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Now…we continue, Lisa’s Story 2013: Lisa’s Story Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!
Back in the comments section for 2013, there were a number of people spitballing that Frankie might be a false antagonist. They thought maybe somewhere in the decades since he was seen last, the old villain had turned over a new leaf, and we’d get a story of forgiveness. It wasn’t a crazy theory. Batiuk has done redemption arcs before. At the time the Funkyverse was fresh from Cory shaving off his delinquency as easily as the Army buzzed off his hair.
For a panel or two, we get little teases that maybe Frankie has changed.
But we also get an equal amount of hints that Frankie is still no good.
However, Jess convinces Darin to at least meet with the man. Similar to her pushing Darin to look up his birth mother back in Act II, her experience losing her dad when she was very young colors her perspective. Is it copying or consistency? I don’t know.
Browsing nine-year-old blog comments, SOSF was confused as to how Darin could know Bio-Dad was a creep. They hypothesized that maybe it was something Lisa told him in the weeks leading up to her death, or something contained in Les’ book. How did Darin know what Frankie was like?
Batiuk really missed a trick here, not reminding his audience of this encounter. It would have been easy, see?
Yeah it would have stretched the arc out by maybe half a week. But so what? Find a strip or two to cut from elsewhere.
Speaking of stretching the arc out, I’m leaving you guys on a cliffhanger for a few days. I’m heading out of state for my niece’s baptism. So please send prayers for the poor innocent baby girl that is going to have to put up with CBH as a godmother. Not sure if anyone is taking the helm, of if this place will just drift along on autopilot for a few days, but I’ll be back next week with more Frankie adventures.