05/17/18 – Others From Earth Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent “Dunno. Universe awfully big place.” I love you, Bikkie. First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent 05/16/18 – Gounder Guest Suite 05/21/18 – Hidden Crawl Space 14 Comments War Pig May 17, 2018 at 12:38 am 10 months ago I wonder if the Grounder is just a puppet as in Wizard of Oz. Really he’s about as threatening as the Prince inside the old jeweler’s head in Men In Black who was killed by the giant cockroach, a little fellow. Has anyone actually SEEN the Grounder in person? Efogoto May 17, 2018 at 12:46 am 10 months ago None that lived to talk about it. If you lived, you don’t talk about it. Gristle McNerd May 17, 2018 at 5:08 am 10 months ago Question is, did they bring any corbomite? Coyoty May 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm 10 months ago We saw the Gounder in person when Chris introduced him in November. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2017/11/01/110117-the-gounder/ Winnie May 17, 2018 at 1:10 am 10 months ago Oh, Chris. In this entire series, I never liked Bikkie more than today. You made me laugh out loud at the last panel. Bikkie, you had me at, “So much.” Jude May 17, 2018 at 3:23 am 10 months ago “Bikkie not like broccoli, but Bikkie not kill broccoli. Now parsnips, that’s an entirely different story!” Gregg Eshelman May 21, 2018 at 6:02 am 10 months ago Parsnips sliced and fried with butter and brown sugar. Yummy! Leinglo May 17, 2018 at 5:15 am 10 months ago I get a feeling that if Bikki ever finds out that Anesu and Devyat basically cheated Bikki out of his big fair fight, he is not going to be happy about it. At all. Knicholas May 17, 2018 at 10:07 am 10 months ago A talking Kangaroo. A TALKING. Kangaroo. And yet, you make it work. Awesome. Efogoto May 17, 2018 at 10:59 am 10 months ago “Bikkie from Australia! Bestest place on Earth!” His most Dustin moment. Peter Rogan May 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm 10 months ago How in Creation has the Gounder managed to acquire so much power? You can rule by fear only if people believe there’s a good side to you to appeal to. Otherwise, even if the arrangement is mutually advantageous, people are going to naturally band together against you — and while such arrangements are clumsy and prone to exposing their hand too often, enough of them together and somebody will deliver the surprise package even if they weren’t the ones who made it. Someday. Al Capone failed to pay his taxes. Abraham Lincoln wanted a night off as the Civil War wound down. Mussolini thought he was being rescued again. Julius Caesar went to the Senate to plead Egypt’s lost cause. And Napoleon demonstrated that exile anywhere in Europe could not prevent his return. If you’re hated enough, people will leap at every little mistake and make you pay for it three times over. Unless you’re Stalin, and systematically destroyed every vestige of ability or competence around you, until the whole structure teetered and then fell after your death. Neither Stalin nor the Gounder seem to care about their legacy. I admit it’s hard to stop the paranoid murderers once they get money and power, but geeze! How’d they get there in the first place? How is Bikkie to accomplish what needs to be done if he’s hired into the Gounder organization? Confusion is a sure stumbling block, however big or fast your foot. Coyoty May 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm 10 months ago The Gounder gained so much power by using the devastating weapon he’s named after on his enemies and victims. He told people, “Nice city. Shame if anything happened to it.” There was a lot of shame. He’s the supervillain who wins. Night-Gaunt49 May 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm 10 months ago The Grounder has a rather simple psychology. If he doesn’t like it it dies. If he likes it it lives. He can be convinced a mystery still might be useful like Bikkie. I don’t know how Bikkie won either. But I am filing it away under Chekhov. This meeting did get me to laugh, which is excellent! Wonderfully well written too. Gregg Eshelman May 21, 2018 at 6:06 am 10 months ago Chekov’s Gound? It was in the first act so it must go off in the third. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.