This Week in Milford

February 8, 2007

Kickin’ around the Bucket

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Secret Thoughts, The Bucket — jasbeattie @ 10:34 am


Today’s edition of Secret Thoughts is brought to you by The Bucket (“Dispensing some sort of liquid and items resembling food to insane Milford teens since 1957!”)

Panel 1:
Brynna: “My attempts to procure the alpha-hoops playing male for my planet’s breeding program seem to have hit a snag. If Gigantra bags Sgt. Freckles over there, I’ll be forced to eat their offspring. And I hate having to do that! Whoops, my damn eyeball fell out again.”

Tyler: “This is the only place in town where beverages can be purchased, at least that I know of. I probably should get out more.”

Panel 2:
Stormy: “I’m Stormy. Everyone needs my opinion on everything. I like plaid.”

Helen: “Thank goodness my li’l reporter plotline ran adrift weeks ago. Now I can just sit here, gorging myself on milkshakes and gossiping about the freaky couple in the corner.”

Panel 3:
Lisa: Just close your eyes Lisa, and imagine your on a dream date with Dustin Diamond. Ooh, la-la! Guys gone wild, indeed!

R.J.: <Tumbleweed rolls by>…Oh, wait, was I supposed to say something? My brain is too boring to have any secret thoughts.



  1. By itself, without the massive piles of abandoned-plot debris surrounding it, today’s strip is actually a good example of what should be the meat-and-potatoes of “Gil Thorp”: the not-terribly-important trials and tribulations of small-town teenagers. I’ve delivered this rant before, but if Rubin could just choose a couple of plotlines and stuck with them, he’d have a nice little strip. Instead, he continually presents and deserts new ideas in a seemingly random way. Take R.J. and Lisa: it could be a diverting odd-couple romance with a harmless life lesson about tolerance. Instead, I’m sure it’s just going to fizzle out within a couple of days. It’s like Rubin has given up on coherence, and just trying to get through another week. Does anybody at the Tribune Syndicate edit this? Do they care about its quality? Apparently not.

    Comment by johnw — February 8, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  2. Interesting that Brynna has decided to yank out her antennae and recharge them in her Earth-beverage. While this may be par for the course on Frolix-8, little does she realize that most humans consider this to be someting of a faux pas.

    Comment by CounterHegemony — February 8, 2007 @ 11:19 am

  3. 1: Crazy plot detritus is part of what makes Gil Thorpe so special (The other parts being crazy hairstyles, mutated bodies, mystery background objects and lots and lots of confetti). If the strip concentrated on one or two slow-moving plotlines, it would be Mary Worth with teenagers.

    Comment by B — February 8, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  4. One of the guys at baseball Think Factory mentioned that Lisa Wyche and RJ Brennan look remarkably like Stormy Hicks and Bill Ritter.

    PS – I found a Mimi storyline from the summer of ’03. The only big ass involved came from the Brent Raptor subplot.

    Comment by Ennui, Willie Keeler — February 8, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  5. Third panel : They’re staring at HER Freckles ! The Girl knows how to sip a Coke !

    Comment by Newt — February 9, 2007 @ 11:17 am

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