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"The Simpsons" Deep Space Homer (TV Episode 1994) Poster

(TV Series)

(1994)

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A copy of this episode exists on the International Space Station for real astronauts to watch.
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While the NASA staff are examining the most popular characters on television, they watch a short segment spoofing the show Home Improvement (1991). In the segment, Tim "The Toolman" Taylor supercharges a riding mower, then accidentally reverses it through his backyard fence, running over his neighbor, Wilson. He then says: "Oh, no! I killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me." In real life, Tim Allen, who played Tim Taylor in Home Improvement (1991), actually spent time in prison before his rise to fame.
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There was some controversy amongst the show's writing staff during production as some felt that having Homer go into space was too large an idea. Matt Groening felt that the idea was so big that it gave the writers "nowhere to go". Several silly gags were therefore toned down to make the episode feel more realistic, including an idea that everyone at NASA was as stupid as Homer. The writers focused more upon the relationship between Homer and his family and Homer's attempts to be a hero.
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Matt Groening named Homer's face changes into Popeye and Richard Nixon while exposed to G-force as one of his least favourite gags from the show.
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Some of the writers were concerned about Buzz Aldrin's line, "second comes right after first", feeling it was insulting to Aldrin. An alternative line was written: "first to take a soil sample", but Aldrin had no problem with saying the original line.
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Astronaut Race Banyon is a parody of Jonny Quest (1964) character Race Bannon.
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David Mirkin had worked on the idea for the episode for a long time, basing the story on NASA's Teacher in Space Project to send ordinary civilians into space in order to increase interest amongst the general public.
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Although the episode was directed by Carlos Baeza, the potato chip sequence was directed by David Silverman. Some computer animation created using an Amiga was used in the sequence in order to make the potato chip rotation as smooth as possible.
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In the Spanish version, they change the Mr. T joke with Rambo.
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A version of James Taylor's 1970 single "Fire and Rain" was recorded specifically for the episode containing some altered lyrics. He also sings "You've Got a Friend". Taylor's original recording session was included as an extra on the DVD.
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The episode is the source of the "Overlord meme", which is lifted from Kent Brockman's line and is commonly used on Internet forums to express mock submission, usually for the purpose of humor or when a "participant vastly overstates the degree of oppression or social control expected to arise from the topic in question".
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David Silverman named this as one of his favourite episodes.
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