If you are a fan of ABC’s Lost, yesterday was bittersweet. The 2.5 hour series finale, with lead-ins starting at seven and followed by Jimmy Kimmel’s post-mortem, was the Super Bowl of all series finales.
Thanks to my daughter’s creativity, she won an invitation to E! Entertainment’s special event celebrating the series finale on Sunday. It was hosted by Kristin Dos Santos (play the video clips. I appear briefly in one of them). I attended as a guest of my daughter. We got to watch the east coast feed and enjoyed a reception with a small group of fans from across the country.
It wasn’t until the final moment faded from the screen that I realized what the true meaning of Lost is: it is an allegory showing us the path to salvation for Los Angeles.
At the heart of the plot is a parallel timeline where many of the characters have found fulfillment and success.
It became clear to me there must be an alternate Los Angeles where things work. It is a parallel world where Janice Hahn is an enlightened leader guiding the City Council through complex motions improving the quality of life for all; Eric Garcetti is an Admiral in the Navy reserve who while on duty scores a resounding victory over the forces of terrorism; Jan Perry allows Hurley, Lost’s most loveable character, to open a Mr. Clucks fast food franchise in her district; Paul Koretz auditions for and wins the part of Hurley; it is where Richard Alarcon lives in his legal residence; where Bernard Parks and Miguel Santana can count to 4,000; and, finally, where Antonio Villaraigosa was elected Governor and is handing out property tax refunds because of the surplus he created through efficiencies and pension reform.
We need to find this alternate world and induce its leaders to run for office in our dimension. Better yet, we need to register its voters here. They will undoubtedly succeed where we have failed – electing competent officials.