This Week in Milford

December 19, 2015

You Went and Saved the Best for Last


g2design’s comment about Tom Lea’s 2000 Yard Stare yesterday only further served to remind me what a Bataan Death March of a strip this has been, particularly this past week. Today’s dénouement, in taking us back to where we started, at least takes us to a place we often enjoy seeing – a place where pathetic, lonesome Marty ties one on in a crate of his own making.

I’ll make only one observation about the details in today’s strip to note Marty’s rapid transformation into Captain Haddock, a sad reminder that a day’s worth of a Tintin strip contains more action than three months of Gil Thorp.

I want to wrap this arc up with something rare at TWIM, a reader poll. Here ’tis:

What was the biggest missed opportunity of the fall Gil Thorp arc?

You’ll see there’s an “other” option that requests comments, so please have at it. I can’t speak for my fellow bloggers but for me, this has been a disappointing slog of a strip to try to snark on this fall. I hope you few, you happy few, who’ve stuck with us throughout find in in yourselves to let it rip in our comments section. See you in the gym next week!



  1. Missed opportunity? In second place, no college coach or booster has approached Gil to offer unethical enticements if he’ll help send True to the right school.
    In first place, from “Writing Popular Fiction for Dummies (And, Yes, We Mean You)”: there was never anything at stake here. There’s a reason James Bond always takes on a powerful supervillain bent on world domination, and not some doofus with an overdue library book. “Welcome Back, Carter” was just an irritant. It did not clearly torpedo the Mudlark season. Gil’s job and marriage were never threatened. Milford is a little more peaceful now that it’s gone. No big deal, so we didn’t much care how it turned out.

    Comment by Philip — December 19, 2015 @ 10:29 am

  2. For those of you scoring at home, we have haiku’s in P1 & P2. (!)

    Is Marty seeing something in the ice cubes? If you believe this sort of thing, why, yes, yes he is. And it fits.

    To the question at hand, let me quote Margaret Atwood, “Potential has a shelf life.” There’s no denying the premise had potential; but it sullied very early on.

    Comment by g2design — December 19, 2015 @ 11:07 am

  3. Today’s strip is the best thing about the entire fall plotline. Which isn’t saying much, but it’s hard to beat disappointed Marty drinking himself into a stupor. The only thing that could have made panel 3 better is if they’d worked in “Merry Christmas To Me” somehow.

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 19, 2015 @ 1:48 pm

  4. I would’ve like to see Dor(k)y do something really stupid in a football game in the name of comedy. Raise his leg pretending to pee on goalpost? Ask cheerleader to homecoming on bended knee after holding penalty? Sing national anthem but sing Russian anthem like Nikolai Volkev or some Russian pro rassler? Just to name a few.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 19, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

  5. So the story began with, and now (please, god) ends with Marty and Johnnie Walker. If only he had turned himself in months ago, and we had had a real story for football season, perhaps with some long overdue icing in the form of Margie Ducey calling the games. We have speculated at times on the question of whether Whigrub follows TWIM. If they do, may the record show we found this plot asinine. That’s a-s-i-n-i-n-e.

    Comment by vaganova — December 20, 2015 @ 12:15 am

  6. This plot did miss on just about every point. The only highpoints were, as noted, the beginning and ending scenes of Marty drinking. I wonder if we’ll see True suit up for the basketball team… Recall, Gil wouldn’t let him play so that he could preserve his strength for football. (But becoming a relief pitcher on a lark was perfectly OK.)

    Comment by timbuys — December 20, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

  7. I put in a video which I thought I’d see from the post title; a very pretty song from Vanessa Williams.

    Comment by robmize2013 — December 21, 2015 @ 7:53 pm

  8. Appreciate that Rob; the same song appears (“Filmed entirely on location in New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory in DRAGARAMA™”) in the end credits for “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” I’m sorry the visual quality of the clip wasn’t better but I thought the campiness factor alone made it worthwhile.

    Comment by teenchy — December 22, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

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