I typically write these strips a few at a time, several weeks in advance (I’m currently up to episode 72.) I’ve spent the last 17 strips or so not-so-subtly mocking just how utterly reckless and irresponsible our current “Captain” and his cronies have been in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, but there’s usually 3-4 weeks between me reading about the latest bit of idiocy in the papers (then trying to find a suitable TNG episode to tie it into), and it showing up here.
Which is my way of saying that the events of the last two weeks have not gone unnoticed.
COVID-19 is a pretty horrible thing, and quite frankly, I’m amazed that I’ve even managed to make light of it at all, but this…. there is nothing even remotely funny about systemic racism, oppression, and violence, and it would be disrespectful for me to even try.
Before the whole COVID thing, this webcomic was mainly about dissing on Star Trek for all the technobabble elements that are either scientifically impossible given our current understanding of physics, or at least wildly impractical and/or dangerous. Some may call my outlook cynical, but if there’s one thing, one thing, that I hope Star Trek has got right… it’s that in future centuries, the utterly preposterous notion that the amount of melanin in your skin somehow dictates your worth as a human being will finally been relegated to the dung heap of history where it so rightly belongs, and we can finally grow the hell up as a species and begin “investing in ourselves.” And by ourselves, I mean every last one of us.
Captain’s Log: This strip will be taking an extended hiatus following Episode 52.
Partially because I’ve got other projects and family health issues that require my attention, but mainly because I’m starting to run out of jokes (You’ll notice that the “physics” gags have been a little sparse lately). I’ll still post occasionally as I think of new scenarios (I’ve got a few that I’m holding in reserve until I can get screencaps of the elderly crew from Picard) but it may be several weeks or months between strips moving forward.
In the meantime, feel free to suggest any technological or scientific macguffins in Star Trek that I haven’t made fun of yet* that either break or have an extremely shaky footing in real practical science.
* These at least have to be things that I can reference visually given existing TNG screencaps. For example… There are a lot of jokes I could make about microgravity, but I can’t actually show any of the crew floating around in space or looking like bloated red-faced cabbage patch kids. (well… not without using that horrible CGI version of Data from Picard.)