I, like many, miss NBC’s beloved series Parks and Recreation, which wrapped up its 7-year run last year. Starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, and responsible for formally introducing us to Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari and Adam Scott, the series gave us a look at the warm and fuzzy side of politics and government, while also providing us with great slapstick laughs.
Now, in an election year where Jerry Gergich is Abraham Lincoln compared to our other offerings, we need Parks and Rec now more than ever, with the political ugliness dominating our newsfeeds and timelines like a horrid plague.
Fortunately, with the Chicago Cubs’ World Series title, ending 108 years of futility, Parks and Rec is back in the national spotlight, thanks to an eerily specific premonition in the second episode of the show’s seventh and final season, “Ron and Jammy”.
In the scene, a flash forward to the year 2017, the characters Tom (Ansari) and Andy (Pratt) make a trek to Chicago to visit Tom’s love interest Lucy (Natalie Morales). As Lucy gives Tom and Andy a tour of the city, they walk by Wrigley Field where Lucy plays the role of soothsayer….
With the scene taking place in 2017 and Lucy stating that “everyone’s in a good mood NOW that the Cub have won the Series”, it’s safe to say that this fictional title was won fairly recently….perhaps the season just before. Well done, Parks and Rec, well done.
This isn’t even the first instance of the show involving Andy and predicting the future. In the penultimate season’s finale “Moving Up”, Andy asks a visiting federal government official to “bring back Power Rangers“. Mere days after Andy’s request, film studio Lionsgate announced they would be beginning production on a rebooted Power Rangers film franchise, the first film of which is due for release next year.
Furthermore, another Pratt premonition came to life last summer, when he starred in Jurassic World, the well-received fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. In a bonus feature on the second season of Parks and Rec’s DVD set, Pratt responds to a text from “Steven Spielberg” regarding starring in “Jurassic Park 4”.
Now, if only one of the implied aftermaths of the show’s tear-jerking finale would come true…a Leslie Knope presidency.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490