TV Tuesday: ‘Breaking Bad’

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I’m currently in the middle of season 2 of “Breaking Bad.” I haven’t exactly been binge-watching like some other shows; I went weeks between episodes, choosing to go for funnier (“Parks and Rec”) and lighter (“Grey’s Anatomy”) fare. But now I’m all caught up on “Parks and Recreation” and I need a new show to sink my teeth into.

To be honest, I’m still waiting for “Breaking Bad” to get really good; to get to the point where everyone says they can’t stop watching and calls it the best show on television. I feel like once Walt grows that goatee, like in the image above, that signals the turning point in the series. I’m still waiting for that goatee.

Don’t get me wrong, I like “Breaking Bad” very much. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have watched three episodes last night and two this morning. The story is definitely starting to pick up, but the pacing is hard for me to get into. Each episode starts off slow, and then right when it gets interesting, the episode’s over. Also, the parts of the story I find most interesting – namely Hank and the DEA – aren’t featured very heavily. It always seems to be Walt and Jesse butting heads over the same issues. 

Finally, someone please tell me Skylar will wisen up over Walt’s double life. It’s driving me crazy; she’s coming across as so naive.

TV Tuesday: ‘Parks and Recreation’

TV Tuesday is a new column on my blog where I’ll write about a TV show I’m currently watching or discuss recent developments in the TV world. As always, your opinions are welcome in the comments!

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I know, I’m way behind the ‘cool’ bandwagon. In my defense, I did watch “Parks and Recreation” during its first short season. After that, it slipped off my radar, but clearly gained traction with others.

“Parks and Recs,” for those unfamiliar, stars Amy Poehler as the very ambitious, energetic and caring Leslie Knope, the deputy director of Pawnee, Indiana’s parks and recreation department. The show is filmed docu-style, much like “The Office,” and follows Leslie and her fellow parks and recs colleagues as they navigate through local government life.

I’m so glad I got into this show again. I was looking for a short sitcom to watch while I eat breakfast, and “Parks and Recs” fit the bill. The second season was a little slow to pick up, but once it did, it just keeps getting better and better.

The problem with starting any show late in the game is that you’re probably already aware of numerous spoilers, especially regarding casting. I’m still going through the sixth season, but needless to say I’ve already heard spoilers about what happens. Still, this doesn’t deter me from enjoying “Parks and Recreation.”  If anything, it encourages me to keep watching because I want to see how the events unfold. (This is probably the only time you’ll hear me talk about spoilers in a positive light. Don’t get used to it.)

Other observations:

+ I’m pretty sure Andy Dwyer is becoming more and more stupid as the show goes on. Yes, Andy’s stupidity is one of the endearing things about his character, but there are some moments that are a bit much. It’s one of those classic examples when a show realizes everyone likes Dumb!Andy and so they end up going overboard. Sometimes less is more.

+ One of the things I actually don’t like about the show is the treatment of Jerry/Larry. Maybe most offices have that one coworker everyone likes to poke fun at, but in the case of Jerry/Larry, it just seems downright mean. It’s pure bullying and it’s not okay. Maybe some of you think I’m being overly sensitive, but I cringe every time one of the characters is unnecessarily mean to him.

+ Chris Traeger and Ron Swanson are two of the greatest characters every created. Literally.

“Parks and Recreation’s” first five seasons is available on Netflix. Season 6 is available on Hulu Plus.

Image courtesy of Chris Haston/NBC.

Time to Come Out of Hibernation

It’s pretty dreary and cloudy in NYC today, but the past couple of days have shown signs that pleasant spring weather is here – it’s just facing a few minor setbacks. After one of the most brutal winters in recent memory (for me), it’s been nice to be able to leave the house without piling on layers or wearing leg warmers that keep slipping down.

To celebrate the beginning of spring, last week I went to the Macy’s in Herald Square to check out the store’s flower show. There were a lot of events scattered across the two week-long exhibition. When I went, I had a chance to see artist Joe Mangrum and his assistant create some beautiful sand art in the plaza in front of Macy’s. The inside of the store is also impeccably decorated, as you might expect. (Click images to make them larger)

In a few weeks, I’ll most likely be moving out of NYC, so I’ve started to curate a “bucket list” of sorts. One of the places I had never been to was Riverside Park, literally just a few blocks away from my apartment. Since yesterday was such a beautiful day, I went for an evening stroll to the park. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I really liked what I saw. It may be right next to a major highway, but you don’t really feel it. And check out this sunset!

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