#12 – Oedipal underwear

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I know there’s a lot of jokes and or uncomfortable straight-faced discussions to be had about (a) the dilemma of being an adolescent boy with essentially no peer group on a sterile, surveillance-state environment like a warp-powered submarine and (b) the dysfunctional dynamics of spending most your time around your hot mom and your adoptive-but-actually-pretty-seriously-not […]

#13 – Anagrams include ‘I shun bra jail’ and ‘Uh, sir? Anal jib.’

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People have been having a good time making character-mapping arguments in this thread from yesterday, so I almost hate to collapse the waveform a bit more already, but here we are. Riker-as-Bashir doesn’t really speak much to Will’s imagination, but it seems like a pretty inhabitable character for him. I prefer to think that Riker […]

"What about your reality TV cooking show program?" "Deanna, I am not *pretending* to have a scrumptious gagh recipe."

#14 – Today is a good day to (roll a twenty-sided) die

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I realize that Worf being who he is in Next Generation — a Klingon warrior by blood but naturalized significantly into human cultural and military structure via his adoptive parents and his Starfleet career — is part of what makes him an interesting character, but do you ever get the feeling that maybe he got […]

#15 – He assimilates entire background characters and I fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here!

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Oh Six Hundred already I was just in the middle of a dream I was kissin’ Ashley Judd By a bloody red Cardassian stream JUST ANOTHER WESLEY WEDNESDAY It turns out that I can’t think of anything good to rhyme with Wednesday, at least not at seven in the morning, so let’s just put down […]

#17 – Big Book of Idioms + Thesaurus = Data joke generator

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Data’s an impossible character who really only works in the sort of blindly optimistic and hand-wavey universe of Star Trek. I mean impossible in the sense that he just doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny because the needs of television writing and plotting won’t allow it. Which, to be fair, is true of just about […]

#19 – Miles and Keiko IN: A Double Date with Destiny!

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I’ve been dancing around this, but let’s discuss timelines. NO DON’T GO I’LL BE GENTLE JUST– This strip, to the extent that one can or should take this idea seriously (one probably shouldn’t!), takes place during the series run of The Next Generation. Not after the last episode, not in some amorphous before-during-and-after miasma where […]

#21 – pecking order more like holodecking order amirite

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Easing into the actually-commencing-with-the-roleplaying phase of this whole thing (and it only took twenty strips to get there! When that’s the core premise! Concision, that’s what I’m into…) and I think it’s inevitable that some of these next strips will be RPG basics disguised as Star Trek jokes more than they’re Star Trek jokes disguised […]

#22 – Comet Comet Comet Comet Comet Chameleon

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Geordi, man, you got to corral those players. They’re not even staying in character! I know you’ve got pages and pages of notes on this setting already, but try to start with the key concepts maybe. But, yes, seriously, what is with that comet in the opening title sequence of Deep Space Nine? Why is […]

#23 – Captain Picard, of the OOC Enterprise

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Originally I thought this strip was going to involve a much more elaborate metaphysical argument on Picard’s part, about the nature of being, the continuity of consciousness, thoughts on the implications of sleep and stasis and transporter technology on our sense of ourselves as constant beings, etc. But it wasn’t really gelling, and so: Riker […]

#24 – O’Brien vs. O’Brien, Picard vs. Picard

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As far as I can tell, letting your players improvise is simultaneously the best and worst thing you can possibly do in a role-playing game, a lesson I guess Geordi is going to learn the ancient-fashioned way. And I’m a little worried about the toll this whole thing might take on Keiko and Miles relationship. […]