Parks and Recreation S4E6: End of the World

Rating: FR.Here I just want to give a hat tip to the NBC series Parks and Recreation for two things: first, they had an apocalyptic episode; and second, they have Ron Fucking Swanson.

The Reasonabilists

Parks and Recreation is a sitcom, not a survival show, and it centers on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) as the Deputy Director of ¬†Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana. The show gets the nod for apocalyptic content in the one episode, S4E6: End of the World, in which the Cult of Reasonabilism predicts global destruction at the hands of some extraterrestrial Zorp figure, ¬†and schedules a vigil in one of the town parks for the occasion. The show’s generally pretty entertaining and its mini-apocalypse is a good time. Zorp never turns up. The world doesn’t end, and the sitcom goes merrily along afterward.

Ron Fucking Swanson

Ron Fucking Swanson

Ron Fucking Swanson (Nick Offerman) is a different matter, and this review is largely an excuse to talk about that dude. Swanson is a vindication of masculinity in a time when masculinity has been deconstructed, devalued, and pushed off into a corner.

He is a Libertarian who hates government, but works for the government. He wants to be reincarnated as a bolt cutter. He eats rare steaks and drinks whiskey, and watches The Bridge on the River Kwai on his birthday. He takes the Reasonabilists in stride, and is himself a “practicing none of your goddamned business.” Apocalypse or no, he’s Ron Fucking Swanson, and he’s worth a watch if you’ve ever had a moment’s hesitation on the direction of the 21st Century world. Check it out.