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It's a little scary to see Alex barking angrily at the twins. After all, she's got some serious family baggage to deal with already. Her mother (J.J.) abandoned her, and J.J. had been abandoned by her own mother, Joanie. Is Alex starting to play out a recurring role?
Ahh, I love it! Alex channels Ralph Kramden! Move it on over, Hunk-Ra, it's getting real nitty-gritty right now...
I just watched all of Alpha House in two days (I was off my game, it should have taken one) and I just wanted to say that it was fantastic. Live-action Doonesbury, in terms of humor and ridiculousness of situation! I hope we're goiing to get a Season 2.
To those who say Sam can't get to MIT, I say "Watch this space." She already has the eyes.
Re Alex and MIT: My rural California friends' high school son decided last week that he wants to go to Harvard. His mother's comment was, "Baby, I don't think you can get there from here."
Boopsie and menopause ? B.D. had better gird his loins. I can already feel the presence of Hunk Ra!
Best wishes to GBT and his family -- and not because of the Flashbacks, which are fun.
Family emergencies take precedence over daily script requirements. Mr. Trudeau has planted so many new situations the wait will be worth it.
Flashbacks again. Did I miss something? Is Mr. Trudeau off writing more Alpha House scripts, or just taking a break? The Flashbacks are great too, I'm just wondering.
Sorry for the unexpected reversion to Flashback strips. The syndicate sent a notice to client newspapers indicating that GBT couldn’t file new material due to an illness in the family. New strips will resume next week.
Now my Flashbacks are having flashbacks. Noooooooooo!
Weren't the Blue Bandit and Lord Dirtbag both Republican candidates in 2012? Wait, that can't be; neither of them would have worn blue. Okay, I'm really, definitely confused.
If only we could all age as gracefully as Rick.
Hey! Twenty years ago Mark was coming out. Did anybody notice ?
GBT's prescience is profound. The Flashback to the strip that ran 40 years ago today shows a possible scenario for the nascence of the corporatization of social movements as driven by self-interest -- and lo, the fragmentation of the Left.
If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to take a selfie with it and post it on social media, did it really happen? Roland says no.
It's interesting that the unrealistic college expectations are coming from Sam. Usually, it is the parents who are clueless about how hard it is to get into a top school today. They think about what it was like when they applied to college, and can't imagine how different it will be for their child.
Doonesbury was the first serious literature I read, in elementary school, so it took me several years to realize it was serious. Twenty-some years of readership later, with kids of my own in elementary school, I am truly touched by Mr. Trudeau's willingness to take on our culture's founding myth, that "everyone is created equal," using such sympathetic characters as the foils.
From the perspective of a high school teacher, Sam's expectations are bang on typical. Students in my careers classes were surprised they needed to have high marks in science and math (as well as English) to get into university pre-med programs.
It's a very interesting rhetorical device to posit Sam as a high-school junior who was not made cynical by the Everyone is Special slogans in K-6. I'm glad to see GBT is "old school" about the self-esteem canard. It would have been a shame to put a thoroughbred race horse on the milk run (Alex at a community college). It's possibly worse to put a milk horse on the race track.
Per the comment below: "...Boopsie is still wide-eyed." That's because Boopsie is the last innocent.