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We take a look at the classic TV show Home Improvement the fan theory: ‘Why We Never See Wilson from Home Improvements Face’. That Home Improvement fan theory is one of many that Joe and Anthony propose in this episode of Abstract Nonsense the Fan Theories and Alternate Readings Podcast.
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=== What is the Show? As explained by Joe ===
Home Improvement is the sitcom where Tim Allen plays himself and his character has an obsession with tools and all things manly & phallic. He has a family, with a lot of sons and a wife and a neighbor called Wilson (whose face we never see); who all help him engage in antics, as Tim does family things but also where he has to go away to his job on a TV set, where he is a TV presenter for tools and times.
=== Home Improvement Fan Theories ===
1st Home Improvement Fan Theory [3:15] The reason why you never see Home Improvement’s Wilson’s Face is because he is in the Witness Protection program.
Anthony argues that Wilson’s wife was involved in an unintentional drive-by shooting, caused by the Gangsta Disciples. In exchange for his testimony to convict the leaders of the gang, he was placed in the Witness protection program. Now Wilson waits in Detroit under a fake name until he is given the all clear. We never see Home Improvement’s Wilson’s face as Tim (his neighbor) is a local celebrity and media may be close by waiting to take photos of Tim. If Wilson ever shows his face, an unfortunate photo from the paparazzi may cost him his life.
Some Evidence Put Forward
- Dr. Wilson W Wilson Jr. Ph.D. is clearly a fake name
- Wilson is an incredibly learned man in a field of study that is quite obscure, his education is well above the statistical average for Detroit
- Being born in Chicago, it is highly likely he attended and graduated from University of Michigan Ann Arbor
- Chicago is well known for its gang violence
2nd Home Improvement Fan Theory: [8:54] Tool Time is a Codeword
FAN SUBMISSION - Sent in by Darren to Abstract Nonsense’s Email.
Darren believes that Tool Time is a codeword for either smoking drugs or engaging in homosexual acts.
3rd Home Improvement Fan Theory: [11:38] Wilson is Your Dad
FAN SUBMISSION - Sent in by Madeline to Abstract Nonsense’s Email.
Madeline argues that Home Improvement’s Wilson is the biological father of some or all of Tim’s kids, and the reason we don’t see Wilson’s face is to avoid the children seeing the similarities in their own appearance and Wilson.
This theory also explains why Tim is so macho. It’s because he is compensating for his lack of virility. Great fan theory from Madeline.
4th Home Improvement Fan Theory: [14:30] Home Improvement is a Satirical Portrayal of 21st American Consumer Capitalism
Anthony argues that the setup for every Home Improvement episode is designed to mirror the cyclical and destructive lifestyle of Americanism & 21st Consumer Capitalism (at least from Anti-Consumer Capitalist perspective). In the show, Tim is the surrogate viewer, who like many American’s aspires to improve their own life. The use of power tools on Tool Time and the inevitable screw up by Tim is symbolic of Western Consumers aspiring for lacking qualities in their life, using a brand to get those qualities and then feeling empty and shallow after consumption.
The conversations between Tim and Wilson are meant to mirror post-consumption guilt and the seeking of religious or spiritual absolution for a consumer's sin. Wilson is both a therapist and a priest all in one, dishing out great advice. Tim takes this advice, but because of his addiction to consumption; this advice is corrupted and he becomes enslaved to the cycle of: aspire, consume, guilt, absolve - repeat.
5th Home Improvement Fan Theory: [26:50] Tim Allen Saves The UniverseFAN SUBMISSION - Sent in by Jean to Abstract Nonsense’s Email. This theory incorporates the 1999 Galaxy quest and Home Improvement; and how the universe basically revolves around Tim Allen
FAN SUBMISSION - Sent in by Jean to Abstract Nonsense’s Email. This theory incorporates the 1999 Galaxy quest and Home Improvement; and how the universe basically revolves around Tim Allen
6th Home Improvement Fan Theory: [29:55] Tim Intentional Screws Up to Keep Al from Succeeding.In this theory, Anthony argues that the reason why Tim Allen constantly screws up on Tool Time is because he doesn’t want the show to get to popular. Tim fears that if the show gets too popular, then agents from National companies will pick up the show and the first thing they will do is get rid of Tim (because Al is by far the superior handyman).
In this theory, Anthony argues that the reason why Tim Allen constantly screws up on Tool Time is because he doesn’t want the show to get to popular. Tim fears that if the show gets too popular, then agents from National companies will pick up the show and the first thing they will do is get rid of Tim (because Al is by far the superior handyman).
By screwing up the show, Tim assures that ratings remain at 3rd - 4th position on local cable and thus the show will never take off nationally, securing his job and masculinity.
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