Episode #21: Every inch a Captain... or maybe he's the Fool?

[Episode 21]
Episode #21: Every inch a Captain... or maybe he's the Fool?
Volume I / Saturday, 15 March 2008

Episode Notes

Just like Hogwarts, Tranquility Base has a rather busy hospital wing. What went on during the "several hours of major surgery" isn't shown, but I can tell you it was messy.

Captain Slog's histrionics in the first panel are based upon a quote from Shakespeare's King Lear (Act V, scene iii). In the scene, Lear is lamenting the death of his daughter Cordelia, shortly before he too snuffs it. It's one of Shakespeare's more cheerful works.


Panel 1: A hospital room on Tranquility Base. Captain Slog is in aguish over the bed of the Spacedude who got accidentally fused to Fluffy the cat. Ensign Hudson tries to comfort him.
Captain Slog:
Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones:
Had I your guns and phasers, I'd use them so
That scientist's lab should crack. He's gone forever!
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
He's dead as earth.
Ensign Hudson:
Oh, my good Captain!
Panel 2:
Meow... mraowww...
Doctor Happyfish:
-Ahem- Err, excuse me Captain, but well, we think there just might be a slim chance of saving him, but it will be dangerous.
Captain Slog:
Do it Doctor Happyfish... do your work!
Panel 3: In a waiting room.
Several hours of major surgery later
Doctor Happyfish:
It was touch and go, but we did it, he is alive.
Captain Slog:
Oh, thank you Doctor. Today you have earned the respect of the entire base as well as my personal gratitude.
Panel 4: Spacedude and Fluffy are now separated and back to normal.
Ensign Hudson:
It's nice to see him happy again. How are you feeling?
Oh... ok... a bit sore in places.
{Fluffy} Purr. Purr. Purr.
Captain Slog:
Oh Fluffy! I thought I'd lost you. Who's a lubbly-wubbly boy 'den? You are! Yes, you are my special-wecial kitty!