A Bizarre, Pointless Interlude on the Road to Nowhere

Their Conradian quest to locate Cliff Anger complete, the Starbuck Jones dream team rush back to… Montoni’s? Th’ hell? A month ago they were tasked with scripting and storyboarding a sequel, to be shot concurrently with the feature they were already working on. Did this development lead to the boys working even harder and longer? Nope: Pete proceeded to have another of his Batom flashbacks, which was followed by a road trip to Ohio, not to Cleveland to scout locations for the story’s origin scenes, but to Centerville for a screening of the obscure SJ serial. They followed this with another trip yet further east to locate the serial’s obscure leading man. Anyway, the upside here is that mopey Pete is looking and acting positively chipper!


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20 responses to “A Bizarre, Pointless Interlude on the Road to Nowhere

  1. Why the hell aren’t they back in Hollywood? This is just garbage.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So when this whole mess began, Mason casually mentioned that they’d be shooting the “earth scenes” for the new SJ movie in Cleveland. Then Pete complained about finally leaving then coming back or something. So are we to assume that they’re going to be working in Ohio now and if so, huh? Or is this just a bizarre, pointless interlude on the road to nowhere? I mean there’s no reasonable explanation for why they’d be at Montoni’s right now, they have a private plane at the ready to go back to their enormous workload whenever they like. So what the hell ARE they doing there?

  3. billytheskink

    If Cliff didn’t think anyone would remember him, who exactly did he think was buying the Starbuck Jones movie serial memorabilia he was successfully hocking online?

  4. I think all of these morons got fired for wasting the studio’s time and have been living in a delusional fantasy world for the past several months.

  5. … Or is this just a bizarre, pointless interlude on the road to nowhere?

    Thanks Epicus! I stole that to replace the original title for this post.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    LOL thanks TFH! No matter where you think he’ll go with a story, it invariably takes a turn that you can’t even describe using regular plane geometry, as it exists in dimensions only he can understand. BanTom will take ages to establish a plot point like “Lisa dies” or “Pete And Darin move to Hollywood”, then he’ll feature Lisa in the strip all the time or have Pete And Darin hanging at Montoni’s for no reason whatsoever.

    I didn’t even really bag on the dialog earlier but wow, nice summary there BanMan. You do realize that, you know, we READ the story and KNOW what happened, right? And I guess this officially proves that yes, Cliff Anger did in fact sink into total obscurity as soon as SJ stopped production and hadn’t been seen or heard from at all until those morons did something off-screen to convince him to appear in the movie no one is ever making. That’s quite a colorful character you’ve painted there, Tom, he’ll blend in nicely with the rest of them, which is kind of the point, right?

  7. Gerard Plourde

    I”m assuming that the blond guy with Pete is Mason, but because depictions of people in this strip are so inconsistent he could also be Darrin.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    “Well he does now!”? Why? You guys stumbled across a movie you’d never heard of before, and that was the first time you’d ever heard of him. You didn’t remember him. You found out about him the day before you hunted him down.

  9. When Cliff Anger rises, think of the consequences! (Apologies to Confucius.)

  10. Batiuk clearly seems to think that he’s producing a sort of sitcom. All he’s doing is revealing the logical weakness of everyone coming to a sports bar in Boston every Thursday night.

  11. Chyron HR

    “So you were actually able to find the actor who played the original Starbuck Jones?”
    “Why did you just repeat what we told you back to us as a question?”

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Montoni’s, the bustling hub of excitement . They just had to stop back on their way back from NYC.

    Yawn. Well Batty’s one day closer to retirement….

  13. HeyItsDave

    Characters just seem to vanish without a trace in this arc. First Jessica disappears after the movie, and now Cindy and Mason seem to have ditched the Dorknamic Duo in Westview on their way back to California.

  14. Rusty

    So….what’s happening with the decoder ring? Why show that yesterday?

  15. @Rusty – Really, he went to a lot of trouble to depict that crappy plastic decoder ring in loving detail, pretty much for no reason at all. Has any space hero ever had a need for a decoder ring? Was there supposed to be some kind of joke associated with it? My guess is it’s going to go the way of Mason’s bipolar condition and never be mentioned again.


    I never thought I would say this…but can we get back to Les Moore whining over his dead wife, please!!!!

  17. Professor Fate

    A Bizarre, Pointless Interlude on the Road to Nowhere
    while this does describe things that happen to me in my life at least I’m not pretending they are important.

  18. Saturnino

    Who changed the logo on the laptop?

  19. Damn, And now I have that song by Talking Heads in my brain.