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Episode 3.17: That Which Survives

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This episode feels like a cross between Star Trek and Lost in Space. I almost went for drawing it that way, complete with a Robot and Dr Zachary Smith, but in the end I decided for a more straightforward approach.

Besides that, it just fels like lazy scriptwriting. Spock is Flanderised as "the guy who constantly corrects everyone's approximations with ludicrous precision". And yes, Scotty really does have to reverse the polarity on the spanner thingy he uses, for no particularly well explained reason.

And they had a perfect chance to use Chekov to quote something actually interesting about Russia, and they missed it!

Oh, the pain! The pain!

Transcript

1
Captain's log, Stardate 5978.2. Investigating an anomalous planet.
Kirk: I want a geologist.
Spock: Logical.
Kirk: And McCoy and Sulu.
Spock: ... why?
2
{transporter room}
Caption: A mysterious woman attacks the transporter operator!
3
{on the planet}
Caption: And there's an earthquake!
4
D'Amato: That was like no seismic disturbance I've ever felt.
Kirk: How so?
D'Amato: It felt like rubber rocks being shaken by a moving plate.
5
Kirk: Kirk to Enterprise. Come in, Enterprise.
Sulu: Captain! The Enterprise is... gone!
Caption: And this is all before the opening credits!
6
McCoy: Could the ship have crashed?
Sulu: Yeah, like the Tunguska event in Siberia?
Kirk: Mr Sulu, if I'd wanted a Russian history lesson, we would have cast Chekov in this episode.
7
Losira: D'Amato, I am for you.
D'Amato: Aaaargh!!
Sulu: If she touches you, you die!
8
Kirk: It's getting dark. We'll find food and water in the morning.
Sulu: I'll take first watch.
Caption: Sulu immediately walks to the far side of a rock, where he can't see Kirk and McCoy.
9
Caption: Meanwhile, the Enterprise has actually been hurled 1000 light years—
Spock: 990.7 light years, actually.
Caption: —across space.
10
{inside an engineering access tube}
Scotty: The engines'll ne'er take it!
Spock: Poke an electro-spanner in them, Mr Scott.
Scotty: Aye.
Spock: And reverse the polarity.
Caption: Seriously.
11
Losira: I am for you, Kirk.
Sulu: If she touches you, you die!
SFX: Block!
Kirk: You mean it's a problem I can't solve by making out with an alien babe?
12
Caption: It's another ancient computer! Spock appears and shoots it in the nick of time!
SFX: ZAP!
Kirk: Come on. I could have totally talked that computer into destroying itself.


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