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Eric: Now that I've written this, they'll hit a reset button on the laptop or something and we'll be right back to Gregor Mendel, you just watch

Goats!

(From Goats! Click on the thumbnail for full sized... crispy fries?)

There are ways in which we can pretend that Goats will go back to what it was someday. That this is all just one really long plotline. Don't get me wrong -- I don't want it to revert, but there is always this sense that the bar in Manhattan-3 is still there and when our heroes save the universe it'll be waiting, with a glass for Fish to live in and wives and girlfriends for our greyscale heroes and junk.

Today really, really tears the scab off that little denial tree. And Rosenberg knows it. He's giggling, somewhere back there. He's giggling like a schoolgirl. Who giggles. Which doesn't describe all schoolgirls. Okay, where's that diversity handbook again....

Anyway. Today hurt. It was a soft kind of hurt, but it hurt nonetheless. "I know," Bob says, confronted with the incipient death of Neil. There's nothing he can do. He'd do something different if he could, but you know he could be strapped to that thing next and he knows it it too. Toothgnip has never really given a shit about anyone but himself, but now he's the Kwisatz Haderach and that means bad shit for everyone involved.

Of course, in the previous sequence, he was mind controlling Farmella into having sex with him. Which might not be materially worse than when he used the Panties of Potency to induce women to have sex with him, but it feels different. Or maybe it's just because we were confronted with the direct reality of it.

The sadness that clings to this scene -- the sense that here's these two guys who've mostly been comic relief in the past, and now they're doomed and there's not much to be done but be resigned to it... well, that's profound.

And there's no going back from it.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at June 26, 2007 8:00 AM

Comments

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 26, 2007 10:04 AM

Of course, in the previous sequence, he was mind controlling Farmella into having sex with him. Which might not be materially worse ... maybe it's just because we were confronted with the direct reality of it.

Yes, because that didn't work out for him but this can only end one way.

Comment from: Pooga [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 27, 2007 12:12 PM

Now I don't follow Goats (it's one of those whose archive was just too massive by the time I discovered it), so I'm just strictly going by the dialog in today's strip, but...

Isn't it Bob who's strapped to the machine and Neil who keeps saying, "I know?"

Comment from: Theogrin [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 30, 2007 7:34 AM

And...ultimately, this is the first time that the two have ever been separated. Beforehand, it was just "Neil and Bob", the Grays - they were interchangeable, and they were consistent. Now...

Now, Neil is free and terrified, longing for death, while Bob is captive and mutilated for the engine core. Eventually, Bob might join him.

Soon, there'll be one of them, and when a character like that dies, the universe is no longer a happy and carefree place. It becomes dark, brooding, and morbid - if nonetheless hilarious.

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