#168: More Leftovers

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Another little exchange that never made it in, back when everybody was doing character introductions and set-dressing on Deep Space Nine during the first gaming session. Dressing this up as a full-on mini-strip like this is fun but also kind of an odd exercise when the line’s lived in my brain more as just a one-off thing that would have just eaten up a few spare panels as a b-joke in a full-sized strip otherwise about something else; if I was doing a three-panel gag-a-day strip, it could have just been something like:

1. Troi: “Blah blah Dabo girls.”
2. Riker: “Is it hot in here or is it just me?”
3. Data: “Blah blah Cardassian environmental controls.”

In other news, I’d meant to mention this sooner but there’s a pretty fun little collection of strips about our favorite transporter chief drawn by Jon Adams at City Cyclops, called Chief O’Brien at Work.

The first strip (of what looks like a pretty clearly open-and-shut ten total):

#167: Holiday Leftovers

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I woke up this morning keenly aware that I was in no state to resume the actual game session coherently, so instead of driving myself nuts I’m gonna embrace the spirit of the holidays and figuratively loaf on the figurative couch and reheat some figurative leftover smoked turkey.

So, from my running notes on the strip: this was gonna be a throwaway joke around the end of the first session, but it didn’t end up fitting in the flow of things right and so I had to let it drop. Was too late to really go back for in any good way since Riker and Bev have ended up a bit at odds in terms of character and character-as-proxy-for-player interactions and I’ve made at least one joke as a result that contradicts the idea of this happening even aside from the silliness of this idea itself, and so blah blah blah no way to incorporate it naturally.

But, figurative smoked turkey. I labeled this #1, there might be a #2 and so on depending on where my head is next week. Hope y’all are having a good holiday-ish time of the year.

#165 – The Klingons call this a “Y’anQui Swap”

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I considered going even farther with this but I figured that was probably enough to make the joke work. I always kind of wanted that bartering thing to go on at greater, sillier length. And I just didn’t have anything particularly funny to do with the actual resolution of the show, so, hey, let’s go do our own thing, yeah? Yeah.


One idea a friend of mine had that would have been a bit of a clever stroke if I’d been invested enough was to actually keep the ending of Progress mostly in place, with the acquisition of some land as the final bit of bargaining, but make it a callback to the Amazing Disappearing Mullibok, who (as mentioned a few strip writeups ago) Kira in the actual show swears she’ll look after but then we never hear from again ever on DS9, and have the land be gifted to him as compensation for the dispossession. Clever! But honestly I just don’t care enough about Mullibok to bother. Sorry, Joel. It was too beautiful to live.

I think maybe for New Years I’ll resolve to get some new screenshots for Wes and Troi.

#164 – Yamok Time

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If I’d gone any farther out of my way for this punchline I’d have gotten stranded somewhere in the Delta Quadrant. Like, I feel like I should apologize.

I mean, I’m not going to, but. Yes. Peter Piper puked ‘pon a pack of punny ploppers, etc. I basically said that final line to myself two days ago while thinking about what to do with the whole self-sealing stem bolt thing from Progress, started giggling like an idiot, and wrote the strip backward from there to justify its existence.

I am like seven years old.

But, right: my take on Reg is I think he responds more constructively to awkward situations than to well-balanced ones, you know? Coping mechanisms, he’s less at sea when people who aren’t him are actively having trouble keeping it steady, because suddenly there’s a point of comparison by which he can see himself as the helper instead of the overwhelmed cast-out. Not that it’s necessarily a great place to be in, emotionally or socially, as a co-dependent rescuer figure in a dysfunctional group dynamic or whatever but, you know, the guy’s got some reserves maybe even if it’s not under the best circumstances.

#162 – Fat ones! Skinny ones! Green ones! Borg ones!

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I guess we’ll never know and so your guess is as good as mine, but my guess is that if Geordi hadn’t lost his patience, his plan was to railroad Data into arranging for Miles O’Brien to literally transport Mullibok’s farmstead to a remote area of Bajor as a sort of winking compromise, because lord knows that would somehow be okay with an old dude otherwise stubborn enough to literally die before considering a change of venue.

#161 – Shoot the Houstage

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DS9 purists are agonizing right now over my failure to incorporate the thematic element of the unfinished kiln in all of this, and, well, I know that feel, bro. That whole kiln-building thing sure was a central thematic element of Progress, what with Kira’s obsession with helping the injured Mullibok finish it before then destroying it herself as a figurative play on the internal conflict she was wrestling with and blah blah blah, honestly, I didn’t really like the episode much and Mullibok should have finished the damn thing years ago, the jerk.

I sort of forgot what I was going to talk about. But I do like that Mullibok, after Kira is all “I could use a friend” and “I won’t let you [die from sadness/displacement]”, is never mentioned again on the show. I know they had a lot of irons in the fire that first season trying to set things up in terms of plot and character and so it’s hardly some big omission that they didn’t follow up on a little character arc thing, but at the same time, I dunno.

Missed opportunity? Why not have Kira’s relationship with this guy, even if only in tiny glancing five-minute snippets once a season or so, be part of our window into the state of the ongoing development of liberated Bajor as a society and a political structure and so on? It wouldn’t need to be something with a big dramatic B-plot dilemma for Mullibok to play out; if anything, it’d be better as a realistic portrait of him and Kira as now-familiar folks who keep in touch for them to have just a really blase, “how’s the new farm?” sort of catching-up conversation of Space Videophone every once in a while.

I dunno! I think that might have worked.

Also, Data sure likes shooting stuff.