How to Overlook Flaws

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Reader Comments (42)

Rick bashing is totally not a fault of this comic.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAspirant

Already my favorite comic strip, but this one made me laugh out loud.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Allen

this comic is so good I am unable to do anything but stare it

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I . . . never thought about ST:NG that way. And you're right. Curse you. But then, the fourth panel was a belly laugh, so I forgive you. :)

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

"Counselor." And Deanna is just "sensitive" ;D

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme2

I didn't believe you about Troi having at any point led an armed attack against the Federation. She did. It was while under cover as a Tal Shiar operative working for the Romulan underground resistance. Had to look it up though.

This was my favorite comic so far. Star Trek TNG: Committee meetings in space!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMason

Is it me, or do most of the jokes you make at Rick's expense allude to how much you insult Rick?

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

There are not enough shows about committee meetings!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chairman

simply awesome

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Hey, Wiki doesn't help here, and I can't get ahold of and watch every episode, so would you mind listing the episodes where they each lead an armed attack against the Federation please? :D

Also, thanks for posting by the time I wake up every day, without ever letting the quality of your strips falter. I HAVE TASTED THE SLAW!

Note from Scott:

It's been years since I watched all the episodes. At one time my Brothers and I did go through each member of the bridge crew one by one and name their armed freak-out. Let's see.

Picard- Wolf 359 with the Borg
Riker- Transferred to a Klingon Bird of prey, of which he took command and fired on the enterprise.
Data- Hard to pick just one. Lets go with the opening 5 minutes of Star Trek: Insurrection.
Worf- Left the Enterprise, rejoined the Klingons, fired on the Enterprise. (I have this theory that Worf idolized Riker)
Troi- Served aboard a Romulan ship undercover and ended up engaging the Enterprise.

Having trouble remembering the examples for Geordi (who did turn into some kind of weird shadow creature and attack someone), Dr. Crusher (Who left Enterprise in the hands of Pulaski, which should count as a hostile act) or Wesley. Maybe some of you can help me out.


November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

Let's not even get started on the "Geordi Will Never Get Laid" pattern.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterknastymike

I don't think it's fair to count Locutis' attack as an attack from Picard.

Note from Scott: I see what you're saying, but I still say he was an integral part of an armed attack on Federation forces. If you don't agree, there's still Insurrection, or the time he and Riker rooted out a parasitic alien takover of the Federation by graphically phasering and admiral's torso to kingdom come.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Nerrrrrrd. =P

Also, Rick-bashing is the best part of the comic... Except maybe the bird freak-out. Bring back the bird-face!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Also remember that Riker was split in half at one point, and the other Riker went on to become a major player in a terrorist organisation, even stealing a Federation warship. So he could use it to attack the Federation.

Note from Scott: YES!! I'd forgotten about that! He had a Riker Prime disguise that consisted of fake sideburns to make his VanDyke a "full Riker."

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwintermute

Scott, you are so right about Pulaski!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

I read all these comments, and my mind only has three things to say:
1) Great instruction
2) @Paula the proper abbreviation is "ST:TNG" (sorry, can't help it), and
3) Scott's facial hair note in wintermute's post was the funniest thing on this page.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

don't forget, every episode also contained running a level three diagnostic on one system or other....
and Deanna wasn't nuts, as a half breed Betazoid she was just trying to "fit in"!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

I don't think Tasha Yar ever led an attack on the Federation but her alternate timeline self's daughter did. Geordi pretended to attack the Enterprise when he was kidnapped by the short bus aliens.

Note from Scott: I loved that episode, although I always called them the Panda aliens. I laughed out loud when they would just casually shoot Geordi.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDragoneer

Doesn't matter if Deanna was or wasn't nuts, she was hot.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat in Colorado

Literally laughed out loud at the fourth panel!

Yeah, the "movie" INSURRECTION is a multitude of sins, and was the first thing I thought of in re "armed attack."

In regards the Paklids -- the mentally defectives from Samaritan Snare -- SF Debris postulates they're the result of Phlox's eugenics project in ENT ep Dear Doctor. (That only works, of course, if you consider ENTERPRISE to be part of the same universe as TNG.)

Note from Scott: I believe that the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture depicts the creation of the Borg ... DISCUSS!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Admitting a flaw/poking fun of yourself = -1 flaw.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Another pattern for ST:NG is that every crew member acquires a family, one family member at a time. Even Data, an -android- ends up with a mother, a father, a brother, and a daughter.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMattF

Great comic as always. Committee meetings, IN SPACE!

One thing most Trekkies can agree on: Enterprise should've been about the Earth-Romulan War as opposed to doing everything possible to ruin continuity. Discuss.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevman7987

I've always speculated that V'ger was the catalyst that led to the borg. Just makes sense in a ST kinda way.

Also this comic, and every other comic you do, is dipped in awesome sauce and sprinkled with win.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Simian

Hilarious as always, and eye-opening. I'll never look at the show the same way again.

Incidentally, did something change on your website over the weekend? Trying to visit the site sends Firefox 9 beta into a death spiral. I had to read today's comic in (ugh) Chrome.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Are you saying V'ger evolved into the Borg after assimilating Decker and the bald chick? Whoa! Never thought of that. I bow to your geekiness.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

(responding to Scott's note on Bob's comment)

I don't know for sure about the origin of the Borg, but wikipedia has some, ahem "collective memory":

"The Star Trek Encyclopedia speculates that there could be a connection between the Borg and V'ger, the vessel encountered in Star Trek: The Motion Picture."

"Coincidentally, in the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (written by Gene Roddenberry), the V'ger entity notes that the Ilia probe is resisting the programming given to it because of residual memories and feelings for Decker, from its precise replication of the Deltan lieutenant. When V'ger becomes aware of this, it decides that "the resistance was futile, of course"."

(and other non-canonical theories posited in books and board games...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg_(Star_Trek)#Origin

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Note from Scott: I believe that the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture depicts the creation of the Borg ... DISCUSS!

No No No. TMP occurs after TOS. How is there enough time for V-GER to get to the Delta Quadrant, create three mile cubed ships, run amok, take over a huge section of the galaxy, and FORGET where they came from By TNG? (Unless they were embarrassed about their origins and blocked it out.)

Oh, and forget about the Borg giving V-GER conciousness, why would they even bother? Beefing up and sending out is not Borg assimilation tactics. Full stop. Or, Period.

You said discuss.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Dunford

So, your postulation is that when Decker and Ilia dematerialize in the upload beam from V'ger, that is the moment that Borg are created? Ilia is the Borg queen? I don't quite buy it, since given Decker's later TV roles, his involvement with the Borg conciousness would have made them a bunch of relentless do-gooders. Unstoppably advancing across the galaxy to help old ladies across the street.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

Troi always annyoyed the heck outta me and violated my libertarian sensibilities. Is there not something inherently sinister and Orwellian about unsolicited long-distance psychoanalysis? I don't think she'd be real popular at parties, either ("I sense you are lying about your enjoyment of Marge's 9-layer dip...").

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaldude

Meta comic is meta. awesome as always.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeeTron

Speaking of the Secret Origin of the Borg, there was something that always bugged me: In the episode 11001001, we're introduced to a Federation species known as the bynar, who have spent centuries merging their biological identity with computers. This is seen as an admirable and positive thing.

And then the Borg appears, and no-one ever mentions the Bynar again. Did no-one ever wonder if the local cyborg race might be taking the first steps down the road to Borgism? What was the Bynar reaction to the appearance of the Borg - cautionary tale or role models?

Or were the Bynar quietly wiped out, just to be on the safe side?

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwintermute

I believe the constant abuse of one character in something is something TV Tropes calls a "Butt Monkey"

Have fun reading about it.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I always thought of them as "group therapy," which is why I never liked the show. Sorry!

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat Ballou

Actually, this is an opportunity to post about my own random theory about patterns in the Star Trek movies (since the even-numbered-Trek-films-good pattern no longer holds).

Essentially, ST6: The Undiscovered Country is a mirror point around which the ST films reflect each other in some fairly essential ways. Here's what I mean.

ST5: The Final Frontier is all about the quest for God. ST7: Generations is about the quest for heaven (a.k.a. the Nexus). (I will confess, this is the weakest part of my theory.)

ST4: The Voyage Home and ST: First Contact are all about time travel into the past to save Earth's future.

ST3: The Search For Spock and ST: Insurrection both revolve around a planet with magical life-giving properties, and the Enterprise crew choosing to defy a Starfleet order.

ST2: The Wrath of Khan and ST: Nemesis both have the most logical member of the crew choosing to sacrifice himself, but not before implanting part of himself into another character.

And finally ST: The Motion Picture is the first film adventure for Kirk, Spock, and Bones, while the new Star Trek is the first film adventure for (the new) Kirk, Spock, and Bones.

Plus, since the newest Star Trek film caps the original ST timeline (thanks to Nimoy's presence), it's a logical end to the mirror pattern. Any future films take place in an alternate timeline that doesn't need to conform to the pattern.

(I actually noticed this pattern developing back around Insurrection, and was glad to find it actually held up through the rest of the films.)

Anyway, just wanted to share that. Hope it was interesting.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew L

Matthew L: Interesting theory, but I think your point with ST:V and Generations is actually the strongest mirror point of all. Not because of content, but because of their stupidity. Both were without a doubt the suckiest films in the entire franchise. The fifth movie was unspeakably dreadful in every way. Generations had many redeeming moments, but it also had a stupid plot and had to come up with a really ridiculous way to destroy the Enterprise D. (Anyone who defends the writers' decision to destroy the ship for drama needs to turn in their fan card. After all those encounters with the Borg, one projectile gets through their shields and the no one gives the order to rotate the frequency?)

Bonus topic: On the Big Bang Theory, ever notice how whenever Sheldon Cooper makes a definitive ruling on a subject that's ostensibly about opinion (but we all know is not), he's wrong? When it comes to the Trek movies he says IV is the best rather than II (it's more fun, but it's not better), and the worst is Generations, not V (even though V is MST3K levels of bad). He's also down on Babylon 5.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Here's an idea for a comic, I felt like I was in an episode of Basic Instructions:

How to locate missing items:

My son opened the refrigerator door, looked in briefly then shut the door.

I asked "Change you mind? Don't want a snack after all?"

He replied, "I lost my wallet."

Me, "And you're looking for it in the refrigerator?"

Son, "Maybe I had it in my hand, and set it down to get something."

Me: Didn't you lose your wallet on Sunday?"

Son; "Yea I found it, but I lost it again."

Me: "I see."

Son: "You know someone should invent a device you can put in your wallet that beeps when you push a button."

Me: "What if you lost the button?"

Son: "It could go on your key-ring!"

Me: "...and if you lost your keys?"

Son: "That's it! If you lose your keys, you push the button in your wallet and your keys beep. If you lose your wallet, you push the button on your keys and your wallet beeps."

Me: "What if you lost your keys and your wallet?

Son: "Then your just stupid!"

Me: "The same could be said for someone who loses their wallet twice in one week."

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdoppleganger

My absolutely favorite thing was watching Worf get disarmed in every episode. He must have been the worst head of security ever to serve on a star ship. In one episode, Picard and Worf beam down to a planet, where Picard has a meeting with, like, an alien mayor; things get confrontational and Picard says, "We'll see about that! Mr Worf?", and the camera simply cuts away to a shot of Worf, haplessly surrounded by three aliens who are taking his phaser.

Naturally, there's already a highlight reel. This particular episode is not on it:
http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/10/worf_worst_klingon_ever.php

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarkwark

V'Ger the genesis of the Borg? Nonsense - it was the Borg in TOS that found and rebuilt Nomad.

In addition to running a Level Three diagnostic, Geordi would eventually fix whatever it was by reversing the polarity. Do not try it at home kids - in our universe, reversing the polarity is not going to fix anything, but will make it worse.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

Rick isn't the But Monkey, he is the Iron Butt Monkey

at least as I read him. Steve has made him whiny, but seemingly capable of taking all forms of scorn. Even able to dish it back at times.

all comedians have such friends.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoops

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