12/11/19 – Emily In Charge Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, December 11, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/12/2019-12-11-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Cat herding at its best. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 12/10/19 – Working Alone 12/12/19 – Team of Rejects 19 Comments ronald December 11, 2019 at 12:13 am 3 years ago “You can die out in space, and I’d rather that not happen.” Is she SURE…? Coyoty December 11, 2019 at 12:22 am 3 years ago Since when has any human followed the directions of a stranger taking them into space? Nogg would be giggling right now if he knew of this. ronald December 11, 2019 at 1:06 am 3 years ago The situations aren’t entirely parallel because Emily doesn’t want any “recruits” in the first place. I’m not sure Nogg has ever had people join his crew AGAINST his wishes although I could easily be in error. DSL December 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm 3 years ago Dustin might fit in that category … Nogg was going after the smart Australian twin. ronald December 14, 2019 at 10:06 am 3 years ago Sorry, my error, I mean that Nogg had never had people join his crew against’ NOGG’S wishes. Even when Nogg learned Dustin wasn’t the guy he wanted, he let Dustin stay on the ship. Nogg came to regret that, true (at one point he even apologized to Dustin for not returning him to Earth as soon as Nogg realized he’d gotten the wrong brother), but Dustin didn’t go into space of his own free will. Which, perhaps, explains why, unlike most of the characters, Dustin never really learned from his experiences: because he didn’t WANT to experience them. Much like J.K. Rowling’s Pansy Parkinson, there was AFAIK no “redeeming moment” for him.* Which I presume was Mr. Baldwin’s intention exactly. 🙂 A stowaway who boarded the ship without Nogg’s knowledge would qualify as a “crew member” that Nogg didn’t want but nevertheless got. I don’t recall any of those, although the fact that I don’t recall something isn’t nearly as conclusive as it should be… === *And some of Pansy’s fans actually resent Rowling for not allowing her that; I think that insisting upon a “mean girl” with no redeeming traits (I suppose that she genuinely cared about Malfoy but AFAIK that was about it) who doesn’t change throughout the story arc is more of a British thing (not a *uniquely* British thing, mind you, just MORE of a British thing), much like the phenomenon of British aunts, uncles, and other relatives mistreating orphaned children, a theme found in Rowling, Dickens, Saki, Dahl, and others. When you think about it, it’s little short of miraculous that Harry turned out as well as he did, since spending the first eleven years of his life entirely without any emotional bonding as such — a result of having virtually no contact with the magic community — should have made him hate Muggles even more than Voldemort did (Muggles mistreated him since infancy, wizards and witches welcomed him right away, the math is not hard); seriously, that kind of upbringing appears in the biographies of more than one real-world serial killer. So don’t think about it. 😉 Meran December 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm 3 years ago Take it from someone who had a life similar to Harry’s ~without the special school ending: he read. That saved him. (By every psychologist’s views, I should have been a serial killer, as you point out in your post. Reading Black Beauty affirmed my love of animals, and suspicion of human nature; Jack London gave me back a bit of that; Dickens taught me that starting out destitute (not “poor”) is still a beginning; comics taught me that there is an inner, secret life that could become a strong point; I could go on, but I won’t. If you’re a reader too, you already know where I’m going. ????) War Pig December 11, 2019 at 1:16 am 3 years ago Maybe the Bhutanese should wait until the drugs clear his system before making observations. Leinglo December 11, 2019 at 1:42 am 3 years ago Congratulations, Emily, you can now empathize with Nogg. Jude December 11, 2019 at 2:55 am 3 years ago That’s almost exactly what I was thinking. And soon Emily will learn why Nogg made such a lousy leader. David A Bubar December 11, 2019 at 8:38 am 3 years ago But Emily is NOT Nogg, she CAN be a better leader. M.A. December 13, 2019 at 5:34 pm 3 years ago Or she could just shoot somebody. To stun, of course… KnicholasG December 11, 2019 at 7:23 am 3 years ago Emily later: “Oh my God. . . . this is what Nogg feels like EVERY SINGLE DAY!!” PeterK December 11, 2019 at 10:19 am 3 years ago I don’t know why she’s allowing them to come. Not gonna lie. Nomi December 11, 2019 at 11:00 am 3 years ago Yeah, I agree. But … Rule of Funny, I guess. Pete Roullard December 11, 2019 at 11:00 am 3 years ago Notice how Ruddock, the coyote, is getting a complete education via the translator chip which Emily zapped into him. Whenever Emily speaks, the chip provides him with the knowledge needed to understand all about whatever she is saying. You can see him in all the bottoms of these frames, wide-eyed but just silently soaking up all that knowledge!! Sure beats the 11 years of college that I had to go through to become an aerospace scientist! DSL December 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm 3 years ago And you without an obligey-bot to your name. Pete Rogan December 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm 3 years ago Chipu is starting to get on my nerves. Leaving aside his reasons for joining this gig, he doesn’t seem impressed with Emily in the least, which tells me he’s got a problem with authority to start with. Which might explain why he was trying to sleep in a Murcian alley and is still clutching his blanket. More and more I think he’s on the run, if not from the law than from somebody he double-crossed, somebody with connections. But he can’t shake his odious self, which means shortly hereafter the stench will become identifiable to all. So much for getting a little time alone to think. Way to pick your world, Emily. Steel Raven December 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm 3 years ago “… on second thought, get off my ship!” Night-Gaunt49 December 11, 2019 at 11:09 pm 3 years ago Emily is being very passive right now. She could keep them all off the ship if she wanted to. Maybe she sees a good idea to give them some kind of protecting by being with her somewhere in the back of her steel trap mind? Now she has to find out if they will follow her orders. Otherwise they won’t survive this ad hoc mission. Are visions of Nogg dancing in her head yet? 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.