This Week in Milford

December 16, 2015

Me And My Shadow


I think we are finally, finally, wrapping things up here. I find it interesting – for certain highly attenuated uses of the word interesting – that Holly apparently can unilaterally cancel her show. I wonder if she collected a kill fee a la Les Moore of Funky Winkerbean.

Bonus point: What the heck is going on with that celebrating shadow figure in panel two? Perhaps he’s a stand in for us long suffering readers and commenters who can cheer the merciful end of this plot arc.


  1. This is wrong on multiple levels.
    First, as John Walters pointed out yesterday, Holly’s just ended whatever little life her acting career had left. No one will put up money for a project she might kill as soon as someone complains. No agent will waste time on her.
    Second, and I’ve asked this before: where are the lawyers? Contract law goes back at least as far as the Romans. The network has contracts with the sponsors, the producer has a contract with the network, and Holly has a contract with the producer. You can’t just walk away from a contract; it’s enforceable. Centuries of legal precedent goes poof because Gil says “I’m disappointed”.
    Third, speaking of disappointment. Once again, Rubin got to what should have been the climax, and delivered an anti-climax. There were places along the way he could have lined up one goal with one conflict and carried it through to conclusion. What we got looks like someone woke up December first, realized they had to end the fall story, and hoped “Holly changes her mind with no particular motivation and gives up for no particular reason” would do.
    They usually start the new stories on Monday, so I guess we’ll see three days of filler. Marty heartbroken because Holly left him again? Dory heartbroken because he won’t get his own show? Mimi gloating because … well, she’s got a bunch of reasons, doesn’t she?

    Comment by Philip — December 16, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

  2. Have to agree, Philip, but given that the entire plot was based on an impossible premise– that a school could or would allow itself to be (unlawfully) exploited in this way, few better outcomes could have been anticipated. There is the Pantheon of Mysterious Objects and that of Hair; I propose a Pantheon of Asinine Plots. But there may be no need for an actual pantheon, as it is hard to imagine any other in the class of this one. I have been following GT from the beginning, and find this one the nadir.

    Comment by vaganova — December 16, 2015 @ 4:12 pm

  3. The shadow figure in panel 2 is obviously being beamed up by a UFO. Lucky him; he may get anally probed or put in an alien zoo (or on a menu), but at least he’s made his escape from Milford and “Gil Thorp.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 16, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

  4. Notwithstanding the anal probe, I am with you all. Utterly empty and devoid of any feeling about this entire narrative. It has been an underwhelming 2015 in Muckford to say the least.

    Hey look: Apartment 3-G got real weird then went insane before it finally died, Judge Parker and all the lovely breasts built a garment factory out of containers (and found the lost squirrel), Mark Trail wrecked up two boats, stone cold killed some guys and suffered radiation poisoning; but Gil, Marty and the rest – they just phoned it in.

    Here’s hoping for better in 2016.

    Comment by g2design — December 16, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

  5. Its a final Whoopie from a player still excited about finishing 2-3.Or whatever they finished, which is flatter then a week-old helium balloon. If not, its the last fan in the stands, like the couple I saw when leaving a movie some years ago. We walked out and theyre sitting in the last row still eating popcorn as everyone around them is leaving. I checked back 5 munutes later and its just them still watching the credits. Yawn.

    Comment by robmize2013 — December 16, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

  6. Upon further reflection, maybe Holly has broken the 4th wall in P2 and is talking directly to us. I’d like to think Rubin knows it and this is an apology of sorts.

    Holly: “I pulled the plug on the show.”
    Us: “Thank you Jebus, it’s about time.”

    Holly: “You were right-”
    Us: “Nothing to add there.”

    Holly: “The kids deserve better.”
    Us: “Yes, yes, in fact we do. We think you should go home now, Holly.”

    Comment by g2design — December 16, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

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