Worf! Hi, Worf. I’ve missed you.
It was actually kind of pulling teeth getting this put together, such is the change of pace of trying to write the crew just BSing as themselves without an external structure to riff against.
But I’ll be honest, I lost as much time rewriting the underlying poker hand narrative here as I did writing the actual, you know, character interactions. Turns out poker fanfic is a little complicated. I’d had Riker checking at the start but I didn’t know how the hand was going to finish at the time, and so then Worf nailed him on a bad beat with the better full house, but then if Riker had jacks over tens why on earth would he first check and then just see Worf’s raise? So I had to go back and have him get in big (however big fifty arbitrary units in a post-scarcity society is, I haven’t even decided what if anything they’re betting on so far) for the thing to flow more sensibly. He probably should have gone for the re-re-raise at the tail end just to try and either get some more cash out of the table or scare Worf out of the game, but then Worf wouldn’t scare easy so that angle doesn’t really read right. Let’s assume there’s a house rule limit on re-raises and Worf got the last one with his fifty extra? Sure. Plausible.
So basically it’s a good thing I’ve watched all that tourney poker on cable or we’d really be in trouble right now.
Also, it’s weird having no colorful In Character panels.
So I think that’s officially that for the pilot. I have a few jokes that never quite made it out of the notes file and onto the page, but I think trying to shoe-horn them in to an extended directionless denouement wouldn’t have worked out all that well, so let’s just have Geordi put a lid on it, shall we?
I should emphasize that my read is that when Troi says she’s teasing, Geordi is the person in the room it’s probably least directed at. It’s a failure of execution with my dialogue this morning that I feel the need to emphasize that here, but I just wasn’t firing on all cylinders this morning with the strip.
You know who plays poker? Worf. Worf plays poker.
Can we talk about the way all the landwalkers are always drinking water everywhere they go in the show? I mean, I appreciate that the Above Water Nine writers were trying to ease the viewing public into the idea of creatures that process atmospheric oxygen through alveolar lungs and so a certain amount of figurative nodding to our familiar hydrated environment makes some thematic sense, but it just felt a little bit on the nose to me. Like, I get it, you’re thirsty because you’re not constantly immersed in water, you’ve established this, now can we move on to the actual science fiction?
Like, maybe we can discuss how despite occupying a ridiculously molecularly sparse gaseous-state atmospheric substrate, they all seem to be able to hear things just fine? I’m not a physicist, I realize there’s an argument that this wouldn’t have to be a crippling disadvantage for such creatures, but still. I just, I dunno. It’s distracting, as a viewer.
In aaaaany case, I’m looking forward to exploring Dr. Fisher’s character’s backstory a little more in the next strip. I feel like Codzia got a lot of potential. And it should be fun to watch her bait Piker.