The absolute bottom of the outtakes folder has been reached…or has it? I mean egads, man. Talk about a lifeless outing. There’s nowhere left to go from here aside from “equally stupid”…ideally, that is.
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More stuff from the “filler” drawer.
Leave it to Battyuk to prove that you can’t spell “Boring” without “B-O-R-G.”
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Nor assimilate without Ass.
Not just the bottom of the outtakes folder, the bottom of the 1990s outtakes folder.
The 1990s outtakes that fell out of the folder and got stuck beneath the bottom drawer, only to be discovered 30 years later while BatYam was looking for a stamp.
So now he’s throwing together random panels? How does assimilation by the Borg connect with going back to the gym? Or with lifting weights?
As anyone who’s met me can attest to, I’ve never been to a gym, but I assume that Funky is working out on some kind of “resistance machine.” And he’s making no progress, so it seems “futile.” And from there the hilarity ensues.
I totally missed the “resistance” pun there. Good call. Bad gag.
That makes sense. Does he even consider what knowledge his readers have to have in order to get the pun?
Considering that the machine is kicking Funky’s butt, I’d say that resistance is very effective.
I looked at the strip, examined its parts and understood how the joke was supposed to work. It was like dissecting a frog in high school biology class: messy and unpleasant, and the frog didn’t enjoy it either.
That’s a better bit of funny storytelling than we’re sure to get in 2020
It worked like so many other Funky Winkerbean strips work: Tom Batiuk noticed there is a word that means two different things, and contrived a situation around it. Instant comedy!
This wouldn’t even be that bad if it were in the middle of a “Funky tries to lose weight” arc. But in a week we’ve gone from “staying at your parents’ house is awkward” to fat jokes to slovenly eating to entropy to Funky exercising. As if all these jokes were so strong they work standalone.
Surprised Batty likes newer Star Trek and not just the original series.
I don’t know if you could even call TNG ‘Newer Star Trek’ these days, what with it being literally older than me and all. I could see Batiuk as either a pretentious TOS only jerkwad, or one of those snooty types that denigrates TOS in favor of the deeper themes of TNG. No matter which way he swings, you can bet he’s absolutely insufferable about it.
But even the Borg on the left has enough emotions left to die inside at this anemic attempt at geeky humor.
Bah, kids today don’t know anything! I was in college when TNG came out.
Oh look, it’s Google image search image #3 for “Borg” and image #1 for “Things that can give you ulcers just by looking at them”.
Today’s strip immediately reminded me of this. Maybe Ayers wants his MTV.
This is the space cliche I would have gone with:
Oh Jesus. Borg don’t shout.
But Vogons do and they even shout “Resistance is futile!”
My thought exactly! That’s a Vogon slogan (sorry) not Borg.
I cannot imagine TB ever watching/listening to/reading Hitchhiker’s Guide (or Red Dwarf, for that matter, unless he thought Rimmer was the hero) so he probably heard someone say it at Comic Con.
It’s better than the one with the entire cast of “Seinfeld” showing up, so Elaine could say “Get out!”