01/09/23 – Working off Steam Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 09, 2023. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/01/2023-01-09-spacetrawler3.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent It’s like a child’s game of telephone, except with more death. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 01/06/23 – Good Is Bad And Bad Is Good 01/11/23 – More Self Defense 13 Comments Coyoty January 9, 2023 at 1:20 am 11 months ago Not the first time the conjunction of jelly and babies was misassociated with death. . “Would you like a jelly baby?” “It’s true then. They say the Evil One eats babies.” “You mustn’t believe all they say.” Flyswatter January 10, 2023 at 12:54 pm 11 months ago “You haven’t had babies until you’ve had jelly-babies.” Just sayin’ Coyoty January 9, 2023 at 1:21 am 11 months ago “It’s like a child’s game of telephone, except with more death.” You’re a precognitive telepath. You knew I was going to think that before I saw you wrote it. Efogoto January 9, 2023 at 12:33 pm 11 months ago A whole lot of confusion would be avoided if the laser beam color differed by setting and the gang weren’t idiots. TB January 9, 2023 at 5:12 pm 11 months ago In the original “Star Wars” movie, a stun setting was a weird “flying O” blue thing, easily distinguished from the laser-type blaster zaps. I just started watching the new arc of “Bad Batch,” and the blue O’s are back. Apparently the Bad Batch has adopted Lone Ranger rules, and fights even serious, lethal battles using only stun settings. It’s possible Omega has set this rule up, in the same way that young John Connor ordered Terminator Two not to kill. The Star Trek series was all over the map with this over time, and often you had to rely on someone in the scene saying “set phasers to stun” to clue us all in. Of course, the deadly setting was all over the map, too. Sometimes the phaser killed a person without leaving a mark. Sometimes it burnt a hole. Other times it completely evaporated the victim. Chris uses this “evaporate” setting to inform us that yes, this person is really, most sincerely, dead. The Saprophyte January 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm 11 months ago Phasers have a dematerialize setting over and above kill. (overkill?) TNG tends to eschew this in favor of levels though I think TOS phasers also had more than three settings. TB January 10, 2023 at 5:26 pm 11 months ago TOS had several settings for phasers, depending on the need of the plot. Stun, to avoid killing people, heat (usually used for heating rocks), general blasting (making holes in things, breaking stuff), killing without leaving a mark (for famous guest stars), and complete disintegration, so you don’t have a dead Mugato cramping the actors’ style in the next scenes. There’s also a “turn the phaser into a bomb” setting, which seems a bit excessive for a hand weapon. In a pinch, phasers come in handy as batteries, cooking devices, and probably coring apples. One episode showed the Enterprise using its phasers on a stun setting against a general population which seemed amazingly useful to only use once. Flyswatter January 10, 2023 at 12:55 pm 11 months ago I may have to return to the Bad Batch. Only saw the first 5 or 6, and didn’t get quite sucked in as I did with Clone Wars. Dr. Moosen McMoose, Chief Spymooster of the Moosad January 9, 2023 at 7:21 pm 11 months ago Is the yellow dude on the right side of the fourth panel surprised, or is that just how his/her/their/its face is? Sean K. January 9, 2023 at 8:32 pm 11 months ago I love the species-accurate skull and crossbones in panel 4. Night-Gaunt January 9, 2023 at 9:06 pm 11 months ago In one of my stories the Astroboy of said universe has been under mind lock for 36 years under the Kempeitai kills being a terminator nicknamed “Hammer Hand” and the moment he is freed he swears never to consciously kill anyone else. It is a bad time to do that. Pete Rogan January 9, 2023 at 9:43 pm 11 months ago There is no situation so dire, so confused, so utterly unstoppably bad that a dose of panic can’t make it worse. Works every time, cf. Brasilia. Efogoto January 10, 2023 at 8:54 pm 11 months ago I am completely certain that Gurf still enjoys a good tub filled with jelly. 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.