Link to today’s strip.
Okay…I’m going to take a wild stab here and guess that the “state of the ark” thing is supposed to be a joke about…Noah? (Oooo, too bad last year’s film wasn’t a huge blockbuster–that would’ve helped, right? Oooo, those year-long waits.) As, I’m guessing again, the prior DJ’s equipment was commonly used in Biblical times–not at all conducive to repainting those funky (oops) seventies vibes. And all those lyrics about cubits! No wonder the Reunion Committee ladies want something more contemporary (it’s a well known fact that, before building the ark, Noah was well known for hosting some serious raves, but that was, like, aeons ago. You can read all about it in your Bibles.)
–Uh…huh. Even I can’t find that premise easy to sustain, and I find it hard to believe anyone, Tom Batiuk included, would write that down and say There. There’s the next strip. Granted, he has given us many, many inexplicable punchlines over the years, but I seem to recall they kind of related to the subject at hand. This one, not so much. Unless the last DJ decided to forgo the turntables in favor of pottery shards, this is rather dim.
One thing, though–the fervor with which poor Barry is assailed makes me think that, yes, the high school does hold a reunion every year–and it’s the only thing going on in these folks’ lives. They just go through their sad days, waiting for the magical date to show up, the reminder of when they were happy and the future was rosy. And all they want is a decent DJ to help the illusion along. And suddenly…I don’t think these reunion enthusiasts are idiots any longer. I find them kind of sad, now, people longing after a happiness they’ll never have, fluttering along like a butterfly at the end of its lifespan, desperate not to die for a while longer.
Have I bummed you out? If so, it’s good practice. I’ve seen tomorrow, and tomorrow isn’t pretty.