dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Although Mike is supposed to be a theatrical dimwit overreacting to Elly's "reasonable" attempt to correct his behaviour because there's no "point" to his objection, the plain fact is that he's right that Elly has declared war on him and Liz for being young and Liz is simply allowing Elly to think that unreasonable and self-defeating punishments are a good idea.

(Strip Number 1454, Original Publication Date, 20 May 1989)

Panel 1: Mike gets all theatrical about how he can't stand Elly's hateful world of no television. Liz tells him that she doesn't think it's so bad because all he's gotta do is read something.

Panel 2: He can't do that because this is war and asks her whose side she's on. What Mike means is that he'd rather die than admit that Elly is right about something because he believes that if he ever does that, he'll have to admit that smiles and laughter and fun and happiness are wrong and he should be ashamed for feeling them and oh, yeah, he shouldn't have been born in the first place and thus wasted Elly's time and so on and so forth.

Panel 3: He then tries to remind her of all of the great stuff they're missing only for her to tell him that all of the shows they'd actually watch are in reruns.

Panel 4: Since Mike is "cruel" and "wicked" and loves "chaos" and "hates" the "love" in Elly's alleged heart, he asks her to think about all of the great stuff they're missing again.

Summary: This is, of course, another example of Mike being positioned as being a monster who wants Elly to fail because he's bad and loves chaos and thinks that she's being a jerk for a stupid reason. Since she actually is being a jerk for a stupid reason, he ends up becoming accidentally sympathetic.

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