Okay I’m just gonna say it: Tiffany’s overly-melodramatic message in the third panel was hilarious. It more than makes up for the weird way in which these phones treated “ran out of battery power” more as “walkie-talkie losing reception.”.
Sorry, I don’t read sarcasm or joking well sometimes; I tend to take everyone at their word when it comes to comments. It’s made me look foolish more than once.
I tend to be rather “protective” when it comes to Tiffany, and the last few days have felt kind of mean-spirited, once again portraying her as a shallow ditz who freaks out when she loses even the slightest creature comfort. It’s more galling in light of her recent character development where she gave up a lot of material possessions and learned to survive without them. But I admit I may be reading a bit too much into it.
You know as well as I do that I didn’t mean the term literally. Besides, you don’t agree that the past couple days’ strips seem intent on humiliating her, especially after the Degroots’s more restrained behavior?
I admit I was really hoping to see Tiffany again, but not as the strip’s punching bag.
I’m not saying that there couldn’t be swimwear in the house, I’m just pointing out the trope being employed here. Brad is saying that in order to head off those who may be asking the same question as him, regardless of whether or not such a question is justified.
I’m just explaining the trope. Maybe it was already there, maybe not. But I recognize what the joke is.
What he’s doing isn’t a 4th wall break, it’s Lampshade-Hanging. That’s the act of deliberately drawing attention to a possible plot hole or illogical event, thereby making the illogical portion a part of the joke. Like when Bart Simpson points out the fact that he’s been wearing the exact same outfit for years on end. Or on Doctor Who when people started commenting on how often Rory seemed to die.
Simply put: you see the event, and hang a lampshade on it.
Shannon really does have those two by the short hairs. She probably controls the thermostat settings in that house.
See, this is why I like arguing with you: you make valid points and defend your stances. If you think I’m wrong you state why. You argue on the merits of the case. Meanwhile there’s some other posters who get mad at me but make no effort to rebut my points, simply saying that I’m wrong to be critical at all.
In this case you’re right BTW: there’s only so much panel space and adding a backstory would waste it.
Exactly: it requires us to all forget that Tiffany recently learned to live without her creature comforts. All her character development just got wiped out in favor of a cheap laugh at her expense.