Senior Moment II

Link to today’s strip.

As you can see, we’ve dropped the “Bullying” arc because Mr. Batiuk had to get in another Les fix.   I’m sure the “Bullying” arc will be back–there are awards to win nominations to be had, after all.

While he was lovingly detailing Les, he forgot how to draw the other characters.  For evidence, look at Chullo in panel one–worst face this week.  He looks like Becky at the Wally-Rachel wedding–

–a hastily decorated potato pressed into service.  Perhaps even the very same potato.  On the other hand, look at panel two–four sets of heavy-lidded world-weary eyes.

Anyway, what we have today is more evidence that Chullo and Glasses are dumber than rocks.

In the past, students have hated attending Les’ class, largely because they hate Les, but also because he’s a dull pedant who turns the learning process into sheer torture.  Puns, Hemingway, Moby Dick and “trick” trick questions.  No one wants to be in Les’ class.

Now, here come Chullo and Glasses, and they can’t wait to sit in for more of the same.

Of course, Les would have a roster of students who were supposed to be in his class this year, and he could easily see that Chullo and Glasses are signed up.  Unless in Westview High, all you do is show up at a class and you’re enrolled.

And was Les so enraged by this perfidy that he marched the Dumbtastic Duo into the principal’s office?  If not, whose “OFFICE” is this?  Does Les hold classes in his office?  Is Glasses saying “Told you” to Les Moore?  Seems rather disrespectful; even Les deserves respect for his position (and for nothing else).

So, you make the call:  lazy ignorance or willful stupidity?

Advertisements

22 Comments

Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

22 responses to “Senior Moment II

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    It’s definitely laziness. Batiuk totally missed an actual joke here. In the first panel, Cody could’ve said “we’re officially seniors”, and Owen’s “this is officially embarrassing” would’ve played off it. Not really a good joke, but you’d at least be able to see how it could maybe be construed as funny, unlike every other day of this strip.

  2. Rusty

    Perhaps we’ll get a whole year of ” no one believes these two are seniors.” We are treading water.

  3. Brendan Buford should have been fired from his position as King Features “editor” the second this strip was distributed to newspapers.

    This is criminal.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Of COURSE everyone’s skeptical, these two idiots have been in high school for six or seven years now. Hopefully he has an upcoming prestige arc in mind where Les is driven to suicide by their clownish antics. Why does he always need to be involved in everything? Look at him there, acting like Big Professor Know-It-All, what a dick.

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    It’s just hilarious how the entire content this week is “can you believe Cody and Owen are seniors”, and no humor or real plot development apart from that. Yes, we can Batiuk! They’ve gone back to school six or seven times. The only thing that would make any kind of sense would be if people were shocked that they’re STILL seniors.

  6. (Owen) looks like Becky at the Wally-Rachel wedding– –a hastily decorated potato pressed into service. Perhaps even the very same potato.

    And the Becky potato clearly was wearing a Summer Moore wig.

    Because art.

  7. Gyre

    Well in its favor it seems to be trying to have fun with how no one can believe that those two are now seniors. But then again, this does suddenly drop that weird bullying story with no explanation for anything. But when you think about it, that’s probably the best way to handle it. Realize that it was a really bad idea and move on as quickly as possible.

    So unless Batiuk decides it’d be a good idea to return to that dumbness, I’ll give him a point for this comic.

  8. What exactly does Les’ senior lit class look like? Are students required to write a ten-page term paper on the symbolism of leaves in Lisa’s Story?

  9. billytheskink

    Why is Nate involved in this? Did Les disbelieve Owen and Cody’s senior-ness so much that he dragged them to the principal’s office as if they were in trouble or did Owen and Cody drag Les down to the office to prove their senior-ness? Either way, it’s a ridiculous situation.

    I went to a small high school, my mother worked there and I was fairly friendly with the faculty and staff all the way up to the principal. I was a teacher’s pet to the point that he called on me for an explanation when “all your base are belong to us” written on a chalkboard was considered a bomb threat. Had I pulled a teacher to his office over some petty business such as this, I would have been tossed out his office before I could say “Funky Winkerbean”.

  10. @billytheskink

    Why is Nate involved in this? Did Les disbelieve Owen and Cody’s senior-ness so much that he dragged them to the principal’s office as if they were in trouble or did Owen and Cody drag Les down to the office to prove their senior-ness? Either way, it’s a ridiculous situation.

    Yup. That’s what happened.

    It’s almost as unrealistic as a prospective presidential candidate throwing out a television journalist from a press conference because he thought the guy didn’t belong.

    Oh wait.

  11. What a chuckle at the expense of Les’s bureaucratic stuffiness! This is officially a delightful glimpse of back-to-school hiccups.

  12. Before thedefender shows up to huff and puff about how funny it is that Les is so stupid and incompetent that he humiliates two of his students because he’s too lazy and inept to do something odd like read that weird class ledger thing that seems to show up every year, I think that this might tie into the anti-bullying arc. Simply put, being made laughingstocks of by the most criminally useless teacher to ever make people wonder why there’s tenure will destroy their ability to bully and cause them to renounce it. When Batiuk was competent, Les took a marker to the face from freshmen. Now that he’s phoning it in, he is the marker to the face.

  13. Rusty Shackleford

    Ah, look at Les, acting like a wise old professor. So annoying. And he leaves his class unattended just cause two dorks show up? Glasses and hat boy are either on the roster or not.

    If Batty wants to be edgy and relevant, and chase his Pulitzer, he should have Les transition into Lisa. The story writes itself.

  14. I think the major point of this entire week of strips is that Chullo and Glasses are basically inept losers who neither receive nor deserve any respect from anybody, from freshmen all the way up to the principal.

  15. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    I’m chuckling at how much Cody’s Captain America shield shirt looks more like a target symbol. How can you not want to beat him up when he presents himself as a literal target?

  16. @billytheskink

    Don’t forget this is the same Twilight Zone school that gave Chullo kid five hours of detention, then Bull forced him to substitute as the school mascot for that night’s football game, and then he forces Chullo kid into the game (which he had never played before) and catches a last-second game-winning Hail Mary while wearing the full mascot suit (strange that a team bad enough to get beaten in this manner wasn’t already losing 222-0), and if that wasn’t enough, the play stood without objection from the officials or protest from the other team’s head coach even though he was an ineligible non-roster player with no safety equipment on besides a helmet…

  17. Professor Fate

    So, lazy ignorance or willful stupidity?
    And the Answer is – Yes.
    On the other hand at least the bullying arc is gone for the moment.
    Still there is a world of wrong in this strip – to break it down would require a long formal essay and someone with more time than I have – so I will merely quote MST3K “It Stinks”

  18. I really shouldn’t be surprised at just how badly Batiuk failed at execution of this much-ballyhooed event. But I can’t help but be surprised. Somehow, he managed to make the Gay Prom Pulitzer Bait MegaArc of Doom look cohesive by comparison.

    That’s precisely why Batiuk did that puff piece softball interview with the Medina Gazette (again, for those unaware, the Gazette is co-owned with and managed by Funky Winkerbean’s flagship paper, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) a full year in advance. Because if he did it now, people besides us would actually be READING this.

    @Paul Jones

    …I think that (today’s strip) might tie into the anti-bullying arc. Simply put, being made laughingstocks of by the most criminally useless teacher to ever make people wonder why there’s tenure will destroy their ability to bully and cause them to renounce it.

    I agree completely.

  19. ComicBookHarriet

    In our school there were several homeschool students signed up for a single class a day, like band. They had a habit of wandering into other class rooms and sitting in, taking tests, doing assignments, just for the lulz. One of our more absent minded teachers gave a kid an A for the quarter on a class he wasn’t even really in.

  20. What really irritates me is that these simpletons don’t understand why the school levy keeps failing. Simply put, the rate-payers want to kill this school and bus everyone to Big Walnut where the teachers are competent. Big Walnut wins games and it doesn’t have a smug little girl telling them to watch the play about cancer.

  21. Mister Miggle

    I guess I’m going to be the one that’s going against the tide: This week has actually been…kind of entertaining? Seeing as how Owen is trying to ride a sense of unearned entitlement that comes with being almost done with the public school system, and yet is undercut by his stupid-ass hat and those majestically weak features? It works…as long as you don’t think about the history of the strip that it’s taking place in.

  22. Considering that Les has interacted with Chullo Boy and Les Jr. throughout their high day days, I consider it asinine that he doesn’t think they’re seniors. Considering how low they’ve been in school, I wonder why Les didn’t say anything snarky like, “What took you so long?”