(Bitter) Morning After Pill – Chapter 8, Act 2, Strip 58

Well, different people react to setbacks and defeats in different ways. The twins are practical people, so they decide to spend the time interval between facing the defeat and facing the consequences of defeat productively by getting some R&R done. That requires a mindset not too many people share, but to me it seems far from an unhealthy one.

Of course, your assessment will partly depend on what you assume the nature of “this and that” to be. I will provide no strict canonical answer to that – personally, I think it’s most likely they spend all night playing shogi, or perhaps crocheting. With a sandwich break in between. But if you prefer to imagine a different scenario, be my guest. Just stay within the strict limits of propriety, please…which, of course, you’re free to define as you will… XD

It’s not blatant fan-service, though – in plot terms, this strip still serves the purpose of name-dropping the Queen again, and fluffing up her evil by stressing how afraid of her her subordinates are. That’s pretty much an obligatory thing in such a post-defeat situation…it’s just that there’s a certain leeway in the specific form it takes…

More on Thursday.

2 Replies to “(Bitter) Morning After Pill – Chapter 8, Act 2, Strip 58”

  1. “This and that” was writing the script for the rest of the movie. It’s genius, just write in the script that the actors write the rest of the script and they do all the work while the script writer still gets to take all the credit (because the actors were just following the (original) script of writing a script).

    It might seem like a bad idea to essentially promote minor-ish villains to gods, but the bar for B-Movie script writing is so low almost anyone can do it in the first place (while drunk nonetheless!) AND the editor can just cut up the end of the movie and piece together whatever ending is intended and no one will notice the difference.

    1. With comedy movies that were written as vehicles for specific performers, it wasn’t entirely unheard of for scriptwriters to include things like “X minutes of improvisation/ad-libbing” in the actual script. And, of course, there were comics who would do that irrespective of what the script said, so not providing specific lines just saved everyone a lot of time. XD It’s rare outside the field of comedy, though…

      And, yeah, that’s the B-movie way of dealing with modifications: split and splice what you have. Which, in a way, is almost more honest than the A-movie approach: shoot several different versions of the ending and then pick one based on test audience reactions. XD

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