April 24th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

In today's strip, Elly whines to Anne about how terrible it is that Lizzie is developing a personality of her own.

(Strip Number 395, Original Publication Date, 27 April 1983)

Panel 1: As she and Anne drink their coffee, Elly asks her what could be wrong with Lizzie. That's because she won't wear what she puts out and she hates the things she cooks.

Panel 2: Other examples of wrongness are not doing the simple things she asks and looking at her as if she's stupid.

Panel 3: Anne reassures her that this is just a phase she's going through.

Panel 4: Elly bitches that this is one she didn't expect until she was fifteen.

Summary: The notes, which will probably be all about Lynn's refusal to admit that her strip does actually affect her family's lives, will fail to address the real annoyance: the pants-soiling terror perfectly normal children developing as they should engender in Elly. It would seem just as John angrily defends the ideas that he formulated when he was six or so, Elly is terrified by the fact that her children grow out of being the helpless, cooing infants she can actually cope with.
Snarky Candiru2

Lynn versus psychotherapy: a proposal.

As we saw in mst3k4evr's look at Duane's liography, the man is currently working towards a doctorate in psychology which, as Beth put it, appeals to his inner subversive punk. Much noise, in fact, was made of how very abnormal some generic, dime-a-dozen drone in a mohawk is. This continues on with a theme that forworse noted in Candace's liography. As we know, she too had a crappy childhood and rebelled against normality by eventually going into counselling. While this seems to be just Lynn's flat-footed attempt at making the old, tired joke about how psychoanalysts are crazier than their patients, it seems to me that it means more than that and the answer seems to come from the panicky way in which the characters deal with their tendency towards introspection.

When you remember that John is thought of as a straight shooter, excellent father and all-around great guy because he's an unreflective dolt who doesn't understand why he or anyone else does what they do while everyone else is sort of weak because they listen to their consciences, you can't help but notice that Lynn really doesn't like the idea of having to think about why she or anyone else does what they do so it seems to me that she'd be wary of a profession that seeks to illuminate something she'd rather keep in the dark lest her preconception that people think more or less the same way she does be disproven.