This Week in Milford

October 15, 2019

Disappearing Into The Science Fiction Time Loop


The notion that Charlie would vaguely remember a kid in another second grade class who transferred the next year nearly ten years later when the kid transferred back into the district strains credulity. These oblique and dilatory plot setups are easily the most frustrating part of reading this strip. Don’t show, don’t tell, only vaguely and irregularly allude to is one sort of storytelling structure I suppose. That this is all centered around a brand new character when the whole Tiki Jansen fiasco would’ve served the dramatic purposes of the current arc is all the more frustrating.

Frankly, Chet’s suggestion is more interesting than whatever desultory denouement we are likely to be treated to at the truncated termination of this Fall’s football foofaraw.

Bonus point: That the leaves are still falling while Chet and Charlie are clearly done raking for the day.

Minus point: Of the Milford villains we’ve been exposed to in the thirteen (!) years this blog has been running, Chet is easily the least interesting. I welcome the commenters to prove me wrong should any of you be so motivated.


  1. Thorp is only up to his neck in rotgut Gatorade. That turd isn’t clever enough to cheat.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 15, 2019 @ 11:21 am

  2. That dip-shit Uncle Gary was pretty boring too and I agree with JT…Thorp is too stupid and only cheats when he doesn’t know he’s actually cheating

    Comment by franku2016 — October 15, 2019 @ 11:29 am

  3. This is just what I have been waiting for, another meddlesome adult messing up the kids, for no demonstrable reason other than that he is a dipshit. As far as its being unrealistic to think Charlie would recognize Chase in the present, I don’t find it that way at all. Because of school reorganization during the baby boom, I was separated from former classmates for about ten years, but still recognized them when we were reunited in high school.

    Comment by vaganova — October 15, 2019 @ 2:02 pm

  4. Is Chet, perhaps, Marty Moon’s longlost uncle, last seen 30 years ago getting hammered at Thanksgiving dinner and puking all over the turkey? Perhaps not, but they are certainly fellow members of the Brotherhood of the Beard. If they were characters in “Mark Trail,” they’d both be in line for the Right Fist O’ Justice.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 15, 2019 @ 7:28 pm

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