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.
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 (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.