“Homer Simpson is a vegetable in a coma, and has been for over 20 years.”
So hypothesizes a theory of how and why the lives of the iconic and legendary Simpsons have unfolded the way they have for the past 20 or so years, reports the Huffington Post.
The Simpsons theory, posted by Reddit user, Hardtopickaname, gives fans of The Simpsons an in-depth look and analysis that leads to some interesting findings that might fascinate even Barney, Homer, and possibly Nelson.
This new Simpsons theory has also been making its way around the internet faster than Homer can chug a Duff’s. And – if, under further scrutiny by Simpsons fans, this Simpsons theory involving Homer proves true – it might be as revolutionary to the Simpsons’ universe as the recent idea that our universe never really had a Big Bang.
So what’s behind this theory that Homer has been in a coma for over 20 years? Hardtopickaname has actually dug up some pretty startling evidence that has been making many Simpsons fans go, “D’oh?”
The Simpsons theory stems from the 1992 Simpsons episode, “Homer the Heretic” when Homer is having a conversation with God.
Homer: God, I gotta ask you something. What’s the meaning of life?
God: Homer, I can’t tell you that.
God: You’ll find out when you die.
Homer: I can’t wait that long!
God: You can’t wait six months?
Homer: No, tell me now!
God: Well, ok. The meaning of life is…
The episode frustratingly cuts to The Simpsons credits at that point, leaving Simpsons fans hanging.
But sure enough, just as God had revealed to Homer, six months later in an April 1993 Simpsons episode titled, “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show”, Bart’s April Fools’ Day prank lands Homer in the hospital. While there, a vending machine falls on Homer and puts him in a coma, the episode ending with Homer strangling Bart.
But did Homer really get this opportunity to strangle his boy? Not according to this Simpsons theory, as explained by Hardtopickaname, choking Bart may have only occurred in Homer’s coma-mind.
“I propose that Homer didn’t actually wake up from his coma. He is still in a vegetative state and every single Simpsons episode afterwards is in Homer’s imagination. This is why the characters don’t age. Homer remembers Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as 10, 8, and 1 year old, so they will always appear that way in his dreams. He is subconsciously aware of time passing, so his mind will often “update” his memories so that the year they occurred matches up with the age he thinks he is (eg. That 90’s Show contradicting other flashback episodes). While the characters’ ages don’t change, the events happening to the Simpsons definitely did. The plots of episodes following the April Fools show are far zanier than beforehand.”
Some examples of the less zany, pre-April 1993 Simpsons episodes include plots based on Homer trying to give up drinking, Marge considering cheating on Homer and Bart cheating on an IQ test.
Contrast these “fairly mundane” episodes with the post-April-1993, Homer-in-a-coma, episodes, and it does seem that the Simpsons theory – that Homer remains in a coma, even now – makes a pretty strong case.
The zanier, wackier plots that followed post-April, 1993 Homer being in a coma include Mr. Burns capturing the Loch Ness Monster, Homer blasting off into outer space, Bart and Homer buying a racehorse – which leads them to the secret land of jockeys – and perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that Homer remains in a coma: An ongoing stream of celebrities suddenly visiting the world of Homer and the Simpsons.
For Hardtopickaname, this is “clearly Homer’s imagination running wild. With no real world restrictions, Homer’s mind is able to dream up scenarios of him and his family in fantasies involving him winning a Grammy, his father fighting his boss for buried WW2 treasure, his wife getting breast implants, his infant daughter saving him from drowning, etc.”
And how does this Simpsons theory explain the appearances of celebrities that weren’t celebrities before Homer went into a coma”
“The massive amounts of celebrity appearances are easily explained as well. People in comas can sometime hear what people in the same room are saying. While Homer wouldn’t physically react, his mind processes that information and includes it in his dreams.”
While this Simpsons theory doesn’t go into Homer’s very religious neighbor, Ned Flanders, it probably could. In the end this Simpsons theory of Homer being in a coma comes down to Homer’s initial 1993 conversation with God, and Homer’s ultimate purpose.
“For Homer, his grand purpose is obvious – he is here to entertain. His dreams, his imaginative adventures, have provided billions with amusement and will continue to do so for decades.”
Profound. Who knew that Homer going into a coma in 1993 would have such lasting repercussions all the way to 2015, with a scholarly and well thought-out Simpsons theory?
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