw) for an hour each week, you know I am all in.

I’ll check back in after I’ve actually seen the episode and let you know what I think. Here is the current preview: