Weak Impact

What are the odds that Skyler still lives with his grandma, even after Jess comes back? I’d say very, very high. If Batiuk still put any effort into this strip, I’d see this resulting into another time jump when Old Lady Jess is berating Skyler about how she threw away a promising Hollywood career to stay home with him and his bum dad Darin who ended up running away to live at the Flash Museum with Pete.

I’m all for women (or men) choosing to spend more time with their families, even if it means career sacrifice, but I really don’t like how this is presented as kind of an either/or thing here.  And she was apparently willing to spend years in Hollywood finishing up a single documentary about her dead dad, but not working for an actual Hollywood production.

And is it just me or does Darin look not quite human in the last panel?

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19 responses to “Weak Impact

  1. Jimmy

    Who is this Skyler character?

  2. billytheskink

    I’m so glad Jess has decided to make an impact in Skyler’s life now that he’s… five-and-a-half.

    Jess, of course, will never make a bigger impact on Durwood than she did that time she threw up on him.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Ugh. “Sexy” French maid Jess throwing herself at Nose Erection Darin. Ugh.

      • billytheskink

        Yep, and TB spent MONTHS showing Jess throw herself at Durwood and his Bob Hope nose back in 2006 and 2007 (while Pete fumed jealously). It was rough, rougher than the economy then even.

    • Huh. I have the exact same reaction to these characters. Uh oh, gotta run!

  3. Lord Flatulence

    He looks like Quasimodo.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Because as a woman, she has to choose between one or the other, as opposed to Boy Lisa, who is of course free to indulge whatever dream fantasy career HE fall ass-backwards into. Boy oh boy, this BatHack guy is really fortunate that no one reads this thing.

  5. Jessica appears to have aged about thirty years between panels two and three. The artwork here is just getting worse and worse. No wonder Burchett bailed.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    So let’s count…how many actual strong female characters have appeared in this strip? Well, let’s see. There was Lisa, who died, then there was the always-gritty Summer, who may as well have. The rest? Doormats (Cayla, Becky), servants/mommy substitutes (Holly) and headcases (Cindy, Susan).

    • Was Lisa really strong? I’ve heard she really went all in on defending comic books, but other than that, the impression I get is that she’s a Doormat-Servant-Headcase combo.

  7. Paul Jones

    Also, how many children do we get to see because of this excessive focus on stupid white men who live pointless, meaningless lives? Not many that I’ve noticed.

  8. Ray

    Man…I don’t know. This is too extreme a reach for me to comprehend. A Couple bullet points to ponder.

    • I’ve spent the better part of my 54 years in Northeast Ohio.
    • In 1985/86 I lived in Orange County and spent a lot of time knocking around Hollywood and the surrounding areas.
    • Just 2 weeks ago I was there for a 5 day vacation and stayed in a 1 bedroom Airbnb in the Hollywood Dell and could walk out the front door and look to the left and see the Hollywood sign.
    • I’m married and have a 15 y/o child.

    My point being, given the choice, if I could have somehow found gainful employ in MY field of work and had the chance to live there again, it would be a no-brainer. Logistically it could have worked.

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    This seems like a pointless sacrifice. If Jess can leave on a whim to do this stupid Butter Brinkel documentary, and everything else she ever feels like doing, she can work on a major motion picture for a few months.

    This is the reinforcement of the status quo that no one in this strip can ever be happy. Jess gets her dream job, but turns it down; they forfeit what would probably be a lot of money; and we all know she’s not going to bother with the child anyway. Everything is “Gift of the Magi” in this world.

  10. Professor Fate

    Boy Lisa’s expression in the last panel looks like he’s mentally calculating how much room her body would take up in the crawlspace. It’s very creepy.
    Aside from the usual misogynist twaddle the Author indulges in

  11. Maxine of Arc

    I’m trying to think of a woman in this strip who has been “allowed” to pursue her artistic and/or professional dreams. I’m coming up blank. I’m not especially surprised.