Oh, no! It’s Dinkle.
For the love of God, montresor, will no one rid me of this troublesome Dinkle? At least Les Moore allows one to feel genuine, honest rage; this clod, who should be feeding the worms, has been in three Sunday strips dispensing his “wit” and his “wisdom” in forms that contain neither, and we do not need him. He is loathsomeness made without goal, the skeletal clutching hands of ennui reaching for the throats of those asleep, in order to make their sleep seem profound upon waking. He is the stench made by a skunk run over in the road; the animal and its purpose are gone, but the foul odor remains to scorch the senses of those driving nearby. “Lingering” is the best adjective to describe Dinkle.
In case you can’t tell, I really, really, really hate Dinkle. If there’s one character who really needs to be pushed out of the strip, it’s Dinkle. At this point, it’s way too late to make him a beloved reminder of the strip’s glory days; he should just get hit by a truck (ironically, one delivering band uniforms), have Becky sniff over his coffin, and never stain the ink of this strip again.
But he won’t. Tom Batiuk loves him some Dinkle. One of the truly inexplicable aspects of this strip. Why are all the horrible characters the most favored ones?
As for the episode itself, it says in six panels what should only take two. The punchline was blindingly obvious from the get-go; I’m a little bit surprised Batiuk didn’t go and make all the STEM initials stand for musical terms. How about “Sousa,” “Trombone,” “Elgar” and “Marching”? That took me about a minute, and most of that was to think of what the “E” could stand for. (I picked Elgar because of the “Pomp and Circumstance” things that usually play at graduation ceremonies.) I imagine it took Tom Batiuk about the same amount of time to think this episode up and draw it.
Good Thing Watch: My stint in the chair is over! Yay! Ha ha, charade you are! Starting tomorrow, you wanted the best and you got it! The hottest guest host in the land, Epicus Doomus! (Cue audience cheers and power chords.)