King of the nerds Patton Oswalt has an upcoming guest spot on an episode of “Parks and Recreation” where he plays a Pawnee citizen who filibusters a city council meeting in order to hold up a piece of legislation.
The producers give Oswalt the freedom to talk about whatever he wanted during the extended speech, so he went with his heart and made a 9-minute pitch for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
But it’s not that simple. As a hardcore sci-fi geek, Oswalt seized upon the opportunity to bring in characters from another recent Disney acquisition, the Marvel universe. How will Tony Stark and Thanos play into the continuation of the “Star Wars” saga? You’ll have to click past the jump to find out.
While Oswalt’s obviously not being serious about his pitch for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” you have to admire the angle from which he approached it. As one of Hollywood’s most in-demand script doctors, Oswalt knows a thing or two about film structure, and you can see that here, even if that involves a fake-out involving the X-Men, the Quinjet, and Dr. Reed Richards.
All jokes aside, there are some really good ideas here before it all spins out of control with time ribbons. We’re definitely in favor of Boba Fett climbing out of the sarlacc pit within the first 15 minutes, and Luke using Darth Vader’s lightsaber as a reminder of his father’s sins is inspired writing.
The full episode of “Parks and Recreation” airs tonight on NBC, and you should watch it anyway because it’s the best sitcom on TV.