It’s also the Holtron that until recently was sitting around totally unused and forgotten in a random Westview High classroom, so I don’t see how it’s worth getting all worked up about. But of course like everything else to do with the Starbuck Jones movie, it’s the most awesome, mind-blowing thing ever, even though we have no idea why, since none of the actual movie was ever shown.
And what the hell? Darin is apparently a computer programmer now? And one so advanced he can reprogram a computer from the seventies to have internet connectivity and respond to voice command? I’m amazed to be saying this, but apparently his talents are seriously wasted. He got an MBA, works as an artist, and is an expert computer programmer? I know he did the “pizza app” and all but just completely changing your characters on a whim for a “gag” like this is silly.
It’s super weird how Batiuk brought back Holtron and keeps using it regularly, when he has so many other unresolved plots and totally forgotten characters. I’d be shocked if there was anyone reading this strip who rejoiced when Holtron came back.
What’s totally typical for Batiuk is making what is apparently an Amazon Echo joke about five years after the Echo first came out, though.