This sequence is one of the most extreme examples of Breathed ignoring (or most likely forgetting about) what he’d written before, in this case Tom Binkley formerly having been a conservative, world-weary, narrow-minded foil to his son. The dynamic had been easing off for a couple of years before this, but with this storyline, the whole thing just turned inside out. Breathed is a brilliant writer, but continuity was never his forte. =) It’s up to us to imagine what kind of philosophical transformation Tom went through, and what could have brought it on.
Jul 27, 2017