Greg-Daniels

So here’s something. Apparently, NBC aired Season Two in a different order than Greg Daniels intended. If you think about it, some parts do flow kind of oddly, especially when it comes to Jim and Pam.

I’m only about halfway through watching it in this order and it all seems to come together a lot smoother than NBC’s way.

Greg Daniels is a genius. How dare NBC mess with that.

Feminism in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Can we just talk about how fantastically feminist Brooklyn Nine-Nine is? I can’t believe how consistent they are with it. I didn’t even realize how great they were with it until the start of season 2. The moment that stood out to me was in Chocolate Milk when the suspect mentions how he was watching women doing hot yoga from the window. I just kind of prepared myself for inevitable creepy jokes amongst the group of three men, the kind of jokes that are always present on sitcoms and that I have come to accept as the norm, even from my favorite shows. But instead, I was wonderfully surprised to see Jake obviously creeped out by the guy’s comment and likening it to as bad as the crime they were questioning the suspect about. For a comedy to be this great when it comes to feminist representation is really amazing. After re-watching the show a lot more I don’t know why I was so surprised. All the characters, Jake especially, do a great job of being feminists throughout. Whether it be the positive female friendships, Charles’ apology for continually asking Rosa out when she wasn’t interested, Jake letting Amy be with who she wants even though he likes her, or any of the other dozens of examples. Sorry this was so long, I just really love this show’s positivity. The cast and crew are so great at changing up comedy and proving a show can be funny/successful without resorting to cheap and offensive stereotypes. Thanks to the great actors and the wonderful minds behind the show, Mike Schur & Dan Goor (the same geniuses who brought us the positivity of Parks and Rec and the female, feminist idol that is Leslie Knope).

I hope that Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, and Greg Daniels know that their little mockumentary about a public servant dedicated to making her community a better place with the help of her friends is a significant reason of why I’m running for office in real life. That hearing Leslie Knope reaffirm her dedication to helping people over and over again pulled me out of a funk brought on by party politics and complacency. It might be fictional, but it has real world impact. I hope they know that.