Technically this is strip #79 because I did the whole thing once already this morning and then Photoshop Elements shit the bed on me when I was marking up the last couple panels of dialogue and god dammit I hate that and I should save more often. Ever, sovaldi really.
I like the idea that Star Trek: The Original Series is basically the Monty Python of the 24th century, in any case.
The entire internet appears to have noticed this great little supercut expose of Riker’s occasional crotch-over-the-top approach to sitting. Someone should really do a thorough video essay on his various postures and leans and such. But, yes:
I don’t actually care very much about Tahna Los — the A-plot of Past Prologue seemed more like an excuse to try and develop Kira’s backstory a bit than like a particularly compelling morality play or character piece in its own right — but I think Geordi would want to do a little something with NPCs and character conflict and so on, and in any case this sets up some potential sort-of-related hijinks if I can figure out how to write ’em up well, so, okay!
It’s possible I’m violating Star Trek canon by suggesting that someone would have to leave the room to urinate or defecate. I’ve never really paid attention to bathrooms in Star Trek (which strikes me as weird now that I say it because that’s exactly the sort of shit I pay too much attention to) so maybe someone else can step in here and verify any explicit acknowledgement in one series or another that human go and sit on or stand over toilets. I mean, I know they have rooms that have showers (or sonic showers or whatever) in them and sinks for splashing water on faces in moments of fluster, and sometimes you gotta just look meaningfully into your apparently-bathroom mirror esp. if you’re Troi and it’s one of those episodes where you’re going craaaaaaaazy, but: toilets?
Can we get a confirm/deny on toilets?
Because it’s entirely possible everybody’s just got tiny transporters in their pants, or even in their bladder and colon.
Somewhere, in a notebook, Troi has doodled a Venn diagram where there’s two overlapping circles labeled, respectively, “shit I don’t want to know about Will but do anyway because I’m the ship therapist” and “shit I don’t want to know about Will but do anyway because we slept together”, and the stuff in the intersection has made for some of the weirdest psychological interviews of her professional life. I’m assuming the two of them pretty much have a “Riker talks to a holotherapist” rule at this point.
Min-max gamer that she is at heart, I think Troi is both (a) logging some billable counseling minutes here and (b) setting up Worf as an extension of her own reach in the game. Praiseworthy efficiency.
Some of these, when I’m writing them, end up feeling more like straight fanfic than Star Trek Humor Joke, which is weird and I think I’ve mentioned it before. I don’t feel like it’s a bad thing per se — if anything, it’s sort of gratifying to feel like I’m getting lost in the moment trying to make the characters just work as who they are — but it’s a bit disorienting when the whole genesis of this project was very much external riffing rather than getting caught up in my fake TNG characters’ internal lives, etc.
But in any case, I loved that weird touchy little shoulder thing Garak did to Bashir at the start of Past Prologue and I felt like it needed at least referencing. We’ll see what Worf does with all this advice next week.