With footage of Russian troops coming into Ukraine taking part in out on information channels, TV followers are as soon as once more marveling at how Fox’s long-running animated comedy The Simpsons has been capable of usually predict present-day chyrons. As famous on social media, a 1998 episode of the collection known as “Simpson Tide” (a figuring out reference to the hit 1995 Gene Hackman/Denzel Washington submarine thriller, Crimson Tide) featured Russia flexing its old-school Soviet militaristic muscular tissues after a world incident attributable to — who else? — Homer Simpson.
Simpsons showrunner, Al Jean, famous the unlucky similarities himself on Twitter, writing: “Very unhappy to say this was not laborious to foretell.”
Jean expanded on these ideas in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I hate to say it, however I used to be born in 1961, so 30 years of my life have been lived with the specter of the Soviet Union. So, to me, that is sadly extra the norm than it’s the prediction,” Jean noticed. “We simply figured issues have been going to go dangerous.”
“Historic aggression by no means actually goes away, and it’s a must to be tremendous vigilant,” he continued. “In 1998, when this clip aired, it was perhaps the zenith of U.S.-Russia relations. However, ever since [Russian President Vladimir] Putin obtained in, nearly everyone has made it clear that he’s a nasty man and dangerous issues are going to occur. There may be the sort of prediction, the place we reference one thing that has occurred, occurring once more — we hope it wouldn’t, however sadly, it does.”
Jean additionally made it clear that viewers should not anticipate to see pointed references to the present Russia-Ukraine battle popping up in future episodes. However given the present’s observe report, it is truthful to imagine that one thing that pops up in a 2022 episode will likely be newly related by 2042.
The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.