The Parks and Rec season 7 premiere took place in the not-so-distant future of 2017. In the process, the show gave us some technological and social advances to look forward to.
So many great works of art have made bold predictions about the future. Star Trek brought us transporter devices. Terminator sent a killing machine back in time. George Orwell’s 1984 posited that the world would be engaged in a never-ending geo-political struggle over North African resources designed to build super-countries powerful enough for complete social control. Whoa, 1984 was heavy. Now Parks and Rec season 7 is throwing its hat into the future ring. Though not very far — only into 2017.
It may only be two years from now, but based on the season’s first two episodes, “2017” and “Ron and Tammy,” there are still plenty of interesting technologies and events to come in the next couple of years. Here are our five favorites.
5. Gryzzl Tablets
No version of the future is complete without a take on the personal computer or tablet. From the looks of start-up tech giant Gryzzl’s first attempt at a tablet, things are going pretty well. Gryzzl’s tablet has a smooth, intuitive display and a topnotch messaging feature.
Unfortunately, it also has a murderous desire to kill people and wear their skin. Maybe they’ll get that bug worked out by 2018.
4. Kevin James as Jason Bourne
Reboots and remakes aren’t going away anytime soon. The only thing we can do is accept them and hope that the directions they take get bolder and bolder. Jeremy Renner taking over for Matt Damon? That’s child’s play. Jeremy Renner is just Matt Damon with a less believable Boston accent. 2017 will give us what we deserve, a truly bold casting decision: Kevin James hangs up Paul Blart’s mustache in favor of Jason Bourne’s pistol. Leslie’s a fan of the casting and we trust her judgment above all else.
3. Shia LaBeouf designs wedding gowns
Shia LaBeouf and designing wedding gowns is the most logical pairing on Parks and Recreation since Andy and April. LaBeouf seems interested in alternative forms of art, deconstructing celebrity and just all around being generally weird. Becoming a famous wedding gown designer is the perfect confluence of all these qualities. And it sounds like he’s pretty good at it as well. A Pawnee tastemaker like Donna Meagle wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best.
2. Chicago Cubs win the World Series
Nothing suggests that hell has frozen over like the prospect of the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series. The North Siders last won in 1918 and haven’t really come all that close since. Parks creator Michael Schur is a massive baseball fan. He knows better than anyone that the easiest way to indicate an Earth-shattering future event is a Cubs World Series.
It’s also slightly similar to something the show Lost got to pull off in its third season. Prior to 2004, the Boston Red Sox were the team with the longest World Series drought. And Jack Shephard frequently used the phrase, “When the Red Sox win the World Series,” as a shorthand for “never ever ever ever ever.” Well… The Red Sox did win the World Series the same year Lost came on the air. If the Cubs do win any time between now and 2017, Chicago should build a statue of Leslie Knope outside Wrigley Field. Hell, they should do that anyway. Every city should.
1. Werner Herzog lives in Pawnee
We know his character technically has a name. But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s Werner Herzog. And he lives in Pawnee. 2017 cannot come soon enough.